WHAT’S ON IN TORONTO – APRIL/2019 (CLICK ON WEBSITES BELOW FOR MORE INFO, TIMES & TICKETS)

LARGE THEATRES
*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
MORE THEATRES
*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/
*Stratford Festival Theatres, Stratford, Ontario, https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/ThePlays?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhqTVruSJ2QIVV7nACh2_pA41EAAYAyAAEgKAZ_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
*Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor Street West, pushes creative boundaries, an original, http://www.thestorefronttheatre.com
*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

CONCERT HALLS
*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

CENTRAL CITY CINEMAS*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

OTHER GOOD STUFF
*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
*TAPto free walking tours by Toronto Greeters, book online at https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/visitor-services/toronto-greeters-program/
*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., Mondays 5 pm; Saturdays 11 am, Ontario Heritage Trust. – http://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/ewg/ewg-home/tours
*April 22 – Cher & her ‘Here We Go Again Tour’, Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay Street, 8 pm, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
*April 22 – June 1 – Chris Curreri, Daniel Faria Gallery, 188 St. Helen’s Avenue, https://www.danielfariagallery.com
*April 22 – June 30 – Canadian premiere of ‘Dear Evan Hansen starring Canada’s Robert Markus, http://www.mirvish.com
*April 22-24 – two installations by the late European auteur, Chantal Akerman, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 158 Sterling Road, https://www.museumofcontemporaryart.ca
*April 22-28 – Four Chords and a Gun, A Play About The Ramones, a play & a concert, Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, http://www.4chordsplay.com
*April 24-28 – Fashion Art Toronto, Fashion Week, runway shows, art, music, performance, http://www.fashionarttoronto.ca
*April 24-28 – The Merry Widow, Toronto Operetta Theatre at Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front Street East, http://www.torontooperetta.com
*April 22 – May 1 – Copenhagen, two scientists meet in occupied Copenhagen, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
*April 22 – May 3 – opening exhibition, ‘5UP’, five artists – Steven Evans, Dieter Hessel, Erin Rothstein, Samara Shuteer & Mike Smalley, Helio Gallery, 1256 Queen St. East, http://www.heliographics.ca
*April 24 – May 5 – ‘Out’, 22 characters on coming out in 1970’s Montreal, Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com
*April 22 – May 5 – ‘Impressionism In The Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and More’, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. West, http://www.ago.ca
*April 22 – May 5 – ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ returns, Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West, http://www.mirvish.com
*May 11,12 – Toronto Comic Arts Festival, TCAF, 400 artists, 30+ publishers, various venues, http://www.torontocomics.com
*Ongoing – The Best Is Yet To Come Undone, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
*Until September 29 – Gods in My Home: Chinese New Year With Ancester Portraits & Deity Prints, Royal Ontario Museum, http://www.rom.on.ca
*Ongoing – Impressionism In The Age of Industry, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. West, http://www.ago.ca
*Ongoing – Walking On Bomb Shells, Second City’s 82nd revue, indefinite run, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
*Until September – Come From Away, extended a fifth time, a continuing Canadian/American hit, now performing at the Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St. – http://www.mirvish.com

MUSEUMS IN & AROUND TORONTO
*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

CITY CENTRE ART GALLERIES
*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

LGBTQ COMMUNITY INFO
*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

TORONTO is expecting fifty million birds will be returning home this spring. Join the Bird Celebration from May 11 – 15. For the full schedule go to http://www.torontobirdcelebration.ca

High Park’s Nature Centre is on Cherry Blossom Watch. Something new for 2019 – a car-free blossoming experience! Thousands of visitors come to High Park during the peak bloom days, and many of them have been in cars. This year the park will be closed to vehicles day and night.

Subway Line #2 stops at High Park.

‘COME FROM AWAY’ has been awarded 4 Oliviers for BEST NEW MUSICAL in LONDON at the Phoenix Theatre, making Canadian theatre history. The Broadway hit (now also playing at TORONTO’s Elgin Theatre where it’s been extended five times) is the incredible real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers from all over the world who became grounded in GANDER during the wake of 9/11, and the small Newfoundland community that invited these ‘come from aways’ into their lives.

For TORONTO tickets – http://www.mirvish.com

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ONE OF CANADA’S OLDEST CINEMAS, DATING BACK TO 1911, HAS RE-OPENED AT 1035 GERRARD ST. E.

I’ve always believed that the best neighbourhoods have movie theatres in them. This one, in TORONTO’s East End, was brought back to life this year, and renamed The Grand Gerrard Theatre – the latest in a series of names, including the Bonita, the Athenium, the Sri Lakshmi, the Gerrard, the Wellington, and the Projection Booth.<The theatre was once used as a New & Used Auto Parts storage facility>

<The Athenium screened Greek movies>

<The Gerrard – equipped for Dolby Digital>

<Lining up for The Projection Booth>

<Re-opening as the Grand Gerrard Theatre in March/2019>

During its long career, the 520-seater was opened, closed and renovated several times. After recently lying dormant for three years, it’s come back yet again. The staff is currently booking special events, film screenings, live music, comedy, performance art, film/photo shoots, podcasts and more.

To find out what’s happening at the Grand Gerrard Theatre go to https://www.cinemaclock.com/theatres/grand-gerrard-theatre

EVERY TIME I PASS THAT ‘CHUM’ NEON SIGN ON RICHMOND W., IT TAKES ME BACK TO COLLEGE DAYS

1050 CHUM (50,000 watts) played Top 40 Hits from the 1950’s to the 1980’s, then switched to an oldies format with music from 1989 to 2009. Next came a sports format, and in 2011 it became TSN Radio 1050, and now the format has switched to news, and the station is known as CP24 Radio 1050.

CHUM-FM at 104.5 began broadcasting on September 1, 1963. It was the first private TORONTO station to play classical music all day long. On July 1st, 1968 it switched to progressive rock. Until 2009 it was the most listened-to and influential radio station in Canada. Now, with its transmitter on top of the CN Tower, CHUM-FM features an adult contemporary format. It’s still one of TORONTO’s most popular radio stations.

There is a CHUM Memorial Blog from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s.  You’ll find it at – http://wp1050chumto.blogspot.com/p/1050-chum-djs-of-1960s-and-70s.html

CANADA’S 2018 NATIONAL NEWSPAPER AWARDS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED – 63 FINALISTS IN ALL

Canadians are well served in print, despite competition from social media, television, radio and countless other outlets. It’s a rat race out there, and our papers fight hard to survive. TORONTO alone puts out four broadsheet papers six days a week, with another two on Sunday.

In the upcoming 2018 National Newspaper Awards, The Globe and Mail has been nominated for 20; Toronto Star & Montreal’s La Presse 6 each; Saltwire Network 2; Canadian Press 4, Saskatoon StarPhoenix & Waterloo Region Record 3 each; Winnipeg Free Press, St. Catharines Standard, Calgary Herald/Calgary Sun, Edmonton Journal/Edmonton Sun & Ottawa Citizen 2 each.

Full details at – http://www.nna-ccj.ca

The awards will be handed out in May at TORONTO’s Design Centre.

‘FOR THE RECORD’ IS A MIXED MEDIA EXHIBITION ON THE EMERGENCE OF TORONTO’S HIP HOP SCENE

The TD Gallery in TORONTO’s Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, in partnership with the Northside Hip Hop Archive & the Toronto Star Archive, is exhibiting ‘For The Record’ until April 28/2019. The installation features photographs, record covers, music industry awards, graffiti art, several listening stations and videos, highlighting the early days of hip hop in this city.

<ABOVE – independent small record labels that supported hip hop artists in the 1990’s. Many were responsible for ushering in a second generation, enriching the already talented pool in town.>

<DJ Ron Nelson was the host of CKLN radio’s ‘Fantastic Voyage’, which almost single-handedly brought rap and funk to the TORONTO airwaves. He’s standing in front of Yonge Street’s Rio Cinema with a stack of vinyl; April 4/1985>

<‘Whole lotta breakin’ going on’, 1984. Nigel “Sugar Pop” Walters, an 18-year-old student at Earl Haig Collegiate, shows off his scissor kick during a headstand. A few days after this photo was taken by the Toronto Star, “Breakdance ’84”, TORONTO’s first ever high school street dance show was held at Riverdale CollegiatePhoto – Tony Bock>

<JC of Sunshine Soundcrew on the turntables at the Concert Hall, Yonge at Davenport Road, in 1983 for Run DMC’s first concert in TORONTO. Photo by Alistair John, aka Rollin’ Rush>

<Men at Work: The Circuit Breakers – Kevin Matthew, Howard Lee and Chris Braithwaite, August 14/1984; photo by Brian Pikell>

Connected with the exhibition – 1) guided Tours, Tuesdays at 2 pm; 2) a panel discussion with journalists and magazine publishers on April 16th, 6:30 to 7:30 pm; and 3) six listening stations playing radio show recordings. It’s all free!

24 HOURS A DAY, TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S ‘DIAL-A-STORY’ IS ON THE LINE AT 416-395-5400

TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY is the world’s busiest public library system. Every year, more than 16-million people borrow about 30-million items from 99 branches. One of their services is ‘Dial-A-Sory’ for children under 12.

For a multi-lingual/cultural city like this one, stories are made available in fifteen languages – including English, French, Cantonese, Gujarati, Italian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Somali, Tamil and Urdu. Storytime readers have included library volunteers, Blue Jays players, actors and National Ballet dancers.

ANDREW DO says learning English as child was made easier through the ‘Dial-a-Story’ program. <(Moe Doiron – photo>

What better way for children (or adults) to learn another language or improve on the one he or she speaks. All you need is a phone. It’s free. ‘Dial-a-Story’ was created in 1989 by a consortium of libraries in Caledon, Vaughan, Brampton and North York. With amalgamation, the TORONTO Public Library took over the service in 1998.

“CORONER” HAS BECOME CBC TELEVISION’S HIGHEST-RATED NEW DRAMA SERIES LAUNCH

Co-produced by Muse, Back Alley & Cineflix & shot in TORONTO, “CORONER” has become CBC’s highest-rated drama series launch in four years. NUMERIS, the Canadian audience measurement organization, confirmed that the series reached two-million in Canada and delivered an average minute audience of more than one-million viewers for each episode on CBC television.

Dr. Jenny Cooper (played by actress Serinda Swan) investigates suspicious, unnatural, or sudden deaths in TORONTO. In the photo above Dr. Cooper is shown extracting a foot from a car grill. (Somebody’s got to do it.) 
In the United Kingdom the series premiered as Universal TV’s highest-ever rated series launch.
“’Coroner’ has struck a chord with viewers in Canada and the UK, which is a testament to the series’ outstanding cast and creative team and the authenticity of its themes and characters,” said Sally Catto, General Manager, Programming, CBC.