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 27 – April 9 – Sousatzka, new musical, prior to Broadway, Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, http://www.sousatzkamusical.com
– March 27 – May 14 – The Bodyguard, from London with UK cast, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– March 27 – April 16 – The Book of Mormon returns, Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West, http://www.mirvish.com
– March 27 – 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 27- May 14 – Little Shop of Horrors, Lower Ossington Theatre, 100a Ossington Avenue, http://www.lowerossingtontheatre.com
– March 27 – April 2 – Stupidhead!, a musical comedy about the glamour of failure, Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, http://www.passemuraille.ca
– March 27 – The Baroque Diva, Karina Gauvin, soprano and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, http://www.tafelmusik.org
– March 28 – April 2 – Kalandhi Festival of Indian Dance: Whirling Streams, live and live-streamed festival with 40 dancers, Canada & India, Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, http://www.kalanidhifinearts.org
– March 29 – April 2 – Genus, the National Ballet of Canada’s winter mixed program, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. West, http://www.national.ballet.ca
– March 29 – April 9 – Simply Barbra, a tribute to Barbra Streisand created/performed by Steven Brinberg, Zion Cultural Ctre, 1650 Finch Av E. http://www.musictheatretoronto.com
– 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
– April 1 – Jason Moran and The Bandwagon & Alexander Brown Trio, 8pm, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Stret West, http://www.performance.rcmusic.ca
– April 8 – Alex Cuba and Friends, Latin Grammy & Juno Award winner, 8pm, Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, http://www.performance.rcmusic.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 27 – 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 27 – The Best of Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
– March 27 – April 1 – The Orange Dot, Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue, http://www.crowstheatre.com
– March 27 – April 1 – A City, story of a friend who died under mysterious circumstances, Artscape Sandbox, 301 Adelaide St. West, http://www.necessaryangel.com
– March 27 – April 2 – Toronto Storytelling Festival, 10 days of concerts, storytalks and workshops, various venues, some free, http://www.torontostorytellingfestival.ca
– March 27 – April 8 – A Mickey Full of Mouse, two friends trapped in a snow globe relive dark family secrets, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, http://www.buddiesinbadtimes.com
– March 27 – April 9 – previews March 24-26, SHEETS, intimacy in its many forms, Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West, http://www.veritas-theatre.com
March 27 – April 9 – Butcher by Nicolas Billon, Panasonic Theatre, 651 Yonge Street, http://www.mirvish.com
– March 27 – April 15 – Crawlspace by Karen Hines, experiences with home ownership in Toronto, previews March 23-27, Young Centre, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery District, http://www.soulpepper.ca
– March 28 – April 8 – previews March 28,29 – The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely, a Black woman awakens to her sexual identity, Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue, http://www.crowstheatre.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
– March 30 – April 16 – Kiss, previews March 28,29 – Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, http://www.canadianstage.com
– 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 27 – 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 27-31 – 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 – Live Longer, Piss Off Your Heirs, group show curated by Olga Korper, Propeller Gallery, 30 Abell Street, http://www.propellerctr.com
– 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.)
– 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 27 – Winter Stations installation, lifeguard stations between Woodbine and Victoria Park, http://www.winterstations.com
– March 27 – Recasting Canada in the Native Image, former PM Paul Martin & Indigenous artist, author & politician Wab Kinew, 6:30pm, $15, Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca
– April 3 – Filth City, the crime rate is high and so is the mayor, Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, 7:30pm, doors at 6:30pm, free popcorn to first 100 guests, http://www.theroyal.to
– March 29 – April 6 – Human Rights Watch Film Festival, documentary and fiction features, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. West, http://www.tiff.net/humanrightswatch
– 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

“Live Longer Piss Off Your Heirs” is Propeller’s annual guest exhibition – this year curated by TORONTO gallery owner/curator OLGA KORPER and up-and-coming curator TAIGA LIPSON.  Artist-run Propeller is located at 30 Abell Street, south side of Queen W., between the Drake & Gladstone hotels.  Until April 2/2017.

<IMAGE ABOVE – ‘The Optimist’, conte and charcoal on paper, 18×24″ North Clark>

Ongoing year ’round – TAPto free walking tours by Toronto Greeters, book online at http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=e14d3a2f287c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

TOURISM TORONTO has launched a new campaign – ‘The Views Are Different Here’ – promoting our city as Canada’s Downtown.
Andrew Weir, CEO of Tourism Toronto says T.O. is the most-visited destination in Canada. While other cities have vibrant downtowns “international visitors will start in TORONTO … because that’s where the planes fly. People want Canada, and they want the cities of Canada.”

Check out Tourism Toronto’s website and see their new video – http://www.seetorontonow.com/#sm.00003d3687bc0ctvw3r19grtn5c68

An in-depth front page article in Sunday’s New York Times: Canada’s Syrian refugees, sponsored for one year, have reached Month 13. What happens next? Canadians are learning to let go.

Read the 3-page article with photographs at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/25/world/canada/syrian-refugees.html

THE CHARACTER OF OUR COMMERCIAL STREETS IS CHANGING AS CHAIN STORES MOVE IN

<Hard Rock Cafe, 1970’s, Yonge-Dundas Square>

The Hard Rock Cafe is about to become a Shoppers Drug Mart. That seems to have put at least one city councillor on alert. MIKE LAYTON doesn’t want the chains to take over, and we’re rapidly headed in that direction. Pure and simple, with sky-high rents Mom and Pop can’t afford storefront property any longer.

Mike Layton wants “to create an environment that’s more of an incubator for small-scale stores.” The downtown councillor is impressed by a SAN FRANCISCO policy called Formula Retail Use, in which chain stores face additional regulations – a more rigorous approval process, controls on matching the neighbourhood’s character and prohibitions in some areas. TORONTO’s Yonge Street can certainly use some of that right now.

<Yonge, south of Gerrard, will soon be redeveloped>

Mike Layton: “You can’t just have the same formula for every development. This isn’t saying no to chain stores, but there needs to be some local consideration.”

TORONTO’S ‘PATH’ SYSTEM IS THE BIG DADDY OF SUBTERRANEAN PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS

More than 50 buildings, 20 parking garages, 6 subway stations, 8 major hotels, Union Station, the CBC Broadcasting Centre, Hockey Hall of Fame, the Stock Exchange, Hudson’s Bay department store, Canada’s six banks, Roy Thomson Hall, the Rogers Centre, the CN Tower, City Hall, the Air Canada Centre and 1200 shops and services are all accessible via PATH.

About 5,000 people work in the tunnels themselves, and a few hundred thousand in the office towers above.

Altogether, TORONTO’s PATH network is 30 kilometres (19 miles) end-to-end-to-end. It contains 372,000 square metres (4 million square feet) of retail space. By comparison, the tunnel network in HOUSTON, Texas is approximately 6 miles (9.7 kilometres) long.

PLUMPEST PIGEONS IN TOWN – FRANK STOLLERY PARKETTE, DAVENPORT ROAD AT YONGE STREET

FRANK STOLLERY PARKETTE has become a tiny urban beauty spot.  The park is built on an old Aboriginal trail, which wound along the Escarpment, one of TORONTO’s most distinctive geographical features.  13,500 years ago, this was the shoreline of Lake Iroquois, forerunner of today’s much smaller Lake Ontario.  Photos and maps are posted; you can read a short history lesson, and there’s a parkette-side restaurant too.