Royal Ontario Museum Toronto

I dropped through the ROM on Monday January 6 with my 12-year-old daughter — the Monday after the holidays is a nearly perfect time to go; everyone else is back at work or school so we had the place to ourselves. We missed the Mesopotamia exhibit by a day but saw the spectacular Wildlife Photographer of the year show (an extra $5 for adults unless you’re a member, but well worth it) and of course the dinosaurs. Since the gallery was so empty we watched many of the short and excellent videos displayed on touch-screens throughout the dinosaur gallery. Looking […]

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Ice, Snow and Christmas Lights in Pickering

Southern Ontario took a hit the night of December 21 with a freezing rain storm that put a weight of ice on trees which promptly decided that it was time to break … onto power lines. At time of writing there were still people without power in Ajax, Pickering and Scarborough. However, on Boxing Day night, we took to two neighbourhoods of Pickering in order to witness some inspired Christmas lights. Both sites were taking donations for local food banks or other charities. On Rigby Drive (see www.rigbylights.ca) which has a soundtrack to their lights broadcast on a local 104.9 […]

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Dr Generosity’s Restaurant Bloor West Village

I had a chance to return to Bloor West Village for another meal out. Dr Generosity’s (AKA Dr G’s) was chosen for proximity and kids menu. Of course the night we went was a little different than a normal Monday night. Starting around 5 PM, Toronto received a record breaking deluge from the skies which clobbered transit, and knocked out a lot of people’s power. Except Dr G’s. For a while — apart from the request not to use the downstairs bathroom — we hardly knew that there was a major weather event in progress. However, the restaurant filled up […]

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Veterans’ Point Garden, Ajax Ontario

A recent visit to Ontario required time in Ajax, which is one of Toronto’s eastern bedroom communities. I’m afraid like most North American cities, small towns that are near major centres tend to expand with subdivisions creating new suburbs. In Toronto’s case, North York and Scarborough used to be suburbs. Now they are part of Toronto and towns like Ajax, which used to be way out of town forty years ago, are now taking on the new role of suburb. Sadly continent-wide there is a lot more sameness in architecture and style of subdivision design that tends to make you […]

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The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro

The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro has four locations in Toronto including on The Danforth (Danforth Ave between Pape and Greenwood), St. Lawrence Market, The Beaches and — the one we went to — Bloor West Village. Bloor West Village does still have a hint of the small town to it as there are fewer high rises in the area and is right near High Park. You can walk the stretch of Bloor West between Jane and Runnymede Streets and poke your nose in and out of shops and restaurants. The Works does try to take the basic hamburger concept and […]

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Rocking On The River in Blind River

” Rocking On The River in Blind River ” www.rockingontheriverinblindriver.ca @ 135 Royer St. Blind River, Ont. (OFF HWY # 557 ) Aug/ 3 & 4 /2013 Acoustic / Country days & Blues / Rocking nights 2 Full Days of Live Music (11am-11pm), Over 15 bands ! Food & Novelty Vendors, Door Prizes, Bon-Fire, Fireworks, Over Night Tent / Trailer Area $10.00 per Site. Over Night Spaces to be paid upon admission ( First come – First serve Basis ) Access to site after 4 pm Aug, 2, 2013. ADVANCE TICKET PRICES ($20. each, or Buy 3 get 1 FREE […]

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The Don Valley Art Club Spring Art Show and Sale

The Don Valley Art Club (65th Yr) Spring Art Show and Sale of New, Unique, Original Artworks April 24 to May 5, 2013 Come and Celebrate our 65th Anniversary, bring your friends and support your neighbourhood artists!!! Opening Reception Sunday April 28, 2013 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Show Dates and Hours April 24 to May 5, 2013 Noon to 4:00 p.m. (Closed Monday and Tuesday) The Papermill Gallery Todmorden Mills Heritage Site 67 Pottery Road Toronto, ON M4K 2B9 For further information Visit our website: www.donvalleyartclub.com FREE ADMISSION FREE PARKING Call Todmorden Mills Heritage Site: 416-396-2819 The art show […]

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Good Beer in Toronto

Toronto is one of the many North American cities experiencing a sort of Renaissance in quality beer, especially from local producers. A few suggestions of places to go to find it: Harbord House, Harbord Street (north side) between Brunswick and Major Streets. This is one of my favourite pubs. It occupies a two-story house on Harbord that was formerly occupied by a very mediocre frat pub called Rowers. The new occupants are a very different story — a genuinely good pub where you can get good food and beer for very reasonable prices. Their beer list is not ultra-long — […]

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Royal Ontario Museum … a good deal

It’s surprising what changes 5 years can bring for a former Torontonian.  The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, affectionately called the ROM, has expanded and offers many hours of learning.  I recently paid a visit to the ROM with my 10 year old daughter and 4 year old son.  We arrived mid morning on a hot, sticky July day and discovered for those of you who haven’t been to the ROM in a while that the main entrance is on Bloor St. around the corner from its old entrance on Queen’s Park. Currently the ROM has a special exhibition “Ultimate […]

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Six ways to get the most out of the Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is huge.  I remember its hugeness from the time when I visited in 1974, shortly after it opened.  I was a kid and felt overwhelmed by the place.  It was a time when zoos were changing from cages to enclosures.  All the animals from the old Riverdale Zoo were in the iron bar cages you see in old movies.  I remember a poor tiger pacing back and forth. In July 2012, I brought my kids to the Toronto Zoo and they were faced with the same massive size and a new treat:  really hot weather.  My kids […]

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