On June 17th, 2022, the City of Hamilton, Ontario surpassed $1 billion worth of construction since the beginning of the year. That marks the earliest the City has reached a billion-dollar mark in construction value. The milestone was achieving 3,761 building projects in the residential, institutional, commercial, and industrial sectors. With school out for the summer, residents can take advantage of the open municipal golf courses, or a golf tournament at King’s Forest Club and Chedoke Golf Club. Dundurn Castle along with the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology reopened for museum tours last week. The Cooks were excited to get back to demonstrate Victorian recipes in the Historic Kitchen. Hamilton’s Pumphouse was built in 1859 to get clean Lake water to the city. It’s received plenty of attention. Hamilton is home to The Royal Botanical Gardens, The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, The Bruce Trail, McMaster University, Mohawk College and Redeemer University. McMaster University is ranked 4th in Canada. Hamilton has a population of 569,353, and it’s home to “The Hamilton Tiger Cats” The city is 58 kilometers (36 miles) southwest of Toronto in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GTHA).
The Paradise Theatre is in comeback mode after near demolition in 2007. As time passed the exterior was plastered with tags and graffiti – not a pleasant sight for those walking by 1006 Bloor Street West. . The finished building should be fully functional by 2019. The 218 seats (formerly 400) will hopefully fill up with live music, talk series, comedy, programming for kids, and other events – along of course with feature movies and series. The Grand Cinema – one of Canada’s oldest, dating back to 1911, re-opened at 1035 Gerrard Street East. There are now lineups. (I’ve always believed that the best neighbourhoods have movie cinemas in them.) This one, in Toronto’s East End, was renamed The Grand Gerrard – the latest in a series, including the Bonita, the Athenium, the Sri Lakshmi, the Gerrard, the Wellington, and the Projection Booth. Robinson’s Musee – a museum-turned theatre – was the first to screen a motion picture in Toronto on August 31st, 1896. Gutted by fire a year later, it lead to the vaudeville stage by the giant HIPPODROM in Toronto. Shea’s Hippodrome. Bay St., w. side, s. of Albert Street in TORONTO – was gutted by fire a year later, and then lead to the vaudeville stage by The Shea Amusement Company and eventually office space. The Crest will always be a part of Toronto’s Theatrical History. Opened in 1927 as The Belsize, it became The Crest in 1953, and in 1971 The Regent. The Crest Theatre Company was founded and a year later opened its first eleven-play season. This was the beginning of indigenous, commercial theatre in Toronto. Up until then there had been mostly touring productions from the West.
The Sunday, June 26, 2022 edition of The New York Times introduced us to Mrs. Elsie Eiler, 88, who runs a business on the brink of disappearing into the prairie. She’s the sole business woman of the Monowi Tavern, which her family began running in 1971. On top of bar tending and cooking, she is also Monowi’s Mayor and Tax Collector. Tavern regulars pour their own coffee, join the gossip conversations, and restock the beer coolers – but The Tavern probably won’t last forever. It’s one of the best gathering places for the county – a place to swap stories. “This is my home,” Mrs. Eiler once said. “All my friends are around. Why would I want to leave?” In the photo above friends and family are celebrating Mrs. Eiler’s half-century at the tavern last year – a place to swap stories – and enjoy themselves. As well – Arby’s featured her in a 2018 commercial, and has had visitors from all 50 states and more than 60 countries. MONOWI itself is the photo below. <Article and Photographs by ALYSSA SCHUKAR; Thanks to “Sunday Business” from The New York Times; and of course to Mrs. ELSIE EILER – wonderful story and fine images.>
As a school usher I remember being certain that visitors managed to find a convenient place to sit down and behave themselves. One of the youngsters got very sick and I brought in the cleanup brigade. I remember several movies that played in Loew’s – “Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte”, “Days of Wine and Roses”, “Teacher’s Pet” starring Doris Day and “Gypsy”, a famous musical. I haven’t forgotten any of them. They’ve all become classics, and they were all at LOEW’S once upon a time.
That was some time ago when Amherstonians took to the streets and put on a wonderful “Pride Parade”Some details on Amherst’s “Pride Parade”. – The first Pride Parade in Amherst was June 3, 2017. There were also parades on 2018 and 2019. No parades were held in 2020 and 2021, due to Covid. This year Amherst proclaimed June 13th to June 18th as Pride Week. On June 18th, 2022 there will be a vendor market, music and festivities in Victoria Square from 11 am to 4 pm with a Pride Parade at 2 pm.
CIBC SQUARE brings you an unparalleled experience in the centre of Toronto. CIBC Square (known during early stages of development as Bay Park Centre) is an office complex under construction in the South Core neighbourhood of Toronto. The complex, located on Bay Street south of Front Street, is a joint development of Ivanhoe Cambridge and Hines – and will become new global headquarters for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) consolidating about 15,000 staff from several CIBC-buildings in Greater Toronto. The complex includes the Union Station Bus Terminal on behalf of Metrolinx for GO Transit and other bus services, connected directly to Union Station. The 2,900,000 square foot complex will consist of two towers. The South Tower (81 Bay Street) is now complete. It includes the Union Station Bus Terminal for regional GO Transit and inter-city bus services, replacing the former terminal on Bay Street. A pedestrian skybridge links the complex to the Scotiabank Arena and Union Station, expanding the PATH walkway system, south of the railway corridor to the One Yonge Street complex and other proposed developments farther east.
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is an international fraternity of lodges first documented in 1730 in LONDON. Its ornate red-brick building at 2 College Street (450 Yonge Street) was constructed between 1891 and 1892. The architects were Norman B. Dick and Frank W. Wickson, who designed the old Royal Canadian Yacht Club near the Lakeshore. It was demolished, but many of the houses and offices by the architects survive to this day. Yonge and College buildings even today inspire images of mystical rites in the 19th century, mixing Romanesque and Gothic, with many of the ornamentations being Gothic. The 4th floor on the south side has pointed gables, similar to a French chateau, and there are octagonal towers facing Yonge Street. In the 19th century many men belonged to clubs, fraternal societies, secret organizations, places to socialize, and create business organizations. Some of these structures, created then, are today among Toronto’s finest heritage buildings. The former Masonic Hall remains as an event space at Yonge and Davenport. The old Temple Building, long gone from Bay and Richmond, was for the IOOF (Independent Order of Foresters). The Odd Fellows building has been saved as its development rights were sold to allow greater density in the newly-built surrounding condos. <PHOTOGRAPHY – Ross Winter>
These are two of the art works, both murals credited to EMILY MAY ROSE & HEIDI BERTON. One is “Hello – Bicycle Riding” And the other is labeled “Honk Honk – Hit The Road.” Both are Universal Triangle Images. And there are more to come. A brilliant idea from OCAD.