PHOTOGRAPHS OF VANCOUVER IN THE 1950’S – BY THE LATE FRED HERZOG

Stuttgart-born FRED HERZOG was a master of colour photography.  After moving to VANCOUVER in 1953, he worked primarily with Kodachrome slide film to create a wonderful archive of that city, as it was in the 1950’s.  His photography is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Vancouver Art Gallery, and he’s been the subject of numerous books. . . . . .  http://www.equinoxgallery.com

MOVIES ARE BACK – CINEPLEX OPENS 164 CINEMAS, 1,887 SCREENS & 10 ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEXES

Cineplex has been gradually opening cinemas over a few weeks, but has now gone for the whole lollipop.  Movies offered so far  on TORONTO screens, ahead of the United States – a very rare occurrence.Cineplex believes the return of all its cinemas is the first of the world’s major film exhibitors reopening across an entire network. <PHOTO – BNN Bloomberg>

QUEEN ELIZABETH II, 33, & PRINCE PHILIP UNDERTOOK A 1959 CROSS-COUNTRY TOUR OF CANADA

H.M.Y. (Her Majesty’s Yacht) ‘Britannia’ docked on June 29,1959, delivering the Queen and Prince Philip to TORONTO. They were in the process of visiting the Maritimes and Quebec after their landing in Gander, Newfoundland on June 18th. This was to be an extensive Royal Tour.The Queen and her Prince carried on regardless around the Great Lakes, parts of the United States, including the Detroit River, the Prairies and the West Coast. Inside the Harbour, the royal couple were welcomed with a 21-gun salute, a ceremoniously decorated Lake and several ocean liners, and the thundering cheers of Canadian sailors.During their two days in Ontario’s capital city, they stopped at City Hall for a ceremony, had dinner at the Royal York Hotel, visited the O’Keefe Centre for the Performing Arts, and took in the 100th running of the Queen’s Plate. Along the way, they waved and met many Canucks from coast-to-coast, and a good number of Americans too. Eventually they were off from Malton Airport (now Pearson International) for Ottawa, and then to Halifax, Nova Scotia. After that, the famous couple left the country on August 1, 1959, bound for London. They’ve visited us many times since.<Queen Elizabeth iI and Prince Philip as they were on June 10, 2016>

A UNIQUE VAN GOGH EXPERIENCE THAT YOU WON’T FIND IN AMSTERDAM – IT’S HERE IN TORONTO

There’s still plenty of time until October 12th/2020 to step inside Vincent van Gogh’s finest works of art. From the originators of the Parisian Atelier des Lumières exhibition that’s been seen by over two million visitors worldwide, this exhibit continues in a 5-storey building at #1 Yonge Street, once belonging to the Toronto Star. It’s accessible on foot or in a vehicle. Curated images from van Gogh’s 2000+ lifetime catalogue of masterpieces including the Mangeurs de pommes de terre (The Potato Eaters, 1885) to the Nuit étoilée (Starry Night, 1889), Les Tournesols (Sunflowers, 1888), and La Chambre à coucher (The Bedroom, 1889).This is an exhibit that fans of the artist’s work, probably couldn’t have imagined until now.

THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO IS BACK IN BUSINESS AGAIN – WITH SEVERAL EXHIBITIONS

The AGO has been open to the general public since July 23, so now everyone is welcome.  Book your timed-entry tickets in advance before arriving at the Gallery. There’s a limit to the number of people permitted inside at any one time to allow for physical distancing.  Best of all, you won’t have to stand very long in a lineup. The cleaning schedule has been increased, and staff will be disinfecting high touch and traffic areas multiple times a day. CURRENT EXHIBITIONS – Until November 8th, ‘Illusions: The Art of Magic’; Diane Arbus: Photographs 1956-1971; PLUS – ‘Picasso: Painting The Blue Period’.And on the lower level, The Thomson Ship Model Collection. Unique in Canada and considered to be one of the finest private collections of ship models in the world.The models span 350 years, combining exquisite craftsmanship and maritime technological and cultural history. Opening hours – Thursday through Sunday, 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. Address – 317 Dundas Street West. For more information go to – https://ago.ca/welcome-back

THE CANADA-US BORDER IS SHUT TO NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL UNTIL AT LEAST SEPTEMBER 21ST

Canada is not ready yet to allow non-essential travel from the United States into Canada and vice versa. Canadians have been watching COVID-19 spread across America, and after negotiations the restrictions on recreational travel will remain in place until at least September 21st.This is the fifth renewal of border restrictions since the declaration of the coronavirus pandemic.  One Canadian challenge is the Alaska Loophole, an American state easily reachable by driving through Canada.  Traveling Americans sometimes cross into Canada, and spend their holidays here. Several have been caught and fined under the Quarantine Act.The Canadian government now requires foreigners entering Canada en route to Alaska to stop at one of five approved border crossings. They’re prohibited from visiting tourist sites or stopping to get food anywhere other than drive-thru restaurants along the way. Pass through visitors will be issued a ‘hang tag’ to attach to rear-view mirrors to make them identifiable. The tags include the date by which they must leave Canada.