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Rex Impressions

The Rex Hotel on Queen just west of University has been the scene for great jazz in Toronto for the past 30 years. Now that sometimes seems to be a fact as little known as  the Rex’s Hotel business. I think of it as a jazz place, bar, and eatery in that order … and …

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Best Show in T.O. Tonite

The best show in Toronto tonight for  Saturday February 7  is down at Nathan Phillips Square. And its a 1 hour outdoor show for the best price of all – $zero. You will be moved – literally.  Close-ACT from Holland is putting on another one of its outdoor theater productions that mixes lights, flares, music …

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Toronto WinterCity Fest

When the Dutch Outdoor Theater Company, Close-Act, is in town for a show – there are ample opportunities to get great pictures. Its almost as if all you have to do is to wander down to Nathan Phillips Square on Feb 6th or 7th by 7:00PM and not get trampled during all the machinations in …

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Toronto Lights

For the past few years Torontonians have had an ever improving buffer against the approaching Winter Solstice – the Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square. Each weekend marching up to the Solstice a show alights the Square  adding  color and lightness to offset the ever waning days. This year’s evening lights appear to be …

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Yahoo Santa Parade Pix in TO

Yahoo/Flickr had a great idea for the the Toronto Santa Claus Parade. They would have two gals, Yahoo employees, ride bicycles with specially mounted cameras on the front steering wheel of the bikes. Then automatically, once a minute a picture would be snapped of the parade as “observed” by the bike riders/picture takers and automatically …

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Molson Indy CarFest

Formula Atlantic car Flashing By There is a car show in Toronto that has a achanging name but oustanding car viewing: both race cars and vintage as well. I am referring of course to …. uhh the Grand Prix of Toronto … uhh the Formula Atlantic Toronto Race … uhh all that and more wrapped …

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Toronto Jazz Seen

I was just in Montreal this summer and I admit that the Toronto Jazz Festival(s) have a long way to go to catch up to the Montreal Jazz Fest. But the Jazz scene in Toronto is vital with over two dozen clubs to choose from in the downtown area alone. Chick”n Deli, Rex Hotel and …

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Luminato Redux

Luminato is a ten day Summer Festival in Toronto that has a serious problem – it is way too stuffy and controlling. There is a website list of ten does and don”ts before you even arrive on the grounds. Supposedly geared for family fun – don”t bring an oversized bag – it may be confiscated. …

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Scottish Country Dancing

Toronto Edwards Gardens has a reputation for great floral displays throughout the year; but recently I got a most pleasant surprise beyond the floral beauties and lilac fragrances. What caught this observers senses were the sights and sounds of Scottish Country Dancing on the grounds by the Garden”s old barn: The music guided me and …

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Birthday Boy in Town

What does a Birthday Boy do in Town ? Why of course – he takes some pictures and writes a poem To his Sweetheart, Madame Spring Spring, my delicate white to satin beauty what can I trill and sing to thee tremulously to invite your attentions and soft whispers? Spring, do you reply saucy rouged …

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Toronto Cavalcade of Lights

Maybe I have cabin fever or a progressively worse Vitamin D deficiency; but every year the Toronto Cavalcade of Lights program seems to be getting bigger and better. The Cavalcade of Lights starts the last week of November and culminates the week before Christmas as a series of light shows in Nathan Phillips Square and …

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Kensington Market TGPA Outing

TGPA – Toronto Guild of Photographic Artists has a number of outings throughout the year. In the Fall, especially, outings are quite helpful in order to meet new members, get help on any photo problems, and generally hone your image taking skills (as if the Summer offered any break in pictue taking). There were enough …

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