On any Toronto neighbourhood stroll, you will encounter free curbside offerings. This city’s citizens won’t throw away anything they think might be useful to someone else. Furniture, housewares, and reading material are there for the taking. Along with some some other stuff.
Another big box store planned for a street near Kensington Market, another rash of hand-wringing. Unless the new Loblaw’s has an aisle like this, I think the Market will carry on as it always has.
The arrival of a couple of loaner pandas from China has caused some consternation in the Toronto Zoo‘s North American Animals enclosure.
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Mr. Christie’s Bakery doesn’t close until next year, but the wildlife is already moving in. I spotted a large coyote exploring the factory’s ornamental boulevard last Sunday. (view large)
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I didn’t know Humber Bay Park existed until last Sunday, when my wife turned right off of Lakeshore Boulevard in a desperate attempt to double down on snow and sun before a forecasted warm front arrived. We weren’t alone in our desire to enjoy the blue sky and crisp air. (view large)
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The Toronto Symphony Orchestra performed Mahler’s frankly-overstuffed Symphony No. 6 this week. Conducted with elan by Thomas Dausgaard, the orchestra seemed to include every string, drum and horn player in the TSO directory.
Mahler’s own direction calls for three hammer blows, and is specific that they be “brief and mighty, but dull in resonance and with a non-metallic character (like the fall of an axe).” The TSO’s solution to this oft-debated problem was a hammer right out of a Bugs Bunny cartoon. While wielding the ungainly mallet, the percussionist barely cleared the concrete balcony. My friend John Terauds over at Musical Toronto confirmed my suspicion that the hammer was custom made just for these performances.
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