On Collecting

January 26, 2017 | Beau

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I've always been a collector. When I was a little ...

Remembering Calixa Lavallée and "O Canada": January 21: Snapshots in History

January 21, 2017 | John P.

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On January 21 and beyond, take a moment to remember Calixa Lavallée (born: December 28, 1842 as Calixte Paquet dit Lavallée at Verchères, Lower Canada (now Québec); died: January 21, 1891 at Boston, Massachusetts) who composed the music for "O Canada" in 1880. O Canada became Canada’s national anthem on...

Sober Five Years . . . One Day at a Time

January 20, 2017 | Bill V.

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S, my dear friend of 30 years, will be "celebrating" five years of sobriety soon. She has been a secret drinker for the entire time I've known her. We spent countless weekends together at her family's cottage. Years later, my husband and I stayed with her and her family for...

Remembering Joe Shuster and Superman: January 16: Snapshots in History

January 17, 2017 | John P.

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On January 16 and beyond, take a moment to remember comic book hero Superman and the Canadian who created him in drawings, Joseph “Joe” Shuster (Born: July 10, 1914 in Toronto, Ontario Died: July 30, 1992 in Los Angeles, California). Shuster, a first cousin of Frank Shuster of Wayne and...

Remembering Humphrey Bogart: January 14: Snapshots in History

January 17, 2017 | John P.

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On January 14 and beyond, take a moment to remember the life and acting career of Humphrey Bogart (Born: December 25, 1899, New York City, New York; Died: January 14, 1957, Los Angeles, California). In June 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Humphrey Bogart as the top male actor of...

Remembering Tom Longboat: January 9: Snapshots in History

January 10, 2017 | John P.

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(Credit: Charles Aylett, Tom Longboat with the Ward Marathon Trophy, 1907. “T. Longboat, the Canadian runner. Standing (HS85-10-18314).jpg” Canadian Copyright Collection held by the British Library. This image is in the public domain.) (Credit: Charles Aylett, “T Longboat, the Canadian runner running (HS85-10-18315).jpg”, 1907 Canadian Copyright Collection held by the...

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...