Decades (1870s to 1990s): A Visual History of the Canadian National Exhibition

August 21, 2017 | Eric

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The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), Canada's largest fair, opened this past weekend. Originally known as the Toronto Industrial Exhibition, its name was changed to the Canadian National Exhibition in 1912. At that time, the hope was to better reflect the scope of this always diverse fair. Since its inception, the...

How To Love Your Flute . . .

August 17, 2017 | Bill V.

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I blame my hippie-child older sister Mary for exposing me at an impressionable age to the flute. She owned Paul Horn's album Inside (later reissued as Inside the Taj Mahal) featuring him playing the flute inside the Taj and these amazing echoes. I listened to it over and over and...

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 ...