WHAT’S ON IN TORONTO – MARCH/2017 (CLICK ON WEBSITES FOR MORE 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
– March 27 – April 9 – Sousatzka, new musical, prior to Broadway, Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.sousatzkamusical.com
– March 27 – May 14 – The Bodyguard, from London with UK cast, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– March 27 – April 16 – The Book of Mormon returns, Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West, http://www.mirvish.com
– March 27 – April 23 – Mrs. Henderson Presents, biographical musical set in London’s Windmill Theatre, Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. West, http://www.mirvish.com
– March 27- May 14 – Little Shop of Horrors, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Avenue, http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
– March 27 – April 2 – Stupidhead!, a musical comedy about the glamour of failure, Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, http://www.passemuraille.ca
– March 27 – The Baroque Diva, Karina Gauvin, soprano and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, http://www.tafelmusik.org
– March 28 – April 2 – Kalandhi Festival of Indian Dance: Whirling Streams, live and live-streamed festival with 40 dancers, Canada & India, Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, http://www.kalanidhifinearts.org
– March 29 – April 2 – Genus, the National Ballet of Canada’s winter mixed program, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. West, http://www.national.ballet.ca
– March 29 – April 9 – Simply Barbra, a tribute to Barbra Streisand created/performed by Steven Brinberg, Zion Cultural Ctre, 1650 Finch Av E. http://www.musictheatretoronto.com
– March 31 ongoing – Spoon River, new musical, winner of a Dora Mavor Moore Award, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill Street, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
– April 1 – Jason Moran and The Bandwagon & Alexander Brown Trio, 8pm, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Stret West, http://www.performance.rcmusic.ca
– April 8 – Alex Cuba and Friends, Latin Grammy & Juno Award winner, 8pm, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, http://www.performance.rcmusic.ca
– Ongoing – 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
– March 27 – April 14 – A Peculiar Place For Curious Creatures, improvised show based on young adult Gothic fiction, Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor Street West, 8pm, http://www.baddogtheatre.com
– March 27 – The Best of Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
– March 27 – April 1 – The Orange Dot, Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue, http://www.crowstheatre.com
– March 27 – April 1 – A City, story of a friend who died under mysterious circumstances, Artscape Sandbox, 301 Adelaide St. West, http://www.necessaryangel.com
– March 27 – April 2 – Toronto Storytelling Festival, 10 days of concerts, storytalks and workshops, various venues, some free, http://www.torontostorytellingfestival.ca
– March 27 – April 8 – A Mickey Full of Mouse, two friends trapped in a snow globe relive dark family secrets, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com
– March 27 – April 9 – previews March 24-26, SHEETS, intimacy in its many forms, Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West, http://www.veritas-theatre.com
March 27 – April 9 – Butcher by Nicolas Billon, Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– March 27 – April 15 – Crawlspace by Karen Hines, experiences with home ownership in Toronto, previews March 23-27, Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
– March 28 – April 8 – previews March 28,29 – The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely, a Black woman awakens to her sexual identity, Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue, http://www.crowstheatre.com
– March 29 – Battle of the Bards, 20 poets, emerging and established, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront, supporters and students free, 7:30pm, http://www.ifoa.org
– March 30 – April 16 – Kiss, previews March 28,29 – Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, http://www.canadianstage.com
– Until April 9 – The Millennial Malcontent, Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Avenue, http://www.tarragontheatre.com

MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, ART
– Ongoing – Syria: A Living History, exhibition, symposium, lectures, performances, Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Don Mills, http://www.agakhanmuseum,org
– March 27 – ongoing – ‘Out of the Depths, The Blue Whale Story’, from the deep a giant emerges, Royal Ontario Museum, tickets at http://www.rom.ca
– March 27-31 – Myseum Intersections, exhibits, events, interactives, for details and venues go to http://www.myseumoftoronto.com
– Until April 2 – Francis Alys: A Story of Negotiation, fantastic art exhibition, poetic, political, beautiful and absurd, 4th floor, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.net
– Until April 2 – Live Longer, Piss Off Your Heirs, group show curated by Olga Korper, Propeller Gallery, 30 Abell Street, http://www.propellerctr.com
– Until April 2 – Vice & Virtue, when Toronto was good & very bad, Toronto Reference Library, TD Bank Gallery, 789 Yonge Street, http://www.tpl.ca
– Until April 4 – Tom Thomson & The Group of Seven, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, http://www.50years.mcmichael.com
– Until April 9 – Power To The People, photography and video of repression and Black protest, Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street, http://www.ryerson.ca/rric
– Until April 28 – Evolution, Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, free, http://www.dx.org
– Until May 1 – Tributes + Tributaries, Toronto artists’ work through the 70s and 80s, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.net
– Until May 21 – Anthony Caro, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.net
– Until May 21 – Janet MacPherson, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, 111 Queens Park, http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca
– Until June 4 – Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians, Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Don Mills, http://www.agakhanmuseum.org
– Until June 18 – Visual Arts Winter Exhibitions, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com
– Until June 25 – Kind Words Can Never Die: Victorian Needlework, Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Street, http://www.textilemuseum.ca
– Until October 2017 – Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
– Ongoing – Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit, Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street, http://www.hhof.com
– Ongoing – 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.)
– Ongoing – Rainbow Railroad, a charity which helps individuals in countries where being LGBTQ is an invite to violence, imprisonment or death, http://www.rainbowrailroad.ca
– Ongoing – ProudFM 103.9, Toronto’s LGBTQ radio station, http://www.proudfm.com
– Ongoing – 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
– Ongoing – 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
– Ongoing – Glad Day Bookshop & Cafe, since 1970, oldest LGBTQ bookshop in the Americas, 499 Church Street, licenced, coffee bar, warm welcome, http://www.gladdaybookshop.com
– Ongoing – Out and Out LGBTQ outdoors club, http://www.outandout.ca
– Ongoing – Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps of Toronto (ROTC), colour guard, band, drum corps, baton, dance, http://www.rotctoronto.com
– Ongoing – Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), 115 Simpson Avenue at Howard Street, http://www.mcctoronto.com
– Ongoing – Xtra magazine, gay community news in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver, http://www.xtra.ca/toronto.aspx
– Ongoing – The Pink Pages, gay, lesbian, trans, bi, leather, queer directory for Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, Hamilton and Niagara/St. Catharines, http://thepinkpagesdirectory.com
– Ongoing – (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
– March 27 – Winter Stations installation, lifeguard stations between Woodbine and Victoria Park, http://www.winterstations.com
– March 27 – Recasting Canada in the Native Image, former PM Paul Martin & Indigenous artist, author & politician Wab Kinew, 6:30pm, $15, Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca
– April 3 – Filth City, the crime rate is high and so is the mayor, Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, 7:30pm, doors at 6:30pm, free popcorn to first 100 guests, http://www.theroyal.to
– March 29 – April 6 – Human Rights Watch Film Festival, documentary and fiction features, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. West, http://www.tiff.net/humanrightswatch
– 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
– Ongoing – Free Arts in the Parks, concerts, films and arts of all kinds, for full events listings and details go to http://www.artsintheparksto.org
– Camera Bar Cinema, 1028 Queen Street West, Toronto’s smallest movie theatre, free feature films on Saturdays at 3:00pm, http://www.bulgergallery.com/camera.html
– 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
– Ongoing – 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
– Ongoing – Medieval Times, dinner and jousting tournaments, Exhibition Place, foot of Dufferin Street, http://www.medievaltimes.com or 888-we-joust
– Ongoing – Edgewalk, CN Tower, walk around the edge of our tallest free-standing structure, http://www.edgewalkcntower.ca
– Ongoing – Sunday Antique Market, free, Jarvis Street south of King
– Ongoing – 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

“Live Longer Piss Off Your Heirs” is Propeller’s annual guest exhibition – this year curated by TORONTO gallery owner/curator OLGA KORPER and up-and-coming curator TAIGA LIPSON.  Artist-run Propeller is located at 30 Abell Street, south side of Queen W., between the Drake & Gladstone hotels.  Until April 2/2017.

<IMAGE ABOVE – ‘The Optimist’, conte and charcoal on paper, 18×24″ North Clark>

Ongoing year ’round – TAPto free walking tours by Toronto Greeters, book online at http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e14d3a2f287c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

TOURISM TORONTO has launched a new campaign – ‘The Views Are Different Here’ – promoting our city as Canada’s Downtown.
Andrew Weir, CEO of Tourism Toronto says T.O. is the most-visited destination in Canada. While other cities have vibrant downtowns “international visitors will start in TORONTO … because that’s where the planes fly. People want Canada, and they want the cities of Canada.”

Check out Tourism Toronto’s website and see their new video – http://www.seetorontonow.com/#sm.00003d3687bc0ctvw3r19grtn5c68

An in-depth front page article in Sunday’s New York Times: Canada’s Syrian refugees, sponsored for one year, have reached Month 13. What happens next? Canadians are learning to let go.

Read the 3-page article with photographs at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/25/world/canada/syrian-refugees.html

VISITING TORONTO? WANT A TOUR? BOOK ‘TAPTO’, OUR CITY’S GUIDED TOUR PROGRAM – IT’S FREE!

tapto2Established several years ago by the City of TORONTO, TAPto has roughly 90 tour guides who know the city and its neighbourhoods well. TAPto tours last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, and by filling in a simple one-page booking sheet visitors can pinpoint their interests and availability. Once that’s done, a guide will be assigned.

To book a TORONTO Greeter – http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e14d3a2f287c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

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“For those on a budget, this worldwide organization is a terrific way to become acquainted with a city. It’s simple: local tourism boards match visitors with residents who want to show them around – free. Among many others that are part of the Global Greeter Network – TORONTO, New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Calgary, Naples and Haifa.

“Keep in mind that the knowledge of volunteer guides varies. If you want an expert in, say, modern architecture, you’re probably better off looking elsewhere.”

To see if your destination offers a Greeter program you can visit http://www.Globalgreeternetwork.info – New York Times Travel Section, March 20/2016

Toronto Skyline from Ward's Island, facing north

LOOKING BACK AT 2015 – IT WAS AN ALL ‘ROUND STELLAR YEAR FOR TORONTO

demolition1January/2015 – Mayor John Tory launches a war on gridlock – 962 cars/trucks towed, 5,806 ticketed; warming huts appear on TORONTO beaches; the last two of Peter Dickinson’s Regent Park apartment towers are demolished (PHOTO ABOVE)

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February/2015 – Massey Music Hall gets $135-million for a makeover; TORONTO’s ‘underground’ makes itself heard on a new radio station; Hamlet the Wombat celebrates 33rd birthday at Toronto Zoo; University of Toronto students have old-fashioned fun in the snow; (PHOTO ABOVE)

oscarflores1March/2015 – Daniel’s ‘City of Arts’ project is unveiled for the Eastern Waterfront; Casey House begins work on a 50,000 sq. ft. HIV/AIDS health care facility; TORONTO becomes Canada’s trading hub for Chinese currency – a big win; photographer Cameron McLellan takes E.T. on a downtown tour; Mayor John Tory visits Austin, Texas – plans to fire-up TORONTO’s music scene ASAP; work begins resurrecting Glen Road’s old Victorian houses; TORONTO joins the ‘$1-million for a house club’; U.K.‘s Norman Foster and Partners to build Canada’s tallest condo at Yonge and Bloor; anonymous donors give Ryerson University an invaluable Berenice Abbott archive; urban explorer and rooftopper Oscar Flores photographs TORONTO at night (PHOTO ABOVE)

alastair2April/2015 – GO Transit opens a new 62,000-square-foot York Street Concourse at Union Station; Premier Kathleen Wynne opens Pearson Airport to Union Station Express service; Pan Am Sports Centre in Scarborough is now Canada’s largest single investment in amateur sports; ‘Dennis’ and ‘Lea’, two 400-tonne tunnel borers surface on the Crosstown LRT project along Eglinton Avenue – hot chocolate served by Metrolinx; formidable “Fort Book” (The Robarts Library) to add a 1,200 seat 4-storey light glass reading room; Inn on the Park tower is demolished; Ryerson University’s Student Learning Centre stands out on Yonge Street; adventurer Alastair Humphreys says 2015 is the year to explore your own city or neighbourhood (PHOTO ABOVE)

SAKURA2May/2015 – city will be left with the Pan Am Path and multiple legacy projects once the Pan Am Parapan Am Games end; Christie’s International Real Estate ranks TORONTO the ‘world’s hottest luxury housing market’; High Park welcomes spring with its annual sakura (cherry blossom) festival – over 2,000 trees (PHOTO ABOVE)

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June/2015 – to great acclaim Waterfront Toronto opens its rebuilt Queens Quay West with separated biking paths, parks and gardens; despite non-stop downpours Mayor John Tory and City Council march in the country’s largest Pride Parade; Toronto District School Board opens a museum to show off its vast archive; the new Ismaili Centre opens next to the Aga Khan Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art announces it’s tripling its size and moving into the 10-storey Tower Automotive Building on Sterling Road; the Queen Street Viaduct lighting project is finished in time for the Pan Am Games; TORONTO’s retired streetcar #1074 is still working on San Francisco’s ‘F‘ line; an undulating piece of steel appears on Sumach Street at Eastern Avenue (PHOTO ABOVE)

opening3July/2015 – Derek Revington’s ‘Luminous Veil’ is inaugurated on the Prince Edward Viaduct; Bill Bishop Island Airport is joined to the mainland by a tunnel; TORONTO joins six major cities across the world with a new YouTube production space; TORONTO has a mile (1.6 km) of culture along Bloor Street West; street artists and muralists liven up Corktown’s Underpass Park; a chandelier refitted with uranium glass beads and ultra-violet bulbs stars in the AGO’s ‘Camera Atomica’ show; six of our most beautiful Victorian houses will be ‘wedded’ to a glass tower on Sultan Street; giant acorn sculpture a hit in Joel Weeks Park; the Pan Am Games open and the CN Tower knocks itself out (PHOTO ABOVE)

jillys1August/2015 – TORONTO fails to make The Independent’s list of ‘The World’s Grumpiest Cities” – #1 is Moscow; Metropolis Magazine ranks TORONTO the ‘most liveable city in the world’; it’s been an extraordinarily busy summer for TORONTO’s free Ambassador Tour Program; Sunday’s Antiques and Flea Market moves into a block-long tent to make way for a brand new North St. Lawrence Market; plans are announced to restore the former Loblaws head office warehouse building on Lakeshore West; the city’s laneways are beginning to get the attention they deserve; ‘Aura’ at College Park tops off with LED light icicles; a former strip club on Broadview at Queen East is gutted and turned into a boutique hotel, thanks to Streetcar Developments (PHOTO ABOVE)

tiff42September/2015 – A critical mass of high-design retailers puts down roots in King Street East Design District; Chicago reporter finds TORONTO’s Latin cuisine ‘delicioso’; the Fashion District takes off with a vast collection of heritage buildings and warehouses; Mayor John Tory decides the city will not to make a bid for the 2024 Olympics; the Bay Street Corridor is becoming an exciting new high-rise neighbourhood; 473,000 attend the Toronto International Film Festival to see hundreds of movies (PHOTO ABOVE)

PANDABIRTH4October/2015 – Justin Trudeau’s Liberals shellack Stephen Harper and his Conservatives with a 184 seat majority win; WestJet presents ‘Frozen’, its newest custom-painted aircraft at Pearson Airport; thanks to actor Steve Martin, Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris gets a show in Los Angeles; Charles Street East is now a happening place for apartment dwellers; a tuxedo squirrel is discovered in The Annex; TORONTO’s ‘Nightmare on Queen Street West’, aka Rob Ford, returns in book form with the release of ‘Rob Ford; Uncontrollable’; Vancouver developer (Concert) finances the rebuilding of Berczy Park on Wellington Street; two giant panda cubs are born at Toronto Zoo (PHOTO ABOVE)

youngplace2November/2015 – Giant panda cubs at Toronto Zoo are thriving; Regent Park is born again after a decade of razing and rebuilding; Opera Atelier and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra perform again at the Royal Opera House, Chateau de Versailles; a new hipster village pops up along Dundas Street West; approval ratings for Mayor John Tory reach an unprecedented 77%; cash-in-hand plans are announced for an animated park underneath the Gardiner Expressway; Greater TORONTO now has seven members in the newly elected federal cabinet; four white lion cubs born in September are healthy and active at Toronto Zoo; Artscape YoungPlace bucks the trend of kicking artists out of gentrifying neighbourhoods (PHOTO ABOVE)

mountainglacier1December/2015 – Grange Park will be undergoing an $11-million renovation this winter; the dowdy corner of Dundas and University Avenue gets a facelift with the arrival of #488; with the mild weather our black squirrels are fattening up; a young Red Tail Hawk visits City Hall; Syrian refugees arrive at TORONTO’s Pearson Airport; ‘The Six’ (aka TORONTO) gets its own Nike Air Max 1’s thanks to Drake; a Lawren Harris painting ‘Mountain and Glacier’ sells for a record $4.6-million in a Heffel auction (PHOTO ABOVE)

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IT’S BEEN A BUSY SUMMER FOR TORONTO’S FREE AMBASSADOR TOUR PROGRAM (TAPTO)

TAPTO2 Established several years ago by the City of TORONTO, TAPto has roughly 90 tour guides who know the city and its neighbourhoods well. TAPto tours last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, and by filling in a simple one-page booking sheet visitors can pinpoint their interests and availability. Once that’s done, a guide will be assigned.
To book a TORONTO Greeter – http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e14d3a2f287c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

Visitors I’ve shown around this summer came from Montreal x3, Verdun, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Charlotte NC, Waco, Texas; Los Angeles, Dumbarton, Scotland; Charleston SC, Frankfurt, Vienna, Detroit, New York City, Leominster & Boston, Massachusetts; and Philadelphia.

TAPTO1Jennifer Pour and Felicia Upshaw <PHOTO ABOVE> flew in from Philadelphia. “TORONTO is a very friendly town,” said Jennifer, “and it’s so easy to get around on public transportation.” Felicia found “the blend of architecture to be very intriguing.” She agreed the people were friendly, the streets and parks were clean, and both thought the $3 Red Rocket bus/subway connection from Pearson International to downtown T.O. was an incredible bargain – which it is.

TAPTO3The Global Greeter Network is an informal association of Greeter programs around the world. In Canada SHERBROOKE, Quebec and CALGARY, Alberta are also members.
Global Greeter Network and a listing of its member cities – http://www.globalgreeternetwork.info/

A DOZEN UNIQUE AND INEXPENSIVE THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN TORONTO

TEN1 1. – The 501 Queen Streetcar travels the longest streetcar route in North America, and one of the longest in the world. From Neville park in the east end to either the Long Branch Loop or the Humber Loop in the west, the line passes through 24.5 kilometres (or 15.4 miles) of the inner city and many different neighbourhoods. Named by National Geographic as one of the ‘great tram rides of a lifetime’.

2. – Toronto Transit Commission Day Passes are the best bargains in town. Single Day Passes are available 7 days a week and can be used on the subway, streetcars and buses. On weekends and statutory holidays the passes admit 1 adult and 5 youths 19 years and under, or 2 adults and 4 youths, or two adults. Get them at all subway stations for $11.50.

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3. – TIFF Bell Lightbox. This is a complex of 5 movie theatres (including the city’s cinematheque), two restaurants, 2 galleries, a research library and a shop, 350 King Street West. The films shown here are not regular multiplex fare.

4 & 5. – The Winter Garden and Elgin Theatres, 189 Yonge Street, are the last remaining Edwardian-era double-decker theatres in the world. Tours are conducted on Thursdays and Saturdays for a modest fee.

6. – Kensington Market is the old Jewish market quarter just off Spadina Avenue above Dundas Street West. This is where the multicultural/multilingual character of downtown TORONTO really shines. Augusta, Kensington, Nassau, and Oxford streets west of Spadina.

TEN47. – The TORONTO Islands, reachable by ferry from the foot of Bay Street. People live in rustic homes on Wards Island (cottage country in the heart of the city). Centre Island is a vast park with a Lake Ontario boardwalk and other attractions. Hanlan’s Point offers a clothing optional beach.

8. – Canada’s only purpose-built opera house at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West. Backstage tours on weekends, $20 adults, $15 seniors/students, http://www.coc.ca/ExploreAndLearn/Adults/BuildingTours/FourSeasonsCentre.aspx

9. – St. George Campus of the University of TORONTO, bounded by Bloor Street West, College Street, St. George Street and Queens Park. This beautifully landscaped campus combines old and new architecture and seven colleges (Innis, New, St. Michael’s, Trinity, University, Victoria and Woodworth).

TEN210. – The Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation Area, roughly from Parliament Street to the Don River, Wellesley Street East to Gerrard Street East. Settled by Irish immigrants from the late 1940’s, it’s now the largest preserved Victorian-era neighbourhood in all of North America. The Riverdale Farm is here, as well as two of the oldest cemeteries in the city.

11. The Distillery District, Parliament Street south of King Street East over to Cherry Street. This is a collection of Victorian-era heritage industrial buildings on the site of the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery. It contains three theatres, numerous cafes, bars and shops, 47 buildings in all.

TEN512. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue in the Don Valley, a former quarry, provided the bricks for nearly a century to construct well known TORONTO landmarks including Casa Loma, Osgoode Hall, Massey Hall and the Ontario Legislature. It’s now been turned into a park with naturalized ponds and walking trails. The buildings themselves are focused on culture, the environment, and the history of brickmaking in our city. The original brick firing ovens have been left intact.

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