We Honour Remembrance Day 2019 with War Artists

November 11, 2019 | Bill V.

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On Remembrance Day we respectfully pause to reflect on the sacrifice of the military, their families, the victims, casualties and society as a whole make during War. Many artists have responded to the horrors, injustice and violence of war through art. Picasso's famous La Guernica was his response to the...

Let's Explore the Ballet Giselle

November 5, 2019 | Bill V.

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I was listening to Metro Morning recently and they were interviewing Sonia Rodriguez from the National Ballet of Canada. She is one of the lead dancers in their latest production of Giselle which is a classic of romantic ballet repertoire. Anna Pavlova as Giselle. Wikimedia Commons. It's also very popular...

Musings from Musician in Residence Dave Bidini

November 1, 2019 | TPL Staff

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This fall, Toronto Public Library hosts Dave Bidini as our first Musician in Residence. If modern ideas about space and community are to be heard, libraries can be anything. They can even be places where we howl behind glass in a pod near the children’s section on afternoons and some...

"It's Always Advisable to Put a Limit on Your Spooning"

September 23, 2019 | Bill V.

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Fall is in the air, and one's mind turns to cool forest walks, wool sweaters and spooning. It is always advisable to put a time limit on spooning. 1911 vintage postcard. Did you know there is a huge vintage postcard collection at the Toronto Reference Library Arts and Special Collections...

Culture Days 2019: Celebrating 10 Years of Creativity

September 19, 2019 | Diana L.

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Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture and this year Toronto Public Library (TPL) is excited to celebrate Culture Days' 10th anniversary with over 15 free programs across the city on September 27 and 28. In partnership with Ontario Culture Days and Neighbourhood Arts Network, TPL invites...

I Lost My Wallet and Then I Found It: Good Luck!

September 13, 2019 | Bill V.

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Do you ever think about good luck? Good Luck vintage black cat silk postcard, WW1 era. I visited my Doctor this morning and spent a few minutes in the waiting room. After the visit, I left and got ready to bike to work and checked my bag and couldn't find...

Toronto's Labour Day Parade and Labour History

August 30, 2019 | Bill V.

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It's the Labour Day long weekend and one's thoughts naturally turn to: Visiting The Canadian National Exhibition (Or, as we usually think of it, the CNE or The Ex). Going back to school (supplies and new corduroys!) Getting stuck in traffic jams to and from a cottage. Marching in or...

The 10 (Quirky) DVDs We Watched While at the Cottage

August 19, 2019 | Bill V.

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Our lovely (and generous) cousins Betty and Peter have let us use their cottage up in the Kawarthas each summer for the last several years. We get a slice of paradise and they get two cases of wine – a win win if there ever was one. While it's the...

100 Years of The Danforth Music Hall

August 15, 2019 | Beau

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The Danforth Music Hall is celebrating its 100th birthday this weekend, making it (along with Massey Hall, The Horseshoe and Grossman's Tavern) one of Toronto's oldest buildings still operating as an actual concert venue. Originally known as Allen's Vaudeville Theatre, it was one of the last old-style vaudeville houses to...

Dreaming of Rome

July 26, 2019 | Muriel

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"Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away." – Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 CE...