The first one is in Edmonton. The second will appear this summer in a former railroad roundhouse within TORONTO’s Railway Museum park, 255 Bremner Boulevard.
Formerly occupied by a furniture store <PHOTO ABOVE> the 40,000 square foot, multi-use venue will have a family entertainment arcade, areas for e-sports, virtual reality and video game tournaments, and live music. Some of the concerts will be free.
<PHOTO ABOVE – Sarah Greene/Now>
Within the Rec Room, each area will have a theme: grab-and-go restaurants, dining, arcade games, a store for gamers, a huge patio and a massive screen along with 80 smaller screens scattered around the site. 24 draft beers on tap, 10 of them local craft beers, and wine will also be available.
<The John Street Roundhouse from above, image by Michael Muraz via Flickr>
The National Ballet of Canada’s ‘Pinocchio’ is based on the late-19th century Italian children’s tale ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’ – not the Walt Disney version.
“What’s exciting about the journey of creating a ballet based off of an original text is that there’s a lot of freedom for interpretation that can defy the audience’s immediate associations with the classic tale,” dancer SKLAR CAMPBELL, who stars as Pinocchio said to CBC News.
“I think audiences will be excited by where this interpretation takes them and how it differs from the Disney animated film.”
St. Michael’s Choir School, 69 Bond Street, was founded in 1937. Among the appearances of the St. Michael’s Boys Choir: Vatican City’s Basilica of Saint Peter, where they sang for the Pope.
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir has sung great classical masterworks with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1937. Websites: http://www.tmchoir.org & http://www.tso.ca
Opera Atelier was founded in 1985 by co-artistic director MARSHALL PYNKOSKI and his dancer/choreographer wife, JEANETTE LAJEUNESSE ZINGG.
The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra was founded in 1979. Both the Orchestra and Opera Atelier have performed several times over the last few years at the Royal Opera House in Versailles. Their home-base is TORONTO.
Founded in 1998 Nagata Shachu Taiko and Music Group, based in TORONTO, has toured in many parts of Canada, the United States and Italy. The ensemble has produced three annual concerts focusing on the presentation of new works.
CBC (the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), known locally as the ‘Mother Corp.’, boasts one of North America’s largest music libraries. Classical, jazz, aboriginal, soul, rock, pop, country, electronic – it’s all there for the listening at http://www.music.cbc.ca/# – free of charge. <ABOVE – CBC’s Broadcasting Centre in TORONTO>
The CBC is Canada’s public broadcaster, with radio and television transmitters coast-to-coast-to-coast covering 6 time zones. CBC broadcasts daily in English, French and several aboriginal languages, largely commercial-free on Radio 1 (talk), Radio 2 (music) and Radio 3 (music) along with 50-plus web stations and a wide assortment of podcasts.
For relatively unbiased news reporting, radio documentaries, videos, sports and investigative journalism go to this address – http://www.cbc.ca
<PHOTO – television studios on the roof of CBC’s Broadcasting Centre>
A few CBC talk programs – ‘As It Happens’, ‘Day Six’, ‘ Sunday Edition’, ‘The House’, ‘The Current’, ‘Q’, ‘The 180’, ‘The Candy Palmater Show’ and ‘The World At Six’. For an archive of interviews and other programming look under podcasts.
The CBC websites are vast. Prepare to spend some quality time browsing through them.
<IMAGE ABOVE – Elham Numan/The Varsity>
AVNEET SHARMA, second-year student at Trinity College, thinks it’s about time we stopped doubling for other cities – especially American ones. Our chameleon city is seldom identified as TORONTO on the silver screen.
“Significant examples of this include the superhero movies Suicide Squad, X-Men, and Kick-Ass, which were filmed in TORONTO but are set in New York.” ‘Orphan Black’ is shot entirely in TORONTO and yet remains ambiguous as to where it’s set. There are many more examples, including ‘Chicago’, the musical, shot in (where else?) TORONTO.
‘La La Land‘ romanticizes LOS ANGELES, a city not that different from TORONTO in many respects, and opens with a massive production number on a freeway on-ramp. The film also promotes L.A.‘s Central Market, the nearly always defunct Angels Flight <PHOTO ABOVE>, Griffiths Observatory (which has never looked better), and Watt’s Towers.
Concludes Mr. Sharma – “TORONTO should more openly embrace and romanticize the flaws and characteristics that make up its identity, not just as ‘the city of Drake’, but rather as the multidimensional city that it is.”
To read the entire column go to http://thevarsity.ca/2017/01/22/what-the-6ix-can-learn-from-la-la-land/
Front pages of some of CANADA’s major newspapers the morning after – Saturday, January 21/2017
The Record, Waterloo Region, Ontario . . . Journal de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec . . . National Post, published in Toronto . . . Toronto Star . . . Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, Manitoba . . . Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa, Ontario . . . Hamilton Spectator, Hamilton, Ontario
And this is the New York Times Magazine cover on Sunday, January 22. The story inside is about bald eagles – not President Trump. Whew!
Opened in 1993, the George Weston Recital Hall is one of the top concert venues in the world. Modeled after Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, it seats 1,000 and is noted for its outstanding acoustics. Subway stop: NORTH YORK CENTRE