J. Kelly Nestruck and Kate Taylor on Saturday, May 15th, examined some of Canada’s biggest art endowments and why they haven’t been making full use of them. There are funding restrictions, investment policies and the up-and-down health of the stock market – key roles in decision-making as what and where to Draw from the Endowments. A few of the Endowments below – Toronto Symphony Orchestra – $41.1-million for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. The Art Gallery of Ontario, $84.4-million endowments along with another $23.5-million in assets. The Stratford Festival – a $93.9-million market value as of February 28, 2021, along with about half in restricted funds for areas such as training, new play development and maintaining gardens. A much more complete story is in The Globe and Mail edition, Saturday, May 15, 2021.

Theatre Passe Muraille, Ryerson Avenue, and Keanu Reeves

Theatre Passe Muraille is one of TORONTO’s red brick theatres.  It’s housed in a former bakery, at 16 Ryerson Avenue in the Queen and Bathurst area.  In 1984 Keanu Reeves appeared in Brad Fraser’s play “Wolfboy” at the Passe Muraille.  The story, about a teenager with wolfish tendencies, became a cult hit – and was later made into a musical.  At about the same time, Keanu was a correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s youth magazine “Going Great”.  He now has a star on Hollywood Boulevard.