An Artist Named Copper Thunderbird (1932-2007)

May 10, 2017 | Jen McB

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Orange, blue, black, sharp lines, bold two-dimensional compositions filling the space. The images I have in my head belong to Norval Morriseau, also named Copper Thunderbird. As we look back on our history this year and reflect on what makes us Canadians, it is also a time to reflect on...

I found Vivian Maier

May 5, 2017 | Bill V.

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I was watching the documentary DVD Finding Vivian Maier the other day and thought what an extraordinary photographer she was. And I asked myself - would I have wanted her to be my nanny ... would I have wanted her to secretly take my photo on the streets of New...

Ontario Resources Available in the Virtual Reference Library and Digital Archive

May 4, 2017 | Eric

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Toronto Public Library's Preservation & Digitization Department has been digitizing Ontario-related content from our Special Collections for many years. You can access this content via the Virtual Reference Library or TPL's Digital Archive. What types of materials can I research and discover in the digitized collections? We have a treasure...

Healing Me Softly with Song...

April 22, 2017 | Will

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Toronto Reference Library is excited to present a brand new series of concerts and public speaking events: The Healing Power of Music! Ori Dagan Sings Ella Fitzgerald. Tues, Apr 25, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Hall. All ages. Free. Drop in. No registration required. Donald...

If there's a carp in the bathtub then it must be Passover ... Chag Pesach Sameach!

April 11, 2017 | Bill V.

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I remember my first library bosses, Linda S. and Linda K., and the boxes of matzah they would share with us during Passover. But it was my co-worker Marilyn M. who introduced me to the pleasures of home made matzah ball soup and gefilte fish. Ah food ... the great...

Music Gallery Editions – "The Strangest Record Company In The Country"

April 6, 2017 | Beau

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Music Gallery Editions (MGE) was a record label operated between 1977 and 1981 by Toronto's Music Gallery, an artist-run live music venue originally located at 30 St. Patrick St., near OCADU (then known as the Ontario College of Art) and the Art Gallery of Ontario. In 1984, it shifted over...

Lowdown Tracks: A Celebration of Music and Survival

April 6, 2017 | Bill V.

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Please join us at Toronto Reference Library for a free showing of the documentary Lowdown Tracks, a panel discussion and performances by a couple of the musicians who appear in the film. This timely and relevant documentary highlights a pressing social issue in Toronto. Just today there's been a report...

Gene Luen Yang: Reading Without Walls

March 31, 2017 | Beau

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On Wednesday, April 5th, award-winning graphic novelist and literacy advocate Gene Luen Yang will be visiting the Toronto Reference Library to speak about his Reading Without Walls platform in a program co-presentation between Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Reading Without Walls is Yang's campaign to encourage...

Dr. Réa Beaumont Deciphers Harry Somers' Opera "Louis Riel"

March 13, 2017 | Beau

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Louis Riel – a politician, founder of the province of Manitoba and political leader of the Métis people in western Canada – has remained a compelling and controversial figure ever since he was hanged for treason in Regina in 1885 after leading the North-West Rebellion (also known as the "Riel...

Books, Books, Books - Cheap, Cheap, Cheap: TRL Clearance Book Sale March 16-18, 2017

March 9, 2017 | Bill V.

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Unlike the Toronto housing market, the Friends' Clearance Book Sale has a lot of stock and we are still very affordable. Come buy something and help support the Library. Friends of Toronto Public Library, South Chapter Clearance Book Sale March 16-18, 2017 (cash only) If you're at the Toronto Reference...