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

– July 27-30 – Beaches Jazz Festival, parks and streets in the Beach neighbourhood, for details and directions go to http://www.beachesjazz.com
– July 27 – September 3 – ‘Beautiful – the Carole King Musical’, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– July 28-30 – The Drowsy Chaperone, Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Avenue, http://www.nostringstheatre.com
– July 29 – Alohafest Toronto, Polynesian culture at Mel Lastman Square, 11am-7pm, free, http://www.fb.com/AlohafestToronto
– July 30 – Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday, music, street theatre, indie vendors, carless streets, Kensington Market, noon-7pm, free, for performers who want to be part of the show go to http://www.pskensington@gmail.com
– August 3-13 – Summer Works Performance Festival, 11 days of theatre, music, dance and live art, http://www.summerworks.ca
– Until August 5 – Toronto Summer Music Festival, Walter Hall, for info & tickets http://www.torontosummerfestival.com
– Until August 5 – Toronto Caribbean Carnival, 50th year, various venues, http://www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com
– Until August 20 – Hogtown: The Immersive Experience, Prohibition-era Toronto in drama, music and dance, Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen St. West, http://www.hogtownexperience.com
– Until August 27 – The Wizard of Oz, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Avenue, http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
– Until August 27 – Stratford Summer Music, 120 events over 6 weeks, Stratford, Ontario, http://www.stratfordsummer music.ca
– Ongoing – Guys and Dolls, Stratford Festival Theatre, Stratford, http://www.stratfordfesival.ca
– Ongoing – Me And My Girl, Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, http://www.shawfest.com
– Ongoing – 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

– July 27 – August 9 – Confederation Part I, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
– July 27 ongoing – Scandal and Rebellion, Confederation Part II, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
– July 27 ongoing – King Lear & Twelfth Night, 35th year of Shakespeare in High Park, free, for details http://www.canadianstage.com
– July 27 – August 5 – Vimy, Canadian soldiers in a hospital after WWI, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
– July 26 – August 20 – Hogtown: The Immersive Experience, Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen St. West, http://www.hogtownexperience.com
– Ongoing – The Madness of George III, Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, http://www.shawfest.com
– July 27 ongoing – Billy Bishop Goes To War, a Canadian classic, with Eric Peterson, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
– Ongoing – Everything Is Great Again, American politics, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
– Ongoing – Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, excellent theatre, beautiful town, 80 miles southeast of Toronto, for schedule http://www.shawfest.com
– Ongoing – Stratford Festival, 90 miles west of Toronto, excellent theatre, beautiful city, for schedule http://www.stratfordfestival.ca

– Until July 30 – Georgia O’Keeffe, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.net
– Until August 13 – Suzy Lake, Scotiabank Photography Award winner, Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street, free admission, http://www.ryerson.ca/ric
– Until August 28 – Chromatic Geography: Natural Dyes (Textiles), Craft Ontario Gallery, 990 Queen Street West, http://www.craftontario.com
– Until September 9 – Ydessa Hendeles Retrospective, the exhibits Ms. Hendeles mounted at her much-loved Art Foundation, The Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West, http://www.thepowerplant.org
– Until October 2017 – Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
– Ongoing – Syria: A Living History, exhibition, symposium, lectures, performances, Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Don Mills, http://www.agakhanmuseum,org
– Ongoing – ‘Out of the Depths, The Blue Whale Story’, from the deep a giant emerges, Royal Ontario Museum, tickets at http://www.rom.ca
– Ongoing – The Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street in historic Unionville/Markham, http://www.varleygallery.ca
– Ongoing – Art Gallery of Mississauga, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, http://www.artgalleryofmississauga.com
– Ongoing – Group of Seven Guitar Project, 7 renowned guitar makers, inspired by 7 iconic artists, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10,365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, http://www.mcmichael.com
– Ongoing – Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit, 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
– Ongoing – Black Creek Pioneer Village, the way life used to be, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, 416-736-1733, http://www.blackcreek.ca

– Until July 31 – Director’s Choice, group show, Christopher Cutts Gallery, 21 Morrow Avenue, http://www.cuttsgallery.com
– Until August 17 – That’s So Gay + 10×10 Photography Project group shows, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, http://www.gladstonehotel.com
– Until August 26 – Mark Jenkins and David Spriggs, Arsenal Gallery, 45 Ernest Avenue

GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bi, transgendered, queer, etc.)
– Ongoing – Rainbow Railroad, a charity which helps individuals in countries where being LGBTQ is an invite to violence, imprisonment or death, http://www.rainbowrailroad.ca
– Ongoing – ProudFM 103.9, Toronto’s LGBTQ radio station, http://www.proudfm.com
– Ongoing – 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
– Ongoing – 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
– Ongoing – Glad Day Bookshop & Cafe, since 1970, oldest LGBTQ bookshop in the Americas, 499 Church Street, licenced, coffee bar, warm welcome, http://www.gladdaybookshop.com
– Ongoing – Out and Out LGBTQ outdoors club, http://www.outandout.ca
– Ongoing – Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps of Toronto (ROTC), colour guard, band, drum corps, baton, dance, http://www.rotctoronto.com
– Ongoing – Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), 115 Simpson Avenue at Howard Street, http://www.mcctoronto.com
– Ongoing – Xtra magazine, gay community news in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver, http://www.xtra.ca/toronto.aspx
– Ongoing – The Pink Pages, gay, lesbian, trans, bi, leather, queer directory for Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, Hamilton and Niagara/St. Catharines, http://thepinkpagesdirectory.com
Ongoing – (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
July 27 – Living Ritual: International Indigenous Performing Arts Festival, talks, workshops, performances, Harbourfront Centre, http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com
– July 28-30 – Toronto Festival of Beer, concerts and beer fest, Exhibition Place, Bandshell Park, 210 Princes’ Blvd., http://www/beerfestival.ca
– July 30 – annual Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show, Trinity Bellwoods Park, free, http://www.torvbs.wordpress.com
– Until August 20 – Christie Pits Film Festival, bring a blanket, movies under the stars, approx. 9pm, pwyc, Christie Pits, 750 Bloor Street West, http://www.christiepitsff.com
– Until August 29 – Open Roof Festival, indie films and music, Tuesdays at 7pm, 99 Sudbury Street, http://www.openrooffestival.com
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
Ongoing – 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, http://www.rainbowcinemas.ca
– 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/whats-on
– Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, specializing in documentaries and films seldom shown in the multiplex, 506 Bloor Street West, http://www.bloorcinema.com
– 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
– Ongoing – 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
– Ongoing – Edgewalk, CN Tower, walk around the edge of our tallest free-standing structure, http://www.edgewalkcntower.ca
– Ongoing – Sunday Antique Market, free, Jarvis Street south of King
Ongoing – 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

Summer in the city – and TORONTO keeps the young folks busy

Driving is the new smoking. A study by the Leicester Biomedical Research Centre has found that spending a lot of time behind the wheel reduces your intelligence, which keeps dropping the longer you drive.

Researchers analysed the lifestyles of more than 500,000 Britons, 37-73 over five years during which time they took intelligence and memory tests. Those who drove more than 2 or 3 hours a day typically had lower brainpower from the start, which kept on declining throughout at a faster rate than those who did little or no driving.

Watching TV a lot got the same result. Not so with computers. They apparently had a stimulating effect on the brain.

Our man in OTTAWA, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, makes the cover yet again of a popular magazine. “Justin Trudeau is trying to Make Canada Great Again. He is using, let us say, different methods.” – Stephen Rodrick/Rolling Stone

For a lengthy impression of Canada’s #1 ambassador and possibly “the free world’s best hope” read ‘Justin Trudeau: The North Star’. It’s in this month’s Rolling Stone.


<MARKHAM’s Cathedraltown gives a thumbs down to donated cow sculpture – Tim Kelly/Metroland>

Residents of CATHEDRALTOWN (a MARKHAM suburb) have something else to look at these daysbesides the cathedral. It’s a chrome statue of a cow titled “Charity, Perpetuation of Perfection”, put there with the approval of city councillor Alan Ho – who is now facing the wrath of the populace. They want it gone ASAP.

“The last thing that would cross my mind would be to raise a life-sized cow with chrome-like finish two storeys in the air and consider that proper,” said local resident Danny Dasilva. “I hate it.”

Torontonians must be relieved it’s not in TORONTO.