*Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, http://www.canadianstage.com
*Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front Street East, http://www.canadianstage.com
*CAA (formerly Panasonic) Theatre, 651 Yonge St., http://www.mirvish.com
*Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
*Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W., http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/venues/fleckdancetheatre/
*Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (Opera House), 145 Queen St. W., http://www.coc.ca
*Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. W., http://www.mirvish.com
*Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W., http://www.mirvish.com
*Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E., http://www.sonycentre.ca
*Streetcar Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Av., http://www.crowstheatre.com
*St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E., http://www.stlc.com
*Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St., http://www.tocentre.com
*Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
*Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
*Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front Street East, https://tickets.youngpeoplestheatre.ca/TheatreManager/1/online

*Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, http://www.alumnaetheatre.com
*Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor Street West, http://www.baddogtheatre.com
*Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com
*Cahoots Theatre Company, staging diversity, 388 Queen St. E., http://www.cahoots.ca
*Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Av., http://www.coalminetheatre.com
*Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street, http://www.factorytheatre.ca
*Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto, http://harthouse.ca/hart-house-theatre/
*Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Ave., http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
*MacMillan Theatre, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, http://www.music.utoronto.ca
*National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen Street West, https://national.ballet.ca
*Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St. E., http://www.redsandcastletheatre.com
*Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Lane, Brampton, Ontario, http://www.brampton.ca/sites/rose-theatre/en/Pages/Welcome.aspx
*Second City, sketch comedy theatre that’s launched many careers, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
*Shaw Festival Theatres, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, https://www.shawfest.com/
*Stratford Festival Theatres, Stratford, Ontario, https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/ThePlays?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhqTVruSJ2QIVV7nACh2_pA41EAAYAyAAEgKAZ_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
*Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor Street West, pushes creative boundaries, an original, http://www.thestorefronttheatre.com
*Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave., http://www.tarragontheatre.com
*Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. W., http://www.theatrecentre.org
*Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, http://www.passemuraille.on.ca
*Toronto Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester St., Cabbagetown, http://www.tdt.org
*Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club, 224 Richmond St. West, https://www.yukyuks.com/toronto

*Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Av., http://www.thedanforth.com
*George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge Street, http://www.tocentre.com/theatres/george-weston-recital-hall
*Glenn Gould Studio, CBC Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front St. W., http://www.cbc.ca/glenngould
*Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com
*Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., http://www.hughsroom.com
*Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, http://www.rcmusic.com
*Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street, http://www.masseyhall.com
*Opera House, 735 Queen St. East, http://theoperahouse.ticketoffices.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4P_S_OGJ2QIVlLjACh0D0QC9EAAYASAAEgJVj_D_BwE
*Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, http://www.roythomson.com
*Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W., http://www.trinitystpauls.ca

*Carlton, 9 screens, fully licensed, $5 Tuesdays, 20 Carlton Street, https://imaginecinemas.com
*Hot Docs Ted Rogers, specializing in documentaries and films seldom shown in the multiplex, 506 Bloor Street West, https://www.cinemaclock.com/theatres/hot-docs-ted-rogers-cinema
*Market Square, 80 Front Street East, several screens, https://imaginecinemas.com/cinema/market-square/
*Mount Pleasant, 675 Mount Pleasant Road, big screen, 2nd run features, some European films, etc., https://www.cinemaclock.com/ont/toronto/theatres/mount-pleasant
*Ontario Science Centre Omnimax,770 Don Mills Road, https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/imax
*Regent, 551 Mount Pleasant Road, 2nd run features, big screen, https://www.cinemaclock.com/ont/toronto/theatres/regent
*Revue, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, neighbourhood cinema, second-run, documentary & foreign features, http://www.revuecinema.ca
*Royal, documentaries, festivals, foreign, second-run features, 608 College Street, http://www.theroyal.to
*Scotiabank Toronto Imax (Cineplex), 259 Richmond Street West, multiplex & IMAX, 14 screens, http://www.imax.com/theatres/scotiabank-toronto-imax
*TIFF Bell Lightbox, 5 screens, movies that don’t play in the multiplex, for times and schedule go to http://www.tiff.net
*Varsity Cinemas (Cineplex), Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor Street West, 12 screens, https://www.cinemaclock.com/theatres/cineplex-varsity-vip
*Yonge-Dundas Cinemas (Cineplex), multiplex & IMAX, 26 screens, 10 Dundas Street East, http://www.imdb.com/showtimes/cinema/CA/ci25232552/CA/M6M1W6

*Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, http://www.agakhanmuseum.org
*Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King St. West, Hamilton, http://www.artgalleryofhamilton.com
*Art Gallery of Mississauga, http://www.artgalleryofmississauga.com
*Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.ca
*Bata Shoe Museum, only two in the world, 327 Bloor St. West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
*Black Creek Pioneer Village, heritage museum, partly outdoors, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, http://www.blackcreek.ca
*Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto’s castle, http://www.casaloma.ca
*Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Boulevard, http://www.fortyork.ca
*Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, 111 Queen’s Park, http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca
*Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street, http://www.hhof.com
*Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, http://www.arts.utoronto.ca/galleries.htm
*Mackenzie House Museum, 82 Bond Street, interprets Victorian life of the 1860’s, 416-302-6915
*McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, http://www.mcmichael.com
*Metropolitan Toronto Police Museum & Discovery Centre, 40 College St., http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/museum
*MZTV Museum of Television, 64 Jefferson Ave., Liberty Village, http://www.mztv.com
*Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
*Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West, free, http://www.thepowerplant.org
*Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Museum & Archives, https://www.qormuseum.org
*Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, http://www.rom.on.ca
*Ryerson Image Centre (RIC), 33 Gould Street, large photography gallery, free admission, http://www.ryersonimagecentre.ca
*Spadina House Museum and gardens, 235 Spadina Rd., 416-392-6910, https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/history-art-culture/museums/spadina-museum/
*Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Street, http://www.textilemuseum.ca
*The Modern.Toronto, a museum dedicated to abstract painting, The Mews, 68 Abell Street, http://www.themoderntoronto.ca
*Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street, Markham, http://www.varleygallery.ca
*Zwig Foundation Collection, The Mews, 68 Abell Street, Canadian & international art, http://www.zwigcollection.ca

*A Space, established contemporary, 401 Richmond St. West, http://www.aspacegallery.org
*Barbara Edwards Contemporary, 1069 Bathurst Street, http://www.becontemporary.com
*Bay of Spirits, 156 Front St. West, First Nations art, http://www.bayofspirits.com
*Canadian Sculpture Centre, 500 Church Street, http://www.cansculpt.org
*Christopher Cutts, 21 Morrow Avenue, http://www.cuttsgallery.com
*Clint Roenisch, 190 St. Helens Avenue, contemporary, avant-garde, http://www.clintroenisch.com
*Corkin, 7 Tank House Lane, Distillery District, http://www.corkingallery.com
*Daniel Faria, contemporary, converted warehouse, 188 St. Helens Avenue, http://www.danielfariagallery.com
*Diaz Contemporary, 100 Niagara Street, http://www.diazcontemporary.ca
*Katharin Mulherin Contemporary Arts Projects, 1086 Queen St. West, http://katharinemulherin.com/
*Koffler Gallery, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, http://www.kofflerarts.org
*Mercer Union, contemporary art, 1286 Bloor St. West, http://www.mercerunion.org
*Mira Godard, 22 Hazelton Avenue, long-established, Canadian & international artists, http://www.godardgallery.com
*Olga Korper, 17 Morrow Avenue, long-established, http://www.olgakorpergallery.com
*Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, 30 Abell Street, founded in 1996, http://www.propellerctr.com
*Sandra Ainsley, 100 Sunrise Avenue #150, leading dealer in contemporary glass, http://www.sandraainsleygallery.com
*Stephen Bulger, 1356 Dundas St. West, long-established photography gallery, http://www.bulgergallery.com
*Thompson Landry Gallery, 32 Distillery Lane, Distillery District, specializes in Quebec art, both contemporary & the masters, http://www.thompsonlandry.com

GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bi, transgendered, queer, etc.)
*Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, 2nd largest in the world, 34 Isabella Street, http://www.clga.ca
*Legit, 2nd Thursday monthly, immigration legal counsel, 519 Centre, 519 Church Street, http://www.legit.ca
*Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), 115 Simpson Avenue, just above Gerrard St. East, http://www.mcctoronto.com
*Out and Out, LGBTQ outdoors club, http://www.outandout.ca
*Pink Pages, gay, lesbian, trans, bi, leather, queer directory, http://www.thepinkpagesdirectory.com
*ProudFM 103.9, Toronto’s LGBTQ radio station, http://www.proudfm.com
*Rainbow Railroad, a charity which helps individuals in countries where being LGBTQ invites violence, imprisonment or even death, http://www.rainbowrailroad.ca
*Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps, http://www.rotctoronto.com
*Xtra magazine, gay news from Toronto, Vancouver & Ottawa, http://www.xtra.ca/toronto.aspx

*Edgewalk, CN Tower, walk around the edge of our tallest free-standing structure, http://www.edgewalkcntower.ca
*Free Arts in the Parks, concerts, films and arts of all kinds, for full events listings and details go to http://www.artsintheparksto.org
*Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Boulevard, at the bottom of the CN Tower, http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada
*Sunday Antique Market, free, Jarvis Street south of King
*TAPto free walking tours by Toronto Greeters, book online at https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/visitor-services/toronto-greeters-program/
*Toronto Transit Commission Day Pass, $12.50, a single-user pass on week days on the subway, streetcars & buses, Group/Family day passes on weekends & statutory holidays – https://www.ttc.ca/Fares_and_passes/Passes/Day_Pass/index.jsp
*Ongoing – tour the last operating double-decker theatre in the world, Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres, 189 Yonge St., Thursdays 5 pm; Saturdays 11 am, Ontario Heritage Trust, Details – http://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/ewg/ewg-home/tours
*November 21,22 – European Union Film Festival, Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, http://www.euffto.com
*November 21-24 – Weesageechak Begins To Dance, annual festival of Indigenous works-in-development, dance & theatre, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E., http://www.nativeearth.ca
*November 21-24 – The Penelopad by Margaret Atwood, Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto, http://www.tickets.harthouse.ca
*November 21 – December 1 – Middletown, inhabitants of a small town on loneliness & small things in life, Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue, http://www.crowstheatre.com
*November 21 – December 23 – Toronto Christmas Market, The Distillery District, http://www.torontochristmasmarket.com
*November 21 – December 1 – Wed. To Sat., 8 pm, The Citadel Dance Mix/2018, The Citadel, 304 Parliament St., http://www.citadelcie.com
*November 21 – January 6 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. W., http://www.mirvish.com
*Until November 24 – Kent Monkman – The Madhouse Exhibition, Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain Toronto, 65 George Street, 416-323-1373
*November 22-25 – Gourmet Food & Wine Expo, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, http://www.foodandwineexpo.ca
*Until November 25 – She The People, sketches by and about women, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
*Until November 25 – Friends! The Musical Parody, CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St., http://www.mirvish.com
*Until November 25 – Escaped Alone by Caryl Churchill, intimate lives & histories of four women, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
*November 28 – January 6 – School of Rock, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
*November 29 – ‘Choir! Choir! Choir!, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, 8 pm, http://www.livingartscentre.ca
*Until November 30 – Eugene Onegin, Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (Opera House), 145 Queen St. West, http://www.coc.ca
*Ongoing – David Milne: Modern Painting, over 100 works, photos, drawings & memorabilia, McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario, http://www.mcmichael.com
*Ongoing – ‘Obsession’, Sir William Van Horne’s Japanese ceramics collection, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, 111 Queen’s Park, http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca
*Ongoing – The Best Is Yet To Come Undone, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
*Ongoing – ‘Spiders – Fear and Fascination’, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, http://www.rom.ca
*Until December 2 – Richard O’Brien’s ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario, take the bus $29 return, http://www.stratfordfestival.ca
*Ongoing – The Music Man, outstanding updated musical, Stratford Festival, http://www.stratfordfestival.ca
*Until December 9, Gordon Parks: The Flavio Story, photojournalists seminal picture essay, Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street, free, http://www.ryersonimagecentre.ca
*Until January 6 – ‘Anthropocene’, part documentary, part art show, the landscapes we destroy in order to live, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.ca
*Until January 6 – Mary Poppins, starring Vanessa Sears of the Shaw Festival, Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front Street East, http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca
*Until January 6/2019 – Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
*Until June/2019 – Come From Away, extended a third time, a continuing Canadian/American hit – http://www.mirvish.com

<“I MUST STOP CHRISTMAS FROM COMING . . . BUT HOW?”, editorial cartoon by GRAEME MACKAY, Hamilton Spectator, November 21/2018 – fyi Canada is in the middle of rotating postal delivery strikes.>

Extended for a fourth time in TORONTO – ‘Come From Away’, the Canadian/American production at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King Street West & moving soon to the larger Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, until mid-June/2019>

SMIRNOFF is releasing TORONTO-themed bottles to celebrate our city, also known as The Six & The Big Smoke.

Says SMIRNOFF – “As one of the most multicultural cities in the world, TORONTO is a unique blend of Canadians (and new Canadians) from across the country all choosing to call The Six home. Smirnoff hopes to continue to bring people from all cultures and traditions together. The campaign highlights the fun-loving spirit at the heart of Canada’s culture, inspired by those living here.”

A special recipe for a drink in TORONTO’s name will be released.

Until JANUARY 6/2019, get up real close to some of the world’s most fascinating creatures at the Royal Ontario Museum. ‘SPIDERS – FEAR & FASCINATION’ is about some of the most remarkable animals on our planet. They spin webs, dance, swim and even grow back lost limbs.

Canada’s tallest Christmas tree is now aglow in the TORONTO Eaton Centre. From fountains to the rooftop, it’s a big one.



The TORONTO Poetry Map is a collection of poetic excerpts written about different parts of our city. It’s simple to use. Just click on a neighbourhood and a verse pops up, along with a link to books where the poem was published.

There are about 200 poems on the map running the gamut of emotions.
To operate the map go to http://www.torontopoetry.ca

We bought a house. Beneath it, thunder.
Our neighbour says, take a bath,
put your head under the water and the train
is in there with you. In the tub, water
belongs to us, warm, fourteen feet
to the street. Moves in the pipes. Belonging
or not belonging, the new house works,
fitted into the city’s plug.
Sewage treatment down hill.
Greenwood station at the top.
– RONNA BLOOM, book of poems, ‘Public Works’; photo by Shelbie Vernette-Grant

Temperance dried up these streets
in nineteen oh something
& thirst became the hidebound
neighbourhood legacy –
oasis reversed.
– GLEN DOWNIE, published in ‘Loyalty Management’

Look they’ve knocked down
that brick building
near the university
where we sat sometimes at night
and talked
about the way things would someday be.
– SUZANNE BOWNESS, published in ‘The Days You’ve Spent’

Here at the confluence
of Forest and Hill
our Cadillac-driving neighbours never wave
in their flow to and from Bay St.
– JOHN OUGHTON, published in ‘Gearing of Love‘


Sunday nights just won’t be the same now that Zoomer Radio’s GEORGE JONESCU has passed away. ‘Big Band Sunday Night’ on 50,000-watt AM740 & 96.7FM, with its powerful signal reached well into the northeastern US and large parts of Ontario. George was in the driver’s seat every Sunday night playing music from the 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.

I’ve listened to George’s show for at least the last 5-7 years, and hope it will continue.George had an encyclopedic memory, but minimized his chatter, and focused instead on the music itself, much of which came from his personal collection. Despite blizzards and other inclement weather on the 60-mile stretch between Barrie and Toronto, he always made it for show time.

GEORGE JONESCU’s 65 years in the radio business took him to Montreal, Sault Ste. Marie, Barrie, and TORONTO. He once said, “Being a broadcaster affords a platform which must always be used with responsibility and sensibility, if not, it is an indulgence.”


<PHOTOS ABOVE – this year’s windows in 2018>

<PHOTOS ABOVE – the same (animated) windows in 2014>

Just my opinion – before 2015 the Simpson’s/Hudson’s Bay animated windows on Queen Street West were pretty much non-commercial. They were just fun. Kids and adults both loved them. Since then, the same windows have become much more politically correct and adult-oriented, colourful but kind of boring.


SAYS GOOP – “Just an hour-long flight from JFK, Canada’s largest city is both refreshingly urban and small town, with its network of singular neighborhoods making up what is arguably one of the most underrated destinations around.”“There’s opportunity for everything, be it let-your-hair-down revelry, a world-class food crawl, or a quick change of scenery for vacation-drunk kiddos. Every street corner is occupied by a cozy café, microbrewery, sustainability-focused restaurant, or any one of the many gems that make up TORONTO’s culture scene.”While the long winters are glacial at best, the whole place hums with the kind of subzero-induced energy that makes spending the bulk of your time indoors a blast.”



  <130 QQE (130 Queens Quay East), Daniels Waterfront, image by ProjectEnd>

After roughly three and a half years of construction one major space, LAUNCHPAD, has opened its doors. Housed on the fourth floor of City of the Arts, Launchpad offers 30,000 ft² of co-working space for artists, creators and designers.<Artscape Daniels Launchpad floorplan, image – Artscape Daniels Launchpad>

Included in the Launchpad floor plan – meeting and performance spaces; room for workshops end entrepreneurship programs; a modular lighting grid that can be altered for theatrical lighting and props; a digital media lab; sound recording facilities; photography studio; a cycloramic wall which doubles as a green screen; two edit suites; and a 947 ft² VFX control room with a 24-channel analog mixing board.<Green screen space at Artscape Daniels Launchpad>

DANIELS’ City of the Arts is a mixed-use etail/office/institutional/residential complex being constructed on Queens Quay at Lower Jarvis Street on TORONTO’s Waterfront.