Toronto Women Working During WW II: Rosie the Riveter and Beyond

March 7, 2017 | Bill V.

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For International Women's Day, March 8, I want to share some photos and books about the roles women played during the World War II, focusing on Toronto and Canada. You maybe have watched the show Bomb Girls or read the book Bomb Girls: Trading Aprons for Ammo? There is quite...

Sculpting New Reads

March 1, 2017 | Mary Rae

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In libraries, we often speak about the book in all its forms – from trade paperback, to unique artists books, to interactive word in the online environment. From now until April 22nd, you will be able to experience books as art in the Browsery at the Toronto Reference Library. Begun...

How to Experience Augmented Reality in the Vice & Virtue Exhibition at the TD Gallery

February 27, 2017 | Eric

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The Vice & Virtue show, currently on display at the TD Gallery, incorporates some hidden augmented reality elements throughout the space to enhance your gallery experience. The app used to display these elements is call Aurasma. What is Aurasma? Aurasma is a free app for iOS and Android devices that...

"Black Like Me": Celebrating Black History Month with Photography

February 26, 2017 | Bill V.

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Did you know that African American abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass was the most photographed person in 19th century United States? He knew the power that his image would have as a free Black man who was educated, handsome, well-dressed and sophisticated (i.e., civilized) and equal to any white...

Sackville Recordings – The In Sound From Up Here!

February 15, 2017 | Beau

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No discussion of the history of jazz in Canada would be complete without a word or three about Sackville Recordings, a label founded in Toronto by John Norris and Bill Smith in 1968. Sackville's first release was a recording of a group of American musicians (dubbed The Jazz Giants for...

And the Grammy Goes To...

February 10, 2017 | Charlene Lee

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2016 was a great year for music as reflected in this year's Grammy Awards nominees. These are some of the artists that I'll be rooting for during the upcoming ceremony: Best Album A Sailor's Guide to the Earth, Sturgill Simpson I've never had an ear for country music; perhaps Simpson's...

My Husband Won't Buy Me a Tiara for Valentine's Day. Sad!

February 8, 2017 | Bill V.

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Since my husband won't buy me a tiara, or in fact any jewellery, for Valentine's Day I will have to make do with either buying my own or looking at books. I am happy to report that Toronto Public Library owns more than one tiara book. If you know the...

Groundhog Day or 'Métro, boulot, dodo'

February 2, 2017 | Bill V.

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As I waited for the bus today, Groundhog Day, I was reminded of the French phrase "Métro, boulot, dodo". It literally translates as "subway, work, sleep" but more figuratively means "same old, same old" i.e. the daily grind. 1990 Toronto Star Archive photo of a groundhog Both the holiday and...

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...