A UNIQUE EXHIBIT AT TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S TD GALLERY – ‘YOU, ME, US’ – UNTIL JANUARY 26/2020

IBBY (the International Board on Books) is one of many free collections within the TORONTO Public Library system. IBBY features over 4,000 multilingual reference books for young people with disabilities.There are regular books in print and other formats such as Braille, sign language, picture communication symbols, tactile and simplified text, along with fiction about inclusion and ability awareness.IBBY is headquartered at the North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street. For more information – http://www.tpl.ca/ibbyNow showing at the TD Gallery, within the TORONTO Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, downtown ‘You, Me, Us’, features several excerpts from the IBBY Collection.

A HIT ON CBC-TV & POP-TV IN THE U.S., ‘SCHITT’S CREEK’S FINALE SEASON BEGINS ON JANUARY 7TH

Since it first went to air in January/2015, this Canadian comedy series has rapidly built an audience in both Canada and the United States.  It’s been nominated for an Emmy, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Canadian Screen Awards & the Critics Choice Awards.These days, we all need some laughter and ‘Schitt’s Creek’ certainly delivers it.  As Eugene Levy puts it – “We’re going out with a bang and really giving it our all.”The cast includes Catharine O’Hara (the matriarch), Eugene Levy (the patriarch), Daniel Levy ( plays David, the fashionista and closeted gay); and Moira Rose (David’s sister).  If you haven’t seen the show, there’s still time.A farewell letter from Danuel and Eugene Levy – “To Our Dear Fans – We are very excited to announce that ‘Schitt’s Creek’ is coming back for a sixth season on CBC in Canada, and POP-TV in the US, beginning on January 7th/2020. We have decided that season six will be our last. We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality . . . We could never have dreamed that our fans would grow to love and care about these characters in the ways that you have.
Best wishes and warmest regards, DAN and EUGENE LEVY”  <PHOTO ABOVE – a Hollywood billboard advertising the show>

NOW, TORONTO’s WEEKLY, HAS PUBLISHED ‘ITS BEST OF EVERYTHING IN THE CITY’ PAGES

These are some of TORONTO’s recommended locales, chosen by NOW readers . . . BEST LIBRARY – Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, http://www.tpl.ca
BEST PUBLIC SPACE – Toronto Island Park, http://www.toronto.ca
BEST SKATING RINK – Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. West, http://www.toronto.ca
RUNNER UP – The Bentway, 250 Fort York Boulevard, http://www.thebentway.ca
BEST FLEA & LOCAL MARKET – St. Lawrence Market, The Esplanade, http://www.sundayantiquemarket.com
BEST NEIGHBOURHOOD – Parkdale

NOW, TORONTO’S WEEKLY MAGAZINE, HAS PUBLISHED ITS “BEST OF EVERYTHING IN THE CITY” LISTINGS

Can’t list them all, but for starters on the cover it’s PRIYANKA, the Best Drag Performer in TORONTO.The Food & Drink choices below were all chosen by NOW readers.
BEST AFRICAN RESTAURANT – Lalibela, 869 Bloor St. West, http://www.lalibelaethiopianrestaurant.com
BEST BARBECUE – Barque, 299 Roncesvalles Avenue, http://www.barque.ca
BEST BEER BAR – Bellwoods Brewery, 124 Ossington Av., http://www.bellwoodsbrewery.com
BEST BURGER – Burger’s Priest, various locations, http://www.theburgerspriest.com
BEST CAESAR COCKTAIL – Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen W., 150 York, http://wwwthedrak.ca
BEST CAFE – Rooster Coffee House, various locations, http://www.roostercoffeehouse.com
BEST CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT – The Big Jerk, 842 Gerrard E., 1004 Kingston Rd.
BEST DUMPLINGS – Mother’s Dumplings, 421 Spadina, http://www.mothersdumpings.com
BEST. DINER – The Lakeview, 24 hrs., 1132 Dundas W., http://www.thelakeviewrestaurant.ca
BEST KOREAN RESTAURANT – KOREAN GRILL HOUSE, various locations, koreangrillhouse.com
BEST STEAKHOUSE – Barberian’s, 7 Elm Street, http://www.barberians.com

MASSEY HALL WILL HAVE AT LEAST ANOTHER YEAR TO GO BEFORE RE-OPENING NIGHT

Constructed for about $150,000 in 1894, now undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, TORONTO’s oldest concert hall and National Historic Site will soon be making yet another debut.Behind the tarps and iron fencing the MASSEY HALL crews are fully occupied restoring 100 stained glass windows, building glass-walled walkways, renovating the old building & constructing a new one, along with modern loading dock facilities, new artist dressing rooms and improved technical facilities for large touring productions. It’s one busy place at 92 Shuter Street.On the horizon, amongst all of this, will be two new music venues, one in each building – the largest will seat 500, and the other will be an intimate ‘coffee house’ performance space in a redesigned Centuries Lounge. The main concert hall will seat over 2,000. Retractable seating will allow wide-open, general admission floor space.MASSEY HALL’s last major renovation took place in 1948. Financed by the federal and provincial governments as well as the city, this one will be over the top.  <RENDERINGS – Massey Hall>

“IF YOU LIKE NEW YORK, TRY TORONTO” – A WRITEUP IN SUNDAY’S NEW YORK TIMES

In the Travel Section of the New York Times, August 25/2019 – “Like the largest city in the United States, TORONTO, Canada’s largest, offers a wealth of cultural and culinary attractions. Just over half of the city’s population, 51%, is foreign-born (with) 231 nationalities, a source of great culinary diversity.”“The prices pale in comparison to the New Yorks, San Franciscos and Chicagos of the world, but the value is there,” said Franco Stalteri, who, since 2009, has hosted pop-up dinners with globally renowned chefs. “We benefit from a vast multiculturalism I’ve never seen anywhere else.”Also mentioned – the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Power Plant, Airbnb, October’s international art fair, and other attractions.Columnist ELAINE GLUSAC writes “American travelers can stretch their budgets wherever the US dollar is strong. One place is, conveniently, our northern neighbour.” That’s us!

WHAT’S UP AT THIS YEAR’S CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION ? – UNTIL LABOUR DAY, SEPT. 2/2019

‘RACCOONS REIMAGINED’, a salute to TORONTO’s wildlife; a Godzilla celebration; the EX Race; National Geographic photography; the SUPER DOGS Show; CNE Innovation Garage (robots); CNE Gaming Garage; Casino; First Nations exhibit.Canadian International Air ShowNew ride for 2019 – STAR DANCER; Burton Cummings; 50th anniversary salute to Woodstock; Johnny Orlando; April Wine; Buffy Sainte-Marie; Jann Arden; Kid’s World; a Wine Garden, farm animals.Nova Scotia’s Amethyst Scottish Dancers;The Cat Show; Warriors’ Day Parade; Fan Expo Celebrity Car Show;Oktoberfest; Comedy Night . . . . . etc. For all the details and times go to http://www.theEx.com