WHAT’S ON IN TORONTO – DECEMBER/2017 (CLICK ON WEBSITES FOR MORE INFORMATION & TICKETS)

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

MUSIC, MUSICALS & DANCE
– December 14 – Buddy Holly Winter Concert, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Avenue, http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
– December 14-16 – Handel’s Messiah, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, http://www.tafelmusik.org
– December 14,15,16 – To All A Good Night 3, the different holiday concert, 15 piece big band, readings, Jackie Richardson, Liam Russell, Harbourfront Centre Theatre, http://www.artoftimeensemble.com
– December 15 – Dance Me/Music of Leonard Cohen, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Toronto premiere, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. East, http://www.sonycentre.ca
– December 16 – Toronto Children’s Chorus, featuring opera stars Krisztina Szabo & Lesia Mackowycz, 2pm, Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, http://www.roythomsonhall.com
– December 17 – Sharron & George’s Superfun Christmas Sing-Along, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, 7pm, http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com
– December 17 – Sing-Along Messiah, Tafelmusik’s Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street, http://www.tafelmusik.org
– December 18 – Cocktails & Candy Canes Cabaret, jazzy tunes by musical theatre artists, Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria Street, http://www.jazzbistro.ca
– December 21 – The Barra MacNeils, An East Coast Christmas, Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street, 8pm, http://www.masseyhall.com
– December 21 – City of Toronto Christmas Concert, Toronto Beaches Chlldren’s Chorus, Toronto Mass Choir, Pan Fantasy Steelband and Tower Brass, noon-1pm, New City Hall, 100 Queen St. West, free, http://www.toronto.ca/christmasconcert
– December 21 – Kensington Market Winter Solstice, Red Pepper Spectacle Art’s annual parade, lantern sales 4pm, meet at Oxford & Augusta at 6:30pm, free, http://www.fb.com/redpepperspectaclearts
– Until December 24 – Bat Out of Hell: The Musical, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– Until December 30 – The Nutcracker, National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. West, http://www.national.ballet.ca
– Until December 31 – A Christmas Carol, the family musical with a Scrooge loose, Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.rosspetty.com
– December 31 – Bravissimo! Opera’s Greatest Hits, New Year’s Eve, 7:00pm, Roy Thomson Hall, http://www.roythomson.com
– January 1/2018 – Salute to Vienna, New Year’s Day Concert, 2:30pm, Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, 2:30pm, http://www.roythomson.com
– Until December 31 – Beauty and the Beast, Young People’s Theatre, http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca
– Until January 6 – Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas – The Musical, Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, http://www.electricmoontheatre.com
– Until January 7 – Million Dollar Quartet, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– Until January 7 – The Illusionists, Live From Broadway, Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. West, http://www.mirvish.com
– Until January 21 – Dr. Seuss’s ‘The Lorax’, Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King Street West, http://www.mirvish.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

COMEDY, THEATRE & SPOKEN WORD
– Ongoing – ‘Party Today, Panic Tomorrow’, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
– Until December 17 – Mr. Shi and His Lover, French diplomat falls in love with an opera singer, Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Av., http://www.tarragontheatre.com
– Until December 17 – Heisenberg by Simon Stephens, Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, http://www.canadianstage.com
– December 31 – New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza, Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street, 7:30pm, http://www.masseyhall.com
– Until December 31 – Soulpepper’s Family Festival, A Christmas Carol, Peter Pan, A Very Soulpepper Christmas, The Story, several venues, for full details go to http://www.soulpepper.ca/family
– Ongoing – Everything Is Great Again, American politics, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
– Ongoing – Vikings: The Exhibition, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, http://www.rom.on.ca
– Until December 31 – Eatons Goes To War: Family, Memory and Meaning, MacKenzie House, 82 Bond Street, https://www.facebook.com/mackenziehouse/
– Until January 1 – HERE: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists, Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Don Mills, https://www.agakhanmuseum.org
– Until January 7 – 12 Tres: Let There Be Light, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, 111 Queen’s Park, http://www.gardinermuseum.on.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 January 21 – Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles, Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Street, http://www.textilemuseum.ca
– Until March 18 – Christian Dior, Paris haute couture after WWII years, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, http://www.rom.on.ca
– Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, multiple exhibits, Canada’s 2nd largest after the National Gallery, see what’s on at http://www.ago.net
– 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

THE MOVIES AND OTHER STUFF
Ongoing – TAPto free walking tours by Toronto Greeters, book online at http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e14d3a2f287c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
– Until March 18 – Winter at Ontario Place, light installations, synthetic skating rink, film screenings at Cinesphere, bonfires, etc., Ontario Place, 955 Lakeshore Boulevard West, free, http://www.ontarioplace.com/winter
– Until December 22 – Black Star: Celebrating 100 Years of Black Excellence on Screen, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. West, http://www.tiff.net/blackstar
– December 23 – January 3 – Magnificent 70MM classic films, Vertigo, The Thing, 2001 A Space Odyssey, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. West, http://www.tiff.net
– Until December 23 – The Toronto Christmas Market, ferris wheel, carousel, live music, carollers, vendors, beer gardens, Santa booth, Distillery District, http://www.torontochristmasmarket.com
– Until December 24 – The Christmas Story, annual nativity pageant, pro musicians, volunteer cast, Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, http://www.thechristmasstory.ca
– 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
– Until January 7 – Casa Loma Canadian Winterland Nights, lighted gardens, a magic show, carols and treats, 5-9pm, Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, http://www.casaloma.ca
– Until January 7 – Christmas In The Valley, traditions of the 1890’s and 1940’s, tours of wildflower preserve, Todmorden Mills, Don Valley, 67 Pottery Road, https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/history-art-culture/museums/todmorden-mills/
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

“TORONTONIANS don’t steal? I’ve got news for you.”

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) may be under-estimating fare evasion rates by as much as half. The system could  be costing us millions in property taxes annually, far more than we were led to believe in recent years.

According to an internal 2017 TTC document obtained by Torstar News Service, the system-wide evasion rate is 4.4% and the cheats have been allegedly bilking the agency by up to $49-million yearly. TTC officials believe the figures are much lower.

“Streetcars have picked up the pace. Motorists on nearby streets are experiencing little or no delays. According to early numbers, the high-profile KING STREET transit project is moving.” – Metro News

Ontario’s Liberal premier KATHLEEN WYNNE has had enough of Conservative leader PATRICK BROWN, and is suing him for $100,000 in damages stemming from an Election Act case. Or he can apologize, which so far he’s refused to do.

Brown told the media that Ms. Wynne was a “sitting premier sitting in trial” and that she’s “standing trial”, which was “false and defamatory” according to the premier’s lawyer. “She was not on trial for bribery and has not been investigated by the police.”

<3RD ANNUAL HOLIDAY FAIR, in front of New City Hall, 100 Queen Street West – carnival rides, ice skating, food, vendors, crafts, etc. Until December 23>

<Canada’s tallest Christmas tree – Eaton Centre>

<Jurgita Dronina & Naoya Ebe in The Nutcracker. Photo by Bruce Zinger.>

The National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker is on at the Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen Street West, until December 30. “Remains as fresh as the day it premiered in 1995.” — The Globe and Mail

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