WHAT’S ON IN TORONTO – JANUARY/2020 (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
*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/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, $13.50, 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
*January 25,26 – DesignTO Festival, contemporary design across the city, several venues, http://www.designto.org
*January 25 – February 2 – Julius Caesar, Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue, http://www.crowstheatre.com
*January 25 – February 2 – ‘Phantom of the Opera, new version, Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. West, http://www.mirvish.com
*January 25 – February 2 – ‘Sweat’ by American playwright Lynn Nottage, Canadian Stage/Studio 180, Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, http://www.canadianstage.com
*January 25 – February 7 – The Barber of Seville, Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. West, http://www.coc.ca
*January 25 – February 9 – ‘Mother’s Daughter’, the story of Bloody Mary, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
*January 25 – March 1 – Toronto Light Festival, Distillery District, installations and sculptures, free, http://www.torontolightfest.com
*January 25 – March 21 – ‘Listening to Snow – Works by 91-year-old Michael Snow’, Art Museum, University of Toronto, http://www.utoronto.ca
*January 25 – February 23 – ‘Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train’, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, 50 Tank House Lane, http://www.soulpepper.ca
*January 25 – Night of Ideas, late night art event, 5 pm to 2:00 am, free, http://www.artmuseumutoronto.ca
*February 11 – May 17 – ‘Hamilton’, story of Alexander Hamilton, musical, US founding father, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
*Until May/2020 – Come From Away, the show that keeps on keeping on, extended for the 6th time, Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. West, http://www.mirvish.com
*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 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.comLGBTQ 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<Friends of friends were traveling to Hong Kong this morning. This is a picture they took of the empty plane. An announcement was made saying you can take any seat you’d like.><Today, January 25th is the first day of China’s Lunar New Year. It’s the year of the rat. Editorial cartoon by AISLIN (Terry Mosher), Montreal Gazette, January 24/2020><The Toronto Transit Commission is expecting a much needed windfall from an increased levy on property taxes. Subway Line 2 may be able to replace decades-old trains, along with hundreds of new buses and streetcars.>< Until March 1 – Toronto Light Festival, Distillery District, installations and sculptures, free, http://www.torontolightfest.com >

TORONTO HAS RESCUED MANY VINTAGE CINEMAS – THE PARADISE IS ADDING A BAR & RESTAURANT

Once a down-at-the-heels, tagged movie house, the art deco Paradise, 1006 Bloor Street West, is now a shiny new self. Foodies will soon be patronizing the Bar Biltmore, and the Osteria Rialto, coming early this year. Concessions from the in-seat only menu is now available, but this will expand to hot items in 2020.The Paradise, after a top-to-bottom renovation, screens a mixture of newly released films, the classics, and themed series – along with talks, multi-arts events, and comedy.

THE RISE OF ‘SCHITT’S CREEK’ – CANADA’S SITCOM HIT GETS 3 SOLID PAGES IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

<ABOVE – the stars of ‘Schitt’s Creek’ clockwise from the left – Annie Murphy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, and in the foreground Daniel Levy, writer, producer and actor. – front page of the Arts & Leisure section.>LARA ZARUM writes “Schitt’s Creek premiered in 2015 on CBC television in Canada and Pop TV in America, but it wasn’t until it landed on Netflix in 2017 that American viewers began to catch on.  Sweet but never saccharine, the show has tracked the evolution of the Roses — who arrived in Schitt’s Creek full of disdain, with nothing but the couture on their backs — as they’ve been absorbed into the tiny town in the boonies.  Even though “Schitt’s Creek” is wrapping up just as it has achieved something like mainstream success, the stars and creators remain convinced that it’s the right time to say goodbye.”

A UNIQUE EXHIBIT AT TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S TD GALLERY – ‘YOU, ME, US’ – UNTIL JANUARY 26/2020

IBBY (the International Board on Books) is one of many free collections within the TORONTO Public Library system. IBBY features over 4,000 multilingual reference books for young people with disabilities.There are regular books in print and other formats such as Braille, sign language, picture communication symbols, tactile and simplified text, along with fiction about inclusion and ability awareness.IBBY is headquartered at the North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street. For more information – http://www.tpl.ca/ibbyNow showing at the TD Gallery, within the TORONTO Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, downtown ‘You, Me, Us’, features several excerpts from the IBBY Collection.

A HIT ON CBC-TV & POP-TV IN THE U.S., ‘SCHITT’S CREEK’S FINALE SEASON BEGINS ON JANUARY 7TH

Since it first went to air in January/2015, this Canadian comedy series has rapidly built an audience in both Canada and the United States.  It’s been nominated for an Emmy, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Canadian Screen Awards & the Critics Choice Awards.These days, we all need some laughter and ‘Schitt’s Creek’ certainly delivers it.  As Eugene Levy puts it – “We’re going out with a bang and really giving it our all.”The cast includes Catharine O’Hara (the matriarch), Eugene Levy (the patriarch), Daniel Levy ( plays David, the fashionista and closeted gay); and Moira Rose (David’s sister).  If you haven’t seen the show, there’s still time.A farewell letter from Danuel and Eugene Levy – “To Our Dear Fans – We are very excited to announce that ‘Schitt’s Creek’ is coming back for a sixth season on CBC in Canada, and POP-TV in the US, beginning on January 7th/2020. We have decided that season six will be our last. We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality . . . We could never have dreamed that our fans would grow to love and care about these characters in the ways that you have.
Best wishes and warmest regards, DAN and EUGENE LEVY”  <PHOTO ABOVE – a Hollywood billboard advertising the show>

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