WHAT’S ON IN TORONTO – JUNE/2018 (CLICK ON WEBSITES BELOW FOR MORE INFO, 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/online

MORE 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/
*Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor St. W., https://wwww.facebook.com/TheStorefrontTheatre
*Stratford Festival Theatres, Stratford, Ontario, https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/ThePlays?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhqTVruSJ2QIVV7nACh2_pA41EAAYAyAAEgKAZ_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
*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

CONCERT 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.ca

CENTRAL 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/M6M1W6

MUSEUMS
*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.ca

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.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

OTHER 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
*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/
*The Dirt, a free condo review platform, largest in Canada, reviews for nearly 1,000 condos in Greater Toronto – http://www.thedirt.ca
*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
*June 19 – AIDS Candlelight Vigil, Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church St., north of Wellesley, 9 pm, http://www.torontoaidsvigil.ca
*June 20 – Open Roof Festival, summer-long movies & music, 158 Sterling Road, 8 pm, http://www.openrooffestival.com
*June 22 – Mavis Staples, 8 pm, Massey Hall, http://www.masseyhall.com
*June 19-22 – Italian Contemporary Film Festival, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, http://www.icff.ca
*June 19-23 – Innocence Lost: A Play About Steven Truscott, a traffic miscarriage of justice, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
*June 19-24 – Luminato, Toronto’s International Art Festival, book tickets at http://www.luminato.com
*June 19-28 – Toronto Japanese Film Festival, best of contemporary Japanese film, Japanese Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court, http://www.torontojff.com
*June 19-30 – The Films of Elaine May, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, http://www.tiff.net
*June 19-30 – Bike Month in Toronto, most events free, several venues, http://www.bikemonth.ca/toronto
*June 20-24 – Green Space Festival, 10th anniversary, Pride Month music fest, Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church St., http://www.greenspaceto.org
*June 22 to July 1 – Toronto Jazz Festival, various venues, some shows free, http://www.torontojazz.com
*June 23,24 – Indigenous Arts Festival, traditional pow wow, music, hoop dancing, craft market, Fort York, free, http://www.toronto.ca/IAF
*June 24 – The Barra MacNeils, Celtic music, Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas Street West, http://www.hughsroomlive.com
*Until July 8 – Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience, all 7 Potter books condensed into 70 minutes, CAA Theatre (formerly the Panasonic), 651 Yonge Street, http://www.pottedpotter.com
*Until July 11 – The Art of Banksy, 80 original works, 213 Sterling Road, http://www.banksyexhibit.com
*Until July 29 – ‘Alter-Ego’, Canadian comic book super heroes & the talents behind them, TD Gallery, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, free, http://www.tpl.ca/tdgallery
*Until September 2 – Romeo & Juliet + A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Canadian Stage in High Park, http://www.canadianstage.com
*Until October 8 – a retrospective of Iris van Herpen’s couture, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, http://www.rom.on.ca
*Ongoing – The Best Is Yet To Come Undone, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
*Ongoing – 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 January 6/2019 – Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
*Until April 28/2019 – Come From Away, extended a third time, a continuing Canadian/American hit – http://www.mirvish.com

The famous St. Charles clocktower will soon be part of a major Yonge Street development.  Formerly a fire station, then a popular gay dance hall, the old landmark is hanging in there.  Good news.  <PHOTO – Alan Rowe>

The first major exhibit by two extraordinary Inuit artists – Kenojuak Ashevak (‘the grandmother of Inuit art”) & her nephew Tim Pitslulak – both deceased – is occupying the AGO’s largest gallery space until August 12. The exhibit features key works by both artists, reflecting everyday Inuit life at its deepest level.

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), 317 Dundas Street West – http://www.ago.net

TORONTO gets its first Industrial Heritage District highlighting the history of the Dundas East and Carlaw neighborhood. The District will feature 10 plaques containing information on some industrial buildings remaining in the area.

“This is a neighbourhood that was an industrial district starting in the beginning of the 20th Century. The rails are still there and are used by VIA Rail and the GoTrain,” CAMILLE BEGIN of Heritage Toronto told the CBC. <PHOTO ABOVE – workers packaging Palmolive soap, 1919, Toronto Public Library>

‘First Canada Tried to Charm Trump. Now It’s Fighting Back.’ is a lengthy article by GUY LAWSON about Prime Minister Trudeau’s campaign against the American trade war. If Canada can’t rely on the United States, what country can?

You’ll find the story at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/09/magazine/justin-trudeau-chrystia-freeland-trade-canada-us-.html

What can ordinary Canadians do?  Become a comparison shopper for one thing. Wherever possible, buy only made-in-Canada products and services. We can all do that. And with summer approaching spend your vacation dollars in Canada. Stay-cations can be eye-opening and great fun.

<Editorial cartoon, Montreal Gazette, by AISLIN, June 18, 2018>

Self-guide yourself through TORONTO’s old Don Jail, a heritage building on Gerrard Street East near Broadview Avenue. Built in 1856, it was our city’s Alcatraz. Once home to the notorious Boyd Gang and Polka Dot Gang, the Don was the site of 70 executions and numerous escape attempts.

The Jail is one of Canada’s finest restorations and is open to the public Monday to Friday (excluding holidays), 9 am to 5 pm, for self-guided tours. Groups of 15 or more must arrange their visit in advance. Call 416-461-8252 and ask for the Communications Department.

<American editorial cartoon by ANN TELNAES, Washington Post, June/2018>

TORONTO – ‘Canada’s Downtown’ VIMEO video @ https://vimeo.com/207148577

MASSEY HALL is TORONTO’s oldest concert hall.  Next month it will go dark.  Then there’ll be two years of “revitalization”, which will include constructing a 7-storey tower addition, a makeover both inside and out, installation of new seats and 100 stained glass windows, creation of a 500-seat new performance space, and building a much-needed loading dock.

GORDON LIGHTFOOT will give the closing concerts on June 29, 30 and Canada Day, July 1.

Say it isn’t so. My beloved NEW YORK CITY has become “unremarkable”. The cover article in the July issue of HARPER’S Magazine laments the “the fall of New York and the urban crisis of affluence.” A cautionary tale for TORONTO – don’t lose your funkiness.  (After reading this story I had a lump in my throat.  My first visit to NYC was in 1959, and I’ve never missed a year since.)

“As New York enters the third decade of the twenty-first century, it is in imminent danger of becoming something it has never been before: unremarkable. It is approaching a state where it is no longer a significant cultural entity but the world’s largest gated community, with a few cupcake shops here and there. For the first time in its history, New York is, well, boring.” – KEVIN BAKER, Harper’s Magazine, July/2018

https://harpers.org/archive/2018/07/the-death-of-new-york-city-gentrification/

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U.S. TARIFFS ARE ALREADY HITTING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S BASE AND THEY’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN

As of JUNE 19/2018 . . .

25% on foreign steel entering the US
10% on foreign aluminum entering the US
US steel companies have now jacked up their prices
Canada plans to introduce $16.6-billion in tariffs on July 1st if US tariffs aren’t cut
European Union proposes a 25% tariff on Kentucky bourbon and American whisky
European Union is targeting Wisconsin’s fishing boat companies
European Union is targeting Harley-Davidson & cranberry growers
China proposes a 25% tariff on American whisky as of July 6th
25% tariff on an estimated $50-billion of Chinese goods entering the US
25% tariff on an estimated $50-billion of US goods entering China
Trump threatens a tariff on $200-billion of Chinese goods entering the US
20% tariff on US pork entering Mexico
Iowa alone raises 40-50-million pigs – think about that!

Canada exported $7-billion of steel to the US in 2017
The US exported $7-billion of steel to Canada in 2017

Canada buys about $24-billion of US agricultural products annually.