Category Archives: Toronto

Connections in the Globe and Mail

 Two articles in last Saturday’s Toronto Globe and Mail struck a chord with me. 

The first was about a new ballet that premieres today at the Art Gallery of Ontario called The Dreamers Ever Leave You.  The ballet choreographed by Robert Binet is inspired by the current Lawren Harris exhibit at the AGO called The Idea of  North orginally curated by American actor and comedian Steve Martin. Binet’s dancers will move between three different stages at the AGO and the audience will also have a chance to see the Harris paintings that inspired the ballet. 

We have quite a number of Lawren Harris paintings on display at the Winnipeg Art Gallery right now in our Group of Seven exhibit.  As I give kids tours of the gallery could I get them to come up with a dance to go along with one of our Harris paintings?

Another Saturday Globe and Mail article celebrated Sonja Bata who founded the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.  She and her husband Thomas were responsible for the success of the Bata Shoe empire which once owned some 1700 stores world wide. Sonja just celebrated her 90th birthday and her museum marked its 20th anniversary last year.  bata-shoe-museumI was drawn to the article about Sonja and her museum because Dave and I once had the pleasure of visiting the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.  It was so surprisingly interesting! We discovered that shoes can be works of art too. 

Other posts…….

Almost Touching Justin Bieber’s Shoes

Two Very Different Members of the Group of Seven

A Good Understanding




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Seen Walking Down Queen Street East in Toronto

row houses toronto

mural toronto

art bulb

diarehha plate

ceramic mosaic

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flower baskets

gladstone hotel

cn tower

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Biking in Toronto

The De Grassi Girls

Tasting Toronto


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Lunch on A Rooftop in Toronto

dave marylou roof top

We had lunch on the roof top of the Hush Restaurant in Toronto. Our waitress was from Newfoundland originally and was efficient and interesting to talk to. 

The Food

won ton tacos

Won Ton Chicken Tacos

spicy pear and goat cheese salad

Pear and Goat Cheese Salad

spicy cesar

Spicy Caesar

The View

view from hush restaurant roof top

toronto roof top

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Faith for Free

Almost Touching Justin Bieber’s Shoe

A Fun Night in Toronto

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Sleeping in an Art Gallery

breakfast in an art galleryOur bed and breakfast in Toronto was housed in an art gallery.  We had our breakfasts in the downstairs gallery surrounded by the unique art on exhibit. We slept in one of the five clean and minimilastic rooms upstairs each with its own ensuite and decorated with great artwork.

index bed and breakfastThere was even artwork in the stairwells and cat doorway index art galleryaround the front door. 

index art galleryWe discovered to our delight that Holly Lee and Lee Ka-sing the art gallery and bed and breakfast owners were from Hong Kong and had moved to Toronto in 1997. We compared notes about Hong Kong where we also lived for six years. morning index art gallery torontoHolly and Lee bought the Index Art Gallery in 2006 when it was a convenience store and turned it into a popular gallery space and bed and breafast.  

mini art at the index art galleryThere were all kinds of interesting art pieces on display but the gallery specializes in these tiny minature canvases. 

reason to talkAt breakfast we chatted with the set designer of a play orginally produced in Belgium which was just about to open at a Toronto theatre.  The play was the autobiography of a young Iranian woman and we met her one morning too.  Unfortunately their play Reason to Talk was opening after we left Toronto. 

forty poems by lee kasingI found a book called Forty Poems in our room.  It was created by our host Lee and had many photo poems about China and Hong Kong that were fascinating. 

the hero playing with a rubber bandThis one was titled The Hero Playing With a Red Rubber Band

genki room indexOur room was named The Genki which is a Japanese word for friendly and lively.  dave makes toast in art galleryThe Index Art Gallery was in a lively neighbourhood and both our hosts and fellow guests were very friendly. 

We will definitely stay at the Index again on future trips to Toronto. 

Other posts………..

Retirement Advice From New Zealand

Not the Harlem I Expected

Hawaii Two Very Different Weeks

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Watching the Jays Hit One Out of the Park

Yesterday the Toronto Blue Jays scored twelve runs in their game against the Texas Rangers and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion had six RBIs, a home run and two doubles. Encarnacion has been struggling at the plate. What made the difference last night? Could it have been the Driedger contingent in the crowd cheering on the Jays?dave and samWe watched the game with our nephew Sam, our niece Grace, and Grace’s boyfriend Steve. The Jays gave us lots to cheer about especially in their two big innings when they scored 11 of their 12 runs.

grace steve and marylouIn all honesty after the game I had to look up a few facts up about last night’s action at the Rogers Centre because I was so busy visiting with my niece Grace and catching up on what is going in her life that my eyes and mind weren’t always on the game.

rogers centreThere was a good feeling in the building as the crowd cheered their home team on to victory and a good feeling in our section of the stands as we got to spend time with a niece and nephew we don’t get to see very often. 

Other posts………

Driedger Reunion Arizona Spring Training

Watching the Blue Jays Win in Quebec City

Blue Jays and Yankees

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Fun Evening in Toronto

band torontoLast night we went to see our son’s band Royal Canoe perform here in Toronto.  

dinner at terronisWe were joined for dinner before the show by family and friends who live and work in Toronto or just happened to be visiting at the same time we were. 

dave and grace

Dave with our niece Grace

Our niece had chosen an Italian restaurant Terroni’s for supper where we all enjoyed a great meal of pasta or pizza. pizza terronis

marylou and sam

Me and our nephew Sam

Then it was off to the Mod Club where Royal Canoe was performing as part of Canada Music Week. nephews and nieces

It was a fun evening.

royal canoe mod clubThe show was over around 11:30 and Dave and I said good-bye to everyone and walked back to our bed and breakfast which was a couple of kilometers away. It was lovely to stroll through some quaint neighbourhoods in the cool quiet evening.

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A Bike Ride in Toronto

Tasting Toronto

The Berlin Wall in Toronto


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Almost Touching Justin Bieber’s Shoes

bata-shoe-museumThe Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto is one of the most intriguing I have ever visited. You might be wondering just how interesting can shoes be. Check out these shoes we saw.maple-leaf-shoes



Shoe belonging to children’s performer Fred Penner


Tiny shoes worn by Chinese women with bound feet


Size 23 shoe worn by NBA basketball player





Beaded moccasins made by Canadian First Nations woman


Shoes belonging to music star Justin Bieber


I couldn’t touch the shoes.

The next time you are in Toronto check out the Bata Shoe Museum.bata-shoe-museum-2 It’s worth a visit.
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Architecture Asks Questions About Government

A Good Understanding

10,000 Nails


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