*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

*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

*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

*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

*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

*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

*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://www.thedirt.ca
*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
*June 20 – Open Roof Festival, summer-long movies & music, 158 Sterling Road, 8 pm, http://www.openrooffestival.com
*June 22 – Mavis Staples, 8 pm, Massey Hall, http://www.masseyhall.com
*June 20-22 – Italian Contemporary Film Festival, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, http://www.icff.ca
*June 20-23 – Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott, a traffic miscarriage of justice, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
*June 20-24 – Luminato, Toronto’s International Art Festival, book tickets at http://www.luminato.com
*June 20-28 – Toronto Japanese Film Festival, best of contemporary Japanese film, Japanese Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court, http://www.torontojff.com
*June 20-30 – The Films of Elaine May, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, http://www.tiff.net
*June 20-30 – Bike Month in Toronto, most events free, several venues, http://www.bikemonth.ca/toronto
*June 20-24 – Green Space Festival, 10th anniversary, Pride Month music fest, Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church St., http://www.greenspaceto.org
*June 22 to July 1 – Toronto Jazz Festival, various venues, some shows free, http://www.torontojazz.com
*June 23,24 – Indigenous Arts Festival, traditional pow wow, music, hoop dancing, craft market, Fort York, free, http://www.toronto.ca/IAF
*June 24 – The Barra MacNeils, Celtic music, Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas Street West, http://www.hughsroomlive.com
*Until July 8 – Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience, all 7 Potter books condensed into 70 minutes, CAA Theatre (formerly the Panasonic), 651 Yonge Street, http://www.pottedpotter.com
*Until July 11 – The Art of Banksy, 80 original works, 213 Sterling Road, http://www.banksyexhibit.com
*Until July 29 – ‘Alter-Ego’, Canadian comic book super heroes & the talents behind them, TD Gallery, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, free, http://www.tpl.ca/tdgallery
*Until September 2 – Romeo & Juliet + A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Canadian Stage in High Park, http://www.canadianstage.com
*Until October 8 – a retrospective of Iris van Herpen’s couture, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, http://www.rom.on.ca
*Ongoing – The Best Is Yet To Come Undone, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
*Ongoing – Richard O’Brien’s ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario, take the bus $29 return, http://www.stratfordfestival.ca*
Ongoing – The Music Man, outstanding updated musical, Stratford Festival, http://www.stratfordfestival.ca
*Until January 6/2019 – Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
*Until April 8/2019 – Come From Away, extended a third time, a continuing Canadian/American hit – http://www.mirvish.com

Recreational cannabis from coast-to-coast-to-coast will be legal, probably by this coming September. An historic vote in the Senate has paved the way for Canada’s pot-smoking and growing aficionados to avoid criminal records. The bill only needs Royal Assent, and then it becomes law-of-the-land.

Parliamentary approval of Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, means that a legal, multi-billion dollar industry is about to take root in Canada.

The St. Charles clocktower is standing tall on Yonge Street at Grenville.  Formerly a fire station, then a gay dance hall, the building in behind is being demolished for a major development, but the tower itself will remain.  Good news<PHOTOS – Alan Rowe>

<US editorial cartoon by ANN TELNAES, Washington Post, June/2018>

<Editorial cartoon, Montreal Gazette, by AISLIN, June/2018>

Say it isn’t so. My beloved NEW YORK CITY has become “unremarkable”. The cover article in the July issue of HARPER’S Magazine laments the “the fall of New York and the urban crisis of affluence.” A note of caution for TORONTO – don’t lose your funkiness.

“As New York enters the third decade of the twenty-first century, it is in imminent danger of becoming something it has never been before: unremarkable. It is approaching a state where it is no longer a significant cultural entity but the world’s largest gated community, with a few cupcake shops here and there. For the first time in its history, New York is, well, boring.” – Kevin Baker/Harper’s Magazine


TORONTO’s Koerner Hall marks its 10th anniversary this year with a jam-packed schedule of concerts in 2018 and 2019. For FREE you can watch some of the world’s top musicians perform on stage by going to http://www.rcmusic.com/livestream

Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, is part of the Royal Conservatory of Music and seats 1,135. Without a doubt, it’s one of Canada’s most beautiful concert halls and, among other features is known for excellent acoustics, a unique million dollar collection of antique musical instruments, and three tiers of glass-fronted lobbies overlooking Philosopher’s Walk.

For 10th anniversary program schedule, tickets and subscriptions – http://www.rcmusic.com/performance

The first major exhibit by two extraordinary Inuit artists – the Kenojuak Ashevak (‘the grandmother of Inuit art”) & her nephew Tim Pitslulak – both deceased – is occupying the AGO’s largest gallery space until August 12. The exhibit features key works by both artists.

Drawing is an expression of Inuit culture that traditionally reflects everyday life at its deepest level. The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), 317 Dundas Street Westhttp://www.ago.net

TORONTO gets its first Industrial Heritage District highlighting the history of the Dundas East and Carlaw neighborhood. The District will feature 10 plaques containing information on some industrial buildings remaining in the area.

“This is a neighbourhood that was an industrial district starting in the beginning of the 20th Century. The rails are still there and are used by VIA Rail and the GoTrain,” CAMILLE BEGIN of Heritage Toronto told the CBC. <PHOTO ABOVE – workers packaging Palmolive soap, 1919, Toronto Public Library>



‘INSIDE OUT’ has been steadily growing over the last three decades, and in June/2018 it again programmed features and shorts from around the globe. The festival, with its expanding Finance Forum, has become an international home and incubator for filmmakers, both emerging and established.

49 features will be shown in 2018 – including 5 world, 7 international and 27 Canadian premieres from 27 countries.

<World premiere of Christiaan Olwagen’s CANARY.

The Women’s Gala featured Amy Adrion’s acclaimed documentary HALF THE PICTURE.

Screenings at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West. All foreign-language films were shown in their original languages with English subtitles.

MORE INFORMATION – https://www.insideout.ca/


Our city’s first Church of Scotland was founded in 1830 in the Old Town of York (known today as TORONTO). On February 13, 1876, some of the congregants moved west to New St. Andrew’s, designed by the noted architect W. G. Storm. It became the central Presbyterian church in the city.

At one time this was a rather poor neighbourhood, but along came the St. Andrew’s subway station, Roy Thomson Hall, two major theatres, condominiums, and a growing financial district.  A link to the district’s past: an Out of the Cold program launched in 1992 to help combat homelessness continues to this day.

The congregation has maintained its Scottish roots. To celebrate St. Andrew’s 175th anniversary, the Moderator of the Church of Scotland came to TORONTO to deliver a keynote address.

The church and congregation have strong links with the 48th Highlanders Regiment of Canada.

The 48th Highlanders Museum is located in the basement, and includes uniforms, medals, photographs, weapons and other artifacts.  Founded in 1959, the current location was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997.

MUSEUM HOURS Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10 am to 3:00 pm.

For more information – http://www.48highlanders.com/04_03.html


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 – one of only three 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/


<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>


<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>


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.