Tailor Made for Autumn

August 16, 2017 | Muriel

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"A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life." ~ Lord Illingworth in A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde With autumn approaching, and the accompanying feeling of taking another serious step forward in life, I think it is a great time to think about men's tailoring, whether...

I too want to be a chicken loving, beautiful British aristocrat and have my portrait painted by Lucian Freud

August 10, 2017 | Bill V.

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Debo, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, died in 2014. Born Deborah Vivien Freeman-Mitford she lived the kind of life that is hard to imagine now. But Deborah Cavendish did her best to give us a glimpse behind the curtain. And there certainly has been much written by her and about...

Sam the Record Man's Iconic Sign is on its Way to Yonge-Dundas Square

August 4, 2017 | Eric

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Sam the Record Man. Photo by Eric. Student Learning Centre. Photo by Eric. Can you believe it's already been 10 years since the closure of Sam the Record Man's flagship store on Yonge Street? The iconic building with its rotating neon record platters was eventually replaced by Ryerson University's Student...

Getting Down with Downward Dog: Yoga

July 16, 2017 | Bill V.

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I discovered hot yoga two years ago and haven't looked back since (the best present my husband ever bought me!). It's great for flexibility, toning and strength (I now have triceps) but also for mental calming. Why not browse among the 2000+ titles that TPL owns on yoga and see...

Snapshots in History: July 16: Remembering Alex Colville

July 16, 2017 | John P.

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(Credit: Canada. Wartime Information Board, 1941. Contributor: Alex Colville) (Digitization Poster at: Toronto Reference Library, Baldwin Room - Call Number/Accession Number 1939-45. Industrial production Item 10. L.) On July 16 and beyond, take a moment to reflect upon the contribution of David Alexander “Alex” Colville (Born: August 24, 1920 in...

Remembering Ed Mirvish: July 11: Snapshots in History

July 11, 2017 | John P.

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On December 31, 2016, a Toronto landmark and legendary bargain store, Honest Ed’s, closed its doors for the last time to pave the way for the revitalization of Mirvish Village. This week, however, take a moment to remember the man behind Honest Ed’s, Yehuda Edwin “Honest Ed” Mirvish (Born: July...

Help Take Care of the Library's Art Books

July 11, 2017 | Jen McB

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Did you know that you can help us maintain the art books in our collection through careful handling and by asking for help? That way, everyone can continue to enjoy the library's treasures for many years to come. A good art book will cost you. A good art book will...

Chinese Painting and Calligraphy

July 5, 2017 | Guikang

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中国绘画及书法的展览和现场表演 (Chinese painting and calligraphy ...

You might not know this about Toronto

July 3, 2017 | Eric

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Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations are in full swing. If you're feeling nostalgic about this great city we live in and you've already made it to Harbourfront to check out the giant rubber ducky this weekend, here are some interesting stories about Toronto that you may not know about. Did you know...

Barenaked Ladies performing at City Hall for Canada 150!

June 30, 2017 | Mary Rae

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Toronto is getting ready for a huge party to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial. There will be music, dancing, fireworks displays, picnics and (Oh my gosh!) – Barenaked Ladies! Ironically, 26 years after the band was banned from performing at City Hall, the Barenaked Ladies have been asked to be one of...