On May 15, 1953, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Charles Mingus and Bud Powell played together at Massey Hall in Toronto in a recorded concert that became “Jazz at Massey Hall: The Quintet”. To Ambrose Roche and jazz lovers everywhere, the sounds were revolutionary.
Toronto offers a rich array of live classical music on every scale of performance. In addition to large concert halls, there are small venues where you can hear solo and ensemble performances by musicians at every level of professional accomplishment playing stimulating new, unconventional, or seldom heard compositions.
When Eric Plato was growing up in Niagara Falls, Ontario in the 1970s he had no idea that he was the great-grandson of a man who had escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad in the 19th century and settled in Canada.
Presto is a plastic card that will replace cash, Metropasses, tickets and eventually tokens on the TTC. Sounds good but implementation troubles have meant delaying its launch. We look at the promise and problems of Presto.
Councillor Joe Mihevc’s dedication to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is unwavering. Like a proud father, the self-described transit geek dotes over this growing colossal public service, which in 2021 will celebrate its 100th anniversary. His own father was a TTC mechanic.
Acclaimed photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo has produced a phenomenal body of work documenting people, cultures and ways of life in different parts of the world. His photo essays include compelling images from New York City, the Caribbean, Mexico, Havana, a number of places in Italy, and of course Toronto.
What will we do for a delicious tomato and once we find it how far will we go to make sure we get one every year? Gardeners and eaters alike will appreciate this journey.
Surprising as it may seem, right now is some of the best swimming of the year in Toronto. The lake is a large body of water – it cools slowly long into the fall, just as we know it takes forever to warm up in the summer. Swimming on sunny warm October days is bonus summer.