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    Look Up, Look Waaay Up and I'll Call Rusty

    by CdnJane Written Sep 22, 2004

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    CBC Building Front St Toronto

    If that title makes you think back to "One little chair for one of you, and a bigger chair for two to curl up in, and for someone who likes to rock, a rocking chair in the middle."... then you need to visit the CBC Museum in, not surprisingly, the CBC building. There is, of course, more than just the Friendly Giant to look at - lots of memories of CBC Radio and TV of days gone by.

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    Toronto's Canon Theatre

    by freddie18 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Canon Theatre in Toronto Canada
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    This is a historic 2,200-seat Canon Theatre which started as a movie theatre was called Pantages Theatre in the 1920s.

    It was the new owners who changed the name of the theatre in 2001 to The Canon Theatre.
    The theatre hosted production like Fame Becomes Me, Monty Python's Spamalot, the Broadway musical Wicked, and the ever popular The Phantom of the Opera.

    You may purchase tickets online using the linkpage I provided below.

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    For the music lover...

    by mim95 Updated Dec 8, 2005

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    Roy Thomson Hall

    You can't miss the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) if you love classical. TSO was established in 1922 and has welcomed famous artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Evgeny Kissin, Jessye Norman, Karen Kain, and actor Christopher Plummer.

    If you're under 29, you and a friend can enjoy the performances for only $12 per person! More info can be found here.

    Most of the TSO concerts are held in the Roy Thomson Hall. Built in 1982, it's a place for not only classical, but also for jazz and pop performances. The Hall went under a $20 million acoustic renovation in 2002.

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    George Boileau, Lineal Order

    by sim1 Updated May 8, 2003

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    George Boileau, Lineal Order


    Close to the St.Andrew's Church you can find this piece of art. It's called Lineal Order and it's by George Boileau, 1990.
    It contains of three pieces : A statue of a man, a statue of little boy and the silhouet of a man on the wall.

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    Statue Glenn Gould

    by sim1 Updated Apr 22, 2003

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    Statue Glenn Gould


    Close to the CN tower on Front Street you can find this beautiful sculpture. It's is made by artist Ruth Abernethy.
    The sculpture is a life-size bronze portrait of pianist Glenn Gould. The unveiling was in September 1999, following a closing concert for the Glenn Gould Gathering. The portrait is based on an original photograph by Don Hunstein.

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    West Simcoe Park Worker Monument

    by sim1 Updated Apr 22, 2003

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    West Simcoe Park Workers Monument


    The next sculpture is actually only a few steps away from the Glenn Gould sculpture. It is the West Simcoe Park Worker Monument which honours the memory of Ontario workers who have lost their lives as a result of workplace injury or disease.

    The monument has two parts :
    The first part is '100 workers' by John Scott, it is a series of 100 bronze plaques topping a granite wall. Each plaque represents a year between 1901 and 2000. The first 99 are each engraved with the name and cause of death of one worker who died that year. The year 2000 plaque is blank.....
    The blank plaque is kind of creepy as it makes you think what tragedy will claim its next victim. It's not a monument that makes you smile, but it does make you think. The plaques say things like, fell off a building, crushed by a train....
    While I was reading this some teenagers tried to use the wall for their skateboards to do some stunts..... the teenagers were so alive, so cheerful, having a whole life in front of them..... When I looked down again at the monument, a rememberance of death, pain, lives gone by..... such a contradiction.... I didn't know what to do with it.... confusing.... life and death so close....
    It also made me wonder... does anyone ever read this? does anyone ever think what happened to these people? Why did they to die such a seemingly unnessacery death.... why...

    The second part is 'Anonymity of Prevention' by Derek Lo and Lana Winkler. This is a life-size sculpture (see photo) that depicts a construction worker wearing proper safety equipment chiseling a message on the granite wall: "Remembering our past…building a safe future."

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    Moose in Toronto

    by sim1 Updated Apr 22, 2003

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    Moose in Toronto


    A few years ago the streets of Toronto were filled with 326 magnificent moose scultures. The moose have left the city now, as they were all auctioned off, but a few of them still remain in the city :-)
    Unfortunately I haven't seen the moose during the major event in 2000, they all look so crazy and so much fun. but I was happy to find this one moose sculpture in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It is the Global Moose by artist Fraser Paterson.

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    Woodpecker Column

    by sim1 Updated Apr 22, 2003

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    ���Woodpecker Column,��� Fastw��rms 1997.


    I love seeing sculptures in the city and taking photos of them, so you'll see quite many of them on this Toronto page. I think Toronto has quite a few beautiful pieces of art in its streets. One of the sculptures that I love is the one at the south Entrance of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It is “Woodpecker Column” by Fastwürms 1997. It's a huge work of art with two woodpeckers on a giant pole made of steel pipe and glass and is 6 x 100 ft.

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    Woodpecker Column

    by sim1 Updated Apr 22, 2003

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    ���Woodpecker Column,��� Fastw��rms 1997.


    This picture is taken from the top floor of the Convention Centre. From up here you have a good view on the woodpeckers itself. I love them! So much fun to see these huge woodpeckers in the middle of a city like Toronto.

    The sculpture is fun at night as well as there are coloured glass circles in the steel pole that light up at night. You can see a picture of that in my nightlife tips.

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    Snom'n, Fastwürms 1997

    by sim1 Updated May 8, 2003

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    Snom'n, Fastw��rms, June 29, 1997


    Snom'n, Fastwürms, June 29, 1997
    This is also a statue in front of the Convention Centre. You can actually see the woodpacker column in the background. I love snowman so how can I not like this statue :-)

    But there are many more statues located throughout the City of Toronto. There are over 150 pieces of outdoor public art and historical monuments. They are situated in city parks, subway stations, and on the grounds of municipal buildings. So keep your eyes open and you will spot some beautiful works of art during your visit to Toronto.

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    Mom, why is that cow coming out of the wall?

    by CdnJane Updated Apr 7, 2003

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    Wall Decorations on King St.W

    Wander along King St west of University Avenue ... and see some of the amazing things decorating the outside walls of some of the restaurants.
    N'Awlins has a player (or at least an upright) piano and Kit Kat has 2 halves of a cow going in and out of the wall.
    Across the street at the corner of John and King St. is a Sports Collectibles store and there are some very stiff and unmoving sports shirts.

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    The Original Speaker's Corner

    by duanestorey Written Apr 8, 2003

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    MuchMusic

    For many years in Canada, the Speaker's Corner booth on Queen street, in front of Muchmusic, was the only Speaker's Corner area in all of Canada. Fortunately, that's no longer the case, and most major cities have several of these booths around.

    When you're in the area, check out the booth, and leave an opinion on some topic. If you're lucky, they may just put your clip on Much Music, Canada's music station.

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    Mirror

    by sim1 Updated May 12, 2003

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    Reflections in Toronto


    I love the use of all the glass in the highrises. They work so well as mirrors and reflect the views of the city. It gives you a totally different perspective on the buildings surrounding you. The reflection you see, is totally different than what you see when you turn around. Yes, you expect to see the exact same, because it is a mirror. But the mirror is so much higher up, that the reflections is totally different than you expect it to be.
    In the photo you can see the CBC building with the financial district mirroring in it's windows.

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    Steam Whistle Brewery

    by sim1 Updated Apr 21, 2003

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    Steam Whistle Brewery


    Steam Whistle brewery is located right across the street from the CN tower, toward the lake. I haven't been in the brewery itself yet, but I would love to go one day.

    The major beer brands in Ontario are "Molson Canadian" and "Labatts Blue", which are the typical "lighter" American beers. But luckely Ontario has lots of more tastefull beers as well. There are many micro breweries in Ontario, like Steam Whistle, that offer a good beer with lots of flavour. I can't comment on Steam Whistle because I don't know this beer so very well, but I can recommend you another beer (my favourite) called "Ricards Red".

    Tours and tastings at Steam Whistle Brewery
    Tours and tastings offer the public a chance to experience, firsthand, the process of creating a craft brew. Beginning with the story of Steam Whistle - its founding, the people, and the history of The Roundhouse - the tour winds through our brewhouse, the fermentation vessels and the bottle-shop will provide a close-up look at how Steam Whistle Pilsner is made. The tour ends with a sampling and informal chat at the tasting bar.

    Tours run daily and take approximately 30 minutes. The basic tour costs $4 per person and includes a taste of our Pilsner and a souvenir glass or a bottle opener. Or, take the tour but select from other souvenir choices: $6 for the Pint Glass tour; $7 for the whistle tour; $10 for the Ball Cap tour; and $16 for the T-shirt tour. Tours begin daily at 1pm and run every hour. The last tour runs 1 hour before closing. Reservations are required for tours after 4pm and anytime for groups of 10 or more.

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    Great Cabaret show

    by marcotimpano Written Feb 23, 2007

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    This is a montly Cabaret that I've seen twice and its fantastic, it has a variety of local guest performers, from music to standup and I saw some comedy sketches that should be featured on Saturday Night Live. The host, is incredible, he is this character that is very outspoken and a bit crass but he has such a great spin on politics that he is just amazing to watch, I actually spilled my beer I was laughing so hard. That's another thing, the theatre serves booze as you are watching the show. Great theatre, awesome show, check it out folks.

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