WHAT’S ON IN TORONTO – SEPT. & OCT./2017 (CLICK ON WEBSITES FOR INFORMATION & TICKETS)

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

MUSIC, MUSICALS & DANCE
– September 21-30 – Bandits in the Valley, Tapestry Opera, multi-media opera, free with tickets, Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Road, http://www.tapestryopera.com/bandits-in-the-valley
– September 22,23 – A Tribute to Glenn Gould, Jan Lisiek (piano), Toronto Symphony Orchestra, http://www.tso.ca/fall
– September 23 – October 22 – ‘Life After’, a new musical, Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, http://www.canadianstage.com
– October 7 – one night only, Adizokan, Canadian Indigenous Peoples concert, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, 7:30pm, http://www.tso.ca/fall
– Until October 7 – Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Hart House Theatre, University of Toronto, http://www.harthousetheatre.ca
– October 8 – Azealia Banks, Toronto Opera House, 735 Queen Street East, http://www.theoperahousetoronto.com
– October 14 – Miles Electric Band, contemporaries of Miles Davis & a new generation of musicians, Koerner Hall, 8pm, 273 Bloor St. West, http://www.performance.rcmusic.ca
– October 19, 20 – A Tribute to Maureen Forrester, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, 60 Simcoe Street, http://www.tso.ca/fall
– Until October 22 – Life After, a 16-year-old girl navigates her life after the death of her guru father dies, Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, http://www.canadianstage.com
– October 14 – December 3 – Bat Out of Hell: The Musical, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– Until November 19 – Dreamgirls, Black female trio become super stars, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Avenue, http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
– Until November 26 – Volta, Cirque du Soleil under the bigtop, music, dance, acrobatic arts, bike stunts, Big Top, Port Lands area, Commissioners at Cherry, http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/volta
– Until November 26 – Avenue Q, adult musical puppet play, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Avenue, http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.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

COMEDY, THEATRE & SPOKEN WORD
– Ongoing – ‘Party Today, Panic Tomorrow’, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
– September 26 – October 15 – The Fish Eyes Trilogy, Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street, http://www.factorytheatre.ca/fisheyes
– Until October 7 – Picture This, comedy of epic proportions, Young 
Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
– Until October 7 – Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
– Until October 29 – North By Northwest, Hitchcock’s classic thriller on stage, Royal Alexandra Theatre, http://www.mirvish.com
– September 21-30 – Toronto’s Comedy Festival, for tickets and venues go to http://www.jfl42.com
– September 27 – October 29 – Undercover, murder mystery, audience participation, Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Avenue, http://www.tarragontheatre.com
– October 12-29 – Salt-Water Moon by David French, Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– October 10 – November 19 – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Princess of Wales Theatre, http://www.mirvish.com
– October 30 – Carol Burnett: An Evening of Laughter & Reflection, 7:30pm, Sony Centre, 1 Front Street East, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
– 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
– Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, excellent theatre, beautiful town, 80 miles southeast of Toronto, for schedule http://www.shawfest.com
– Stratford Festival, 90 miles west of Toronto, excellent theatre, beautiful city, for schedule http://www.stratfordfestival.ca

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
– September 30 – 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 October 14 – ‘Union Station’, Larry Towell photographs, Stephen Bulger Gallery, new location, 1356 Dundas Street West, http://www.bulgergallery.com
– Until October 14 – Christopher Pratt, Mira Godard Gallery, 22 Hazelton Avenue, Yorkville, http://www.godardgallery.com
– Until October 22 – Pop Sherlock, posters, manuscripts, music, comic vooks, movie scripts, etc., from the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, guided tours Tuesdays at 2pm, free, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Until October 2017 – Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
– 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 the new Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond Street West, http://www.ocadu.ca/onsite
– Until January 1 – HERE: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists, Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Don Mills, https://www.agakhanmuseum.org
– 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.)
– October 3 – Shady Queens: The Shequel, Bob he Drag Queen, Katya, Jinkx Monsoon, and others, Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue, http://www.fifehouse.org
– 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

THE MOVIES AND OTHER STUFF
– Ongoing – TAPto free walking tours by Toronto Greeters, book online at http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e14d3a2f287c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
– September 24 – The Word On The Street, Canada’s largest literary festival, Harbourfront Centre, http://www.thewordonthestreet.ca
– September 30 – Nuit Blanche, 12th annual all-night celebration of the arts, free, http://www.nbto.com
– October 5 – Yonge-Dundas Square Street Festival, 4-9pm, free, http://www.beinspiredevent.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, http://www.rainbowcinemas.ca
– 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/whats-on
– Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, specializing in documentaries and films seldom shown in the multiplex, 506 Bloor Street West, http://www.bloorcinema.com
– 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 on the UK-based website ‘Walked Thru’ http://www.walkedthru.com

Canadian interdisciplinary artist ZEESY POWERS was commissioned by Greenland Group Canada to create a 130-foot-long mural for the future site of the two-tower King Blue condominium complex on King Street West.

The artwork celebrates the history of the Entertainment District and cinema (exploding popcorn anyone?), Roy Thomson Hall’s giant organ, and an array of TORONTO’s best-known landmarks, including the Gardiner Expressway’s uprights. It’s on the site of the landmark former Westinghouse Building, now being incorporated into King Blue.

Average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in TORONTO is now at $2,000 per month. PADMAPPER checked out 5,418 listings and found 1-bedroom rentals have gone up 5.6% in September over August. Studios rose 27% to $1,650 and 2-bedrooms increased by 6% to $2,650.

A new word has entered our vocabulary – ‘Hyperloop’. For those dreaming of the future, the corridor between TORONTO and Montreal is one of the strongest candidates in the world for a system that cuts travel time from five hours to just 39 minutes.

The route was the only Canadian winner among ten chosen from hundreds in an international competition sponsored by Los Angeles-based HyperloopOne. Where it goes from here is anybody’s guess. For the details – https://hyperloop-one.com/

‘The Faraway Nearby: Photographs of Canada From the New York Times Photo Archive’. Main Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street, September 13 – December 10/2017.

The Faraway Nearby examines a century of Canada’s history and its representation in the leading American “newspaper of record.” Admission is free.

CINESPACE is building two new film studios in suburban ETOBICOKE. The expansion of its Kipling Studio Campus will include an underwater filming tank and 50,000-square-feet of studio space. Ground was broken on September 7.

Cinespace is home to the television hit “The Handmaid’s Tale” and recently finished the period drama “Reign” and several other productions.

ABOVE – some of Mayor JOHN TORY’s immediate plans to unlock gridlock in TORONTO – #getTOmoving

INVICTUS GAMES in TORONTO, September 23-30/2017 – for details go to http://www.invictusgames2017.com

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TORONTO’S REFERENCE LIBRARY HAS ONE OF THE WORLD’S TOP ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE COLLECTIONS

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.

‘POP SHERLOCK’, now showing at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, documents Holmes’ role as an icon. His fame is global, and the exhibit showcases his appearances in films, television, comic books and advertising. For fans, even more documentation is available on the fifth floor in the Special Collections Centre.

<Animation cel – Porky Pig as Dr. Watson>

<A Sherlock Holmes nutcracker>

‘Pop Sherlock’ continues until October 22. For more information about Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, guided tours and movies go to http://www.tpl.ca/tdgallery

TORONTO TRANSITIONS INTO ‘LA LA LAND’ AS STARS DESCEND FOR THE 42ND ANNUAL INT’L FILM FEST

Who’s coming to the TORONTO International Film Festival? Some members of the A-list below –
Lady Gaga
Matt Damon
Rachel McAdams
George Clooney
Willem Dafoe
Nicole Kidman
Travis Fimmel
Drake
Colin Farrell
Octavia Spencer
Benedict Cumberbatch
Penelope Cruz
Alicia Vikander
Peter Dinklage
Vince Carter
Angelina Jolie
Claire Foy

Liam Neeson
Kate Winslet
Judi Dench
Jim Carrey
Jennifer Lawrence
Daniel Craig
James Franco
Jake Gyllenhaal
Idris Elba
Helen Mirren
Halle Berry
Grace Jones
Gael Garcia Bernal
Eric Clapton
Ben Stiller
Shia LaBeouf
Annette Bening

The 42nd annual TORONTO International Film Festival, September 7-17, http://www.tiff.net

THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM’S BLUE WHALE EXHIBIT IS GOING ON A ROAD TRIP

This summer’s really big show at TORONTO’s Royal Ontario Museum has now closed. It will soon head out on a cross-country tour.

<PHOTOS – Tanja Tiziana>

The museum hasn’t confirmed travel plans, but it will probably go to three or four Canadian venues – and maybe internationally – before being installed permanently in TORONTO at the ROM.

The Blue Whale’s gigantic heart

The female whale washed ashore in Trout River, Newfoundland in 2014, bloated with gas and threatening to explode. Turning the 90-tonne whale into an exhibit was a gargantuan task, taking almost three years. A second blue whale, which washed ashore in Rocky Harbour, Nfld., will eventually be on display at Memorial University in St. John’s.

TORONTO INT’L FILM FESTIVAL REOPENS CINESPHERE , THE WORLD’S FIRST IMAX CINEMA

TIFF is re-opening the doors to CINESPHERE in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, for screenings of Canadian films from the 1980’s and 90’s.

The lineup, as part of the 2017 Cinematheque program, includes free showings and digitally-restored features like Clement Virgo’s Rude (95), the first Canadian dramatic feature to be written, directed and produced by an all-black team, along with Patricia Rozema’s winner of the Cannes Prix de la jeunesse ‘I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing’ (87). ‘North Of Superior‘, a classic IMAX documentary, is also on the program.

CINESPHERE opened in 1971 as one of the world’s most advanced theatres. Seating 752, it was the first permanent IMAX theatre anywhere.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7-17/2017

HIDDEN TORONTO #1 – SOME MEMORABLE STUFF YOU MIGHT ACCIDENTALLY STUMBLE UPON

<3rd Sunday of every month is ‘car-free, pedestrians only’ at Kensington Market – until October>

<A quicksand warning in Wychwood Park>

<Mug shots at the Toronto Police Museum, 40 College Street>

<A tunnel borer working on the 22-station Crosstown LRT and/or six new subway stations>

<Tokyo Smoke jammed between two larger buildings>

<Architectural artifacts in the Junction neighbourhood>

<Glad Day, the world’s oldest LGBTQ bookshop & cafe, 499 Church Street>

<Detail of the Casa Loma Conservatory ceiling on a coin from the Canadian Mint>

<De Grassi Street where the internationally famous television series began.>

<Dundas Street West Market constructed from old shipping containers>

<Native Family Services building on College Street>

<Nightime illuminations in the Pharmacy Building, University of Toronto>

HIDDEN TORONTO #2 – ALL GREAT CITIES HAVE HIDDEN TREASURES – HERE ARE SOME MORE OF OUR’S

<Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes, one of the city’s oldest buildings – PHOTO Bryan Blenkin>

<Patio House, Nortown District>

<Lobby, Danforth Music Hall>

<St. Michael’s Cemetery, off Yonge, south of St. Clair Avenue>

<TTC subway typeface, created in the 1950’s>

<Squirrel nests in the fall>

<Former home of Russian Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, 710 Gerrard St. East>

<‘Leaves of Light’, York University>

<Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Forest Hill>

<Artscape Young Place, a former school now devoted to the arts, Shaw Street>

<Rose Hill Park, in the heart of the city, Summerhill neighbourhood>

<Moses Znaimer’s ‘Television Museum and Archive’, Liberty Village>

<Bruce Kidd running track, Regent Park>

<Cinecycle – bicycle repair shop & occasional movie theatre, laneway off Spadina Avenue>

<Matilda Street, downtown eastside>

<The original Island Airport control tower/terminal buildiing still exits – but it’s no longer in use>

<Mural by Dan Bergeron, Evergreen Brick Works>

<Great (Law) Library, Osgoode Hall, Queen Street West>