Presently MASSEY HALL is fully occupied restoring 100 stained glass windows, building glass-walled walkways, demolishing one building & constructing another, and expanding its loading docks.
On the horizon, amongst all of this, will be two new music venues, one in each building – the largest will seat 250-500, and the other will be an intimate ‘coffee house’ performance space in a redesigned Centuries Lounge.
<MASSEY HALL, as it will be in 2020, with the new building in the rear>
<Queen West @ Abell Street>
<Bobbie Sue’s Mack & Cheese>
<Dalmation fireplug @ the Grosvenor Street Fire Station>
<Filmores Hotel and its ever-changing sign, Dundas Street East>
<Opposite side of a fence facing an Ossington subway platform>
<Shops of Don Mills>
<Sculpture at Concord City Place>
<Dressed for it on College Street West>
<Welcoming chicken at the Tollkeepers Museum, Bathurst Street @ Davenport Road>
The latest census figures show that 51.5% of Torontonians are members of visible minority communities. That’s up from 49% in 2011. Increases since 2011 – ASIA – 674,495; EUROPE – 298,270; THE AMERICAS – 212,010; AFRICA – 77,445; INDIGENOUS – total 23,065 (First Nations, North American Indian 14,380); Metis 7,270; Inuk (Inuit) 275.
LANGUAGES spoken in the city – English only (2,323,235); French only (2,725); both English & French (245,695); neither French nor English (132,765). Number of Aboriginal languages spoken – 425.
TORONTO Island’s Centreville Antique Carousel was rescued by 2,200 people who signed a petition, eight city councillors who wanted to keep the carousel, and Council itself that passed a motion.
The Motion – “Let’s Keep Going Round and Round – Saving Toronto’s Antique
Carousel” – put forward by Councillor Paula Fletcher <PHOTO ABOVE>, seconded by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam.
The 110 year old antique boasts 52 hand-carved wooden animals
including cats, pigs,ostriches and rabbits. It’s one of only a handful of Dentzel Menagerie Carousels left in the world and the only one in Canada.
Upon approval, the famed intersection of Wellesley and Church Streets may soon have a 43-storey tower on it, with a balconied piazza on the corner.
This piazza will be of great interest to the LGBTQ community. It will be reminiscent of The Steps, where passersby informally gathered to chat over coffee. A two-storey atrium is planned leading to a wraparound mezzanine intended for events such as TORONTO’s annual Gay Pride Month. During unpleasant weather the piazza will be closed off.
Best of all, this will be a much-needed new rental building.