Happy Record Store Day!

April 21, 2018 | Beau

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Today is Record Store Day; I'm going to be at work all day but Toronto (and many other cities around the globe) will be bustling with vinyl enthusiasts visiting their local shops to dig through the crates for special limited editions and maybe take in some live in-store performances. And...

Beautiful Kimonos at the Textile Museum of Canada

April 18, 2018 | Muriel

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So incredibly beautiful is the current exhibition of Itchiku Kubota (1917 - 2003) kimonos at the Textile Museum of Canada, I just had to walk around the exhibition twice! The 41 kimonos on display are the most exquisite handmade objects I have ever seen. Kubota designed and produced these kimonos...

I Checked Out All the Newer Art Books

April 11, 2018 | Jen McB

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I picked up “Toronto Street Art Strolls” by Nathalie Prézeau and found the elephants gracing the side of my former branch. This is familiar. I like this this book. I flipped through “Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez” by Lawrence Weschler. I found “Sun Mad II” by Ester Hernãndez,...

Art and Truth: A Reading List for AGO Creative Minds

March 27, 2018 | Bill V.

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Toronto Public Library is proud to support the Art and Truth: AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall event that is happening on April 4th, 2018. Moderated by CBC’s Anna Maria Tremonti, internationally celebrated writer Salman Rushdie, provocative performance artist Andrea Fraser, award-winning filmmaker Charles Officer and JUNO-nominated musician Iskwé take...

Eleven Great Books About Toronto's Architecture

March 20, 2018 | Bill V.

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A glass of wine, a loaf of bread and a stack of good books on Toronto. What more could a librarian want? The other day this new and visually stunning book, Lost Toronto, came into the library and I thought to myself why not write a blog about Toronto's architectural...

Remembering the Stanley Cup and Frederick Arthur Stanley: March 18: Snapshots in History

March 18, 2018 | John P.

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Hockey fans in Canada look forward to the start of the ice hockey season each autumn and the start of the playoffs each spring, including those who follow the National Hockey League (NHL) to see which professional team will win the Stanley Cup championship trophy. Let's take a moment to...

A Wee Bit O Craìc

March 17, 2018 | Jen McB

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Nowadays, there are essentially two kinds of Irish. You might love Coronation Street. Equally possible, you might think that show is rubbish. Let's assume I am the later, but don't tell my Papa. Today, anyone can be Irish and I have come to this one conclusion after years of study...

Home Made Visible

March 6, 2018 | Elsa

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With social media platforms and smart phones, it is so easy to share funny or touching videos from our daily lives now. With a touch of a button, memorable moments are recorded. These days, with user-friendly technology and software, more videos are being created with neat visuals and sound effects....

Yoko Ono, Conceptual Art Star

March 3, 2018 | Jen McB

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Everyone is super excited about the new AGO exhibit featuring renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. There is a rush on tickets, and I myself may not even get in. But I know a secret to viewing art. It is called patience. Never go to anything opening day. That is asking...

Raising Chickens in Your Backyard: Toronto Public Library Saves You from Having Egg on Your Face

March 2, 2018 | Bill V.

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The City of Toronto's Urban Hens pilot program begins today. Residents in four wards in Toronto can now keep hens in their backyards as part of the new Urban HensTO pilot program. This program, which allows Torontonians to keep up to four hens for the purposes of enjoyment and egg...