Blair McKeil has purchased Theodore, and will share the Maritimes with Ontario. Built in 2000 for a television series, the tug left Dayspring, Nova Scotia. and headed for Halifax and fame as a children’s TV star. Anyone who has visited the capital has no doubt seen Theo chugging up and down the Harbour and under the bridges. Former owner, Ambassadors Gray Line, received inquiries from Arizona and California, but the tug went to Mr. McKeil, who has Nova Scotia roots. His father and grandfather came from Pugwash and his maternal grandfather from Mabou, Cape Breton. HAMILTON’s children will soon be traveling onboard the one-and-only Theo Too. “We feel very fortunate to have Theodore,” said Mr. McKeil.


*Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street,
*Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front Street East,
*CAA (formerly Panasonic) Theatre, 651 Yonge St.,
*Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street,
*Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W.,
*Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (Opera House), 145 Queen St. W.,
*Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. W.,
*Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W.,
*Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E.,
*Streetcar Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Av.,
*St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E.,
*Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St.,
*Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street,
*Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District,
*Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front Street East, THEATRES
*Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street,
*Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor Street West,
*Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St.,
*Cahoots Theatre Company, staging diversity, 388 Queen St. E.,
*Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Av.,
*Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street,
*Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto,
*Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Ave.,
*MacMillan Theatre, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto,
*National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen Street West,
*Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St. E.,
*Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Lane, Brampton, Ontario,
*Second City, sketch comedy theatre that’s launched many careers, 51 Mercer Street,
*Shaw Festival Theatres, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario,
*Stratford Festival Theatres, Stratford, Ontario,
*Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor Street West, pushes creative boundaries, an original,
*Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave.,
*Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. W.,
*Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue,
*Toronto Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester St., Cabbagetown,
*Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club, 224 Richmond St. West, HALLS
*Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Av.,
*George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge Street,
*Glenn Gould Studio, CBC Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front St. W.,
*Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West,
*Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W.,
*Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West,
*Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street,
*Opera House, 735 Queen St. East,
*Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street,
*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,
*Grand Gerrard Theatre, 1035 Gerrard St. East, independent, film screenings, live music, comedy, performance art, one of Toronto’s oldest cinemas,
*Hot Docs Ted Rogers, specializing in documentaries and films seldom shown in the multiplex, 506 Bloor Street West,
*Market Square, 80 Front Street East, several screens,
*Mount Pleasant, 675 Mount Pleasant Road, big screen, 2nd run features, some European films, etc.,
*Ontario Science Centre Omnimax,770 Don Mills Road,
*Paradise Cinema, 1006 Bloor Street West, newly restored, independent, an outstanding schedule of films old and new,
*Regent, 551 Mount Pleasant Road, 2nd run features, big screen,
*Revue, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, neighbourhood cinema, second-run, documentary & foreign features,
*Royal, documentaries, festivals, foreign, second-run features, 608 College Street,
*Scotiabank Toronto Imax (Cineplex), 259 Richmond Street West, multiplex & IMAX, 14 screens,
*TIFF Bell Lightbox, 5 screens, movies that don’t play in the multiplex, for times and schedule go to
*Varsity Cinemas (Cineplex), Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor Street West, 12 screens,
*Yonge-Dundas Cinemas (Cineplex), multiplex & IMAX, 26 screens, 10 Dundas Street East,
******Complete movie times, Toronto cinemas, reviews, from NOW Magazine, a handy address – IN & AROUND TORONTO
*Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive,
*Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St. West, Hamilton,
*Art Gallery of Mississauga,
*Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West,
*Bata Shoe Museum, only two in the world, 327 Bloor St. West,
*Black Creek Pioneer Village, heritage museum, partly outdoors, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway,
*Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto’s castle,
*Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Boulevard,
*Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, 111 Queen’s Park,
*Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street,
*Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle,
*Mackenzie House Museum, 82 Bond Street, interprets Victorian life of the 1860’s, 416-302-6915
*McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg,
*Metropolitan Toronto Police Museum & Discovery Centre, 40 College St.,
*MZTV Museum of Television, 64 Jefferson Ave., Liberty Village,
*Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road,
*Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West, free,
*Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Museum & Archives,
*Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park,
*Ryerson Image Centre (RIC), 33 Gould Street, large photography gallery, free admission,
*Spadina House Museum and gardens, 235 Spadina Rd., 416-392-6910,
*Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Street,
*Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street, Markham, http://www.varleygallery.caCITY CENTRE ART GALLERIES
*A Space, established contemporary, 401 Richmond St. West,
*Barbara Edwards Contemporary, 1069 Bathurst Street,
*Bay of Spirits, 156 Front St. West, First Nations art,
*Canadian Sculpture Centre, 500 Church Street,
*Christopher Cutts, 21 Morrow Avenue,
*Clint Roenisch, 190 St. Helens Avenue, contemporary, avant-garde,
*Corkin Gallery, 7 Tank House Lane, Distillery District,
*Daniel Faria, contemporary, converted warehouse, 188 St. Helens Avenue,
*Diaz Contemporary, 100 Niagara Street,
*Koffler Gallery, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street,
*Mercer Union, contemporary art, 1286 Bloor St. West,
*Mira Godard, 22 Hazelton Avenue, long-established, Canadian & international artists,
*Olga Korper, 17 Morrow Avenue, long-established,
*Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, 30 Abell Street, founded in 1996,
*Sandra Ainsley, 100 Sunrise Avenue #150, leading dealer in contemporary glass,
*Stephen Bulger, 1356 Dundas St. West, long-established photography gallery,
*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,
*Legit, 2nd Thursday monthly, immigration legal counsel, 519 Centre, 519 Church Street,
*Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), 115 Simpson Avenue, just above Gerrard St. East,
*Out and Out, LGBTQ outdoors club,
*Pink Pages, gay, lesbian, trans, bi, leather, queer directory,
*ProudFM 103.9, Toronto’s LGBTQ radio station,
*Rainbow Railroad, a charity which helps individuals in countries where being LGBTQ invites violence, imprisonment or even death,
*Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps,
*Xtra magazine, gay news from Toronto, Vancouver & Ottawa,


Ken was a fellow Ryerson classmate of mine, and we once lived in the same boarding house on Dundonald Street, downtown Toronto. He made the most of his time, and couldn’t get enough of the movies, both new and old, live theatre and travel. He and his late wife, Eva Kato, attended Soulpepper shows regularly from the company’s beginnings. When Ken passed away in 2020 he bequeathed $100,000 in his will to the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.From Soulpepper – “This donation, the largest realized planned gift in the Young Centre’s history, will have tremendous impact and was an inspiring, uplifting conclusion to a very difficult year.   Ken’s legacy helps ensure we can continue to welcome audiences to productions and programs at our artistic home. We believe this is a fitting tribute to someone who felt very much at home in the theatre.Altogether there were twelve beneficiaries from the estate – four hospitals and eight theatres. The theatres were especially grateful in this year of need. The gifts were very thoughtful from a remarkable man.


Known as Saint Valentine of Rome in the 3rd century, he was born in 226 AD in Terni, Italy, and died on February 14, 269 AD in Rome. His full name – Valentine of Terni. Saint Valentine was either a priest or a bishop in the Roman Empire who ministered to persecuted Christians. He is commemorated in the Anglican Communion and the Lutheran churches on February 14th – Valentine’s Day.<ABOVE – a familiar face in Mississauga, Toronto and much of Ontario.  The former Mayor of Mississauga, Hazel McCallion, celebrated her 100th birthday on Valentine’s Day Her new photo book will help raise funds to redevelop Mississauga Hospital to meet the needs of a growing city. For all the details go to . . . . ‘Hazel McCallion’s 100th Birthday Photo Book Fundraiser’


<ABOVE – Canada Post’s Year of the Ox stamp>  February 12th is the day when we say “goodbye to the RAT” and “hello to the OX”. In Chinese culture, the Ox is a hardworking zodiac sign. It usually signifies movements so, hopefully, the world will be less static than last year and get moving again. The calendar plays an important role in making huge life decisions for the year ahead, such as whether they should get married or start a business. – CNN Travel<ABOVE – two Nova Scotia oxen.  Their slow but steady power is easy on farm implements where sharp collisions with underground rock and stumps could damage equipment.  These two belong in an Eastern Nova Scotia farm museum.>


Thanks to LIA PICARD in The New York Times I know nearly all about Squirrel Tables‘It’s Reserved for Squirrels or Chipmunks’ takes up nearly a full page in Sunday’s Times, December 13/2020.  Worth a read.In TORONTO with thousands of black and grey squirrels, and a sprinkling of chipmunks, keeping them fed could be both worthwhile and a way to pass some pandemic lockdown time.<Photo Above – ETSY Canada>They’re like miniature picnic tables, typically made from cedar or pine, and measure about 8×5 inches, which allows them to be connected to fences or trees. The American squirrels have adapted well, and make the rounds of their favourite tables for a good sized lunch break. Children become fascinated, and so are the adults with time on their hands.  <Photo above – ETSY Canada>Jena Garfield, 33, of St. Paul, Minnesota said “It’s kind of our spin on random acts of kindness. It brings joy to people during this crazy time that we’re all in.” <Photo above – WXYZ, Detroit, Michigan> I’ve indirectly fed the black and grey squirrels in Cabbagetown with some delight.My goal in the last four winters was to feed the sparrows.  The squirrels joined the party – every time. It was so entertaining that I’d be glued to the window waiting to see who turned up next. One thing I learned – divide their food into two groups – one for the squirrels and the other for the sparrows.  No matter what you’ll get a great feeling.


For over 100 years Simpson’s, Hudson’s Bay and now Saks 5th Avenue have been entertaining the kids (and adults too) on Queen Street West at Yonge.  Last year they tried something totally different – with plenty of animation, snowmen tumbling down a steep hill, computers working hard.  And this year, wooden soldiers suggesting wearing a mask would be a great idea.  Hudson’s Bay windows show us the inner workings of Santa’s up-to-date toy factory.  One of the windows is even interactive. Push a button and a robot responds. These windows are great fun for grown-ups too.


Christmas movies are in high demand on several American television networks, and Almonte provides a perfect setting. Wrapped, or in production this year, titles include ‘Fatman’, featuring Mel Gibson as Santa Claus, set in the backwoods of Alaska (Almonte); ‘The Christmas Setup’ on Lifetime takes place in Milwaukee (Almonte); ‘The Rooftop Christmas Tree’, a 2016 UPtv movie (Almonte); the recent Holiday movie shot in town – ‘Unlocking Christmas’ on Hallmark takes place in the United States (Almonte); and in 2007 a Lifetime movie starring Tori Spelling was made in Almonte. . . . . . <ABOVE – Juniper Square; photo by KYLE BERGER, New York Times><ABOVE – The Almonte Mill by Mary Alexandra – east lake, on artnet>AINSLIE S. WIGGS, an Ottawa location manager, says “If Norman Rockwell were to production design a small town for a film, this is what he would draw.”  Sculptor and puppeteer STEPHEN BRATHWAITE, who lives in the Almonte region, explained that the town’s rich and varied architecture is a cinematographer’s dream. . . . . <ABOVE – Thomas Street house; photo by Zolo> Mini Hollywood North it is. . . . . <PHOTO – Kyle Berger, New York Times>