<An up-to-date listing of what’s on in North America’s 4th largest city, and where to find it>

– November 19 – The Winter’s Tale, National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. West, 7:30pm, http://www.national.ballet.ca
– November 19 – Triptyque, a circus and dance triple bill, Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front Street East, http://www.canadianstage.com
– November 19 – Dreamgirls, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Avenue, http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
– November 22,23 – Jay-Z, Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay Street, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
– November 22-26 – Nijinsky, National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. West, 7:30pm, http://www.national.ballet.ca
– Until November 25 – Weesageechak Begins To Dance, Indigenous works in development, dance, theatre, Aki Studio, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. East, http://www.nativeearth.ca/weesageechak30
– Until November 25 – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto, http://www.tickets.harthouse.ca
– Until November 26 – Volta, Cirque du Soleil, Big Top, Commissioners at Cherry Street, Port Lands, http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/volta
– December 9 – Dianne Reeves: Christmas Time Is Here, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, 8pm, http://www.performance.rcmusic.ca
– Until December 10 – Grease:The Musical, previews November 1-9, Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.greaseonstage.com
– Until December 24 – Bat Out of Hell: The Musical, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– Until December 31 – Beauty and the Beast, Young People’s Theatre, http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca
– Until November 19 – Dreamgirls, Black female trio become super stars, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Avenue, http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
– Until November 26 – Avenue Q, adult musical puppet play, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Avenue, http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
– November 24 – December 31 – A Christmas Carol, the family musical with a Scrooge loose, Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.rosspetty.com
– Friday Night Jazz at the Aquarium, second Friday of every month, included with general admission, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Rd, http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada

– November 19-26 – Disgraced, a play by Ayad Akhtar, Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, sold out last season, Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– November 19 – Daughter, satirical solo show about toxic masculinity, Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West, http://www.theatrecentre.org
– Ongoing – ‘Party Today, Panic Tomorrow’, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
– November 19 – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Princess of Wales Theatre, http://www.mirvish.com
– Until November 26 – Fireworks Festival, annual fest of new works, Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, http://www.alumnaetheatre.com
– Until November 26 – My Name is Asher Lev, Jewish artist torn between his Hasidic upbringing and his art, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, http://www.hgjewishtheatre.com
– Until December 17 – Mr. Shi and His Lover, French diplomat falls in love with an opera singer, Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Av., http://www.tarragontheatre.com
– Ongoing – The Madness of George III, Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, http://www.shawfest.com
– Ongoing – Everything Is Great Again, American politics, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com

– Ongoing – Vikings: The Exhibition, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, http://www.rom.on.ca
– November 19 – December 21 – John Brown, Olga Korper Gallery, 17 Morrow Avenue, http://www.olgakorpergallery.com
– November 25 ongoing – Christian Dior, Paris haute couture after WWII years, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, http://www.rom.on.ca
– Until December 3 – ‘Galleries – a public entertainment’, Ross Winter, photography, Propeller Gallery, 30 Abell Street, https://www.propellerctr.com/
– Until January 7 – Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters, monster movie maker at the Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. West, http://www.ago.net
– Until November 26 – Staring Back at the Sun: video art from Israel, 1970-2012, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Suite 104-105, http://www.kofflerarts.org
– Until December 10 – OCAD University presents two inaugural exhibitions in its new Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond Street West, http://www.ocadu.ca/onsite
– Until December/2017 – Art and Innovation: Traditional Arctic Footwear, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
– Until December 31 – Eatons Goes To War: Family, Memory and Meaning, MacKenzie House, 82 Bond Street, https://www.facebook.com/mackenziehouse/
– Until January 1 – HERE: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists, Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Don Mills, https://www.agakhanmuseum.org
– Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, multiple exhibits, Canada’s 2nd largest after the National Gallery, see what’s on at http://www.ago.net
– The Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street in historic Unionville/Markham, http://www.varleygallery.ca
– Art Gallery of Mississauga, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, http://www.artgalleryofmississauga.com
– Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street, http://www.hhof.com
– The Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West, leading public gallery devoted to contemporary visual art, http://www.thepowerplant.org
– Spadina House Museum, historic house and gardens, 285 Spadina Road, (416) 392-6910
– MZTV Museum of Television, 64 Jefferson Avenue, Liberty Village, phone for free reservation at (416) 599-7339
– Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
– CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Museum, archival materials relating to the history of Canadian broadcasting, 250 Front St. West, http://www.cbc.ca/museum/index.html
– Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Boulevard, http://www.fortyork.ca
– Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum & Archives, 1 Austin Terrace, https//qormuseum.org
– Black Creek Pioneer Village, the way life used to be, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, 416-736-1733, http://www.blackcreek.ca

GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bi, transgendered, queer, etc.)
– November 19-25 – 5 Guys Chillin’, the dangerous subculture of gay men who engage in risky sex while using drugs, Kensington Hall, Kensington Market, http://www.theatretopikos.com
– Rainbow Railroad, a charity which helps individuals in countries where being LGBTQ is an invite to violence, imprisonment or death, http://www.rainbowrailroad.ca
– ProudFM 103.9, Toronto’s LGBTQ radio station, http://www.proudfm.com
– Legit, second Thursday of every month, legal counsel for same-sex couples immigrating to Canada, 519 Community Centre, 519 Church Street, http://www.legit.ca
– Get Out! Running Group, every Sunday, people of all ages and experience levels, 10-11:30am, Fuel Plus 471 Church Street, free, http://www.getoutcanada.com
– Glad Day Bookshop & Cafe, since 1970, oldest LGBTQ bookshop in the Americas, 499 Church Street, licenced, coffee bar, warm welcome, http://www.gladdaybookshop.com
– Out and Out LGBTQ outdoors club, http://www.outandout.ca
– Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps of Toronto (ROTC), colour guard, band, drum corps, baton, dance, http://www.rotctoronto.com
– Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), 115 Simpson Avenue at Howard Street, http://www.mcctoronto.com
– Xtra magazine, gay community news in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver, http://www.xtra.ca/toronto.aspx
– The Pink Pages, gay, lesbian, trans, bi, leather, queer directory for Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, Hamilton and Niagara/St. Catharines, http://thepinkpagesdirectory.com
– (CLGA) Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, second largest in the world, research centre, art gallery, 34 Isabella Street, http://www.clga.ca

– Ongoing – TAPto free walking tours by Toronto Greeters, book online at http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e14d3a2f287c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
– November 17-23 – European Union Film Festival, Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, http://www.euffto.com
– November 17-19 – Gourmet Food and Wine Expo, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, http://www.foodandwineexpo.ca
– November 25 – Cavalcade of Lights, lighting of the Christmas tree, fireworks, entertainment, Nathan Phillips Square, 7pm, http://www.toronto.ca/cavalcade
– Until December 23 – The Toronto Christmas Market, ferris wheel, carousel, live music, carollers, vendors, beer gardens, Santa booth, Distillery District, http://www.torontochristmasmarket.com
– Until December 31 – To Canada With Love, Toronto’s cultural events celebrating the country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, various venues, http://www.toronto.ca/canada150
Free Arts in the Parks, concerts, films and arts of all kinds, for full events listings and details go to http://www.artsintheparksto.org
– Mount Pleasant Cinema, 675 Mount Pleasant Road, big screen, 2nd run features, some European films, etc., https://www.cinemaclock.com/ont/toronto/theatres/mount-pleasant
– Carlton Cinemas, 9 screens, fully licensed, $5 Tuesdays, 20 Carlton Street, https://imaginecinemas.com
– Market Square Cinemas, 80 Front Street East, several screens, https://imaginecinemas.com/cinema/market-square/
– Regent Cinema, 551 Mount Pleasant Road, 2nd run features, big screen, https://www.cinemaclock.com/ont/toronto/theatres/regent
– TIFF Bell Lightbox, 5 cinemas, movies that don’t play in the multiplex, for times and schedule go to http://www.tiff.net
– Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, specializing in documentaries and films seldom shown in the multiplex, 506 Bloor Street West, https://www.cinemaclock.com/theatres/hot-docs-ted-rogers-cinema
– Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, neighbourhood cinema, second-run, docmentary & foreign features, http://www.revuecinema.ca
– Royal Cinema, documentaries, festivals, foreign, second-run features, 608 College Street, http://www.theroyal.to
– Ontario Science Center Omnimax,770 Don Mills Road, https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/imax
– Scotiabank Toronto Imax, 259 Richmond Street West, http://www.imax.com/theatres/scotiabank-toronto-imax
– Ride the ferry to Ward’s Island & have lunch at the Rectory Cafe (only open restaurant on the Islands), 101 Lakeshore Avenue, 416-203-2152, http://www.therectorycafe.com
– Edgewalk, CN Tower, walk around the edge of our tallest free-standing structure, http://www.edgewalkcntower.ca
– Sunday Antique Market, free, Jarvis Street south of King
– Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Boulevard, at the bottom of the CN Tower, http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada

TORONTO SAVVY is now on the UK-based website ‘Walked Thru’ – http://www.walkedthru.com

Which TORONTO buildings deserve heritage protection? The GARRISON COMMON COTTAGES, also known as the Robinson Cottages, are one-storey houses southeast of Trinity Bellwoods Park. They predate Confederation, lack heritage protection and some have been recently demolished. The cottage on the right has recently been sold and may be vulnerable. – Globe and Mail, photo – Fred Lum

“There is so much history there,” says Dolores Borkowski, a Mitchell Avenue resident. “But they are poor people’s homes and I think that’s why they’re seen as disposable.”

Until December 23 – The Toronto Christmas Market, ferris wheel, carousel, live music, carollers, vendors, beer gardens, Santa booth, Distillery District, http://www.torontochristmasmarket.com

<The ‘original’ TORONTO Santa Claus Parade, since 1905, SUNDAY, November 19/2017; Bloor West, University Avenue, St. Lawrence Market>



Presently MASSEY HALL is fully occupied restoring 100 stained glass windows, building glass-walled walkways, demolishing one building & constructing another, and expanding its loading docks.

On the horizon, amongst all of this, will be two new music venues, one in each building – the largest will seat 250-500, and the other will be an intimate ‘coffee house’ performance space in a redesigned Centuries Lounge.

<MASSEY HALL, as it will be in 2020, with the new building in the rear>


One of the best times to visit Ontario’s Northland is now when all the bugs, blackflies and mosquitos have bid farewell. I make two trips up there – once in the fall and again in the winter. In October nature puts on quite a show, a couple of weeks before the fall colours appear in the city.

BELOW – a preview of what’s in store soon. How fortunate we are to live in a land with four distinct seasons.


We all have to go someday and leave this beautiful city behind. For some, death was anything but peaceful and TORONTO has witnessed countless lives lived and lost – from ancient First Nations burial mounds to gruesome Victorian-era murders, to tales of war and plague, duels and executions, suicides and séances.

The author ADAM BUNCH is the creator of the Toronto Dreams Project, and has written about the history of the city for Spacing Magazine, Torontoist and the Huffington Post. In 2012, he earned an honourable mention for a Governor-General’s History Award. Adam lives in TORONTO.

An ideal read for Hallowe’en . . . ‘The Toronto Book of the Dead’



After 14 years on Queen Street West, the STEPHEN BULGER GALLERY outgrew itself and has moved into a much bigger space in Little Portugal. The new location – which can be divided into smaller spaces, depending on the show – is now open to the public.

Gallerist STEPHEN BULGER has played a significant role in both the Canadian and international photography markets.

<PHOTO – Stephen Bulger by ANITA MALHOTRA/Arts Mania.ca>

He exhibits at several North American and European art fairs (including Paris Photo & AIPAD), is a past president of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), is on the advisory board of Ryerson University’s Image Centre, and co-founded TORONTO’s Contact Photography Festival.

1356-58 Dundas Street West


Since 1884 four million rare items, art, manuscripts, books and artifacts have been gathered up by our city’s library system. Among them – materials devoted to the life and work of Arthur Conan Doyle <PHOTO BELOW>, best known for his portrayal of London’s famous detective SHERLOCK HOLMES and his sidekick DR. WATSON.

TORONTO Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street