F.Y.I. – FILM & TELEVISION PRODUCTION IN ONTARIO – AN ALPHABETICAL LIST – FROM 2020 TO 2021

1UP feature film, Lionsgate – TORONTO
ALL MY PUNY SORROWS – feature, AMPS Productions Inc. – NORTH BAY
CHROMA – Netflix, episodic series – streaming – TORONTO
CORONER, Season 3 – episodic series, television – TORONTO
DEADLY DNA – television movie – TORONTO
FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES – Netflix – feature films, streaming – TORONTO
FRANKIE DRAKE, Season 4 – fully crewed – TORONTO
GOOD WITCH, Season 7 – episodic television series – Whizband/Hallmark – TORONTO
IN THE DARK, Season 3 – CBS Studio Inc. – TORONTO
KIM’S CONVENIENCE, Season 5 – Kim V Productions Inc. – TORONTOLADY DICKS, Season 1 – Lady Dicks Season 1 Inc, – TORONTO
LANNGDON PILOT – CN Pilot Productions Inc. – TORONTO
LOCK & KEY, Season 2 – Matheson 2 Productions Inc. – TORONTO
MILL STREET – episodic television series, CBS – TORONTO
NIGHTBOOKS – feature films, streaming, Netflix – TORONTO
NIGHTMARE ALLEY – theatrical, Guillermo del Toro – TORONTO
ODD SQUAD MOBILE UNIT, Season 2 – Sinking Ship Entertainment Inc. – TORONTO
PHOENIX, Season 4 – television series – MGM/ Take 5 – TORONTO
PRIVATE EYES, Season 5 – television series, Shade Pl 55 Productions Inc. – TORONTO
RESIDENT EVIL – REBOOT – feature, Raccoon HG Film Productions Inc. – SUDBURYSEE, Season 2 – episodic series, Apple TV – TORONTO
SEX/LIFE – episodic series, television, Netflix Studios LLC – TORONTO
SLEIGHBELLS IN THE SNOW – television movie – OTTAWA
SLUMBERLAND – feature films – streaming – Netflix, TORONTO
SNEAKERELLA – feature film, Maple Plus Productions Inc. – TORONTO
SORT OF – television series, Sienna Film/CBC – TORONTO
SPIN – television movies, Disney Plus – TORONTO
STATION 11 – episodic series, Paramount TV Studios – TORONTO
THE BOYS, Season 3 – episodic series, Idaho Productions Limited – TORONTO
THE LAST TRUST – theatrical feature, Trust Film Productions Inc. – NORTH BAYTHE MAN FROM TORONTO – theatrical feature, Singularity Productions Ltd. – TORONTO
THE PARKER ANDERSONS – television episodic series, Marble Media – TORONTO
THE PERFECT WEDDING – television movie, NB Productions Inc. – OTTAWA/GATINEAU
TITANS, Season 3 – episodic series, Warner Brothers Canada Ltd. – TORONTO
VICAP, Season 1 – episodic series, television, MGM – TORONTO
Y: THE LAST MAN, episodic series – Streaming Y Canada Productions Inc. – TORONTO

AGAIN VENICE FIGHTS ITS WORST FLOODING IN 53 YEARS, THANKS TO STRONG WINDS & HIGH TIDES

<ABOVE – NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC & GETTY IMAGES> VENICE is a city that’s been sinking almost from the time it was built. It’s been named aqua alta, or high water, with good reason especially in November and December when seasonal winds drive strong tides up canals, through drains, and into the streets.  Second only to 1966 when high tides reached levels of 6 feet, and in 2019 three-quarters of this one-of-a-kind city was submerged by powerful storms.<ABOVE – Wading through the flood waters – REUTERS>. Venetian leaders have been working on a plan since 2013 to save Venice. (MOSE MOdulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico), the project, is a system of mobile gates meant to protect the city and lagoon from extreme tides. The gates were supposed to be finished by 2011, but some officials are predicting they won’t be done for another three years. Unfortunately, Mother Nature won’t wait.<ABOVE – St. Mark’s Basilica flooded for the sixth time in 1,200 years, REUTERS><ABOVE – November 2019, a tipped boat. This year, 2020, three water buses sank, but tourists kept up their sightseeing as best they could. – REUTERS><VENICE – AS I REMEMBER IT.>

ANNE MURRAY, MY FAVOURITE NOVA SCOTIAN, WILL NOT BE A FLORIDA ‘SNOWBIRD’ THIS WINTER

ANNE would normally be soaking up the Florida sunshine, but she’s giving it a miss this year. enjoying her new HALIFAX home instead. “If you have to be isolated, I’m in a great spot”, the ultimate Haligonian told CP24 News. “I’m right on the water … you really are in touch with nature. Lots of birds, changing of the trees and boats. I feel like I’ve won the lottery.”  Having sold her place in Markham, Ontario, the 75-year-old decided to get back to her friends and family Down East. “I thought about it for a long time … and it felt like the right thing to do. Now that I’ve been here for a year and a half, I know it was.” Anne grew up in the mining town of Springhill, not far from Halifax. These were her roots, but her music career pulled in other directions – despite the urge to return back home. “There seems to be a huge magnet down here,” she said.Achievements <PHOTO – from the Anne Murray Museum> – first Canadian female solo singer to top the U.S. charts; first to earn a gold record for her song “Snowbird.”; four Grammy Awards and 24 Junos (a record).Her latest recording, “The Ultimate Christmas Collection,” released earlier this month, repackages 22 songs that made her part of the Christmas spirit and concerts. “They were such happy times,” she said. “People would sing at the top of their lungs and it was just fabulous, like a great big sing-along.” My only connections with Anne – we both grew up 16 miles from each other; the Cumberland Coal Mines in Springhill employed my father; and my mother thought visiting the Anne Murray Museum was the greatest idea. Which it was. Mom worked in an Amherst hardware store, and Anne’s mother would drop by occasionally. The two women chatted a bit, and my mother once remarked “You must be very proud of your daughter.”. . . . “Yes,” came a one-word reply.

PASSING SOME TIME IN LOCKDOWN – PHOTOS OF ‘OLD TORONTO’ FROM THE CITY ARCHIVES

< #1 A wrecked automobile flipped over a fence and into a ditch, Dupont Street>

<#2 – Two skaters heading for University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium, 1910><#3 A drum majorette in Varsity Stadium, ca1940-50>

<#4 – Construction of Western Hospital, Bathurst St. above Dundas, ca1920>

<#5 Mrs. Joslyn Rogers and her Studebaker, December 5/1930>

<#6 – The Cayuga, in service from 1907-1960, leaving Toronto through the Eastern Gap, 1918>

THEY’RE PLANTING THE SEEDS FOR A POSSIBLE OUT DOOR ART GALLERY IN CABBAGETOWN

Inspired by this commissioned piece of art by Christian English-Pratt, residents backing on to Broadcast Lane came up with a plan. Why not establish an outdoor gallery to attract passersby and local residents? This could be an attraction within a well-known neighbourhood, and at the same time could provide access to more visual art in a laneway that already has some of it. Many locals don’t even know the laneway exists.  Next time you’re in the Carlton/Parliament neighbourhood take a stroll and see what you think. Will this have an impact on local businesses? During the pandemic will this project help replace visual art, now that the city’s museums and galleries are in lockdown? It’s worth a try, and no doubt artists would respond. – from Parliament Street News (contributed by Gerald Michaud, Broker-Manager HomeLife Realty One Ltd.)

THE MANHATTAN APARTMENTS WILL SOON FRONT A 47-STOREY CONDO BLDG. AT 68 CHARLES ST. E.

A 47-storey high rise on northern Church Street could soon be in high demand. Its location has a Walk Score of 99 out of 100; a Transit Score of 96 out of 100; and it’s close to 5 major hospitals; shops, entertainment, parks, and the University of Toronto.The Manhattan will be retained in full and restored.  When passing by, I’ve always admired its classy facade.The heritage properties at 634 and 636 Church Street will be mostly retained, although the rear additions will be demolished.The Manhattan will soon have another big brother on Church Street.

MUCH OF TORONTO IS IN LOCKDOWN FOR 28 DAYS AS OF MONDAY, NOV. 23/2020. BE PREPARED!

LARGE THEATRES
*Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, http://www.canadianstage.com
*Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front Street East, http://www.canadianstage.com
*CAA (formerly Panasonic) Theatre, 651 Yonge St., http://www.mirvish.com
*Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
*Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W., http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/venues/fleckdancetheatre/
*Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (Opera House), 145 Queen St. W., http://www.coc.ca
*Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. W., http://www.mirvish.com
*Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W., http://www.mirvish.com
*Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E., http://www.sonycentre.ca
*Streetcar Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Av., http://www.crowstheatre.com
*St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E., http://www.stlc.com
*Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St., http://www.tocentre.com
*Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
*Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
*Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front Street East, https://tickets.youngpeoplestheatre.ca/TheatreManager/1/online
MORE THEATRES
*Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, http://www.alumnaetheatre.com
*Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor Street West, http://www.baddogtheatre.com
*Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com
*Cahoots Theatre Company, staging diversity, 388 Queen St. E., http://www.cahoots.ca
*Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Av., http://www.coalminetheatre.com
*Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street, http://www.factorytheatre.ca
*Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto, http://harthouse.ca/hart-house-theatre/
*Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Ave., http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
*MacMillan Theatre, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, http://www.music.utoronto.ca
*National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen Street West, https://national.ballet.ca
*Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St. E., http://www.redsandcastletheatre.com
*Second City, sketch comedy theatre that’s launched many careers, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
*Shaw Festival Theatres, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, https://www.shawfest.com/
*Stratford Festival Theatres, Stratford, Ontario, https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/ThePlays?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhqTVruSJ2QIVV7nACh2_pA41EAAYAyAAEgKAZ_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
*Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor Street West, pushes creative boundaries, an original, http://www.thestorefronttheatre.com
*Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave., http://www.tarragontheatre.com
*Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. W., http://www.theatrecentre.org
*Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, http://www.passemuraille.on.ca
*Toronto Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester St., Cabbagetown, http://www.tdt.org
*Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club, 224 Richmond St. West, https://www.yukyuks.com/toronto
CONCERT HALLS
*Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Av., http://www.thedanforth.com
*George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge Street, http://www.tocentre.com/theatres/george-weston-recital-hall
*Glenn Gould Studio, CBC Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front St. W., http://www.cbc.ca/glenngould
*Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com
*Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., http://www.hughsroom.com
*Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, http://www.rcmusic.com
*Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street, http://www.masseyhall.com
*Opera House, 735 Queen St. East, http://theoperahouse.ticketoffices.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4P_S_OGJ2QIVlLjACh0D0QC9EAAYASAAEgJVj_D_BwE
*Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, http://www.roythomson.com
*Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W., http://www.trinitystpauls.ca
CENTRAL CITY CINEMAS
*Carlton, 9 screens, fully licensed, $5 Tuesdays, 20 Carlton Street, https://imaginecinemas.com
*Grand Gerrard Theatre, 1035 Gerrard St. East, independent, film screenings, live music, comedy, performance art, one of Toronto’s oldest cinemas, https://www.blogto.com/arts/2019/04/toronto-grand-gerrard-theatre/
*Hot Docs Ted Rogers, specializing in documentaries and films seldom shown in the multiplex, 506 Bloor Street West, https://www.cinemaclock.com/theatres/hot-docs-ted-rogers-cinema
*Market Square, 80 Front Street East, several screens, https://imaginecinemas.com/cinema/market-square/
*Mount Pleasant, 675 Mount Pleasant Road, big screen, 2nd run features, some European films, etc., https://www.cinemaclock.com/ont/toronto/theatres/mount-pleasant
*Ontario Science Centre Omnimax,770 Don Mills Road, https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/imax
*Paradise Cinema, 1006 Bloor Street West, newly restored, independent, an outstanding schedule of films old and new, https://paradiseonbloor.com/
*Regent, 551 Mount Pleasant Road, 2nd run features, big screen, https://www.cinemaclock.com/ont/toronto/theatres/regent
*Revue, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, neighbourhood cinema, second-run, documentary & foreign features, http://www.revuecinema.ca
*Royal, documentaries, festivals, foreign, second-run features, 608 College Street, http://www.theroyal.to
*Scotiabank Toronto Imax (Cineplex), 259 Richmond Street West, multiplex & IMAX, 14 screens, http://www.imax.com/theatres/scotiabank-toronto-imax
*TIFF Bell Lightbox, 5 screens, movies that don’t play in the multiplex, for times and schedule go to http://www.tiff.net
*Varsity Cinemas (Cineplex), Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor Street West, 12 screens, https://www.cinemaclock.com/theatres/cineplex-varsity-vip
*Yonge-Dundas Cinemas (Cineplex), multiplex & IMAX, 26 screens, 10 Dundas Street East, http://www.imdb.com/showtimes/cinema/CA/ci25232552/CA/M6M1W6
******Complete movie times, Toronto cinemas, reviews, from NOW Magazine, a handy address – http://movies.nowtoronto.com/#/nowplaying
MUSEUMS IN & AROUND TORONTO
*Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, http://www.agakhanmuseum.org
*Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St. West, Hamilton, http://www.artgalleryofhamilton.com
*Art Gallery of Mississauga, http://www.artgalleryofmississauga.com
*Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.ca
*Bata Shoe Museum, only two in the world, 327 Bloor St. West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
*Black Creek Pioneer Village, heritage museum, partly outdoors, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, http://www.blackcreek.ca
*Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto’s castle, http://www.casaloma.ca
*Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Boulevard, http://www.fortyork.ca
*Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, 111 Queen’s Park, http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca
*Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street, http://www.hhof.com
*Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, http://www.arts.utoronto.ca/galleries.htm
*Mackenzie House Museum, 82 Bond Street, interprets Victorian life of the 1860’s, 416-302-6915
*McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, http://www.mcmichael.com
*Metropolitan Toronto Police Museum & Discovery Centre, 40 College St., http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/museum
*MZTV Museum of Television, 64 Jefferson Ave., Liberty Village, http://www.mztv.com
*Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
*Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West, free, http://www.thepowerplant.org
*Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Museum & Archives, https://www.qormuseum.org
*Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, http://www.rom.on.ca
*Ryerson Image Centre (RIC), 33 Gould Street, large photography gallery, free admission, http://www.ryersonimagecentre.ca
*Spadina House Museum and gardens, 235 Spadina Rd., 416-392-6910, https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/history-art-culture/museums/spadina-museum/
*Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Street, http://www.textilemuseum.ca
*Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street, Markham, http://www.varleygallery.ca

CITY CENTRE ART GALLERIES
*A Space, established contemporary, 401 Richmond St. West, http://www.aspacegallery.org
*Barbara Edwards Contemporary, 1069 Bathurst Street, http://www.becontemporary.com
*Bay of Spirits, 156 Front St. West, First Nations art, http://www.bayofspirits.com
*Canadian Sculpture Centre, 500 Church Street, http://www.cansculpt.org
*Christopher Cutts, 21 Morrow Avenue, http://www.cuttsgallery.com
*Clint Roenisch, 190 St. Helens Avenue, contemporary, avant-garde, http://www.clintroenisch.com
*Corkin Gallery, 7 Tank House Lane, Distillery District, http://www.corkingallery.com
*Daniel Faria, contemporary, converted warehouse, 188 St. Helens Avenue, http://www.danielfariagallery.com
*Diaz Contemporary, 100 Niagara Street, http://www.diazcontemporary.ca
*Koffler Gallery, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, http://www.kofflerarts.org
*Mercer Union, contemporary art, 1286 Bloor St. West, http://www.mercerunion.org
*Mira Godard, 22 Hazelton Avenue, long-established, Canadian & international artists, http://www.godardgallery.com
*Olga Korper, 17 Morrow Avenue, long-established, http://www.olgakorpergallery.com
*Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, 30 Abell Street, founded in 1996, http://www.propellerctr.com
*Sandra Ainsley, 100 Sunrise Avenue #150, leading dealer in contemporary glass, http://www.sandraainsleygallery.com
*Stephen Bulger, 1356 Dundas St. West, long-established photography gallery, http://www.bulgergallery.com
*Thompson Landry Gallery, 32 Distillery Lane, Distillery District, specializes in Quebec art, both contemporary & the masters, http://www.thompsonlandry.com
LGBTQ COMMUNITY INFO
*(ArQuives), formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 2nd largest in the world, 34 Isabella Street, http://www.clga.ca
*Legit, 2nd Thursday monthly, immigration legal counsel, 519 Centre, 519 Church Street, http://www.legit.ca
*Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), 115 Simpson Avenue, just above Gerrard St. East, http://www.mcctoronto.com
*Out and Out, LGBTQ outdoors club, http://www.outandout.ca
*Pink Pages, gay, lesbian, trans, bi, leather, queer directory, http://www.thepinkpagesdirectory.com
*ProudFM 103.9, Toronto’s LGBTQ radio station, http://www.proudfm.com
*Rainbow Railroad, a charity which helps individuals in countries where being LGBTQ invites violence, imprisonment or even death, http://www.rainbowrailroad.ca
*Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps, http://www.rotctoronto.com
*Xtra magazine, gay news from Toronto, Vancouver & Ottawa, http://www.xtra.ca/toronto.aspx<MEANWHILE, IN THE USA . . . Office of National Security – KEEP OUT!, editorial cartoon by DAVID PARKINS, Globe and Mail, Toronto><WITHOUT A TRACE, Queen Street is deserted during TORONTO’s 28-day lockdown. However, Ontario reported a record number of Covid-19 cases on Friday – 1,855. The surging numbers have made contact tracing in some cases, like TORONTO and PEEL, nearly impossible; Saturday Star front page, November 28/2020>

PHOTO #1 – NOV. 21/2020 – FIRST OF 25 UNIQUE IMAGES – MOST NEVER SEEN ON ‘TORONTO SAVVY’

It’s been great fun choosing the forthcoming twenty-five photos and cartoons, which for the most part have never been on ‘Toronto Savvy’. I enjoyed doing the research and assembling the images in no particular order. In fact it was so enjoyable I just might do this again.For Photo #1 I’ve found this work of art by muralist MONICA WICKELER. You can find it too at 270 Danforth Avenue in the Broadview/Danforth neighbourhood, EAST END.For information on East End Arts –   https://ca.linkedin.com/company/eastendartstoronto . . . . . And for some of the best mural, street and graffiti arts (and artists) in the world check out StreetARToronto. Members have transformed streets, laneways and parks into a city-wide art gallery. Address – https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/streets-parking-transportation/enhancing-our-streets-and-public-realm/streetartoronto/