<An up-to-date listing of what’s on in North America’s 4th largest city, and where to find it>

– October 17-22 – The Adventures of Tom Shadow, a musical comedy not-for-kids take on Peter Pan, Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street, http://www.factorytheatre.ca
– October 19, 20 – A Tribute to Maureen Forrester, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, 60 Simcoe Street, http://www.tso.ca/fall
– Until October 22 – ‘Life After’, a new musical, Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, http://www.canadianstage.com
– Until October 22 – Life After, a 16-year-old girl navigates her life after the death of her guru father dies, Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, http://www.canadianstage.com
October 24 – Sylvia Tyson, folk music, Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas Street West, http://www.hughsroom.com
– October 26 – November 4 – Marriage of Figaro, Opera Atelier, Toronto’s opera company that’s played the King’s Theatre at Versailles 5 times, Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.operaatelier.com
– October 28 – Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta conductor, Roy Thomson Hall, 8:00pm, http://www.roythomson.com
Until December 3 – Bat Out of Hell: The Musical, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– November 6 – December 31 – Beauty and the Beast, Young People’s Theatre, http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca
– Until November 19 – Dreamgirls, Black female trio become super stars, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Avenue, http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
– Until November 26 – Volta, Cirque du Soleil under the bigtop, music, dance, acrobatic arts, bike stunts, Big Top, Port Lands area, Commissioners at Cherry, http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/volta
– Until November 26 – Avenue Q, adult musical puppet play, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Avenue, http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
– November 24 – December 31 – A Christmas Carol, the family musical with a Scrooge loose, Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.rosspetty.com
– Friday Night Jazz at the Aquarium, second Friday of every month, included with general admission, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Rd, http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada

– Ongoing – ‘Party Today, Panic Tomorrow’, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
– October 19-29 – IFOA, International Festival of Authors, Harbourfront Centre, for tickets and info go to http://www.infoa.org
Until October 21 – Asking For It, gender roles and sexual consent, Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue, http://www.crowsnest.com
– October 23 – Gloria Steinem, Convocation Hall, University of Toronto, 7pm, http://www.gloria2017.ca
– Until October 29 – North By Northwest, Hitchcock’s classic thriller on stage, Royal Alexandra Theatre, http://www.mirvish.com
– Until October 29 – Undercover, murder mystery, audience participation, Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Avenue, http://www.tarragontheatre.com
– Until October 29 – Salt-Water Moon by David French, Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– Until November 19 – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Princess of Wales Theatre, http://www.mirvish.com
– October 30 – Carol Burnett: An Evening of Laughter & Reflection, 7:30pm, Sony Centre, 1 Front Street East, http://www.ticketmaster.ca
– Ongoing – The Madness of George III, Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, http://www.shawfest.com
– Ongoing – Everything Is Great Again, American politics, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
– Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, excellent theatre, beautiful town, 80 miles southeast of Toronto, for schedule http://www.shawfest.com
– Stratford Festival, 90 miles west of Toronto, excellent theatre, beautiful city, for schedule http://www.stratfordfestival.ca

– Until January 7 – Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters, monster movie maker at the Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. West, http://www.ago.net
– Until October 22 – Pop Sherlock, posters, manuscripts, music, comic vooks, movie scripts, etc., from the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, guided tours Tuesdays at 2pm, free, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Until October 2017 – Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
– Until November 26 – Staring Back at the Sun: video art from Israel, 1970-2012, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Suite 104-105, http://www.kofflerarts.org
– Until December 10 – OCAD University presents two inaugural exhibitions in its the new Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond Street West, http://www.ocadu.ca/onsite
– Until January 1 – HERE: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists, Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Don Mills, https://www.agakhanmuseum.org
– The Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street in historic Unionville/Markham, http://www.varleygallery.ca
– Art Gallery of Mississauga, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, http://www.artgalleryofmississauga.com
– Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street, http://www.hhof.com
– The Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West, leading public gallery devoted to contemporary visual art, http://www.thepowerplant.org
– Spadina House Museum, historic house and gardens, 285 Spadina Road, (416) 392-6910
– MZTV Museum of Television, 64 Jefferson Avenue, Liberty Village, phone for free reservation at (416) 599-7339
– Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Road, http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
– CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Museum, archival materials relating to the history of Canadian broadcasting, 250 Front St. West, http://www.cbc.ca/museum/index.html
– Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Boulevard, http://www.fortyork.ca
– Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum & Archives, 1 Austin Terrace, https//qormuseum.org
– Black Creek Pioneer Village, the way life used to be, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, 416-736-1733, http://www.blackcreek.ca

GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bi, transgendered, queer, etc.)
– Rainbow Railroad, a charity which helps individuals in countries where being LGBTQ is an invite to violence, imprisonment or death, http://www.rainbowrailroad.ca
– ProudFM 103.9, Toronto’s LGBTQ radio station, http://www.proudfm.com
– Legit, second Thursday of every month, legal counsel for same-sex couples immigrating to Canada, 519 Community Centre, 519 Church Street, http://www.legit.ca
– Get Out! Running Group, every Sunday, people of all ages and experience levels, 10-11:30am, Fuel Plus 471 Church Street, free, http://www.getoutcanada.com
– Glad Day Bookshop & Cafe, since 1970, oldest LGBTQ bookshop in the Americas, 499 Church Street, licenced, coffee bar, warm welcome, http://www.gladdaybookshop.com
– Out and Out LGBTQ outdoors club, http://www.outandout.ca
– Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps of Toronto (ROTC), colour guard, band, drum corps, baton, dance, http://www.rotctoronto.com
– Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), 115 Simpson Avenue at Howard Street, http://www.mcctoronto.com
– Xtra magazine, gay community news in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver, http://www.xtra.ca/toronto.aspx
– The Pink Pages, gay, lesbian, trans, bi, leather, queer directory for Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, Hamilton and Niagara/St. Catharines, http://thepinkpagesdirectory.com
– (CLGA) Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, second largest in the world, research centre, art gallery, 34 Isabella Street, http://www.clga.ca

– Ongoing – TAPto free walking tours by Toronto Greeters, book online at http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e14d3a2f287c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
– Until December 31 – To Canada With Love, Toronto’s cultural events celebrating the country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, various venues, http://www.toronto.ca/canada150
Free Arts in the Parks, concerts, films and arts of all kinds, for full events listings and details go to http://www.artsintheparksto.org
– Mount Pleasant Cinema, 675 Mount Pleasant Road, big screen, 2nd run features, some European films, etc., https://www.cinemaclock.com/ont/toronto/theatres/mount-pleasant
– Carlton Cinemas, 9 screens, fully licensed, $5 Tuesdays, 20 Carlton Street, https://imaginecinemas.com
– Market Square Cinemas, 80 Front Street East, several screens, https://imaginecinemas.com/cinema/market-square/
– Regent Cinema, 551 Mount Pleasant Road, 2nd run features, big screen, https://www.cinemaclock.com/ont/toronto/theatres/regent
– TIFF Bell Lightbox, 5 cinemas, movies that don’t play in the multiplex, for times and schedule go to http://www.tiff.net
– Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, specializing in documentaries and films seldom shown in the multiplex, 506 Bloor Street West, https://www.cinemaclock.com/theatres/hot-docs-ted-rogers-cinema
– Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, neighbourhood cinema, second-run, docmentary & foreign features, http://www.revuecinema.ca
– Royal Cinema, documentaries, festivals, foreign, second-run features, 608 College Street, http://www.theroyal.to
– Ontario Science Center Omnimax,770 Don Mills Road, https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/imax
– Scotiabank Toronto Imax, 259 Richmond Street West, http://www.imax.com/theatres/scotiabank-toronto-imax
– Ride the ferry to Ward’s Island & have lunch at the Rectory Cafe (only open restaurant on the Islands), 101 Lakeshore Avenue, 416-203-2152, http://www.therectorycafe.com
– Edgewalk, CN Tower, walk around the edge of our tallest free-standing structure, http://www.edgewalkcntower.ca
– Sunday Antique Market, free, Jarvis Street south of King
– Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, 288 Bremner Boulevard, at the bottom of the CN Tower, http://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada

TORONTO SAVVY is now on the UK-based website ‘Walked Thru’ – http://www.walkedthru.com

<Editorial cartoon, Globe and Mail, TORONTO, October/2017 – by BRIAN GABLE>

FORBES Technology Council, an invitation-only organization for senior level technology executives, puts TORONTO in 2nd place on a Top5 list of places to open tech startups. The list is created by members of the council after considerable research. It’s based on available talent, financial perks and other benefits.
#1 – Shanghai
#2 – TORONTO –The stretch between Toronto and Kitchener is home to the Google, Shopify and RIM offices along with thousands of startups. I see Toronto as the next tech hub because it provides startups with access to some of the world’s best and brightest innovators. The next wave of tech talent is located up north in Toronto and its surrounding areas.” Sanjay Malhotra, Clearbridge Mobile

#3 – Israel
#4 – Austin
#5 – Phoenix

Look who got re-elected! CALGARY’s mayor NAHEED NENSHI is back for a 3rd term after a close race on Monday night. All 10 incumbent councillors kept their seats as well.

“I can promise you I’ll do my very best, put my pants on every day and go to work every single day for every one of you,” he said.

TORONTO has told a Queen’s Park committee it wants to be released from the grip of the Ontario Municipal Board, an unelected agency of the province. With development happening all across town, and the city hogtied by the OMB, there’s a need for an immediate overhaul. That’s been the thinking for years, but with a provincial election upcoming in 2018 it’s being taken much more seriously.

Councillor JOSH MATLOW and chief planner GREGG LINTERN agree that change is definitely needed, despite protests from some developers.

<The late LEONARD COHEN towers over downtown MONTREAL’s Crescent Street – photo by ROSS WINTER>

A new Mainstreet/Post Media poll indicates JOHN TORY would easily be re-elected as mayor in a battle with DOUG FORD. He’d win with a 27-point lead.

The fly in the ointment – MIKE LAYTON. According to the poll, in a three-way race John Tory would probably get 35% of the vote, Ford 28% and Layton 26%.

“John Tory has nothing to fear from a one-on-one match-up against Doug Ford,” said Quito Maggi, president of Mainstreet research, “but things get much more interesting if there’s a strong progressive candidate in the race.”

<‘Goodnight TORONTO’, an Instagram photo by brychong>

VIDEO BELOW – TORONTO’s Adelaide Street West bike lane during a weekday morning rush hour. 3 traffic lanes (carrying only 260 motor vehicles); 1 bike lane (345 bicycles) over a period of 15 minutes. This should tell us something.

Posted on Twitter by GHOUL MESLIN



THE BENTWAY, named after the undulating Gardiner Expressway, will eventually stretch from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street – a 1.75 kilometre strip linking Exhibition Place, Liberty Village, Niagara, Fort York, Bathurst Quay, Wellington Place and City Place.

A skating trail under the Gardiner Expressway? It’s a brilliant idea supported by Mayor JOHN TORY, and by the end of December/2017 it will be a new gathering place for TORONTO’s growing population.

Along with the skating trail plans include gardens, markets, art, recreational amenities, exhibits, festivals, theatre and musical performances. Unused land under the expressway is being turned into useful public space. Bravo!

A $25-million gift from the Judy and Wilmot Matthews Foundation made this possible. Ms. Matthews is a granddaughter of E. J. Lennox (1854-1933), an architect who designed many of TORONTO’s iconic buildings, including Old City Hall and Casa Loma.

THE BENTWAY is underway.


PROJECT #1 – the Downtown De-Fence Project has a rotating group of volunteers who make it their business to remove chain link fences from residential neighbourhoods.

Dave Meslin, who founded the Project 15 years ago says “I want to feel like a live in a city where people know their neighbours. Fences send the opposite message. Taking down a fence symbolizes a commitment to building relationsships.”

ABOVE – Dave’s before and after photos: “It’s a makeover. It transforms the entire space around a lawn.” For more informaton – http://www.publicspace.ca & email – defence@pigeonhat.ca

PROJECT #2 – The Patch Project, supported by the Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space (STEPS). Developers by law must make 50% of the fencing around building sites available for some form of artwork. A 100-strong crew of local artists have been creating murals, live events and on-site heritage displays in neighbourhoods across the city.

“FUEL” by BAREKET KEZWER, an artist, muralist, graphic designer, curator, writer and optomist. She’S dedicated to making TORONTO more socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. She works with bright colours to get people’s attention and feel joyful about their city.

“POLLINATORS”, supported by OBEN FLATS, was created by NICK SWEETMAN using acrylic and aerosols. It will remain on Gerrard East at Sherbourne Street until a 13-storey building is built behind. The artist even went so far as to replace one panel defaced by taggers (a.k.a. cityscape destroyers).

For more information – http://www.thepatchproject.com


After 14 years on Queen Street West, the STEPHEN BULGER GALLERY outgrew itself and has moved into a much bigger space in Little Portugal. The new location – which can be divided into smaller spaces, depending on the show – is now open to the public.

Gallerist STEPHEN BULGER has played a significant role in both the Canadian and international photography markets.

<PHOTO – Stephen Bulger by ANITA MALHOTRA/Arts Mania.ca>

He exhibits at several North American and European art fairs (including Paris Photo & AIPAD), is a past president of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), is on the advisory board of Ryerson University’s Image Centre, and co-founded TORONTO’s Contact Photography Festival.

1356-58 Dundas Street West


The TORONTO GENERAL POST OFFICE stood where Toronto Street meets Adelaide from 1873, until the 1950‘s when it was demolished.

All that remains is Canada’s coat-of-arts removed from above the doorway, and a memorial plaque to one ALBERT JACKSON – in a Lombard Street parkette.

ALBERT JACKSON, born into slavery in Delaware in the 1850’s, became TORONTO’s first Black letter carrier and one of the few people of colour appointed a civil servant in 19th century Canada.

Jackson’s mother, Ann Maria, escaped from the United States to Canada via the Underground Railroad network after two of her sons were sold and her husband died of grief. Anna Maria and seven children arrived in TORONTO where Albert grew up and was educated.

Mr. Jackson was appointed a letter carrier on May 12, 1882. Racists within the post office refused to train him, but with some help from Prime Minister Sir John A. MacDonald and the Black community, he eventually delivered mail for over 30 years, and worked at the post office until his death in 1918.


Since 1884 four million rare items, art, manuscripts, books and artifacts have been gathered up by our city’s library system. Among them – materials devoted to the life and work of Arthur Conan Doyle <PHOTO BELOW>, best known for his portrayal of London’s famous detective SHERLOCK HOLMES and his sidekick DR. WATSON.

‘POP SHERLOCK’, now showing at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, documents Holmes’ role as an icon. His fame is global, and the exhibit showcases his appearances in films, television, comic books and advertising. For fans, even more documentation is available on the fifth floor in the Special Collections Centre.

<Animation cel – Porky Pig as Dr. Watson>

<A Sherlock Holmes nutcracker>

‘Pop Sherlock’ continues until October 22. For more information about Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, guided tours and movies go to http://www.tpl.ca/tdgallery