*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

*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
*Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Lane, Brampton, Ontario, http://www.brampton.ca/sites/rose-theatre/en/Pages/Welcome.aspx
*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

*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

*Carlton, 9 screens, fully licensed, $5 Tuesdays, 20 Carlton Street, https://imaginecinemas.com
*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
*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

*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

*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, 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
*Katharin Mulherin Contemporary Arts Projects, 1086 Queen St. West, http://katharinemulherin.com/
*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

GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bi, transgendered, queer, etc.)
*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

*Edgewalk, CN Tower, walk around the edge of our tallest free-standing structure, http://www.edgewalkcntower.ca
*Free Arts in the Parks, concerts, films and arts of all kinds, for full events listings and details go to http://www.artsintheparksto.org
*Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Boulevard, at the bottom of the CN Tower, http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada
*Sunday Antique Market, free, Jarvis Street south of King
*TAPto free walking tours by Toronto Greeters, book online at https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/visitor-services/toronto-greeters-program/
*Toronto Transit Commission Day Pass, $12.50, a single-user pass on week days on the subway, streetcars & buses, Group/Family day passes on weekends & statutory holidays – https://www.ttc.ca/Fares_and_passes/Passes/Day_Pass/index.jsp
*Ongoing – tour the last operating double-decker theatre in the world, Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres, 189 Yonge St., Thursdays 5 pm; Saturdays 11 am, Ontario Heritage Trust, Details – http://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/ewg/ewg-home/tours
*July 21,22 – Summerlicious, 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants offer 3 course prix fixe menus, http://www.toronto.ca/summerlicious
*July 21,22 – Muhtadi International Drumming Festival, drumming and dance, workshops, vendors, food, etc., Regent Park, 620 Dundas Street East, http://www.mutahdidrumfest.com
*July 21,22 – Toronto Diversity Festival, fashion shows, dance competitions, art, kids play zone, vendors, etc., David Pecaut Square, 215 King. St. West
*July 21-29 – Bricks and Glitter Festival, two-spirit, trans and queer talent, various prices and venues in Parkdale & the Junction, http://www.bricks-glitter.com
*July 21 – August 4 – Toronto Caribbean Carnival, music, markets, food, festivities, various venues and prices, http://www.torontocarnival.ca
*July 21 – August 12 – The King and I, Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West, http://www.mirvish.com
*July 22 – Arcade Fire, Montreal band, Budweiser Stage, doors 6 pm, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
*July 24 – The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, Yonge/Dundas Square, 8pm, free
*July 25 – L7, Los Angeles proto-riot-grrrl band, Danforth Music Hall, doors 7 pm, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
*July 27 – Jeff Daniels with Ben Daniels Band, Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas Street West, http://www.hughsroomlive.com
*Until July 29 – Brave: The Festival of Risk and Failure, exhibits, talks, performances by artists, thinkers, writers, musicians, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, 7:30 pm, http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com
*Until July 29 – ‘Alter-Ego’, Canadian comic book super heroes & the talents behind them, TD Gallery, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, free, http://www.tpl.ca/tdgallery
*Until July 31 – Salsa In Toronto Festival, city-wide, various venues, http://www.salsaintoronto.com
*Until August 5 – Wicked, the musical, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
*August 9-19 – Mamma Mia, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
*Until August 11 – Ragga NYC, group exhibition by queer Caribbean artists and friends, Mercer Union, 1286 Bloor Street West, free, 416-536-1519
*Until August 12 – Bentway Skate Trail (under the Gardiner Expressway), CITE, skate culture, DJ’s, art installations, 10 am to 9 pm, free, http://www.thebentway.ca/CITE
*Until August 12 – Tunirrusiangit. The Gifts They Gave, Inuit art, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.ca
*August 14-19 – BOOM, one-man stage documentary chronicling the post-war Baby Boom years, CAA Theatre (formerly the Panasonic), 651 Yonge St., http://www.mirvish.com
*Until August 25 – Hugh’s Room Live Summer Nights Festival, jazz, folk, blues, world music, Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. West, http://www.hughsroomlive.com
*Until September 2 – Romeo & Juliet + A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Canadian Stage in High Park, http://www.canadianstage.com
*Until October 8 – a retrospective of Iris van Herpen’s couture, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, http://www.rom.on.ca
*Ongoing – 23-storey mural creation by Okuda San Miguel, Parkside Student Residence, 111 Carlton Street, http://www.stepsinitiative.com
*Ongoing – The Best Is Yet To Come Undone, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
*Ongoing – ‘Spiders – Fear and Fascination’, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, http://www.rom.ca
*Ongoing – Richard O’Brien’s ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario, take the bus $29 return, http://www.stratfordfestival.ca*
Ongoing – The Music Man, outstanding updated musical, Stratford Festival, http://www.stratfordfestival.ca
*Until January 6/2019 – Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
*Until April 8/2019 – Come From Away, extended a third time, a continuing Canadian/American hit – http://www.mirvish.com

CANADIAN CHERRIES are now in the supermarkets, fresh from the orchards & sweet as can be.  Help our farmers.  BUY CANADIAN!

The US president could face more trouble after it was revealed that his lawyer MICHAEL COHEN taped MR. TRUMP talking about paying a Playmate to keep quiet about his relationship with her. The FBI apparently has a stash of recordings, gathered up in a raid on Mr. Cohen’s domicile. DAILY NEWS, New York, July 21/2018

CABBAGETOWN WALKS – free tours with knowledgeable CPA (Cabbagetown Preservation Association) guides through the summer of 2018 – one Sunday per month, beginning at 10:30 am.
DATES (all Sundays) – July 22, August 19 and September 16th

MEETING POINT – south-east corner of Sumach and Winchester Street, by the gates to Riverdale Park West.

Toronto Transit Commission Day Pass, $12.50, a single-user pass on week days on the subway, streetcars & buses, Group/Family day passes on weekends & statutory holidays – https://www.ttc.ca/Fares_and_passes/Passes/Day_Pass/index.jsp

Union Station’s Summer Market is back in business for a third season. The 10-vendor outdoor food hall runs daily from 11:00 am to 9 pm, until August 19. An ideal place for TORONTO’s flaneurs and flaneuses.

Watch the world go by in the Financial District. <PHOTO – Toronto Life>

So far in 2018, TORONTO has doubled the number of traffic signals being upgraded. Vision Zero has spent $22-million to accelerate the installation of 80 improved signals – 20 each in North York, Scarborough, Etobicoke & Toronto East York – districts where traffic lights are either far apart, or pedestrians are faced with lanes of fast-moving traffic.

For your viewing pleasure, and because we can’t take everything seriously, RANDY RAINBOW strikes again on YouTube.  HIS BEST YET. (You can skip the ad.)



TORONTO is a construction site. For the last 5-10 years this city has been growing up, up and up – and shows no signs of stopping.

Case in point – the Pinnacle One Yonge site, formerly the home of the Toronto Star, is planning three massive towers not far from the waterfront.
The project – Phase One’s 65-storey tower. Phase Two – 95-storeys, and Phase 3 – 80-storeys. Phase One has been approved in principle.

Almost 2,000 residential units (including 120 affordable rental housing units) are proposed for phases 2 and 3, as well as 852 parking spaces and 2,228 bike parking spots.

Meanwhile, DAVID MIRVISH and architect FRANK GHERY are working on two towers & a contemporary art museum in the King West and Duncan Street area (92-storeys and 82-storeys).

And architect NORMAN FOSTER has his name on The One, developed by MIZRAHI DEVELOPMENTS at Bloor and Yonge (85-storeys). It will even have an exclusive postal code.

<PHOTO ABOVE – The One under construction at Bloor West and Yonge>


At a time when the Progressive Conservative provincial government is doing everything it can to screw up the environment, OXFORD Developments is working on a vast green roof and solar panel installation atop Yorkdale Shopping Centre.

The solar panel installation is the largest in Greater TORONTO, with more than 600 panels, producing 235,000 kWh annually – equal to the annual energy consumption of 40 houses, and providing a quarter of Yorkdale’s inner & outer lighting.  <PHOTO – Louis Thomas Kelly>

The green roof covers 150,000 square-feet and saves energy by reducing atmospheric heating, air pollution and makes use of surface water run-off. The rainwater collection system supports the rooftop ecosystem.

Avéole, an urban beekeeping company, has installed two rooftop hives with 5,000 inhabitants – and plans to eventually house 50,000 honey bees – improving pollination all around the neighbourhood.

Elevated Eats occupies space above a parking garage – an urban garden that produces 30 varieties of fruits and vegetables. The garden’s produce is forwarded to local food banks.  <PHOTO – Louis Thomas Kelly; details from urbantoronto.ca>


The Propeller Gallery at 30 Abell Street is now over 20 years old, and is one of TORONTO’s longest standing artist collectives. Exhibitions here change every two or three weeks – and feature work by both members and artists who are not members.
To keep up to date on what’s happening at Propeller go to https://www.propellerctr.com

The Modern TORONTO is a new gallery focusing on abstract painting and sculpture. It’s located at 68 Abell Street and shows great art not commonly seen in Canadian museums. The layout of the gallery itself is quite amazing, and makes excellent use of an elongated space.

Works by JIRI LADOCHA (‘Architectonics’) are now on The Modern’s concrete walls. Website – http://www.themoderntoronto.ca

The Helen and Walter Zwig Foundation Collection, also at 68 Abell Street. This TORONTO couple, both now deceased, had a taste for adventure – which led them by sailboat to Europe, the US, the South Pacific and Central America. They circumnavigated the globe, often alone.
Their gallery features work drawn entirely from their collection. The Zwig family is planning to update exhibits on a regular basis.

Website – https://www.zwigcollection.ca/

Craft Ontario specializes in Canadian-made art of all kinds, is now open at a new address – 1106 Queen Street West, not far from the Drake Hotel. Legally known as the Ontario Crafts Council, this is a member-based, not-for-profit organization based in TORONTO.
Website – https://www.craftontario.com/

Across Lisgar Park with its cafe and bar – THE THEATRE CENTRE, 1115 Queen Street West.  It invests in ideas, nurtures artists, presents new work and new ways of working. The company provides space, mentorship and exposure to writers and actors – and presents a year-round programming schedule.
Website – http://www.theatrecentre.org

And there’s LISGAR PARK itself. Opened in 2017 it’s TORONTO’s newest park. Not to everyone’s taste, the park features a well-used playground for kids, and adds much-needed public space for a high-rise community.
As well there are canopy trees, sculptural seats and planting areas, along with a grid of ‘art poles’ providing night lights <PHOTO ABOVE>.


SYLVIO PERLSTEIN, 80, has been collecting avant-garde 20th and 21st century art, both masterpieces and curiosities, for more than five decades. “It was not a business. It’s not a collection,” he said. “In Portuguese, the word is ‘esquisito’, things that are strange and unusual.”

As a devotee of surrealism, Mr. Perlstein likes to buy early work, before an artist’s impulses are ossified. He pounces when he sees “something not normal”.

Three floors of Hauser & Wirth, just off Manhattan’s High Line are filled with art. Among the pieces – works by Man Ray, Magritte, Max Ernst, Donald Judd, Dora Maar, Keith Haring, Picasso, Edward Weston, Walker Evans, Bruce Nauman, Moholy-Nagy, etc.

The exhibition is free and nothing is for sale. You can easily spend a half-day taking it all in, and it could save you a visit to the Museum of Modern Art.

Hauser & Wirth, 548 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, New York City, 1-212-790-3900 – https://www.hauserwirth.com/hauser-wirth-exhibitions/14484-luta-continua-sylvio-perlstein-collection


Ontario Premier DOUG FORD has been saying that dismissing the electrical utility’s CEO and board is cost-free. A Globe and Mail analysis reveals the departures will cost nearly $14-million. Ex-CEO MAYO SCHMIDT will receive $9-million and board members a total of $4.9-million.

Shares have dropped as analysts worry political interference will negatively affect the company. – Globe and Mail, July 13/2018

ABOVE – ‘The $9-million man, MAYO SCHMIDT, chose to retire instead of resigning after about six months on the job, and will get close to the $10.7-million he’d have received in severance, along with stock options.  His pension of about $163,000 annually and benefits remain intact. – from columns and reportage in the Toronto Star, July 13/2018