WHAT’S ON IN TORONTO APRIL/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/
*Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor St. W., https://wwww.facebook.com/TheStorefrontTheatre
*Stratford Festival Theatres, Stratford, Ontario, https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/ThePlays?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhqTVruSJ2QIVV7nACh2_pA41EAAYAyAAEgKAZ_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
*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, docmentary & 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
*Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street, Markham, http://www.varleygallery.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/
*The Dirt, a free condo review platform, largest in Canada, reviews for nearly 1,000 condos in Greater Toronto – http://thedirt.co/
*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
*Until April 27 – The Photography of Allen Ginsberg, photos, print materials, beat generation, Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library, 120 St. George Street, https://fisher.library.utoronto.ca/
*Until April 28 – The Return of Ulysses by C. Monteverdi, Toronto’s esteemed Opera Atelier, Italian with English surtitles, Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, tickets https://operaatelier.com/season/2017-2018-season/
*Until April 29 – An American in Paris, musical based on the film, Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West, http://www.mirvish.com
*Until April 29 – La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach, Toronto Operetta Theatre, story of Helen of Troy, Jane Mallet Theatre, 27 Front St. E., http://www.stic.com
*April 29, 30, May 1 – Paolo Woods, investigative photojournalist, ‘Exploring Genius’, National Geographic Live, Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, http://www.roythomsonhall.com/natgeolive1718
*Until May 6 – 25th annual Hot Docs: Canadian Int’l Documentary Festival, screening schedule at http://www.hotdocs.ca
*Until May 6 – Mikveh, drama about the position of women in Israeli society, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, http://www.hgjewishtheatre.com
*Until May 6 – Fun Home, Tony Award-winning musical, lesbian cartoonist’s relationship with her dead father, CAA Theatre (formerly the Panasonic), 651 Yonge Street, http://www.musicalstagecompany.com
*May 25 – Kathy Griffin, stand-up comic makes a comeback, Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street, http://www.masseyhall.com
*Until May 27 – Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. West, http://www.ago.ca
*Until June 3 – Annie, family musical, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
*Until October 21 – Come From Away has been extended, a continuing Canadian/American hit on Broadway, Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. West, http://www.mirvish.com

TORONTO Police constable KEN LAM is drawing praise for his non-violent arrest of the suspect in Monday’s van attack in North York.
“Come on, get down,” the officer shouts after drawing his weapon.
“Kill me,” the man says in between making quick-draw motions with his arm.
“No, get down,” the officer responds.
“I have a gun in my pocket,” the man says.
“I don’t care. Get down,” the officer responds. “Get down or you’ll be shot.”
Alek Minassian got down and was arrested. No shots were fired.

<IMAGES – CBC & McLean’s>

<The CN Tower & the TORONTO sign were dimmed last night.>

New York’s EMPIRE STATE BUILDING went dark to honour the victims.

A rented van plowed into pedestrians, killing 10 and injuring 15. The driver, 25-year-old Alek Minassian has been charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder.

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AFTER 6 YEARS & MILLIONS OF $$$$’S, BOTH THE HOT DOCS CINEMA & FESTIVAL HAVE TURNED A PROFIT

Its 650 seats will be filled again soon for the 2018 Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival.

TORONTO’s documentary cinema has become a financial success story. It’s turning a profit! In 2016, the Festival screened a record 232 films before an audience of 211,000. In 2018, its 25th anniversary, the lineup will be even larger – 246 full-length, medium and short-length films.

The theatre – unique in the world – was once the elderly and rather rundown Bloor Cinema near Bathurst and Bloor.  After a grant of $5-million from the Ted Rogers Foundation, the much-improved cinema reopened and has never looked back. Its ‘learn-as-you-go’ programming for film festivals, on top of a daily screening schedule has worked well – for festival-goers and those who want to see only a specific documentary.

<PHOTO – lining up for the Hot Docs Festival at the Royal Cinema/2012>

SIMON HOUPT has written “Some Like It Hot”, an in-depth article on the history of the Hot Docs Cinema and the growth of the Festival itself. You’ll find it in the Globe and Mail/April 21, 2018 or at https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/article-despite-the-odds-the-hot-docs-cinema-has-become-a-financial-success/

STERLING ROAD WON’T BE QUITE THE SAME AFTER MAY 26TH – WHEN ‘MOCA’ OPENS ITS DOORS

<Lois Andison’s “golden on sterling”, produced for MOCA’s Benefit Editions>

After two years in the making, TORONTO’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is about ready for its debut in the former Tower Automotive Building, 158 Sterling Road. Built in 1920, the heritage building has a long history of aluminum manufacturing, sheet-metal casting and automotive parts creating.

The neighbourhood was once home to several industrial plants dating back to the early 1900’s. <PHOTOS – City of Toronto Archives>  The Nestle Chocolate plant – home of Smarties, Kit Kat and Aero bars – is still just up the road.  You can even smell the chocolate.

<Before the reno began – PHOTO – Ryan Crouchman>

Among the opening exhibits – South African artist KENDELL GEERS’ “BELIEVE”

<‘THE COLUMBUS SUITE’, installation by the late Anishinaabe artist CARL BEAM>

<‘THE QUICKENERS’ by JEREMY SHAW, who is one of 15 artists in MOCA’s opening exhibition>

Sterling Road is within walking distance of 2 streetcar/bus lines, 2 stops on the the Bloor-Danforth subway (Line 2) & a GO transit station.  <PHOTO by Arash Moaliemi>

THE TORONTO DANCE THEATRE CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF OUTSIDE-THE-BOX CREATIVITY

<1968 – The founders Patricia Beatty, David Earle and Peter Randazzo. That year the company received an Ontario Arts Council grant of $1,250.>

Photos below from the Toronto Dance Theatre’s extensive archive. For more titles & the names of all the dancers and choreographers, plus the history of the company go to https://tdt.org/tdt50/

<1969 – Danny Grossman & Patricia Beatty in ‘Against Sleep’; choreography Patricia Beatty, photo by David Davis>

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

<1990 – The Company in front of the Winchester Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester, Cabbagetown, a converted church owned by the Company, which 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>

<2003 – ‘Sly Verb’, choreography by Christopher House; photograph by David Hou>

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

<2006 – ‘Timecode Break’, choreography by Christopher House; photograph by Aaron McKenzie Fraser>

<2009 – ‘Awareness Etudes for 6 Performers & an Audience’, from the Berlin/Toronto Project, choreography by Felix Marchand; photograph by David Hou>

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

In NOW Magazine this week – “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/

      <The Toronto Dance Theatre Company in BOGOTA, Colombia, 2017>

AND THE AWARD GOES TO . . . TORONTO & HAMILTON FILM CREWS FOR HELPING MAKE ‘THE SHAPE OF WATER’

ABOVE – Director and writer GUILLERMO DEL TORO won the Oscar for Best Picture of 2018.  TORONTO producer J. Miles Dale shared the award. This was the first Oscar win for Dale, who worked with del Toro on the 2013 film “Mama” and the horror drama series “The Strain.”

“The Shape of Water” took four Oscars, including the most important one – Best Picture of 2018. The film was shot over a period of 58 days in both Hamilton and Toronto.  They were stand-ins for BALTIMORE in the 1960’s. With their wide range of neighbourhoods and Gothic, Victorian, Edwardian and Brutalist buildings, location spotters were able to choose from a cornucopia of convincing locales.  These included Massey Hall (disguised as the Orpheum Theatre), the Elgin Theatre (interior), and the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus.

Mexican director GUILLERMO DEL TORO, maker of ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ is fond of the two cities, and told the CBC that he loves HAMILTON so much he’d like to set up his own studio there. Del Toro says he’s watched it evolve since the 1990’s and calls that city a “powerhouse” of creativity – with great pancakes.

<Metro News, MONTREAL, March 5/2018>

TORONTO & neighbouring HAMILTON have the facilities, trained crews and a variety of locations to make outstanding feature films.  Convince yourself by seeing ‘The Shape of Water’.

‘The Shape of Water’, took Oscars for Best Picture of 2018, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay & Best Production Design.

TAKES, MISTAKES, RETAKES, OUTTAKES – GLENN GOULD’S ‘GOLDBERG VARIATIONS’ STUDIO SESSIONS

TORONTO’s gift to the world of classical music – GLENN GOULD – died nine days after his 50th birthday on October 4, 1982. He’d stopped playing concerts in 1964, and spent much of his time taping in a recording studio.

Tapes of four studio sessions were recently released by Sony Classical – ‘Treasures for the Taking’, said the New York Times. Only 22 at the time, Gould worked tirelessly creating his interpretation of the ‘Goldbergs’. He did this by doing take after take, critiquing, refining, criticizing this and that, and then going at it again.

It’s all there on five discs in a large package. Besides the recordings, there’s a thick book of photos, documents and articles, an interview with studio engineer Howard H. Scott, and an 80 page guide listing every single take.

For those who can’t get enough of TORONTO’s classical superstar, and with plenty of time on their hands, this would seem to be a ‘must-have’.