WHAT’S ON IN TORONTO – OCTOBER/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/
*Stratford Festival Theatres, Stratford, Ontario, https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/WhatsOn/ThePlays?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhqTVruSJ2QIVV7nACh2_pA41EAAYAyAAEgKAZ_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
*Storefront Theatre, 955 Bloor Street West, pushes creative boundaries, an original, http://www.thestorefronttheatre.com
*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
*The Modern.Toronto, a museum dedicated to abstract painting, The Mews, 68 Abell Street, http://www.themoderntoronto.ca
*Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street, Markham, http://www.varleygallery.ca
*Zwig Foundation Collection, The Mews, 68 Abell Street, Canadian & international art, http://www.zwigcollection.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/
*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
*October 23-27 – ‘Hadrian’ by Rufus Wainwright & Daniel MacIvor, Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., http://www.coc.ca
*October 23-28 – La Seconde Surprise De L’Amour (The Second Surprise of Love), Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St., http://www.theatrefrancais.com
*October 23 – November 4 – ‘Now You See Her’, Nightwood Theatre production, original words & music explore the way women fade from sight in our culture, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., http://www.nightwoodtheatre.net
*October 23 – November 4 – ‘Bat Out Of Hell: The Musical’ is back at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, tickets & into at http://www.mirvish.com
*October 23-28, Toronto International Festival of Authors, tickets on sale now, for lineup go to http://www.festivalofauthors.ca
*Until October 24 – Toronto Spanish Film Festival, Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, for schedule – http://www.revuecinema.ca
*October 24 – Liv Ullmann, Swedish film star, talks about film making and her work with Ingmar Bergman, Tiff Bell Lightbox, 6:30 pm, http://www.tiff.net
*Until November 4 – (previews October 7; opens on 11th), Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Avenue, http://www.coalminetheatre.com
*Until November 30 – Eugene Onegin, Canadian Opera Company, Four Seasons for the Performing Arts (Opera House), 145 Queen St. West, http://www.coc.ca
*Until November 17 – Bike City: Toronto’s Biking Culture, Market Gallery, 95 Front Street East, 416-392-7604
*Until November 25 – She The People, sketches by and about women, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
*Ongoing – The Best Is Yet To Come Undone, Second City, 51 Mercer Street, http://www.secondcity.com
*Ongoing – ‘Spiders – Fear and Fascination’, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, http://www.rom.ca
*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 December 9, Gordon Parks: The Flavio Story, photojournalists seminal picture essay, Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street, free, http://www.ryersonimagecentre.ca
*Until January 6 – ‘Anthropocene’, part documentary, part art show, the landscapes we destroy in order to live, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.ca
*Until January 6/2019 – Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes, Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
*Until April 8/2019 – Come From Away, extended a third time, a continuing Canadian/American hit – http://www.mirvish.com

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IT’S INT’L SNOW LEOPARD DAY AT TORONTO ZOO – QUAIL & PUMPKINS ARE ON THE MENU

The TORONTO ZOO’s snow leopards Ena, Mylo, and Kita are shown from 9:30am to 4:30pm daily.

One source estimates there are 4,500 to 7,500 snow leopards in the wild and other sources say that number is between 2,500 and 10,000. It is very difficult to get scientifically accurate numbers, as these cats are so elusive and currently, only 2% of their habitat has been thoroughly studied. Threats to snow leopards include poaching, habitat loss, farmer retaliation kills, and more recently groups of wild mastiff dogs.

MR. TORY GETS HIS WISH & WILL BE MAYOR FOR 4 MORE YEARS; MAMMOLITI GETS THE AXE

JOHN TORY will occupy the mayor’s chair for another four years, acquiring 63.5% of the votes cast on October 22nd.  His rival, JENNIFER KEESMAAT, former city planner, scored 23.6%.  Mayor Tory now faces a drastically reduced council (from 47 seats to 25, thanks to Premier Doug Ford) and elected councillors won’t all be on-side.

BELOW – the Mayor embraces his wife, BARBARA HACKETT, on Election Night.

And we finally got rid of councillor GIORGIO MAMMOLITI, the bane of the mayor, who is known for truancy at council meetings; attacks on the LGBTQ community; a suggestion to establish a red light district on the Islands; pointing out that Parkdale was pedophile district; warning against clothing-optional beaches & ice-cream trucks; and believing that large crowds at Yonge-Dundas Square provided covers for TORONTO communists.  Mammoliti’s voting practices at city hall were predictably negative and time wasting.

Still, he did champion the plan to bring China’s pandas to TORONTO Zoo.

TORONTO HAS SOME SPLENDID CHURCHES AND SYNAGOGUES NEAR THE DOWNTOWN CORE

Fresh from a multi-million dollar renovation, the 169-year-old St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, is the principal church of Canada’s largest English-speaking Catholic archdiocese.  It’s on Bond Street at Shuter.

St. George Greek Orthodox Church is also on Bond Street – at #115

St. James’ Anglican Cathedral occupies the corner of King Street East at Church.  Over the years this impressive building has been visited by Queen Elizabeth and other members of the Royal Family several times.

The Kiever Synagogue in Kensington Market

St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 130 Bathurst Street at Adelaide

The 154-year-old St. Anne’s is Canada’s only Byzantine Revival Anglican church. It’s patterned after ISTANBUL’s Hagia Sophia, and in 1998 was designated a National Historic Site.  St. Anne’s is further afield on Gladstone Avenue in the west end, and the interior was designed by members of the famous Group of Seven painters, and sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle.

Above – the choir loft at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Basilica on Power Street at Queen Street East

ARON CHAPMAN LOVES BOTH LEGO & TORONTO’S CANADIAN-MADE BOMBARDIER SUBWAY TRAINS

ARON CHAPMAN is a train driver on the busy Yonge-University subway Line 1. He’s also fascinated by the world of LEGO and obsessed with his current goal to put Canada on the LEGO map. Subject matter – the TORONTO Transit Commissions new trains and the system itself.

 “(There aren’t) any LEGO kits based on Canada,” he said. “There are all types of world LEGO – the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower – but nothing on Canada, not even the CN Tower.”

After almost immediate approval by the TTC, ARON recently submitted his model to LEGO for production & retail consideration.

The build features 2910 bricks, 28 pieces of track, 2 TTC operator minifigures and hundreds of details that only an insider would know.

In order for the design to make it onto shelves, Aron needs 10,000 votes. You can support his project by casting a vote at http://www.totrain.ca

<PHOTO ABOVE – and here’s the real thing on its way to Rosedale station>

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO PARTNERS WITH INDIA’S TATA TRUSTS TO RESEARCH CITIES & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Part of a School of Cities alliance in either MUMBAI or BENGALURU, the research and entrepreneur centres will open in 2019. University of TORONTO undergraduates, graduate students and faculty will have the opportunity to experience “real local engagement and activity” on site in India.

U of T’s priority these days is to increase global partnerships. The study of cities is part of an international project created by the Indian philanthropic organization TATA TRUSTS. It’s not the first time the University has worked with the charitable organization. This time the partnership will connect India’s “smart city” priorities with U of T’s “thought leadership” and its School of Cities.

<PHOTO ABOVE – University of TORONTO St. George Campus>

<PHOTO BELOW – Aerial view of GURUGRAM, India, by Sanjeev Verma, GETTY IMAGES>

A CLOUDY DAWN OVER LAKE ONTARIO AS THE LEUTY LIFEGUARD STATION STANDS GUARD

A symbol of the Beach neighborhood, south of the boardwalk, the Leuty Lifeguard Station, built in 1920, is one of the few remaining buildings near the water’s edge.

Once there was an entire amusement park at nearby Scarborough Beach, along with private boat houses, canoes for hire, and some commercial buildings. Now, the lifeguard station stands alone at the bottom of Leuty Avenue, greeting a gray dawn.
<PHOTO – BRYAN BLENKIN>