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I knew podcasts had hit the mainstream when I called my mom one day and asked "how are things going" and she responded "I'm listening to a podcast." If you're interested in knowing a bit more about podcasts and also podcasting (tap into that inner creativity!) then Toronto Public Library... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Arts & Culture
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As we approach Labour Day it's fitting to honour and celebrate the life of labour and civil rights activist Bromley Armstrong who died recently. 1992 Toronto Star Archives photo of Bromley Armstrong Armstrong was born in Jamaica and came to Canada in 1947 when he was 19 years old. He... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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I don't think it's blasphemy to say I first knew Aretha Franklin from the John Belushi cult film the Blues Brothers and her number in that film. Maybe because my family owned a greasy spoon type restaurant that it rang true to my lived experience of strong waitresses, dirty aprons... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that librarians are not only good looking but also renowned for their style and fashion sense. So . . . it makes sense that during September our tie in to the Toronto Fashion Week is a great line up of programs. Fashion Meets Technology:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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This is my dog Rufus and yes, he's a good boy! Dogs bring a lot of joy into the lives of their human ball throwing, treat giving, neck scratching servants. So I thought to myself, why not share some interesting dog reads during the dog days of summer? Travels with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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Let's make beautiful music together ... or at least share lunch and listen to some. Come join us on Fridays for the Summer Music at the Library series, free weekly concerts from noon - 1pm in the Toronto Reference Library Atrium on the main floor. If you're interested in music,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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It's almost July, school is out, heat alerts are happening, summer vacations are approaching and there are too many darn noisy outdoor bar and cafe patios around. Why not come indoors into the Library where it's cool and enjoy some interesting arts programming? We've got the architectural history of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Last week I wrote a blog about resources for those left behind after a suicide, prompted by the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. In the media coverage afterwards, an article and then interview by Kirsten Powers of CNN really seemed powerful and hopeful. She talked about her own... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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The recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have highlighted one of society's unspoken secrets. The back-to-back deaths of these two well known cultural figures is helping shine a bright light on suicide and by doing so, hopefully taking away some of the judgement, stigma and shame. At the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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It's June, and while the weather is lovely outside, so are allergies, mosquitoes, ticks, poison ivy and stinging nettle, so why not come into the library where it's air conditioned and enjoy some interesting arts programming? The Hip: More than a Band Acclaimed musical journalist Michael Barclay on the first... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Ramadan begins this year on Thursday May 17, 2018 (the date varies and is flexible depending on the lunar calendar and moon sighting). This reminded me that I wanted to revisit the Aga Khan Museum and in preparation for that, and with an eye to Ramadan, I thought I would... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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You may know that May is the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival in Toronto? The Arts Department of the Toronto Reference Library is hosting a exhibit called Reality by Allan Cullen, photographer and disability activist, up on the 5th floor during the month of May as part of the Open Exhibitions... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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The fifth floor of the Toronto Reference Library has two separate departments, Arts and also Special Collections in the Marilyn and Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre. On several Saturdays in May both departments will be hosting "Discover Talks" which last for 30 minutes each from 2-2:30 p.m. for Special Collections... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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The 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library has two separate departments, Arts and also Special Collections in the Marilyn and Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre. On several Saturdays in April both departments will be doing "Discover Talks" which last for 30 minutes each from 2-2:30 for Special Collections and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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Toronto Public Library is proud to support the Art and Truth: AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall event that is happening on April 4th, 2018. Moderated by CBC’s Anna Maria Tremonti, internationally celebrated writer Salman Rushdie, provocative performance artist Andrea Fraser, award-winning filmmaker Charles Officer and JUNO-nominated musician Iskwé take... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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This winter, artists Elena Soní and Vanessa Barnett worked with women from the community to draw, paint, print, embroider and share their stories. This is what they created and it's now on display on the 3rd floor of the Toronto Reference Library. The exhibit will be on display from March... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library Blog
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The City of Toronto's Urban Hens pilot program begins today. Residents in four wards in Toronto can now keep hens in their backyards as part of the new Urban HensTO pilot program. This program, which allows Torontonians to keep up to four hens for the purposes of enjoyment and egg... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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Sonja Bata, elegant, sophisticated, passionate, knowledgeable, generous, shoe collector extraordinaire, astute in business matters and also a philanthropist has just died. Sonja Bata with Terry Fox sneaker, Toronto Star photo 1987 Swiss born she was married to Czech shoe magnate Tomas J Bat̕a. WWII and the post war communists forced... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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A glass of wine, a loaf of bread and a stack of good books on Toronto. What more could a librarian want? The other day this new and visually stunning book, Lost Toronto, came into the library and I thought to myself why not write a blog about Toronto's architectural... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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Behind every good event and program at the library, including the Open Mic at the Toronto Reference Library, is a staff person. My co-worker Will, who is both a librarian and a musician, is the driving force behind this series. He's brought his energy, passion and his skills (not to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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If you're interested in music (especially jazz and soul), you've likely heard of Nina Simone. Matt Galloway recently did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit where he mentioned her. I was reminded how much I admired her singing, passion and how she intimidated me too. You may also be familiar... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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Toronto is abuzz with the upcoming Yayoi Kusama show at the Art Gallery of Ontario. I happened to be at the AGO the other day and all the staff were busily peeling off the white backing from thousands of sheets of stickers. One of them fell into my wallet ...... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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Who among us hasn't accidentally eaten pot brownies while at work? You may have heard about the recent unfortunate incident with two local police officers who consumed some marijuana edibles? In case you are interested in cooking with pot(s) you may like these titles. Enjoy safely and responsibly and let... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Arts & Culture
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Ingvar Kamprad, the thrifty Swedish businessman and founder of IKEA, has just died at the age of 91. You likely know the stories of his frugality, always flew coach, drove a Volvo, ate at the IKEA cafeteria and lived in a modest home. At the same time ... Bloomberg Billionaires... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at Arts & Culture
Hi Carol, I'm very glad it made you laugh - that was my intent. Thanks for reading and also for taking the time to leave a comment. Bill
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