<An up-to-date listing of what’s on in North America’s 4th largest city, and where to find it>

October 24 – Sylvia Tyson, folk music, Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas Street West, http://www.hughsroom.com
– October 26 – November 4 – Marriage of Figaro, Opera Atelier, Toronto’s opera company that’s played the King’s Theatre at Versailles 5 times, Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.operaatelier.com
– October 28 – Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta conductor, Roy Thomson Hall, 8:00pm, http://www.roythomson.com
Until December 3 – Bat Out of Hell: The Musical, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– November 6 – December 31 – Beauty and the Beast, Young People’s Theatre, http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca
– Until November 19 – Dreamgirls, Black female trio become super stars, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Avenue, http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
– Until November 26 – Volta, Cirque du Soleil under the bigtop, music, dance, acrobatic arts, bike stunts, Big Top, Port Lands area, Commissioners at Cherry, http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/volta
– Until November 26 – Avenue Q, adult musical puppet play, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Avenue, http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
– November 24 – December 31 – A Christmas Carol, the family musical with a Scrooge loose, Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.rosspetty.com
– Friday Night Jazz at the Aquarium, second Friday of every month, included with general admission, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Rd, http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada

– Ongoing – ‘Party Today, Panic Tomorrow’, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
– October 23-29 – IFOA, International Festival of Authors, Harbourfront Centre, for tickets and info go to http://www.infoa.org
– October 23 – Gloria Steinem, Convocation Hall, University of Toronto, 7pm, http://www.gloria2017.ca
– Until October 29 – North By Northwest, Hitchcock’s classic thriller on stage, Royal Alexandra Theatre, http://www.mirvish.com
– Until October 29 – Undercover, murder mystery, audience participation, Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Avenue, http://www.tarragontheatre.com
– Until October 29 – Salt-Water Moon by David French, Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– Until November 19 – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Princess of Wales Theatre, http://www.mirvish.com
– October 30 – Carol Burnett: An Evening of Laughter & Reflection, 7:30pm, Sony Centre, 1 Front Street East, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
– Ongoing – The Madness of George III, Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, http://www.shawfest.com
– Ongoing – Everything Is Great Again, American politics, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
– Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, excellent theatre, beautiful town, 80 miles southeast of Toronto, for schedule http://www.shawfest.com
– Stratford Festival, 90 miles west of Toronto, excellent theatre, beautiful city, for schedule http://www.stratfordfestival.ca

– Until January 7 – Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters, monster movie maker at the Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. West, http://www.ago.net
– Until November 26 – Staring Back at the Sun: video art from Israel, 1970-2012, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Suite 104-105, http://www.kofflerarts.org
– Until December 10 – OCAD University presents two inaugural exhibitions in its the new Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond Street West, http://www.ocadu.ca/onsite
– Until January 1 – HERE: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists, Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Don Mills, https://www.agakhanmuseum.org
– The Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street in historic Unionville/Markham, http://www.varleygallery.ca
– Art Gallery of Mississauga, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, http://www.artgalleryofmississauga.com
– Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street, http://www.hhof.com
– The Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West, leading public gallery devoted to contemporary visual art, http://www.thepowerplant.org
– Spadina House Museum, historic house and gardens, 285 Spadina Road, (416) 392-6910
– MZTV Museum of Television, 64 Jefferson Avenue, Liberty Village, phone for free reservation at (416) 599-7339
– Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
– CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Museum, archival materials relating to the history of Canadian broadcasting, 250 Front St. West, http://www.cbc.ca/museum/index.html
– Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Boulevard, http://www.fortyork.ca
– Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum & Archives, 1 Austin Terrace, https//qormuseum.org
– Black Creek Pioneer Village, the way life used to be, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, 416-736-1733, http://www.blackcreek.ca

GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bi, transgendered, queer, etc.)
– Rainbow Railroad, a charity which helps individuals in countries where being LGBTQ is an invite to violence, imprisonment or death, http://www.rainbowrailroad.ca
– ProudFM 103.9, Toronto’s LGBTQ radio station, http://www.proudfm.com
– Legit, second Thursday of every month, legal counsel for same-sex couples immigrating to Canada, 519 Community Centre, 519 Church Street, http://www.legit.ca
– Get Out! Running Group, every Sunday, people of all ages and experience levels, 10-11:30am, Fuel Plus 471 Church Street, free, http://www.getoutcanada.com
– Glad Day Bookshop & Cafe, since 1970, oldest LGBTQ bookshop in the Americas, 499 Church Street, licenced, coffee bar, warm welcome, http://www.gladdaybookshop.com
– Out and Out LGBTQ outdoors club, http://www.outandout.ca
– Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps of Toronto (ROTC), colour guard, band, drum corps, baton, dance, http://www.rotctoronto.com
– Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), 115 Simpson Avenue at Howard Street, http://www.mcctoronto.com
– Xtra magazine, gay community news in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver, http://www.xtra.ca/toronto.aspx
– The Pink Pages, gay, lesbian, trans, bi, leather, queer directory for Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, Hamilton and Niagara/St. Catharines, http://thepinkpagesdirectory.com
– (CLGA) Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, second largest in the world, research centre, art gallery, 34 Isabella Street, http://www.clga.ca

– Ongoing – TAPto free walking tours by Toronto Greeters, book online at http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e14d3a2f287c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
– Until December 31 – To Canada With Love, Toronto’s cultural events celebrating the country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, various venues, http://www.toronto.ca/canada150
Free Arts in the Parks, concerts, films and arts of all kinds, for full events listings and details go to http://www.artsintheparksto.org
– Mount Pleasant Cinema, 675 Mount Pleasant Road, big screen, 2nd run features, some European films, etc., https://www.cinemaclock.com/ont/toronto/theatres/mount-pleasant
– Carlton Cinemas, 9 screens, fully licensed, $5 Tuesdays, 20 Carlton Street, https://imaginecinemas.com
– Market Square Cinemas, 80 Front Street East, several screens, https://imaginecinemas.com/cinema/market-square/
– Regent Cinema, 551 Mount Pleasant Road, 2nd run features, big screen, https://www.cinemaclock.com/ont/toronto/theatres/regent
– TIFF Bell Lightbox, 5 cinemas, movies that don’t play in the multiplex, for times and schedule go to http://www.tiff.net
– Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, specializing in documentaries and films seldom shown in the multiplex, 506 Bloor Street West, https://www.cinemaclock.com/theatres/hot-docs-ted-rogers-cinema
– Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, neighbourhood cinema, second-run, docmentary & foreign features, http://www.revuecinema.ca
– Royal Cinema, documentaries, festivals, foreign, second-run features, 608 College Street, http://www.theroyal.to
– Ontario Science Center Omnimax,770 Don Mills Road, https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/imax
– Scotiabank Toronto Imax, 259 Richmond Street West, http://www.imax.com/theatres/scotiabank-toronto-imax
– Ride the ferry to Ward’s Island & have lunch at the Rectory Cafe (only open restaurant on the Islands), 101 Lakeshore Avenue, 416-203-2152, http://www.therectorycafe.com
– Edgewalk, CN Tower, walk around the edge of our tallest free-standing structure, http://www.edgewalkcntower.ca
– Sunday Antique Market, free, Jarvis Street south of King
– Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Boulevard, at the bottom of the CN Tower, http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada

TORONTO SAVVY is now on the UK-based website ‘Walked Thru’ – http://www.walkedthru.com

TORONTO & NEW YORK CITY have signed a tourism agreement, the first city-to-city partnership of its kind for TORONTO and the first Canadian partnership for NYC & Company. The two-year alliance promotes collaboration in marketing organizations and tourism practices, and reciprocal promotion by the two cities.

“This goes a long way to share our big-city experiences with each other’s residents and visitors. Both cities are similarly built upon diversity and inclusion and we are proud to showcase that welcome to the world,”Tourism Toronto president & CEO Johanne Bélanger.

Both NYC and TO will exchange $500,000 in assets to promote the opposite member of the partnership. To celebrate the agreement, Air Canada will reduce fares for a time in both directions.  The airline flies into New York about 20 times daily.



We all have to go someday and leave this beautiful city behind. For some, death was anything but peaceful and TORONTO has witnessed countless lives lived and lost – from ancient First Nations burial mounds to gruesome Victorian-era murders, to tales of war and plague, duels and executions, suicides and séances.

The author ADAM BUNCH is the creator of the Toronto Dreams Project, and has written about the history of the city for Spacing Magazine, Torontoist and the Huffington Post. In 2012, he earned an honourable mention for a Governor-General’s History Award. Adam lives in TORONTO.

An ideal read for Hallowe’en . . . ‘The Toronto Book of the Dead’



There aren’t many neighbourhoods in more need of a park than this one in Downtown Westside. Packed with massive condo buildings and bisected by the Bathurst West Rail Yards, there’s a limited amount of green space.

Mayor JOHN TORY is battling it out with developers whose vision is more condo and office towers along with a 12-acre park over the rail corridor. The city’s plan is to forget the towers, and build a 21-acre ‘Rail Deck Park’. It can be done. CHICAGO has proven it.

Meanwhile, for TRAINSPOTTERS this is one of the best places downtown to watch rolling stock pass by – especially at rush hour.


This red brick structure in a painting by Group of Seven artist LAWREN HARRIS, sold at auction in 2016. The buyer cleverly asked ELLEN SCHEINBERG, historian, heritage consultant (and house detective) to find it – if it was still with us.

TORONTO has neighbourhoods filled with similar homes, but after some research ERA Architects narrowed things down. “They identified this as a Second Empire house and gave me an idea of which neighbourhoods might have this type of home,” said Ms. Scheinberg <PHOTO BELOW>.

City of TORONTO Archivist PATRICK CUMMINS then came on board. “He wasn’t exactly sure where it was, but he knew it was in Yorkville.”

With that clue, and some help from Google Maps, Scheinberg tracked the house down at the corner of McMurrich Street and Roden Place. The search was over.

You’ll find a much more detailed report on SpacingTORONTO’s website http://spacing.ca/toronto/2017/10/12/search-elusive-lawren-harris-toronto-house/

<Yet another hidden TORONTO tale>


<WATERFRONT EAST as it looks today>

TORONTO’s eastern waterfront may soon be in revival mode.  SIDEWALK LABS, a sister company of GOOGLE and a division of ALPHABET INC., has become very interested in developing the city’s aquatic border lands. So much so, that upon final approval SIDEWALK will invest $50-million (US) in a year-long planning process for 12-acres (4.9 hectares) – the so-called Quayside Project.  Plans are to eventually expand that to a greater investment over a much larger area.

Should all this happen, the development would contain 3.3-million square feet of residential, office and commercial space – as well as new headquarters for Google Canada.

This could end up being North America’s largest ‘smart city’ built around information technology, using data about traffic, noise, air quality, and the performance of systems including trash disposal and the electrical grid.

Mayor JOHN TORY – “This is a moment for TORONTO. By having Sidewalk interested in coming here, we’re building up our credentials as the place to be in the world.”

<PHOTOS & IMAGES – Sidewalk Labs>


THE BENTWAY, named after the undulating Gardiner Expressway, will eventually stretch from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street – a 1.75 kilometre strip linking Exhibition Place, Liberty Village, Niagara, Fort York, Bathurst Quay, Wellington Place and City Place.

A skating trail under the Gardiner Expressway? It’s a brilliant idea supported by Mayor JOHN TORY, and by the end of December/2017 it will be a new gathering place for TORONTO’s growing population.

Along with the skating trail plans include gardens, markets, art, recreational amenities, exhibits, festivals, theatre and musical performances. Unused land under the expressway is being turned into useful public space. Bravo!

A $25-million gift from the Judy and Wilmot Matthews Foundation made this possible. Ms. Matthews is a granddaughter of E. J. Lennox (1854-1933), an architect who designed many of TORONTO’s iconic buildings, including Old City Hall and Casa Loma.

THE BENTWAY is underway.


The atomic-age fountain can be found on top of the Rosehill Reservoir, which dates back to 1873-74, and was covered over in the 1960’s. It became TORONTO’s first environmentally friendly green roof, and is connected to the John Street Pumping Station 8 kilometres away.

Adjacent to the fountain – Rosehill Garden, a project of the city and fundraising neighbours, David Balfour Park and Ravine, a collection of Victorian-era homes and the best autumn colours anywhere in the inner city.