WHAT’S ON IN TORONTO – SEPTEMBER/2019 (CLICK ON WEBSITES BELOW FOR MORE INTO, TIMES & TICKETS)

LARGE THEATRES
*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/onlineMORE THEATRES
*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/torontoCONCERT HALLS
*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.caCENTRAL CITY CINEMAS
*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/M6M1W6OTHER GOOD STUFF
*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
*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., Mondays 5 pm; Saturdays 11 am, Ontario Heritage Trust. – http://www.heritagetrust.on.ca/en/index.php/ewg/ewg-home/tours
go to http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/spring
*September 15 – Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto does this extremely well, http://www.tiff.net
*September 15-22 – Kiss Me Kate, by Cole Porter, Civic Light Opera Company, Zion Cultural Centre, 1650 Finch Ave. East, http://www.musictheatretoronto.com
*September 15 – December 8 – ‘The Way She Looks’, a history of female gazes in African portraiture, Ryerson Image Centre, 30 Gould St., https://ryersonimagecentre.ca/
*September 15 (previews) opens on the 19th, ‘Alegria’, a Cirque du Soleil signature show, new acrobatics, visuals, and music, Ontario Place, http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/alegria
*September 15 – Kensington Market Jazz Festival, 150 acts at 23 venues, http://www.kensingtonjazz.com
*September 15 – Roncesvalles Polish Festival, car show, dancing, music, beverage gardens, 3 stages, etc. Roncevalles Avenue, http://www.polishfestival.ca
*September 15 – Open Streets TO, Bloor Street from Ossington Ave to Church St. & Yonge Street from Bloor to Queen, 10 am to 2 pm, http://www.Openstreetsto.org
*September 16 – Margaret Atwood discusses The Testaments, sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St. East, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
*September 17 – October 20 – ‘The Band’s Visit’, Broadway’s celebrated musical, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
*September 17 – December 8 – ‘Piaf/Dietrich’, musical drama with Louise Pitre & Jayne Lewis, CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge Stret, http://www.mirvish.com
*Until September 21 – Arts in the Parks, films, dancing, puppet shows, arts and crafts, plus more, http://www.artsintheparksto.org
*Until September 22 – Hymns to the Silence, the works of Inuit artist Itee Pootoogook, McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario, http://www.mcmichael.com
*September 26,27,28 – Abbey Road, all the great songs on the album, 8 pm, Harbourfront Centre Theatre, http://www.artoftimeensemble.com
*Until September 29 – Gods in My Home: Chinese New Year With Ancester Portraits & Deity Prints, Royal Ontario Museum, http://www.rom.on.ca
*Until October 2 – The Second City’s 83rd Revue, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
*Until October 13 – ‘Sex’, Mae West’s scandalous short-lived Broadway play, Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, http://www.shawfest.com
*Until October 27 – Drayton Entertainment tours theatres from Midland to Guelph with a variety of productions. For details – http://www.draytonentertainment.com
*Until October 30 – The Band’s Visit, 10 Tony Award-winning musical, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
*Until November 3 – Billy Elliot The Musical, Stratford Festival, 1-800-1600 & http://www.stratfordfestival.ca
*Until November 17 – ‘Undomesticated’, group exhibit about the domestic realm, Koffler Gallery and the hallways of Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St., Suite 104-105l, http://www.kofflerarts.org
*Ongoing – Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett’s collection of sci-fi and horror history, Royal Ontario Museum, Bloor Street West at Avenue Road, http://www.rom.on.ca
*Ongoing – Little Shop of Horrors, Stratford Festival, 1-800-1600 & http://www.stratfordfestival.ca
*Ongoing – The Best Is Yet To Come Undone, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
*Until January 5/2020, Maud Lewis, Nova Scotia’s famed folk artist, McMichael Gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario, http://www.mcmichael.com
*Until November – The Scarborough Sign makes the rounds of seven neighbourhood events, for details go to http://www.scarborougharts.com
*Until November 10 – ‘Women in Focus’, photography from the 1920’s to 1940’s, super exhibition from the AGO’s collection & on-loan, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. West, http://www.ago.ca
*Until January 5 – ‘It’s Alive! Classic Horror & Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection, Royal Ontario Museum, Bloor West at University, http://www.rom.on.ca
*Until January 5 – Maud Lewis, one of Nova Scotia’s most beloved folk artists, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10,365 Islington Ave., Kleinburg, Ontario, http://www.mcmichael.com
*Ongoing – Impressionism In The Age of Industry, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. West, http://www.ago.ca
*Ongoing – Walking On Bomb Shells, Second City’s 82nd revue, indefinite run, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
*Until December 1st – Come From Away, extended a sixth time, a continuing Canadian/American hit, now performing at the Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St. – http://www.mirvish.comMUSEUMS IN & AROUND TORONTO
*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
*Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street, Markham, http://www.varleygallery.caCITY CENTRE ART GALLERIES
*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.comLGBTQ COMMUNITY INFO
*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.aspxOTTAWA has opened a new 12.5-kilometre LRT line which represents one of the biggest city-building projects in the capital’s history, at a time when the city’s population has surpassed one million people. – Ottawa Citizen, September 14/2019The National Ballet of Canada has announced that excerpts from ‘Orpheus Alive’ by Choreographic Associate Robert Binet and American composer Missy Mazzoli will be performed as part of the Guggenheim Museum’s ‘Works & Process’ series in New York City, Sunday, September 15th, 3:00 pm.The Stratford Festival’s Legacy Award goes to Canadian-American actor and comedian ANDREA MARTIN. Ms. Martin, 72, was born in Maine, spent a season at Stratford in 1978, worked in Canadian and Broadway theatre & television. Her award will be presented in TORONTO on September 23rd.39th annual Terry Fox Run will be raising funds for cancer research on Sunday, September 15/2019. Register for a run near you at http://www.terryfox.org/runTORONTO RAPTORS want everybody to enjoy the game. So they’ve launched a Nike hijab as part of an effort to be more inclusive of fans from all cultures. The Raptors are the first team in the National Basketball Association to offer an athletic hijab for Muslim women.<“Actually, I’m quite looking forward to winter this year.”, editorial cartoon by DAVID PARKINS, Globe and Mail, September/2019>There’s a new moon under the Gardiner Expressway but only until September 15th. LUKE JERRAM’s ‘Museum of the Moon’ is seven metres in diameter, illuminated from the inside to provide an up-close view of the moon’s rocky craters, dead volcanic cones and lava flows. It’s at The Bentway only until Sunday.Thanks to previous Liberal governments, the air quality over TORONTO and Thunder Bay has improved greatly. How come? The Lakeview Generating Station, coal- fired plant, was demolished in 2007 and Thunder Bay’s plant in 2014. Smog disappeared. Since 2014 Toronto has only had one smog day in the summer.<Conservative Leader ANDREW SCHEER’s worst nightmare (and JUSTIN TRUDEAU knows it) cartoon by MICHAEL DE ADDER for The Toronto Star>CBC Poll Tracker – Sunday, September 15th – Conservatives 33.9%; Liberals 33.8%; NDP 13.7%; Greens 10.3%; SEAT PROJECTIONS – Liberals 167; Conservatives 139; NDP 15; Greens 4; Probability of the Liberals winning a majority 42%; Conservatives 9%.

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TORONTO’S FLATIRON BUILDING, FIRST OF ITS KIND IN NORTH AMERICA, WAS BUILT IN 1892

The first flatiron building in North America was TORONTO’s Coffin Block, constructed in the triangle formed by Front and Church Streets.  The stubby little structure housed the offices of a stagecoach company.It was demolished and replaced in 1892 by the present day Flatiron or Gooderham Building.  For the record – NEW YORK CITY’s Flatiron was completed in 1903.The present-day Flatiron was constructed for $18,000.  Until 1952, it contained offices for George Gooderham of the giant Gooderham and Worts Distillery.  There’s now a pub in the basement, a patio outside, and Berczy Park in behind.  The Flatiron is close to three theatres, St. Lawrence Market, St. James Cathedral, Hockey Hall of Fame and numerous fine restaurants and pubs. <photo above by bmccle . . . #streetsoftoronto>

TORONTO WELCOMES IMMIGRANTS WHO HAVE 1ST RATE TECH BACKGROUNDS – REPORTS ‘OZY.COM’

OZY is an American media company tailor-made for the Change Generation. Or, as one fan put it, “OZY is what cool people read to be smart and smart people read to be cool.” They’re saying now that TORONTO is wooing tech immigrants away from California’s Silicon Valley.The tech industry is growing rapidly in TORONTO’s city and region, as well as in WATERLOO & OTTAWA – so much so that in 2018 more tech jobs were created here than in San Francisco and most other North American cities. The population of software developers, engineers and programmers grew by 82,100 between 2012 and 2017, according to CBRE, the commercial real estate firm.Mentioned in the article – the MaRS Discovery District <ABOVE>; the Artificial Intelligence program at the University of Toronto, Donald Trump’s “buy American and hire American” policies; the mixed TORONTO population, which includes 51% born outside the country; and the new tech changes to Canada’s immigration policy.It’s worth a read if you’ve a mind to come up north – https://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/how-toronto-is-wooing-tech-immigrants-away-from-silicon-valley/92962

MASSEY HALL WILL HAVE AT LEAST ANOTHER YEAR TO GO BEFORE RE-OPENING NIGHT

Constructed for about $150,000 in 1894, now undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, TORONTO’s oldest concert hall and National Historic Site will soon be making yet another debut.Behind the tarps and iron fencing the MASSEY HALL crews are fully occupied restoring 100 stained glass windows, building glass-walled walkways, renovating the old building & constructing a new one, along with modern loading dock facilities, new artist dressing rooms and improved technical facilities for large touring productions. It’s one busy place at 92 Shuter Street.On the horizon, amongst all of this, will be two new music venues, one in each building – the largest will seat 500, and the other will be an intimate ‘coffee house’ performance space in a redesigned Centuries Lounge. The main concert hall will seat over 2,000. Retractable seating will allow wide-open, general admission floor space.MASSEY HALL’s last major renovation took place in 1948. Financed by the federal and provincial governments as well as the city, this one will be over the top.  <RENDERINGS – Massey Hall>

F.Y.I. – FRED KNAPP’S ROLLER BOAT WAS THE STRANGEST CRAFT EVER LAUNCHED IN TORONTO

FOR YOUR INFORMATION – This unusual boat measured 125 by 25 feet. There was an opening at each end where people could board. The inside remained stationary, while the outer casing, equipped with small paddle-like projections, revolved around it. This allowed the ship to roll sideways along the surface of the water like a rolling pin.
<PHOTO ABOVE – the inventor of the Roller Boat, FRED KNAPP>
In 1897, while a large crowd was watching, the ship demonstrated a top speed of 5 miles per hour in TORONTO Bay. The idea was dropped because the vessel was too slow and very expensive. <PHOTO above – City of Toronto Archives; WATERCOLOUR below by THOMAS HARRISON WILKINSON, 1847-1949>