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    Comedy : The SiriusXm Top Comic Auditions in Toronto

    SiriusXm Top Comic Auditions Twenty Nineteen Toronto Yuk Yuks

    Earlier this year, funny people from across Canada were invited to vie for the chance to become 2019's SiriusXm Top Comic, by submitting a link to footage of their best performance. Then, from the hundreds who registered, 60 were brought in for an audition -- 30 in Vancouver and 30 in Toronto.

    There were three nights of auditions in both cities, with ten comics each. Nick and I were invited to be part of the audience for the one held at Yuk Yuk's on Richmond Street last week.

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    Pool with Pals? Billiards with Buddies?

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    Please pardon the corny alliterations in the title, but when writing about a pool hall which was originally called "Rack 'n Whack", I think a little wordplay is acceptable.

    Having opened quite some time ago, in 1997, my memory might be off and I could have the spelling wrong -- it may have been "Raq n Wak", but I'm sure about the implied premise : first you rack them and then you whack them!

    The neighbourhood in which it's located, on Queen Street west, a block west of Bathurst, has changed a lot since they first opened, and so has the place. Their name is now "The Raq" and while they still have seven beautiful pool tables, they've expanded from being primarily a pool hall by adding a dance floor, djs on the weekend, a patio and lots of comfortable seats for lounging.

    I recently wrote (here) about how Nick and I have gotten back into playing pool regularly. It's something we did quite a bit when we first got together nearly 21 years ago, but stopped for one reason or another. One of the places we used to go was, in deed, this one.

    When I mentioned our newly rekindled interest to our friend Andrea, she said she played, too. So, we organized a Saturday Night Pool Party for four at The Raq.

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    Living My Best Life : Great Art in an Old Building

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    Toronto's "Contact Photography Festival" is an impressive month-long event that is now in it's twentieth year. May has been a month filled with opportunities to see a wide range of photographic art, in galleries big and small, all around the city. Not all, but most of the shows are free to see.

    I previously posted about a couple of great shows I attended -- TM Glass at Onsite Gallery and Robert Mapplethorpe at Olga Korper Gallery, and I'm here with more.

    As the month came to an end on Friday, I found myself dashing around the city last week, trying to see as much of the Contact exhibitions as I could, before it ended. I need not have rushed, though, as there are some great shows that went up specifically for the festival, but which will remain on display for some time yet.

    Today, I'd like to tell you about one of those extended-run exhibits, and to show you the beautiful historic building it is hanging within. The show is Carrie Mae Weems - Blending the Blues, and the building is 80 Spadina Avenue.

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    Big News at the AGO and a Party to Celebrate it

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    There are several pieces of exciting news at The Art Gallery of Ontario and last weekend they held a big party, called "AGO All Hours", to celebrate. The mega art event lasted 14 1/2 hours, beginning at 10:30 am on Saturday morning and going right through until 1am on Sunday.

    Attendees of all ages were invited to come to the gallery whenever they wanted to during the party, and were able to enjoy all kinds of special events and art-making opportunities. I was happy to have been invited and my mister, Nick, was glad to join me.

    But first, the news ...

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    Live Music : Imogen Heap at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre

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    I received the gift of a concert ticket from my friend Andrea, as part of my birthday gift last month, and the show happened a week ago Thursday. We saw Imogen Heap at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

    This was the first of two Toronto shows on her Mycelia Tour. Good thing there were two, as the Friday night show was completely sold out.

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