I’VE PASSED THIS GALLERY FOR YEARS & NEVER WENT IN. ‘PARLIAMENT STREET NEWS’ WOKE ME UP.

Not-for-profit Gallery Arcturus, a hidden public art museum on Gerrard St. East near Church St. It’s a surprise once you climb the stairs and go in for a look. Those who’ve never been inside feel immediate surprise – especially the locals. On the walls and about four floors there’s painting, collage, drawing, sculpture – and a great variety of other media. The gallery is a member of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Ontario Museum Association. It pays to read community newspapers such as PSN, Parliament Street News, & it’s well worth keeping your eyes open.  <Photo-Wikipedia>

A FUN EXPERIENCE OF BIG CITIES IS APPROACHING ONE VIA AIR AT NIGHT – TORONTO FOR INSTANCE.

Often times I’ve had quite a tour of Canada’s largest city as the jet first passes over small towns and villages, then the vast city of Mississauga, and finally the outskirts of Toronto. Often the pilot will travel East along Ontario’s Capital, then make a Left turn and head back West again towards Pearson International Airport. Brakes are applied as the jet thunders along the runway and proceeds to the Airport Apron and the Parking Stands. Then check-ins and Big T.O. (our Toronto) awaits.

F.Y.I. – A LONG TIME AGO LOS ANGELES ATTRACTED ME AND IT STILL DOES – A FEW FACTS BELOW.

This morning, while reading, I found a lengthy story on The Big Orange. It says “Los Angeles County holds 10-million people; contains 80 cities; about 3 times the population of Connecticut; is spread out over 4,000-plus square miles; <Photo  – City of Los Angeles, population of the City alone is 3,983,540> ; more cars than people overall; and there’s a whole lot more.

AFTER 3 YEARS OF RENOVATION AND REVITALIZATION MASSEY HALL GETS READY TO REOPEN

Plans are to open its doors again in November, 2021. In July, 2021 the venerable concert hall already celebrated its 127th birthday. Originally constructed to seat 3,500 patrons, and built then for about $150,000 in 1894, it’s now finishing up a multi-million dollar renovation. The brand new attached Allied Music Centre will feature state-of-the-art performance venues and spaces for artist development, education and outreach initiatives. These will make use of the 7-storey tower (attached behind) Toronto’s oldest concert hall and National Historic Site. Financed by the federal and provincial governments as well as the city, this project will no doubt be over the top. Renovating the old building and constructing the new one, along with modern loading docks, new artist dressing rooms and improved technical facilities for large touring productions, it will be one busy place at 92 Shuter Street.

NATURE’S PERFECT NEST DESIGN – MADE BY BEES, HORNETS . . . . OR WASPS? PHOTO – BRYAN BLENKIN

Bryan says the photo above is “Nature’s Perfect Design.” Yes, they’re good at making nests, but be careful with stinging insects. We’re not sure what stung Bryan yesterday morning during a trip to The Toronto Dump. The trip was fine at first, but then he discovered an insect on the car seat, and picked it up. The insect stung him, and Bryan tossed it out the window. Not certain what it was exactly. . . . . .  I got stung a couple of weeks earlier at College Park on my upper lip, by what I believe was a hornet. That sting took about three weeks to subside.

CABBAGETOWN’S WINCHESTER STREET CHURCH AND THEATRE DATES BACK TO 1891

Former home to St. Enoch’s Presbyterian Church it’s one of the few bold examples of Romanesque Revivals in Toronto – with round arches over windows and doors, deep entry points, thick masonry walls, brick or stone facades, and rounded towers. The architects, Gordon and Halliwell, designed nearly 200 commercial, institutional, ecclesiastical and residential buildings over Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia. Best of all today is the church, now a longtime home to The Toronto Dance Theatre. The company’s name is known far and wide – from New York’s Joyce Theatre, a six-city tour of India, a sold-out season at London’s Royal Opera House, performances at the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa and the Festival TransAmériques in Montreal, as well as numerous performances in Toronto and across Canada . . . . . . . <Information from the PSN newspaper>

TRUST THE NEW YORK TIMES TO RENDER A LIVELY PAGE. THIS ONE APPEARED ON SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021

From the Paris Dispatch – ‘Europe’s New Cycling Capital, or a Pedestrian’s Nightmare?’ Politicians (as in Toronto) want to make cycling cities, but the Parisians aren’t following any rules, and street crossings can be risky. <The photo above> “On a recent afternoon, the Rue de Rivoli looked like this: cyclists blowing through red lights in two directions. Delivery bike riders fixating on their cell phones. Electric scooters careening across lanes, Jay walkers and nervous pedestrians scrambling as if in a video game. Paris (population 10-million) now ranks among the world’s top 10 cycling cities.” Copenhagen is the model Paris aspires to.

THERE MAY SOON BE ANOTHER MAYORAL ELECTION ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2022

By the sound of it, our Mayor John Tory, incumbent since December 1, 2014, will be involved in another mayoral election, scheduled for Monday, October 24, 2022. Candidate registrations for the Office of Mayor officially opens on Monday, May 2, 2022.  Deadline for candidate nominations is Friday, August 19 at 2:00 pm. So this could mean Mr. Tory might take part in the election, or maybe he’d go back into full-time broadcasting. John Tory can definitely do either, but hasn’t been clear in interviews over this past year.For sure, Toronto’s ‘Rumour Mill’ will be spinning.  <Photo above – Mayor Tory on his first day in office at City Hall, December 1, 2014>

KENSINGTON MRKT. IS AN EAST VILLAGE, VENICE BOARDWALK AND WOODSTOCK ROLLED INTO ONE

Kensington Market is a National Historic Site and the locals fight hard to keep it that way. There are no big box stores. The multicultural neighbourhood occupies a large tract of land from College Street to the north, Spadina on the east, Dundas on the south and Bathurst Street to the west. The area is filled with food stores of every kind, a variety of upscale & downscale restaurants, nightclubs, coffee bars, vintage clothing shops, synagogues, and re-jigged architecture of every description.