SMOOTH ICE ON ‘THE BENTWAY’ UNDERNEATH THE GARDINER EXPRESSWAY

<PHOTO – Denise Militzer>

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THE SONY CENTRE WILL BE NO MORE – AS OF SEPTEMBER/2019 IT’LL BE RENAMED ‘MERIDIAN HALL’

In the 1960’s it opened as the O’Keefe Centre for the Performing Arts <PHOTO ABOVE>, then it was called the Hummingbird Centre . . . then the Sony Centre, and now a $30.75-million deal has been made with the Meridian Credit Union to rename this newly renovated, 2,500-seat theatre Meridian Hall.

Civic Theatres TORONTO, which runs the St. Lawrence Centre, Sony Centre and the Toronto Centre for the Arts, is changing its name as well. In future, it will be called TOLive. Civic Theatres was created in 2015 to find ways to improve these three underperforming theatres.

Taken together, in 2018, there were 613 performances, with over 493,000 attendees. The 2019 budget is growing to $28.1 million — almost $4 million over 2018 — while the organizations subsidy remains $5.3 million, which is down $600,000 from 2017.

<O’KEEFE CENTRE OPENING NIGHT for ‘Camelot’, pre-Broadway, 1960’s>

TORONTO’S NOMADIC ‘WHY NOT THEATRE’ COMPANY’S MANDATE – “MAKE. SHARE. PROVOKE”

Unique because it doesn’t have a theatre building, pays its artists and staff better than most, sustains a culture of equity and inclusion, travels outside of TORONTO, and in 2018 managed to raise about $2-million. It’s become the third biggest-budget not-for-profit theatre in the city after Soulpepper and Canadian Stage. – J. Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail

<PHOTO by Galit Rodan, Globe and Mail – left to right – OWAIS LIGHTWALA; RAVI JAIN; KELLY READ>

Managing Director OWAIS LIGHTWALA comments“Running a venue and the skills required to do that – and the business capacity to do that – is a very different thing from the work of making artistic products that are good and compelling.

“It would be absurd if Steven Spielberg was expected to also be a good operator of Cineplex cinemas.”

For information on the WHY NOT THEATRE Company, and their plans for the coming year, why not go to https://www.theatrewhynot.org/

FOUNDED IN 1991, CINECYCLE KEEPS GOING, DEVOTED TO BIKE REPAIRS, COFFEE AND FILM

This sign once marked the entranceway to CINECYCLE’s first location, from 1991 to 1995, behind 217 Spadina Avenue. The bicycle was built by Leo Stonetsky using 16mm film reels for the wheels, and the photo was taken by John Porter.

CINECYCLE’s founder and director, MARTIN HEATH, is the recipient of the Tom Berner Award for “providing extraordinary support to the cause of independent film making in TORONTO.” A former print maker, film handler and projectionist, Martin is a longtime supporter of the city’s music scene.

Martin’s personal projects have included a 100-minute film “The Son of Tutti Frutti” which played weekly at TORONTO’s Roxy Cinema in 1972; an inflatable Mobile Cinema which toured Ontario for 3 summers (1976-1978); and his collection of 2,000 films and 50 projectors.

Through the years, CineCycle’s coach house address, behind 129 Spadina Avenue, was once a stable, home to a fine fur company, and a sweat shop.  The “work to rule” graffiti is from a worker’s action that took place here in the 1930’s.

Bike repairs are by appointment; films are screened on an irregular schedule 

For a fascinating history of CINECYCLE and its founder, as well as a screening schedule go to http://www.super8porter.ca/CineCycle.htm

A FAVOURITE OF MINE BY CANADA’S ‘TROOPER’ – “WE’RE HERE FOR A GOOD TIME (NOT A LONG TIME)”

A very good friend of mine
Told me something the other day
I’d like to pass it on to you
‘Cause I believe what he said to be true
He said

We’re here for a good time
Not a long time (not a long time)
So have a good time
The sun can’t shine every day

And the sun is shinin’
In this rainy city
And the sun is shinin’
Oh, isn’t it a pity
And every year, has it’s share of tears
And every now and then it’s gotta rain

We’re here for a good time
Not a long time
So have a good time
The sun can’t shine every day
And the sun is shinin’
In . . .

SING ALONG with YouTube – https://www.streetdirectory.com/lyricadvisor/song/upuowo/were_here_for_a_good_time/