Monday, June 26, 2006

Save the Revue

Photo by Sean Rasmussen

I'm very sad that the Revue cinema is planning to close at the end of this month. I didn't use it as often as I wanted to, but I always loved that a great old theatre was just a short walk away. However, there is a glimmer of hope! Visit the site to find out what you might be able to do to help keep the theatre open.

Friday, June 16, 2006


I was on Ebay recently when I spotted this glimpse of the Sunnyside of days gone by.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Palais letdown

So we went to check out the much talked about renovated Palais Royale, as part of Doors Open Toronto last weekend. It was the first time I had ever crossed the threshold, and I have to say it was a bit of a let down. Don't get me wrong - they've done a lovely job of fixing the place up, but in some ways it was missing a lot of the character that I was hoping to find. I guess I expected that it would just be oozing these great vibes of days gone by, and instead it felt like any other big event hall - all tasteful neutral walls and carpeting. I suppose the important thing though is that it will be back in operation - it'll just take a few years to wear off the shiny newness. You can read my December 2002 ParkdaleLiberty article about the Palais here.

They did have some cool old photos and such on display, and I managed to snap a picture of this:

Canada's very own King of Swing.

Welcome back, dear Pally. We've missed you.

Speculative Strings

Parkdale artist extraordinaire Iner Souster (the other ParkdAlien) is having a new show at the Cameron House for the month of June, with an opening party on the 7th. Check out his blog for more details and lots of photos.