WHAT’S ON IN TORONTO – DECEMBER/2018 (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/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
*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

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
*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

MUSEUMS
*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
*The Modern.Toronto, a museum dedicated to abstract painting, The Mews, 68 Abell Street, http://www.themoderntoronto.ca
*Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street, Markham, http://www.varleygallery.ca
*Zwig Foundation Collection, The Mews, 68 Abell Street, Canadian & international art, http://www.zwigcollection.ca

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.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

OTHER GOOD STUFF
*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
*Ongoing – Cavalcade of Lights, Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West, http://www.toronto.ca/cavalcade
*City of Toronto New Years Eve blowout at Nathan Phillips Square, skating party, fireworks, concerts galore, Cadence Weapon, DJ Money Jane, DJ Mel Boogie, 100 Queen Street West, http://www.toronto.ca/newyearseve
*December 12-16 – Scrooge: The Musical, Civic Light Opera Company, Zion Cultural Centre, 1650 Finch Avenue East, http://www.musictheatretoronto.com
*December 12-16 – Slava’s Snowshow, internationally acclaimed clown show, Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front Street East, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
*December 22 – Sing-Along Messiah, Roy Thomson Hall, 2 pm, 60 Simcoe Street, http://www.tafelmusik.org/messiah
*December 12-23 – The Wonder Pageant, improv comedy, merry music, and holiday miracles, Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Ave., http://www.coalminetheatre.com
*December 12-23 – Evergreen Brick Works Winter Village, family activities, skating rink, vendors, sustainable Christmas trees, 550 Bayview Avenue, http://www.evergreen.ca
*December 12-23 – Christmases Past at Blackcreek Pioneer Village, 100 Murray Ross Parkway, http://www.blackcreek.ca
*December 12-30 – Aurora Winter Festival, East Island, Ontario Place, family pass $60, http://www.aurorawinterfestival.com
*December 12 – January 5 – The Wizard of Oz, Ross Petty’s “toto-ly twisted family musical”, Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.rosspetty.com
*December 12 – January 6 – A Nutcracker Christmas at The Castle, Casa Loma, Santa’s castle and workshop, ice skating performers, illusionist Prof. Wick, 1 Austin Terrace, http://www.casaloma.ca
*December 12 – January 6 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. W., http://www.mirvish.com
*December 12 – January 6 – School of Rock, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
*Ongoing – David Milne: Modern Painting, over 100 works, photos, drawings & memorabilia, McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario, http://www.mcmichael.com
*Ongoing – ‘Obsession’, Sir William Van Horne’s Japanese ceramics collection, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, 111 Queen’s Park, http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca
*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
*December 12-22 – A Christmas Carol, Campbell House Museum, 7 and 9 pm, 160 Queen St. West, 416-597-0227, extension #2
*December 12-30 – The Nutcracker, James Kudelka version, National Ballet of Canada at the Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. West, https://national.ballet.ca
*December 12 – January 6 – the 7 Fingers’ “Traces and Cuisine and Confessions) returns with a brand new show, CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, http://www.mirvish.com
*December 12 – January 6 – ‘Anthropocene’, part documentary, part art show, the landscapes we destroy in order to live, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.ca
*December 12 – January 6 – Mary Poppins, starring Vanessa Sears of the Shaw Festival, Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front Street East, http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca
*December 12 – January 6 – Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
*December 12 – March 17 – Winter at Ontario Place, light installations, bonfires, skating, films at the Cinesphere, http://www.ontarioplace.com
*Until June/2019 – Come From Away, extended a fourth time, a continuing Canadian/American hit – http://www.mirvish.com

December 12-30 – Aurora Winter Festival, East Island, Ontario Place, http://www.aurorwinterfestival.com

Until June/2019 – Come From Away, extended a fourth time, a continuing Canadian/American hit at the Royal Aexandra Theatrehttp://www.mirvish.com

A TORONTO holiday tradition from ROSS PETTY until January 5th“The Wizard of Oz” is a “toto-ly twisted family musical” at the Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.rosspetty.com

December 12-30 – The Nutcracker, James Kudelka version, National Ballet of Canada at the Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. West, https://national.ballet.ca

The ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATRE is returning to TORONTO on February 1st and 2nd at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East, (and tickets are now on sale) – http://www.sonycentre.ca

<Trust the clever NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – there’s a job opening at the White House for Chief of Staff.  Be prepared for daily tweetstorms.  An opportunity for Canadians? – December 11/2018>

<PM TRUDEAU – “I’m assured Chinese EG technology will only benefit Canada . . .”, editorial cartoon by THEO MOUDAKIS, Toronto Star, December 11/2018>

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BIG BAND SUNDAY NIGHT’S NEW HOST IS VETERAN BROADCASTER, FRANK PROCTOR

ZOOMER RADIO (CFZM) has appointed FRANK PROCTOR to host ‘Big Band Sunday Night’ – the replacement for the late GEORGE JONESCU. Actor, lyricist, bestselling children’s book author, Frank is a veteran broadcaster, formerly with TORONTO’s CFRB, St. Catharine’s CKTB, and London’s CFPL.

No stranger to CFZM listeners, he hosts ‘Live In The City’, ‘Theatre of the Mind’ and co-hosts ‘The Garden Show’. Now he’s on-air Sunday nights from 7 to 11 pm with music from the 20’s to the 50’s and beyond.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC HAS NAMED TORONTO ONE OF THE BEST CITIES TO VISIT IN 2019

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’s “Best Trips Issue” has named TORONTO one of the magazine’s seven cities worth visiting in 2019. The editors feature annually destinations that can “inspire, change perspectives, and connect with cultures, places and ideas that matter in the world.” <The Cities below>

– DAKAR, Senegal
– SALVADOR, Brazil
– KANSAS CITY, USA
– TORONTO, Canada
– MATERA, Italy
– PERTH, Australia
– MEXICO CITY, Mexico NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC on our city – “Nearly half of TORONTO’s residents are immigrants and more than 200 languages are spoken in Canada’s largest city. A multicultural energy infuses everything from the old-school stylings of Drake to the new HXOUSE emerging artists’ incubator co-founded by singer The Weeknd and his creative director, La Mar Taylor.

“This creative mix also inspires new restaurants such as Kojin at Momofuku, with its Colombian-inspired, Ontario-sourced dishes sizzling on an Argentine-style grill, and the TORONTO Biennial of Art, debuting in 2019. Take a deep dive into the city’s diversity by exploring some of its 140 neighborhoods.”

TORONTO GETS A WRITE-UP IN “GOOP”’S TRAVEL GUIDE; PHOTO – THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT

SAYS GOOP – “Just an hour-long flight from JFK, Canada’s largest city is both refreshingly urban and small town, with its network of singular neighborhoods making up what is arguably one of the most underrated destinations around.”“There’s opportunity for everything, be it let-your-hair-down revelry, a world-class food crawl, or a quick change of scenery for vacation-drunk kiddos. Every street corner is occupied by a cozy café, microbrewery, sustainability-focused restaurant, or any one of the many gems that make up TORONTO’s culture scene.”While the long winters are glacial at best, the whole place hums with the kind of subzero-induced energy that makes spending the bulk of your time indoors a blast.”

THANKS, GOOP!

ON INT’L SNOW LEOPARD DAY AT TORONTO ZOO, QUAIL & PUMPKINS ARE ON THE MENU

The TORONTO ZOO’s snow leopards Ena, Mylo, and Kita are shown from 9:30am to 4:30pm daily.

One source estimates there are 4,500 to 7,500 snow leopards in the wild and other sources say that number is between 2,500 and 10,000. It is very difficult to get scientifically accurate numbers, as these cats are so elusive and currently, only 2% of their habitat has been thoroughly studied. Threats to snow leopards include poaching, habitat loss, farmer retaliation kills, and more recently groups of wild mastiff dogs.

ON “WEED WEDNESDAY” OCTOBER 17TH POT WAS LEGALIZED – AND THE ‘HORSE’ LEFT THE BARN

Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU promised to do this three years ago when he won a majority government. Today, his most notable campaign promise has been enacted. Newfoundland and Labrador started things off at 12:01 am (Newfoundland Time) and it spread from there through all seven time zones, east to west, north to south.

Finally, Donald Trump was kicked out of the headlines.

<THE RULES – OTTAWA Citizen>

<The National Post, TORONTO>

<“MERGING LEGALIZED POT adds danger to the roads”, by GRAEME MACKAY, Hamilton Spectator, HAMILTON, Ontario>

<“CLEANUP IN AISLE 17!” by BRIAN GABLE, Globe and Mail, October 17th.>

IN 2018 THE TORONTO DANCE THEATRE CELEBRATES A HALF-CENTURY OF EXTRAORDINARY CREATIVITY

1968 – The founders Patricia Beatty, David Earle and Peter Randazzo. That year the company received an Ontario Arts Council grant of $1,250. They accepted it with gratitude and went on to build one of TORONTO’s leading cultural institutions.

<1976 – ‘National Spirit’, choreography by Danny Grossman; photographer unidentified>

<1990 – The Company in front of the Winchester Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester Street, Cabbagetown, a converted church owned by the Company, which still houses a performance space & the Toronto Dance Theatre School.>

<1991 – At the Joyce dance theatre in New York City where they’ve performed many times; opening night, November/1991>

<2005 – ‘In The Boneyard’ with ‘The Hidden Cameras’, choreography by Christopher House>

<2017 – ‘Mercury Dust’, choreography by Emily Law; photo Omer Yukseker>

In NOW Magazine – “50 Things To Know About the TORONTO DANCE THEATRE” by KATHLEEN SMITH. You’ll find the article at https://nowtoronto.com/culture/stage/50-things-to-know-about-toronto-dance-theatre/