Top 20 Documentaries of 2016 at Toronto Public Library

January 10, 2017 | Irene

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The 20 most popular English documentary DVDs of 2016, based on total holds placed, are . . . Where to Invade Next (2016) Amy (2015) O.J.: Made in America (2016) Machu Picchu (2016) Jerusalem (2015) Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2016) Earth's Natural Wonders (2016) That Sugar Film...


January 5, 2017 | Beau

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Is there a more maligned form of artistic expression than the lowly selfie? Ah, the selfie, the ultimate symbol of this shallow, narcissistic culture that we can probably blame on millennials somehow and which certainly did not exist before Instagram came along and ruined this nice highbrow thing we had...

Some Documentaries to Usher Out 2016

December 29, 2016 | Irene

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It’s that time of the year again. A time that has us thinking about a new year, a new us and some new resolutions. Or maybe a new way of being in the world? Here are a few documentaries you can to cozy up with as you say good-bye to...

Remembering the Toronto Professional Hockey Club: December 28: Snapshots in History

December 28, 2016 | John P.

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Team photograph of the Toronto Professional Hockey Club during the 1906–07 exhibition season. Front row, left to right: Rowley Young, Charlie Liffiton, Harry Burgoyne, Hugh Lambe. Back row, left to right: William Slean, Jack Carmichael, B. Spanner, Bruce Ridpath. As one year draws to a close and another year is...

Best Albums of 2016

December 23, 2016 | Charlene Lee

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2016 was a great year for music. With more and more means of expressing themselves, musicians have never had so many different ways and platforms to release their work. That being said the art of the album is still a valued form, which is especially evident in all the great...

Remembering Oscar Peterson: December 23: Snapshots in History

December 23, 2016 | John P.

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On December 23 and beyond, take a moment to remember Canadian jazz great Oscar Peterson (Born: August 15, 1925 in Montréal, Québec, Canada; Died: December 23, 2007 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada), the winner of eight Grammy Awards, and arguably, one of the best jazz pianists of all time. Peterson enjoyed...

Remembering Yousuf Karsh and Portrait Photography: December 23: Snapshots in History

December 23, 2016 | John P.

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On December 23 and beyond, take a moment to remember Armenian-Canadian Yousuf Karsh (December 23, 1908-July 13, 2002), a portrait photographer who made a name for himself by photographing famous people such as Joan Crawford, Albert Einstein, Indira Gandhi and Ernest Hemingway, to name four. In fact, it was Karsh’s...

Sister Susan Moran, Co-founder of Out of the Cold Program, Has Died

December 21, 2016 | Bill V.

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Sister Susan Moran, co-founder of Out of the Cold program, died of a heart attack Sunday night, Dec. 18. She was 78 years old. She was a member of the Roman Catholic order Our Lady’s Missionaries. Along with staff and students of St Michael's College School, Basilian priest Rev. John...

Remembering Hank Snow: December 20: Snapshots in History

December 20, 2016 | John P.

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On December 20 and beyond, take a moment to remember Canadian-born country music artist/singer/songwriter Clarence Eugene “Hank” Snow (Born: May 9, 1914 in Brooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia; Died: December 20, 1999 in Madison, Tennessee, United States). Hank Snow overcame a broken home with separated parents (who both displayed some...

Toronto Reference Library Vinyl Collection on

December 9, 2016 | Eric

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Did you know the Toronto Reference Library has a vinyl record collection of around 15,000 titles that you can listen to at our vinyl listening stations in the Arts Department on the 5th floor? Now you can browse some of this collection at Discogs, short for discographies, "is the...