WHAT’S ON IN TORONTO – DECEMBER/2019 (CLICK ON WEBSITES BELOW FOR MORE INFO, TIMES & TICKETS)

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/onlineMORE 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
*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/torontoCONCERT 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.caCENTRAL CITY CINEMAS
*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/M6M1W6OTHER GOOD STUFF
*Edgewalk, CN Tower, walk around the edge of our tallest free-standing structure, http://www.edgewalkcntower.ca
*Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Boulevard, at the bottom of the CN Tower, http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada
*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., Mondays 5 pm; Saturdays 11 am, Ontario Heritage Trust. – http://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/ewg/ewg-home/tours
*December 6-8 – ‘The Way She Looks’, a history of female gazes in African portraiture, Ryerson Image Centre, 30 Gould St., https://ryersonimagecentre.ca/
*December 6-8 – ‘Piaf/Dietrich’, musical drama with Louise Pitre & Jayne Lewis, CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, http://www.mirvish.com
*December 6-21 – Larry Towell vintage prints, Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1356 Dundas St. West, http://www.bulgergallery.com
*December 6 – January 4 – Skate at Union Station, Toronto’s newest rink, free, http://www.torontounion.ca
*December 6-15 – ‘Buffoon’, a clown, trapeze artist, one man show, Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Avenue, http://www.tarragontheatre.com
*December 6-22 – A Christmas Carol, by Justin Haigh, Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen St. West, http://www.ChristmasCarolTO.com
*December 6-22 – Holiday Hills, live music, installations, free admission, The Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst Street, http://www.stacktmarket.com
*December 6-22 – Toronto Christmas Market, Distillery District, for info go to http://www.torontochristmasmarket.com
*December 6 – January 4 – ‘LIL’ Red Riding Hood, audience participation, Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.rosspetty.com
*December 5 – January 5 – ‘It’s Alive! Classic Horror & Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection, Royal Ontario Museum, Bloor West at University, http://www.rom.on.ca
*December 6 – January 5 – The Adventures of Pinocchio, musical, ages 5 and up, Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front St. East, http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.org
*December 6 – January 5 – The CNE presents ‘Aurora’ for a second season on the West Island of Ontario Place, ferris wheel, Christmas lights, good food – the works.
*December 6 – January 5 – Maud Lewis, one of Nova Scotia’s most beloved folk artists, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10,365 Islington Ave., Kleinburg, Ontario, http://www.mcmichael.com
*December 6 – January 6 – ‘Tunnel of Glam’, 14-million reversible sequins, 1501 Tonge Street at St. Clair.
*Ongoing – If I Could Throw Back Time, 83rd sketch comedy revue, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
*Ongoing – Walking On Bomb Shells, Second City’s 82nd revue, indefinite run, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.comMUSEUMS 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.caCITY 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, 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.comLGBTQ COMMUNITY INFO
*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<‘SPEECH FROM THE THRONE, editorial cartoon by BRIAN GABLE, Globe and Mail, December 6, 2019><TORONTO Fire Fighters and the city are hoping you’ll donate a new toy or food item this holiday sason. They can be dropped off at all fire stations or City Hall><TORONTO’s Waterfront skating rink is now open for the season. The Natrel Rink has been an unparalleled skating destination in Toronto for more than 30 years. It has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Best of all – skating is FREE!><The CNE presents ‘AURORA’ for a second season on the West Island of Ontario Place. It’s there until January 5/2020><Ontario’s Auditor General BONNIE LYSYK says the Doug Ford government’s plan to battle climate change is not based on “sound evidence” and will fall far short of greenhouse gas reduction targets. “Ontario is warming faster than the global average,” Lysyk said in her three-volume, 1,176-page report, noting the Paris Agreement target is to reduce emissions 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.><The Christmas Market is on in the Distillery District until December 22nd><BERCZY PARK at 2:30 am on a December night, photo by FrappMocha>

NOW, TORONTO’s WEEKLY, HAS PUBLISHED ‘ITS BEST OF EVERYTHING IN THE CITY’ PAGES

These are some of TORONTO’s recommended locales, chosen by NOW readers . . . BEST LIBRARY – Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, http://www.tpl.ca
BEST PUBLIC SPACE – Toronto Island Park, http://www.toronto.ca
BEST SKATING RINK – Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. West, http://www.toronto.ca
RUNNER UP – The Bentway, 250 Fort York Boulevard, http://www.thebentway.ca
BEST FLEA & LOCAL MARKET – St. Lawrence Market, The Esplanade, http://www.sundayantiquemarket.com
BEST NEIGHBOURHOOD – Parkdale

NOW, TORONTO’S WEEKLY MAGAZINE, HAS PUBLISHED ITS “BEST OF EVERYTHING IN THE CITY” LISTINGS

Can’t list them all, but for starters on the cover it’s PRIYANKA, the Best Drag Performer in TORONTO.The Food & Drink choices below were all chosen by NOW readers.
BEST AFRICAN RESTAURANT – Lalibela, 869 Bloor St. West, http://www.lalibelaethiopianrestaurant.com
BEST BARBECUE – Barque, 299 Roncesvalles Avenue, http://www.barque.ca
BEST BEER BAR – Bellwoods Brewery, 124 Ossington Av., http://www.bellwoodsbrewery.com
BEST BURGER – Burger’s Priest, various locations, http://www.theburgerspriest.com
BEST CAESAR COCKTAIL – Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen W., 150 York, http://wwwthedrak.ca
BEST CAFE – Rooster Coffee House, various locations, http://www.roostercoffeehouse.com
BEST CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT – The Big Jerk, 842 Gerrard E., 1004 Kingston Rd.
BEST DUMPLINGS – Mother’s Dumplings, 421 Spadina, http://www.mothersdumpings.com
BEST. DINER – The Lakeview, 24 hrs., 1132 Dundas W., http://www.thelakeviewrestaurant.ca
BEST KOREAN RESTAURANT – KOREAN GRILL HOUSE, various locations, koreangrillhouse.com
BEST STEAKHOUSE – Barberian’s, 7 Elm Street, http://www.barberians.com

MASSEY HALL WILL HAVE AT LEAST ANOTHER YEAR TO GO BEFORE RE-OPENING NIGHT

Constructed for about $150,000 in 1894, now undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, TORONTO’s oldest concert hall and National Historic Site will soon be making yet another debut.Behind the tarps and iron fencing the MASSEY HALL crews are fully occupied restoring 100 stained glass windows, building glass-walled walkways, renovating the old building & constructing a new one, along with modern loading dock facilities, new artist dressing rooms and improved technical facilities for large touring productions. It’s one busy place at 92 Shuter Street.On the horizon, amongst all of this, will be two new music venues, one in each building – the largest will seat 500, and the other will be an intimate ‘coffee house’ performance space in a redesigned Centuries Lounge. The main concert hall will seat over 2,000. Retractable seating will allow wide-open, general admission floor space.MASSEY HALL’s last major renovation took place in 1948. Financed by the federal and provincial governments as well as the city, this one will be over the top.  <RENDERINGS – Massey Hall>

“IF YOU LIKE NEW YORK, TRY TORONTO” – A WRITEUP IN SUNDAY’S NEW YORK TIMES

In the Travel Section of the New York Times, August 25/2019 – “Like the largest city in the United States, TORONTO, Canada’s largest, offers a wealth of cultural and culinary attractions. Just over half of the city’s population, 51%, is foreign-born (with) 231 nationalities, a source of great culinary diversity.”“The prices pale in comparison to the New Yorks, San Franciscos and Chicagos of the world, but the value is there,” said Franco Stalteri, who, since 2009, has hosted pop-up dinners with globally renowned chefs. “We benefit from a vast multiculturalism I’ve never seen anywhere else.”Also mentioned – the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Power Plant, Airbnb, October’s international art fair, and other attractions.Columnist ELAINE GLUSAC writes “American travelers can stretch their budgets wherever the US dollar is strong. One place is, conveniently, our northern neighbour.” That’s us!

WHAT’S UP AT THIS YEAR’S CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION ? – UNTIL LABOUR DAY, SEPT. 2/2019

‘RACCOONS REIMAGINED’, a salute to TORONTO’s wildlife; a Godzilla celebration; the EX Race; National Geographic photography; the SUPER DOGS Show; CNE Innovation Garage (robots); CNE Gaming Garage; Casino; First Nations exhibit.Canadian International Air ShowNew ride for 2019 – STAR DANCER; Burton Cummings; 50th anniversary salute to Woodstock; Johnny Orlando; April Wine; Buffy Sainte-Marie; Jann Arden; Kid’s World; a Wine Garden, farm animals.Nova Scotia’s Amethyst Scottish Dancers;The Cat Show; Warriors’ Day Parade; Fan Expo Celebrity Car Show;Oktoberfest; Comedy Night . . . . . etc. For all the details and times go to http://www.theEx.com

THE C.N.E.’S FOOD BUILDING BEGAN LIFE IN 1922 AS THE ‘PURE FOOD BUILDING’

Rather a crotchety old thing, the Canadian National Exhibition’s PURE FOOD BUILDING was demolished in 1953 to make way for something more modernist.<PHOTO ABOVE – the modern Food building, 1957>To this day, it remains one of the highlights of the Fair.  <b/w photos by City of TORONTO Archives and Sidewalk Labs>One of the highlights of the Food Building itself is TINY TOM’s “tiny doughnuts”, a CNE fixture since 1959. There’s nothing more synonymous with the CNE than those morsels of deep-fried dough. They can’t make enough of them. The tiny treats were perfected by Ron and Syd Brazier more than 50 years ago – inspired by another vendor who’d come up from New York State. His Tom Thumb Donuts begat Tiny Tom Donuts – and the rest is history.This year, the Canadian National Exhibition runs from Friday, August 16 to Labour Day, Monday, September 2/2019. . . . . Have fun at the Fair!