Lucky me!! Last week I was in Toronto visiting my son and his girl. To my great delight, the city was playing host to its International Film Festival (TIFF).
And I was gifted with a ticket!!
So, while everyone else was busy in their work lives, I made my way to the glorious Winter Garden Theatre to see ‘Collette’ (staring Kiera Knightly) in THE MIDDLE OF THE AFTERNOON!!!
And what a place to see a film!!!
Just a little over the top- in the nicest possible way.
I sat beside a woman who bragged she’d been coming to the Festival every year for the past 40 years. (I didn’t even know it was that old!). I confessed, in a very small voice, that this was my first.
By the time I’d emerged from this magical space back onto the hot, humid, busy, gritty Younge Street, I was hooked! Already planning my trip next September to coincide with TIFF. And this time I’ll do the research and take in more shows.
As for the film, Collette, I recommend it. A biopic, celebrating the life of France’s icon female writer. Watch for it! It’s coming!
Celebrating Thursday Doors!
I’m cooling my heels in downtown Toronto. Husband is working here and I tagged along for a pre-Christmas visit with my youngest son. And even though I’m sitting pretty high (in a hotel room on the 42nd floor), the view from here has me looking up. Way up.
Toronto’s iconic CN Tower is practically next door. Built in 1976, and the equivalent of a 147 story building, the Tower held the title of the world’s tallest freestanding structure for 32 years. Now, I think, it ranks 9th in the world and 3rd or 4th in the western world. Something like that. Everyone wants to go UP, UP, UP it seems …
If you are so inclined, you can travel by glass elevator – through the channel in the middle of the structure – to the observation deck and dine in a revolving restaurant which obviously offers amazing views.
Last summer, my very brave (crazy?) sister participated in the Sky Walk – in which she paid for the privilege of being strapped in a harness and hung over the side of the building from a platform ABOVE the observation deck!
And at night, the whole thing it’s lit up. I noticed the colour of the elevator shaft moves and changes as the car travels up and down.
These photos are not great. My excuse is that they were all taken through the window from the warm coziness of inside the hotel.
Did I mention it’s a tad chilly here in Toronto this week? A cold snap has descended (after a pretty mild autumn) and it’s been getting colder every day! This morning we woke to -14C, with a wind chill of -27. It feels like -27 out there!!! So! Photos are being taken from inside.
You can see “smoke” off the lake this morning – as the relatively warmer water evaporates off the lake. And if you look very closely, you can see the vapour reach up for the clouds. Mesmerizing pretty … from in here.
WPC – ascend
After last week’s snow stormy extravaganza, I was lucky enough to escape it all and head to Toronto.
See you later snow banks!
My husband was working in “the big smoke” all week and number two son was also there, visiting his girl during university spring break. Sometime you just gotta go where your people are.
And wow!! It was as if we travelled to another country! Toronto was all sunshine and warm temperatures! Not a snowflake in sight.
The boy and I explored s bit of the University of Toronto in search of an exhibit at the university Art Gallery.
The UofT boasts some pretty spectacular doors.
We found our way to the Toronto Stock Exchange, but we’re not brave enough to try the door.
Together, all four of us took in the Toronto Light Festival in the Distillery District.
And yesterday we were treated to record-breaking high temperatures – for February. That was good news for me. Not so great for the skaters, who made their way through about an inch of water over the ice. (Nice reflections, though)
We finished with a stroll along the waterfront. Not bad, eh?
Public skating rink at Nathan Phillips Square, in front of the iconic TorontoCity Hall. Photo taken on a chilly day last February.
I don’t know from cars. Not a thing. And I’m not sufficiently interested to educatate myself.
This Tesla is causing a buzz!!
And by all accounts, it’s justified. Imagine carbon-free transportation! No need to imagine any longer. This is the Model S as presented at the Toronto Car Show in February.
(We attended for something different to do in an evening – and because the venue is connected to our hotel … A mitigating factor in Toronto in February)
Elon Musk unveiled the Model 3 – designed to make Tesla’s more accessible financially – just a week or so ago.
There is even a Tesla Charging Station up the road from us, in rural Nova Scotia.
Looks as though the future is here.
WPC – Future
One Love, One Heart, One Destiny – Bob Marley
In Toronto’s historic Distillery District you will find this love-lock structure.
It’s an obvious copy of the idea in Paris where lovers expressed their passion and (presumably) their commitment by attaching a lock to the Pont des Arts and tossing the key into the river. This purpose built structure is designed to hold the weight of the love-locks, unlike Paris where last June officials had the locks removed for fear that the extra weight would compromise the bridge.
Perhaps not quite as romantic as the Paris love-locks (and just a little contrived), I still think Toronto’s version is charming. But I wonder…. Where to they toss the keys?
WPC – One Love
These beautiful doors are part of a panelled room on display at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Part of a Canadiana Exhibit, the entire room was removed from an early 19th Century house in Quebec. The beautiful carvings and decorations are reported to be similar to those found in churches of the same age, but what makes this an anomaly is the fact that the room was not found in a manor house or even an urban townhouse – rather it was in a modest farmhouse. I can’t help but think: “hmmmm …there’s a story here….”
For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors