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Fireside Culture Week in Parkdale

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Parkdale celebrates Fireside Culture Week from Feb. 22 through 28, 2010.

Some of the attractions are:

  • Feb. 22: Opening Night performances at the Snowball Gallery
  • Feb. 23-28: “Life with Mimi” photography exhibit, “viewable from the street” but inside Take Me Back (1692 Queen St. W).
  • Feb. 23: “Life Drawing Classes” in the Diane McGrath Studios (1688 Queen St. W).   Although called “classes”, there is no instruction, but you may pay $15 to draw costumed aerialists.
  • Feb. 24-28: “Artists’ Survey – Greenbelt” at Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen St. W).  10 artists who live in the Greenbelt exhibit their works.
  • Feb. 24: “Artstars at Wrongbar” (1279 Queen St. W) promises to unveil “Toronto’s only anonymous art critic”.
  • Feb. 25-28: “My Girls” photography exhibit at gallery DK (1332 Queen St. W).
  • Feb. 25-28: Street Art and Grafitti exhibit at the Snowball Gallery (1690 Queen St. W).
  • Feb. 25: Comedy Night at the Snowball Gallery (1690 Queen St. W), proudly priced as “FREE”.
  • Feb. 25: “Free Draw” at Poor John’s Cafe (1610 Queen St. W): You may freely sketch or be sketched.
  • Feb. 25: “The Ethers” will perform at the Snowball Gallery (1690 Queen St. W), proudly priced as “free”.
  • Feb. 26-28: Diane McGrath will display her “New Works in the Diane McGrath Studios (1688 Queen St. W).
  • Feb. 27: David H. will spend an hour (2-3pm) as a human statue at Shoppers Drug Mart (1473 Queen St. W).
  • Feb. 27: Poetry Readings at the Brown Sugar Cafe (1374 Queen St. W) from 2-3pm.
  • Feb. 27: “Lady Luck Productions” will perform a burlesque show at Shop Girls (1342 Queen St. W) from 2:30 to 4:30pm.
  • Feb. 27: Natalie Sullerton will give an “Aerialist Performance” in the Diane McGrath Studios (1688 Queen St. W) from 2:30 to 3:30pm.
  • Feb. 27 & 28: “Vitalic” will perform at Wrongbar (1279 Queen St. W).  Feb. 27 at 8pm; Feb. 28 at 12am.
  • Feb. 27: “Brian Byrne and The Flaming Hoops with guests The Ethers” will perform at The Rhino (1249 Queen St. W).
  • Feb. 27: Ania Soul will perform R&B at Parkdale Drink (1292 Queen St. W).
  • Feb. 27: “Najjah’s World w/ Tory Lanez and Pole Dancing by Lady Luck Prod” at Blondies (1378 Queen St. W). The title says it all…or perhaps just begins to hint.

Please check Toronto’s Parkdale Village BIA (Business Improvement Area) site, http://parkdalevillagebia.com/fireside/index.htm, for further details.  I did not list all of the start/end times, and you may want to contact the venues regarding cover charges.

[This post was last updated 2010-02-23.]

The 2nd half of Black History Month in Toronto

Better late than never: here are some upcoming events, to cover events in the second half of February.
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According to the City of Toronto’s web site ( Toronto Celebrates Black History Month), Black History Month started as a one-week educational experience in the USA, back in 1926. Toronto launched Black History Month in February 1979. Canada adopted it in 1995.

Here are some events available in Toronto for the second half of February, 2010:

  • Learn about Mary Ann Shard Cary, the first female newspaper publisher in Canada. Visit Mackenzie House (82 Bond St – east of Yonge and south of Dundas) on Saturdays and Sundays, from 12-5pm.
  • The Toronto Public Library system has several events, including “Emerging Voices” with Garvia Bailey, Trey Anthony and Dalton Higgins at the Toronto Reference Library (2nd floor) on Wed. Feb. 24 at 7pm. (789 Yonge just north of Bloor).
  • Also with the Library, Njacko Backo is at the Oakwood Village library (341 Oakwood, south of Eglinton) on Feb. 24 at 1:30, and at the Weston library (north-east corner of King St & Weston Road) on Feb. 27 at 2pm.
  • Also with the Library, Sandra Whiting makes two appearances on Feb. 18. First, she is at the Jane/Dundas library (620 Jane, south of Dundas) at 9:30am; then the Pape/Danforth library (701 Pape, south of Danforth) at 1:30pm. She will also be at the Downsview library (2793 Keele, north of Wilson) on Feb. 27 at 2pm.
  • Also with the Library, Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whitely perform the blues at the Amesbury Park library (1565 Lawrence W, halfway between Black Creek Drive and Keele) on Feb. 17 at 1:30pm, and at the Malvern library (30 Sewells St, at the north end of Brenyon Way; east of Neilson) on Feb. 20 at 2pm.
  • Also with the Library, Muhtadi performs percussion for “all ages” at the Jane/Sheppard library (1906 Sheppard W, east of Jane) on Feb. 25 at 2pm.
  • Watch a cooking demonstration (“Caribbean and Canadian winter vegetables”) at Lawrence Heights Community Centre (5 Replin Road: “North of Lawrence, South of Hwy 401, between Dufferin and Allen Expressway”) on Feb. 26 from 1 to 7pm.

[This post was last updated 2010-02-09.]

WinterCity versus Winterlicious in Toronto

(Updated Jan. 11, 2013): My latest Winterlicious article is “Prepare to Savour 2013 Winterlicious in Toronto“; I’d also written the complementary “Summerlicious 2012 Hosted by Top Toronto Restaurants“.

(Updated Aug. 11, 2012): Apparently “WinterCity” was cut from Toronto’s budget for 2012; but Winterlicious continued.

Winter, of course, continues in the face of climate change; at least for the present time and in Ontario.

These mascots may have nothing to do with this article, but the snow speaks to me of winter; and they are at Toronto City Hall.

(End of update).

"Mascots at Toronto City Hall in Winter of 2010" image by happyworker
"Mascots at Toronto City Hall in Winter of 2010" image by happyworker

WinterCity versus Winterlicious in Toronto


WinterCity 2010 runs from January 29 to February 11, 2010.

It combines “culture, creativity and cuisine” (as noted in City Hall’s page: http://www.toronto.ca/special_events/wintercity/2010/ .

WinterCity includes shows and art installations at Nathan Phillips Square (which I usually read as “Toronto City Hall” – but it’s the square in front of city hall, at Queen and Bay streets). These events are:

  • Friday, Jan. 29  at  8 pm: ‘Time Is…‘: Chinese themes on a vertical stage
  • Cosmogonia‘: The Genesis creation in “cascading water and fire” on three dates:
    • Saturday, Jan. 30  at  8 pm
    • Sunday, Jan. 31  at  7 pm
    • Saturday, Feb. 6  at  8 pm
  • Friday, Feb. 5  at  8 pm: ‘Namastey‘: Bollywood themes on a vertical stage
  • Angel of the Apocalypse‘: An interactive and/or choreographed flaming art installation by the Flaming Lotus Girls:
    • Jan. 29 – 30  from  6 – 9:30 pm
    • Jan. 31 from 4 – 8pm
    • Feb. 1 – 4  from  6 – 10 pm
    • Feb. 5 – 6  from  6 – 9:30 pm
    • Feb. 7 from 4 – 8 pm

Toronto WinterCity includes events at other venues:

  • The National Film Board has screenings and workshops – visit their website NFB Mediatheque ; call (416) 973-3012 for information and to make reservations; and then trek to  150 John St. at Richmond.
  • The Guvernment hosts a family dance event on Jan. 30 from 2 – 5pm: call (647) 430-5599 and express your surprise that they really want to host the whole family at 132 Queen’s Quay (at Lower Jarvis St.).
  • Attend the multimedia performance, ‘Tumbling into Light‘, at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts on Jan. 31. In this case, they recommend translating “Young” into the phrase “12 and up”. Call (416) 866-8666.
  • Attend ‘Temples 2 Terabytes‘ at the Bread & Circus in Kensington Market (299 Augusta Ave.) on Feb. 5 – 7. Call (416) 925-8898 for reservations or to learn more about this South Asian music and dance performance. (As a spell-a-holic, I’m curious as to which spelling of the show’s name will actually be printed on the program. Please let me know!)
  • Interact with ‘A Midwinter Night’s Dream‘ in the Roof Salon at the Park Hyatt (4 Avenue Road) on Feb. 11 or 12. They want an “adult audience” for poetry, music, fortune-telling, and other entertainment. Call (416) 944-1101 to learn more.

Toronto’s Winterlicious 2010 runs from January 29 to February 11, 2010 – the exact same dates!

(As astute readers will note below, City Hall’s URL for Winterlicious hints that it is closely related to Winter City).

This is the part of the Winter City festival that covers cuisine. City Hall’s page: http://www.toronto.ca/special_events/wintercity/2010/culinary.htm lists 10 special events; but toronto.com’s page http://www.toronto.com/winterlicious lists all the participating restaurants.

Participating in what, did you ask?

The real deal is the meal: each restaurant offers a prix fixe menu, at a significant value. Look through toronto.com’s multiple pages of restaurants, phone them to make your reservations, and enjoy.

Unfortunately, that’s all the time I have for this initial post – I expect to update it later.

[This post was last updated 2012-08-11.]