*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

*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

*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

*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

*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

*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

*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
*August 13-19 – Mamma Mia, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, http://www.mirvish.com
*August 14-19 – BOOM, one-man stage documentary chronicling the post-war Baby Boom years, CAA Theatre (formerly the Panasonic), 651 Yonge St., http://www.mirvish.com
*August 20,21,22 – Drake, Canadian rap star, Scotiabank Arena (formerly the Air Canada Centre), http://www.ticketmaster.ca
*Until August 17 – Mulan International Film Festival, best of Chinese language films, Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. West, http://www.mulanfestival.com
*August 17 – September3 – 140th Canadian National Exhibition, Exhibition Place, http://www.theex.com
*Until August 25 – Hugh’s Room Live Summer Nights Festival, jazz, folk, blues, world music, Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. West, http://www.hughsroomlive.com
*Until August 26 – Bard in Berczy: Much Ado About Nothing, queer adaptation of Shakespeare’s play by Dauntless City Theatre, Berczy Park, 35 Wellington St. East, http://www.dauntlesscitytheatre.com
*August 24-30 – 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, IMAX 70mm, Cinesphere at Ontario Place, 10:15 pm, http://www.ontarioplace.com/cinesphere
*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
*Until October 21 – Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.net
*Ongoing – McQueen, a documentary on the life of Alexander McQueen, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. West, http://www.hotdocscinema.c
*Ongoing – 23-storey mural creation by Okuda San Miguel, Parkside Student Residence, 111 Carlton Street, http://www.stepsinitiative.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 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

<“We may be losing the jury . .  . “ PROVINCES VS CARBON TAX – NEW POLL, editorial cartoon by DAVID PARKINS, Globe and Mail, August 14/2018>

More wasted taxpayers money as Ontario sets aside $30-million for a legal battle against the federal government over its carbon tax plan. Critics say there’s little chance of winning against the federal Liberals.

The carbon tax is scheduled to begin on January 1/2019. Legal advice requested by the government of Manitoba noted there was a “strong likelihood” the Supreme Court would uphold the fed’s carbon pricing system because of its taxation power.

A new Nanos Poll shows more Ontarians are against the fight to eliminate carbon taxing than for keeping it.

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World is only an hour-and-a-half drive from TORONTO. Or go by train – seasonal GO train service runs on weekends and holiday Mondays until September 3rd. Trains are equipped with bike cars with room for 18. They leave TORONTO from Union Station.

The train stops in downtown Niagara Falls, where you’ll be met by WEGO, taking you to Table Rock Centre at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls. Where you go next is up to you.

You can buy an inclusive Niagara Parks Travel Package online – $30 per adult – covering a round-trip GO train fare, and Niagara Falls’ WEGO hop-on-hop-off bus service, good for two days. For the train schedule go to https://www.niagaraparks.com/visit-niagara-parks/plan-your-visit/deals-toronto/

STATISTICS CANADA has delivered glad tidings. Ontario’s jobless rate (5.4%) has dropped below the national rate (5.8%), the lowest it’s been since 2000. The province added 61,000 new jobs in July. Despite a mandatory 21% hourly increase in the minimum wage to $14/per in January, the economy weathered an expected storm.

The new minimum wage has increased paycheques – $27.16 (4.3% over July/2017) in the province; across Canada average hourly earnings rose by 3.2% to $26.61. All of this despite American tariffs on Canadian goods. Way to go, ONTARIO! – from The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business, August 11/2018

Say ‘goodbye’ to the CUBES.  They’re about to replaced by condominiums.  To everything there is a season.

Artist JOHN WILLIAM DANN installed his bronze sculpture of Canada’s first prime minister, SIR JOHN A. MACDONALD, outside Victoria, B.C.’s city hall 36 years ago.  Now the city plans to put the sculpture in storage. The province of ONTARIO is willing to give Sir John a place to stand.

TODD SMITH, House Leader & Minister of Government & Consumer Services, on behalf of Premier DOUG FORD, wrote to Victoria’s mayor, LISA HELPS, asking that the statue be repatriated to Ontario. “As Father of Confederation and our first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald holds a significant place in the hearts of many Canadians and should be honoured accordingly,” wrote Smith, “He built and shaped this country and province. He connected the west to the east under one flag and one name.”

Several Ontario towns and cities have sculptures of Sir John A. MacDonald, including this one in downtown PICTON.

There’s a real working farm in the middle of TORONTO. Riverdale Farm, 201 Winchester Street, is easy to reach by public transport. Transfer from College subway station on Line 1 to the eastbound 506 bus. Alight at Sumach Street and walk north 3 blocks to the farm.



Urban sprawl looks best after dark from the CN TOWER’s revolving restaurant, THE 360. Reservations – on line or at 416-362-5411.

SCARAMOUCHE Pasta Bar and Grill, on the brow of Avenue Road at 1 Benvenuto Place, provides one of the best views of downtown. In business for 38 years the restaurant is a longtime TORONTO favourite. Reservations – 416-961- 8011

The ONE EIGHTY on the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor St. West, is in the centre of it all. Reservations – 416-967-0000

The THOMPSON HOTEL’s chic rooftop lounge is known for its 360° views of the skyline and Lake Ontario. Live entertainment Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Address – 550 Wellington Street West, 416-640-7778

The ROOF LOUNGE on the 18th floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel, 4 Avenue Road, looks down on the Royal Ontario Museum, University of TORONTO and all points south. It’s undergoing renovations at present, and will re-open in 2019. The Lounge is a wonderful place to be on a warm summer evening. Phone 416-924-5471


Names taken from TORONTO newspapers in the 1970’s for suburban developments – Camelot Village, Cobble Hill Estates, Tall Trees, Forest Hills, Woodstream Meadows, Country Club Estates, Cedar Mills, Willows of Victoria, Rosemary Gardens, Meadows of Manvers, Glades of Fleet, and Parkwood Gardens.

Missing in action – rabbits, foxes, beavers, rivers, ravines and hills.  <PHOTO – City of Toronto Archives>


The CNE is Canada’s largest annual fair and TORONTO’s family tradition. “Let’s Go To The Ex!” is the well-known slogan for an event that attracts about 1.5-million visitors annually from the city and surrounding communities.

The 18-day fair mixes shopping, rides, games, sports, a casino, midway, agriculture, entertainment, food, and the Canadian International Air Show on Labour Day weekend.  Visit the website – https://theex.com/

<The Canadettes at the Grand Stand Show, 1964; CNE Archives photo>

AQUARAMA is coming back this year after a 28-year absence, with less nostalgic floats and costumes and more stunts and tricks. <CNE Archives photo>

<Fire Diving on the Midway, 1912-1920>

<The CNE’s new SHELL Oil Tower, 1958>

<The Water Chute Ride, 1903; City of Toronto Archives>

<Wow! Four ferris wheels, 1936, City of Toronto Archives>


BEIJING’s Daxing International will be the largest airport on the planet when it opens for business in 2019. <RENDERING – Zaha Hadid architects>

DAXING will have eight runways, and will be able to serve up to 100-million passengers annually. Over the next 20 years, commercial passenger traffic in the Asia-Pacific region is forecast to increase by 1.8 billion, the same amount for the rest of the world combined.

Three big commercial service providers — Air China, China Eastern & China Southern — are already vying for space at Daxing in Beijing’s southern suburbs.


In a city like TORONTO special places are often hiding in plain sight.  A few more of my favourites below . . .

The surviving Roman Catholic Chapel and Central Prison surrounded by condos and townhouses in the Liberty Village neighborhood.

The Bovine Sex Club, known locally as “the real imitation”, 542 Queen Street West, has been “in” since its opening.

Pacific Mall, the largest Hong Kong-style shopping centre in North America, 4300 Steeles Avenue East, established in 1997, https://www.pacificmalltoronto.ca/

Remains of the French Fort Rouillé, 1750, Exhibition Place, west of the Rose Garden

bpNichol Lane, named for poet & small press editor bpNichol (1944-88), one of his poems is drilled into the concrete

Le Paradis, 166 Bedford Road, an authentic French bistro, since 1986, 416-921-0995 <PHOTO – Tatiana>

Interior Old City Hall & Courthouse, 1892, $1.5-million final cost – $1-million over budget

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, books, documents, Galileo to Anne Murray to Leonard Cohen, researchers welcome, 120 St. George St., http://www.library.utoronto.ca/fisher

 Toronto Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, formed in 1908, bar, library, photos, art, illustrious past members, critics, painters, musicians, beautiful auditorium, etc. – https://www.artsandlettersclub.ca/


It’s easy to get to TORONTO ZOO – by car, from downtown, take the 401 Eastbound to Exit 389, Meadowvale Road.  Follow the Zoo signs to 361A Old Finch Avenue.  Large parking lot.

By TTC bus, take the subway (Sheppard Line) to DON MILLS STATION.  Bus #85 leaves from here, and will drop you in front of the Zoo entrance about 45 minutes later.  Along the way, you’ll pass through suburban Don Mills and Scarborough.