Open Mic at Toronto Public Library

February 19, 2018 | Bill V.

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Behind every good event and program at the library, including the Open Mic at the Toronto Reference Library, is a staff person. My co-worker Will, who is both a librarian and a musician, is the driving force behind this series. He's brought his energy, passion and his skills (not to...

Eye Candy and Brain Food: Free Streaming Movies, DVDs and More

February 17, 2018 | Elle

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Ever wonder what you can do to enhance your conversations, improve your knowledge base and basically enrich your LIFE? One of the easiest ways is to watch films - lighthearted comedies, intense documentaries, beautiful exposés, real-life dramas, and heart wrenching tragedies. Toronto Public Library recently acquired a subscription to Kanopy....

Nina Simone: Matt Galloway Likes Her and So Will You

February 17, 2018 | Bill V.

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If you're interested in music (especially jazz and soul), you've likely heard of Nina Simone. Matt Galloway recently did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit where he mentioned her. I was reminded how much I admired her singing, passion and how she intimidated me too. You may also be familiar...

Remembering Stuart McLean and Vinyl Café: February 15: Snapshots in History

February 15, 2018 | John P.

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Many Canadians and Torontonians enjoyed listening to Stuart McLean, a superb storyteller, monologist, author, and humourist, either in person or on CBC Radio, as he shared the lives of Dave, Morley and their family under the guise of the Vinyl Café. On February 15 and beyond, take a moment to...

Remembering Ernie Coombs as “Mr. Dressup”: February 13-14: Snapshots in History

February 13, 2018 | John P.

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Many Canadians remember themselves or their children growing up with a children’s television program called Mr. Dressup that ran on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) television network from February 13, 1967 to February 14, 1996, followed by ten years of re-runs to 2006. On February 13-14 and beyond, please take...

Winter Olympics: Sports Pairings

February 13, 2018 | Wendy

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The sad thing about the Winter Olympics is that, once you've watched your favourite event, it's over, and then there's no more skeleton for four more years. But isn't that what art is for? To resurrect and prolong and deepen life's fleeting moments of happiness? Fortunately, here at the library,...

Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors at the AGO (and the Library too!)

February 11, 2018 | Bill V.

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Toronto is abuzz with the upcoming Yayoi Kusama show at the Art Gallery of Ontario. I happened to be at the AGO the other day and all the staff were busily peeling off the white backing from thousands of sheets of stickers. One of them fell into my wallet ......

R.I.P. Toronto Star Photographer Reg Innell

February 10, 2018 | Beau

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Longtime Toronto Star photojournalist Reg Innell passed away on February 1st at the age of 92. He was born in Sussex, England, and got his start in the shutterbug biz by selling pictures to newspapers in London after the Second World War. After a stint in the British Army, he...

Olympic Views — From the Couch

February 8, 2018 | Mary Rae

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I don’t know about you, but I’m so excited about the XXIII Winter Olympic Games, opening in Pyeongchang, Korea on Friday, February 9th! Winter Olympics are my favourite thing – and I start training early. I’ve been working out daily, because I know that for the next two weeks, my...

Winter Olympics 2018: Korea Rules

February 7, 2018 | Wendy

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Since 2014, when Korean pop star Psy's mega-hit, Gangnam Style, stormed the charts, K-Pop (Korean pop music) and K-Drama (Korean T.V. series) have captured the imaginations of millions of fans around the world. And now, with the Winter Olympics starting up in Pyeongchang this week, we're taking a look at...