WHAT’S ON IN TORONTO – JANUARY/2018 (CLICK ON WEBSITES BELOW FOR INFO, TIMES & TICKETS)

LARGE THEATRES
*Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (Opera House), 145 Queen St. W., http://www.coc.ca & http://www.national.ballet.ca
*Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W., http://www.mirvish.com
*Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W., http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/venues/fleckdancetheatre/
*Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. W., http://www.mirvish.com
*CAA (formerly Panasonic) Theatre, 651 Yonge St., http://www.mirvish.com
*Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
*St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E., http://www.stlc.com
*Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E., http://www.sonycentre.ca
*Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
*Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
*Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front St. E., http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca
*Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St., http://www.tocentre.com
*Streetcar Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Av., http://www.crowstheatre.com
*Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St., http://www.ticketmaster.ca

MORE THEATRES
*Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Ave., http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
*Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street, http://www.factorytheatre.ca
*MacMillan Theatre, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, http://www.music.utoronto.ca
*Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, http://www.passemuraille.on.ca
*Toronto Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester St., Cabbagetown, http://www.tdt.org
*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
*The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. W., http://www.theatrecentre.org
– Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor St. W., https://wwww.facebook.com/TheStorefrontTheatre
*Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Av., http://www.coalminetheatre.com
*Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave., http://www.tarragontheatre.com
*Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St. E., http://www.redsandcastletheatre.com
*Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, http://www.alumnaetheatre.com

CONCERT HALLS
*Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W., http://www.trinitystpauls.ca
*Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, http://www.roythomson.com
*Glenn Gould Studio, CBC Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front St. W., http://www.cbc.ca/glenngould
*The Opera House, 735 Queen St. East, http://www.theoperahousetoronto.com
*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 St. West, http://www.performance.rcmusic.ca
*Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street, http://www.masseyhall.com
*Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Av., http://www.thedanforth.com

CENTRAL CITY CINEMAS
*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

MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES
*Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, http://www.agakhanmuseum.org
*Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.ca
*Black Creek Pioneer Village, heritage museum, partly outdoors, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, http://www.blackcreek.ca
*Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Boulevard, http://www.fortyork.ca
*Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street, http://www.hhof.com
*MZTV Museum of Television, 64 Jefferson Ave., Liberty Village, http://www.mztv.com
*Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
*Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Museum & Archives, https://www.qormuseum.org
*Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, http://www.rom.on.ca
*Spadina House Museum and gardens, 235 Spadina Rd., 416-392-6910
*Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto’s castle, http://www.casaloma.ca
*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 Gallery of Mississauga, http://www.artgalleryofmississauga.com
*McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, http://www.mcmichael.com
*Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St. West, Hamilton, http://www.artgalleryofhamilton.com
* Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, http://www.arts.utoronto.ca/galleries.htm

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
*Ongoing – TAPto free walking tours by Toronto Greeters, book online at http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e14d3a2f287c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
*Ongoing – 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
*Free Arts in the Parks, concerts, films and arts of all kinds, for full events listings and details go to http://www.artsintheparksto.org
*Until January 21 – Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival, Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. West, http://www.tiff.net/seethenorth
*Until January 21 – Toronto International Boat Show, 550 exhibitors, Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, http://www.torontoboatshow.com
*Until February 25 – Waterfront Ice Breakers, Constellation-themed outdoor ice installations, Queens Quay, http://www.waterfrontbia.com
*Until March 4 – Toronto Light Festival, 27 light art installations, The Distillery District, free, http://www.torontolightfest.com
*Until March 18 – Winter at Ontario Place, light installations, synthetic skating rink, film screenings at Cinesphere, bonfires, etc., Ontario Place, 955 Lakeshore Boulevard West, free, http://www.ontarioplace.com/winter
*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

The Scarborough Bluffs are a major natural site on the shores of Lake Ontario.  But for those without a car, they’re not so easy to reach.  The TORONTO Transit Commission (TTC) is looking into a city bus route, linking TORONTO with the Bluffs.  This could prove to be a popular tourist attraction.

<“IN THE HOLE”, New Yorker cover, January 22/2018, by ANTHONY RUSSO>

Harbourfront Centre. 235 Queens Quay West, is staging “LEAR”, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear”, until January 28/2018. Seana McKenna assumes the role of Lear, who’s transformed into a queen, a matriarch and a power-suited executive, with a passing resemblance to Hillary Clinton or Theresa May. Director – Graham Abbey.  <PHOTO – Anthony Russo>

METRO LINX has launched a $10-million program for eight artworks in six Crosstown LRT stations. The $5.3-billion line under and above Eglinton Avenue, will consist of 25 stations, and will cross the city from the west end to Scarborough.

Above – a rendering of “Light From Within” by Rodney LaTourelle and Louise Witthsft, to be installed at Eglinton Station.

<“#METOO DEBATE GETTING MORE SPIRITED” – editorial cartoon, Globe and Mail, BRIAN GABLE, January 17/2018>

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GOOD NEWS FROM TORONTO’S MUSIC LAND – HUGH’S ROOM LIVE IS COMING BACK STRONG(ER)

One year ago HUGH’s ROOM, 2261 Dundas St. W., seemed to be down for the count. But 12 months later, the revamped music venue is up and running. Thanks to local business owners, music promoters, and the West End community itself, nearly $150,000 was raised, putting the club back on its feet again.

Supported by a collective of volunteers, the new Hugh’s Room Live needs to host 20 concerts per month with an average of 120 people per night, said BRIAN ILER, chair of the board, “We’re not there quite yet, but if we can do that we’ll be successful.”

Tickets & the concert schedule http://www.hughsroom.com

THEATRE PASSE MURAILLE, ONE OF TORONTO’S RED BRICK THEATRES, IS NOW 50 YEARS OLD

Founded in 1968 and housed in a designated historical building at 16 Ryerson Avenue, Theatre Passe Muraille has long been an incubator for Canadian playwrights and actors. The premises was originally the home of Nasmith Bakery and Stables.

In 2007 the building was purchased by the City of TORONTO in a partnership deal with Artscape, a not-for-profit arts group that builds and develops different kinds of creative spaces. Theatres are among them.

Passe Muraille’s founding principles included the idea that theatre shouldn’t be about real estate. Plays can be made and staged anywhere – in barns, churches, bars, lofts, even in former bakeries. As well – theatre should endeavour to mirror social change, and that’s been a guiding principle of the company ever since. <PHOTO ABOVE – Kristintbooth>

In 1984 KEANU REEVES appeared in Brad Fraser’s play “Wolfboy” at the Passe Muraille.  The story, about a teenager with wolfish tendencies, became a cult hit – and was later made into a musical.

At about the same time, Keanu was a correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s youth magazine “Going Great”.  He now has a star on Hollywood Boulevard and the rest is history.

To learn more about Theatre Passe Muraille and its 50th birthday celebration go to http://www.passemuraille.on.ca

THE NON-PROFIT MUSIC GALLERY, 41-YEARS-OLD, MOVES INTO NEW PREMISES @ 918 BATHURST ST.

Founded in 1976 by Peter Anson and Al Mattes of the free-improvising group CCMC, TORONTO’s unique Music Gallery has a new address. Partnering with the Bathurst Centre for Culture & the Arts, 918 Bathurst Street in the Annex, the new venue offers greater capacity and more modern facilities.

Over several decades, the Gallery has promoted the development and performance of music of all genres. Its home since 2001 has been St-George-the-Martyr Church at the southern end of Grange Park.

THE MUSIC GALLERY will keep an office at the church, but make 918 Bathurst its indefinite home base for programming.

Website – http://www.musicgallery.org

SOUP’S ON AT THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO – AGO REVEALS ANDY WARHOL’S ‘CAMPBELL’S SOUP I’ SERIES

They had it all along. Philanthropists Jim and Margaret Fleck bought the series in the 1970‘s from The Factory, America’s epicentre of Pop Art. Understandably the work opened up a huge debate on what can be classified as art.

AGO Director and CEO, STEPHAN JOST, says this is the only complete series of Andy Warhol’s soup cans to be found in a public institution. Each piece of the 32 canvases is different, and Warhol’s errors makes them so close to art that they become art.