Archive for the 'Entertainment' Category

Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

The mayor works here at Toronto City Hall (New City Hall) and lots of tourists play amongst the letters here too.
Nathan Phillips, was the mayor of Toronto from 1955 – 1962. The site has a weekly farmers’ market, musical events, art shows, the winter festival of lights, and also political demonstrations! In the winter, the pool becomes an ice skating rink. This is Canada after all.

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario -Spot in a Shark’s Jaw

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

I don’t think she’s scared inside this shark’s jaw at the Ripley’s  Aquarium of Toronto.

 

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Ocean Garbage

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

Though it first looks kind of like a crystal chandelier, you soon learn that this hanging sculpture is the awful garbage killing the fish in the ocean. It’s in the Ripley’s Aquarium of Toronto.

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Pinky Fish

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

The colors of the fish in the ocean are the colors of the rainbow. Love this pink-looking jellyfish in the Ripley’s Aquarium of Toronto. 

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Colorful Fish at Ripley’s Aquarium of Toronto

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Exotic fish are easy to find all over the tanks in the Ripley’s Aquarium of Toronto, ON.

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Ripley’s Aquarium of Toronto

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Beware of sharks when you roam the easy-to-follow route at the Ripley’s Aquarium of Toronto.

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Dog Park

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Notice the water streams of the fountain are projecting out of about a dozen dogs. Dog sculptures are in this cute park in downtown Toronto.

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Canada: Toronto, Ontario: Hockey Hall of Fame

Monday, June 17th, 2019

The Hockey Hall of Fame is dedicated to all things hockey including the history of ice hockey, and exhibits about players, teams, National Hockey League records, memorabilia and NHL trophies, including, of course the Stanley Cup.

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Cananda: Toronto, Ontario: Come from Away Will Blow You Away

Friday, June 14th, 2019

How would your town (population of only about 10,000) handle it if 38 planes with 6,579 passengers landed on your doorstep unexpectedly? In Newfoundland, they have a local expression about visitors – they call them “the come from aways” – so that’s how the hit Broadway Show Come From Away got its name.

David Hein and Irene Sakoff, Canadian husband and wife librettists and composer-lyricists, took the thousands of stories of passengers and residents on that infamous day, September 11, 2001, when those jets landed in Gander Newfoundland, and turned them into a heartwarming award-winning Broadway musical.

The 90-minute show is drawn from real people’s experiences in Gander on Sept. 11 and on the subsequent days, and  turned them into 12  composite characters: American Airlines Captain Beverley Bass – the first woman captain in the airline’s history, gays, an anxious passenger worried about a missing relative, a man ignored because he looked Mid-Eastern, Southerners, Northerners and foreigners,  These terrified passengers are set down by frightening unexpected circumstances in an unfamiliar land, and are forced to depend on the kindness of strangers.

One can’t even imagine the needs of so many people, besides language, religious and cultural barriers on top of it. Cultures clash and nerves run high, but uneasiness turned into trust when the Newfoundlanders came through with untold hospitality, opening their hearts, their homes, their schools and their stores. When a volunteer went to round up supplies at the town pharmacy, the manager simply said “Take whatever you need off the shelves”.

The dozen in the cast are marvelous, and they somehow 3-D print themselves into a community of people. It’s truly an ensemble, all equally acting and singing their hearts out. To me the superlatives have to go to the set designer, as I’ve never seen chairs star in a show before. Bob Verini of Variety wrote, “passengers and officials…, shuffling set designer Beowulf Boritt’s furniture pieces into a range of evocative public and private spaces”.

Come From Away is now the longest-running Canadian musical in Broadway history. Producer Corey Brunish said, “It’s about how people respond to tragedy.” It shows, he said, that “there’s hope in the world, there’s hope for us as a human race.” “I can’t imagine a musical we need more right now”, Entertainment reported.

Now that eighteen years have passed, you can google the story and learn that the gratitude grew into enduring friendships, and how the passengers paid it forward.

Come From Away is “celebration best of humankind, and an uplifting piece of art for all our times” said The Daily Beast. Go see it and uplift your life.

Location: Elgin Winter Garden Theatre
Address: 189 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
Dates: til September 29, 2019
www.mirvish.com

 

 

Canada: Toronto, Ontario – Two Views of Toronto’s CN Tower

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

The CN Tower and a reflection of the Tower in an office building nearby, The tower held the record for the world’s tallest free-standing structure for 32 years until 2007 when it was surpassed by the Burj Khalifa. It still remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere.


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