WHAT’S ON IN TORONTO – MARCH/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
– March 22 – April 9 – Sousatzka, new musical, prior to Broadway, Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.sousatzkamusical.com
– March 22 – May 14 – The Bodyguard, from London with UK cast, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– March 22 – April 16 – The Book of Mormon returns, Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West, http://www.mirvish.com
– March 22-26 – Evita, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Argentinian musical, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, http://www.jdptheatreproductions.com
– March 22 – April 23 – Mrs. Henderson Presents, biographical musical set in London’s Windmill Theatre, Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. West, http://www.mirvish.com
– March 22-24 – Pinocchio, National Ballet of Canada, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen Street West, http://www.national.ballet.ca
– March 22 – April 2 – Stupidhead!, a musical comedy about the glamour of failure, Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, http://www.passemuraille.ca
– March 23-26 – The Baroque Diva, Karina Gauvin, soprano and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, http://www.tafelmusik.org
– March 31 ongoing – Spoon River, new musical, winner of a Dora Mavor Moore Award, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill Street, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
– 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

COMEDY, THEATRE & SPOKEN WORD
– March 22 – April 14 – A Peculiar Place For Curious Creatures, improvised show based on young adult Gothic fiction, Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor Street West, 8pm, http://www.baddogtheatre.com
– March 22-25 – Five Faces For Evelyn Frost, collaboration between Canadian Stage and Theatre Francais Toronto, in French & English, Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, http://canadianstage.com
– March 22-26 – Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, Kensington Hall, 56 Kensington Avenue, http://www.wolfmanortheatre.ca
March 22-27 – The Best of Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
– March 22-26 – The Devised Theatre Festival, new work from 4th year students, York University, Accolade East Building, Studio 209, 4700 Keele Street, http://www.devisedtheatrefestival.com
– March 29 – Battle of the Bards, 20 poets, emerging and established, Brigantine Room, Harbourfront, supporters and students free, 7:30pm, http://www.ifoa.org
– Until April 9 – The Millennial Malcontent, Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Avenue, http://www.tarragontheatre.com

MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, ART
– Ongoing – Syria: A Living History, exhibition, symposium, lectures, performances, Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Don Mills, http://www.agakhanmuseum,org
– March 22 – ongoing – ‘Out of the Depths, The Blue Whale Story’, from the deep a giant emerges, Royal Ontario Museum, tickets at http://www.rom.ca
– March 22-25 – Geoffrey James, photography, Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen Street West, http://www.bulgergallery.com
– March 22-31 – Myseum Intersections, exhibits, events, interactives, for details and venues go to http://www.myseumoftoronto.com
– Until April 2 – Francis Alys: A Story of Negotiation, fantastic art exhibition, poetic, political, beautiful and absurd, 4th floor, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.net
– Until April 2 – Vice & Virtue, when Toronto was good & very bad, Toronto Reference Library, TD Bank Gallery, 789 Yonge Street, http://www.tpl.ca
– Until April 4 – Tom Thomson & The Group of Seven, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, http://www.50years.mcmichael.com
– Until April 9 – Power To The People, photography and video of repression and Black protest, Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street, http://www.ryerson.ca/rric
– Until April 28 – Evolution, Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, free, http://www.dx.org
– Until May 1 – Tributes + Tributaries, Toronto artists’ work through the 70s and 80s, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.net
– Until May 21 – Anthony Caro, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.net
– Until May 21 – Janet MacPherson, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, 111 Queens Park, http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca
– Until June 4 – Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians, Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Don Mills, http://www.agakhanmuseum.org
– Until June 18 – Visual Arts Winter Exhibitions, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com
– Until June 25 – Kind Words Can Never Die: Victorian Needlework, Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Street, http://www.textilemuseum.ca
– Until October 2017 – Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
– Ongoing – Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit, Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street, http://www.hhof.com
– Ongoing – 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.)
– March 22 – Bathhouse Raids Revisited, storytelling performance, Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street, 7pm, free, http://www.fb.com/1981BathHouseRaids
– 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

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
– March 22-27 – Winter Stations installation, lifeguard stations between Woodbine and Victoria Park, http://www.winterstations.com
– March 22-25 – Canadian Film Fest, feature films, shorts, workshops, indie-spirited, Scotiabank Theatres, 259 Richmond St. West, http://www.canfilmfest.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
– 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
– Camera Bar Cinema, 1028 Queen Street West, Toronto’s smallest movie theatre, free feature films on Saturdays at 3:00pm, http://www.bulgergallery.com/camera.html
– 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 – Medieval Times, dinner and jousting tournaments, Exhibition Place, foot of Dufferin Street, http://www.medievaltimes.com or 888-we-joust
– 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

<. . . And this used to be the Lincoln Bedroom.” – editorial cartoon, Brian Gable, Globe and Mail, March 22/2017>

Gone, but not forgotten. The Odeon Hyland, St. Clair and Yonge, opened its doors on November 22, 1948. At the time it was one of the largest auditoriums in TORONTO, with over 800 seats on the ground floor and 500 in the balcony. It was a beauty. I remember seeing “Tom Jones” there. <PHOTO – Ontario Archives>

BETTY KENNEDY, once one of Canada’s best-known television and radio personalities, has died at 91. For 27 years she hosted The Betty Kennedy Show on TORONTO’s CFRB. And for 33 years she was the only female panelist on CBC television’s “Front Page Challenge”. Mrs. Kennedy-Burton was also a senator for seven months – retiring, as required, in January/2001 upon reaching the mandatory age.

She is survived by three sons – Mark, Shawn and D’Arcy Kennedy and a daughter, Tracy Brown.

<PHOTO – Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press>

As global financial markets go, TORONTO is NOT nearly the most expensive rental market. It’s a bargain according to http://www.RentCafe.com

The U.S.-based online site puts TORONTO at #13 on its list of the world’s top 30 financial centres. But this city ranks #26 when it comes to rental costs. New York City’s average price for a one-bedroom apartment is $4,900 Canadian per month. TORONTO’s average for the same one-bedroom is $1,776, not dissimilar from Vancouver at $1,868.

“Are you really my friend?” Maine-based artist TANJA HOLLANDER went on a road trip to 180 cities and 424 homes to photograph 451 people – her entire Facebook network. The result, along with videos, travelogues and documentation will be on display at Mass MOCA, North Adams, Massachusetts (an 8+hour drive from TORONTO) until early 2018.

“I think there are a lot of misleading headlines that people are not authentic on social media,” she says. “I haven’t found that much difference from real life and online life.”