Climax Jazz Band 46th Anniversary Party The Leaside Pub Saturday February 18, 4-7pm THAT'S RIGHT! 46 YEARS! You're all invited to join in celebrating the Climax Jazz Band's 46th anniversary Saturday February 18 at the Leaside Pub. Hope you can join Dr. Charles Wright, clarinet/vocals, 'Smokin' Joe van Rossem trumpet/vocals, 'Jovial' Jacqueline Chia, trombone/vocals, 'Happy' Jack Vincken banjo, 'Awesome ' Jamie Aug drums and 'Captain' Chris Daniels bass/vocals. We'll be playing some of the the tunes from our days n Albert's Hall at Ye Olde Brunswick House back in 1971. Good food and drink specials, impeccable service, friendly old pub atmosphere, happy music. No cover charge. What more could you ask for? See you there. SHORT HISTORY: Here's the griff: Bass player Chris Daniels arrived back in Canada from the U.K. in January 1971 and met up with clarinetist Bob Wright. They had played together in Montreal's Mountain City Jazz Band in the mid-sixties. Chris' bass arrived by CP ship in February and he persuaded Bob and some other musicians to get together for a jam session or two. Advertisement in the Toronto Star: 'Wanted Fun Pub Band, Phone Albert'. Audition at Albert's Hall, Ye Olde Brunswick House for Albert's Nightingale's brother Morris. Although we were deadly serious Morris thought we were very funny.... Offered three nights a week (Thu, Fri Sat. 9pm-1am) $10 each (per night). Started at the end of May 1971. Irish band refused to give up six nights a week and quit. Could we play six nights until a replacement for the Irish band is found? Of course, even though we all had day jobs. What do we call the band? We didn't want to have a leader -- no person's name, so went with the New Orleans tradition of a highfalutin', self-adulatory group name e.g. Apex, Excelsior, Olympia, Phoenix, Hot Shots, Paramount, Rhythm Kings. Drummer Max Littlejohns' band in Birmingham, England was called the Climax and that sounded good enough for us, so there we were. Maurice and Albert never found a replacement, the drinking age was dropped to 18 later that year and Albert's Hall became the most popular (well at least one of the most popular) spots in town. A jug of beer was $1.75. We couldn't all play every night of the week so we booked other individuals to take each of our places for a couple of nights but usually had the regular band members for the weekends. Climax was one of the four bands financially supported ($5,000 total) by the City of Toronto to represent the city at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fair in April 1972. The other three: Jim Galloway's Metro Stompers, Cliff Bastien's Camelia Jazz Band and Downchild Blues Band. In 1973 Climax began Saturday matinées (3-6pm) at Malloney's Studio, ending in 1983 when we went to the Chick'n'Deli until 2015, then on to The Leaside Pub where we continue. In 1974 Climax chartered a DC9 from Air Canada and flew down to New Orleans for the Jazz Festival and continued these until hotel and charter prices became excessive. The 1974 charter cost $220 per person including air fare, hotel and transfers. We met jazz fans from all over the U.S and Europe and were invited to many festivals in North America and Europe. We also began annual jazz cruises. The Climax Jazz Band has made over 30 recordings, appeared on T.V. and radio shows and played for political parties, big and small corporations, charities, weddings, funerals, supermarket openings, circus picnics and our own Trillium Midnight Jazz Cruises. But our favorite gig is always performing in a friendly pub with good food and drink, great servers and all our gran supportive friends joining in the fun. Thanks for cheering us on all these years. You're the best. California Here We Came! Land of The Redwoods, Raisins, Almonds Despite three of us missing the first set because of a plane delay from San Francisco we played 55 different tunes in the six remaining one-hour sets in various locations in the Doubletree by Hilton and Convention Center for our annual performance at the Fresno Dixie Mardi Gras. 'Gentleman' Jim Buchmann joined us on clarinet and saxello. We met him in Sacramento and persuaded him to emigrate to Canada and join Climax in 1976. He stayed in Toronto for some years, married, became a Canadian/U.S. dual citizen, worked for Disney in Florida and went back to the west coast, now living in Vancouver, Washington. Professor Dave Kosmyna cornet teaches at Ohio Northern University in Ada. We first met him and his band Chuck Taylor's Dixie Squid at Chicago airport 15 years ago -- both bands on the way to Sacramento's festival. Dave and Jim have joined Climax on festivals and cruises and award-winnig recordings. Two young newcomers have played festivals and cruises with Climax for the last couple of years: 'Moose Jaw' Tom Richards trombone, graduate of the famous Berklee Music School, Boston, has taken time off from teaching, leads his own Riverrrun Band on piano and is very busy in Toronto. 'Long' Jon Foster, drums, hails from Pickering, has degrees from U. of T. and York U. and has toured Australia, China and Canada with a variety of music groups. Old timer 'Happy' Jack Vincken banjo has been with Climax since 1974 while 'Captain' Chris Daniels double bass, founded the band in February 1971 with Bob Wright clarinet, Ron Sullivan trumpet, Geoff Holmes trombone, Juergen Hesse banjo and Max Littlejohns drums. Climax 46 Years Young Band members over the years Climax Jazz Band got together to rehearse in February 1971, so this is our 46th year -- very hard to believe. We were lucky to get started in May that year at Albert's Hall, upstairs at Ye Olde Brunswick House, six nights a week 9pm-1am. Wonderful times, great memories and here we are in 2017. Arrived back from Britain January 1971, bass player Chris Daniels founded the band along with Bob Wright, clarinet, joined by Ron Sullivan trumpet, Geoff Holmes trombone, Juergen Hesse banjo and Max Littlejohns drums. Shortly after that Bruce Bakewell took over on clarinet, Bob Erwig on cornet and Craig Barrett on drums. Jack Vincken, banjo joined in 1974, Jim Buchmann in 1976 on clarinet/saxello, then Mick Lewis on clarinet and Len Gosling trombone. Later Jamie Aug joined us on drums. Professor Dave Kosmyna, cornet has been with us for 16 years, joining us for festivals and cruises. More recently, Jon Foster joined us on drums and Tom Richards on trombone. The line-up for Fresno will be 'Gentleman' Jim Buchmann, Professor Dave Kosmyna, 'Moose Jaw' Tom Richards, 'Happy' Jack Vincken, 'Long' Jon Foster and 'Captain' Chris Daniels. Climax has performed for political parties of all stripes, business associations and corporations, charities, fashion parades, sporting parades and events, churches, The Don Jail, wineries, breweries, supermarkets, military bases, ocean cruises, festivals all over North America and Europe and Japan. We've performed with Oscar Peterson, Mr. Acker Bilk, Ken Colyer, Humphrey Littelton and many other well-known jazz performers, been on television and radio shows, made over 30 recordings and brought smiles to a miriad of faces. We're very proud of what we've been able to accomplish and grateful for all the support from the friends we've made over the past 46 years. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts. Love you all.
Back In Indiana -- Climax at Elkhart Jazz Festival
JUNE 23-25, 2017 Another fine festival on Climax's calendar -- The Elkhart, Indiana Jazz Festival June 23-25, 2017. We're looking forward to our trip to this very popular festival in Elkhart, halfway between Toledo and Chicago. A lot of fun according to all reports -- god bandsm great atmosphere, super hospitality. For more details see www.elkhartazzfestival.com
A VERY SHORT HISTORY OF THE LEASIDE PUB
The building housing the pub was built as a tea room around 1918, when the aerodrome was bustling with activity. Curtis JEN4's (Jennies) biplanes, previously used to train WW1 pilots, were the popular choice of barnburners offering joyrides to thrill-seekers across North America.
The field was also used by bootleggers to slake Toronto's thirst when booze was banned in the 1910s and 1920s. So it would not be surprising if the Leaside Pub had some skeletons in the closet -- or its deep cellars.
It later became home to an Italian restaurant next to the tea room, separated by the wall down the middle -- now with open arches -- and eventually a fully licensed restaurant and public house.
Since Climax was formed in 1971 we've made over 30 recordings -- LPs, tapes, CDs and DVDs -- rarely repeating tunes. 19 are available for purchase, including a DVD, Canadian Collectors' Congress award winners all the girls go crazy and Toronto To New Orleans and several reissues on CD of LPs and tapes recorded in earlier years:
DVD 035 Live In Arizona ('08)DVD 035 Live In Arizona ('08) (SOLD OUT)
Recorded November 8, 2008 at Arizona Classic Jazz Festival with 7 cameras
Bluebells Goodbye, Girl Of My Dreams, Dreaming The Hours Away, Corrine Corrina, Climax Rag, Si Tu Vois Ma Mere, Black Cat On The Fence, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, Wabash, Weary Blues
Jim Buchmann clarinet/saxello, Dave Kosmyna cornet/vocal, Len Gosling trombone/vocal, Jack Vincken plectrum banjo, Hal Smith drums, Chris Daniels double bass/vocal
CD 030 Gospel Train ('06) -- Old favorites and some surprises
Gospel Train, Closer Walk, What A Friend We Have, Lily Of The Valley, We Sure Do Need Him Now, Just A Little While To Stay, Precious Lord, Higher Ground, Old Rugged Cross, Bye And Bye Lord, Walking With The King, Streets Of The City, Down By The Riverside
Jim Buchmann clarinet/saxello/alto, Dave Kosmyna cornet/piano, Len Gosling trombone.vocs, Jack Vincken plectrum banjo, Hal Smith drums, Chris Daniels double bass/vocals
CD 029 Don't Give Up The Ship ('06) -- Remarkable for its clarity and warmth
Don't Give Up The Ship, Shout 'Em Aunt Tillie, Georgia Grind, African Queen, Summerset, I Used To Love You, Trog's Blues, Liza Jane, Clementine From N. O., Old Fashioned Swing, Harlem Bound
Jim Buchmann clarinet/saxello/alto sax. Dave Kosmyna cornet/piano/vocals, Len Gosling trombone/voc, Jack Vincken plectrum banjo, Jamie Aug drums, Chris Daniels double bass/vocs
CD 028 the best of mick lewis ('05) -- Celebrates Mick's 22 years with Climax
East Coast Trot, Blue Autumn, St. Philip St., Perdido St. Blues, Fish Seller, Mood Indigo, Old Rugged Cross, Petite Fleur, dans les rues d'Antibes, Burgundy St. Blues, Oh Baby, Stranger On The Shore, Wild Cat Blues, Margie, Over The Waves, South Rampart St.
Mick Lewis clarinet/soprano sax, Len Gosling trombone, Jack Vincken plectrum banjo/plectrum guitar, Jamie Aug drums, Chris Daniels double bass, Mick Collins cornet, Bob Erwig cornet, Spiegle Willcox trombone, Kenny Davern clarinet
CD 027 all the girls go crazy ('04) -- Best trad/classic jazz CD award winner 2003
Red Wing, Georgia Camp Meeting, Going Home, Chattanooga Stomp, Creole Love Call, Willie The Weeper, Petite Fleur, Forty And Tight, Mandy Make Up Your Mind, Iko Iko, Magnolia's Wedding Day, Louisian-i-a, New Blues, Tell 'Em About Me, High Society, All The Girls Go Crazy
Jim Buchmann clarinet/saxello, Dave Kosmyna trumpet, Len Gosling trombone/vocals, Jack Vincken plectrum banjo, JamieAug drums, Chris Daniels double bass/vocals
CD 026 direct to disk ('78) -- Limited Edition, 15,000 sold worldwide
Sobbin' Blues, Sweet Like This, Bobby Shafto, Le Vendeur de Poisson, Stevedore Stomp, Chimes Blues, Snake Rag, Salutation March
Jim Buchmann clarinet/saxello, Bob Erwig cornet, Geoff Holmes trombone, Jack Vincken plectrum banjo, Steve Tattersall drums, Chris Daniels double bass
CD 025 Toronto To New Orleans ('01) --Best trad/classic jazz CD award winner 2001
Papa Dip, I'll Be A Friend, Buona Sera, Stranger On The Shore, If You Can't Be Good, Treasure Island, Sporting Life Blues, East Coast Trot, Papa De Da Da, Crazy 'Bout My Baby, Bluebells Goodbye, Samantha, Algiers Strut, Sweet Like This, South Rampart St.
Mick Lewis clarinet/soprano sax, Mick Collins cornet/vocals, Len Gosling trombone/vocal, Jack Vincken plectrum banjo, Jamie Aug drums, Chris Daniels double bass/vocal
CD 024 The Early Years ('73-'75) -- Ken Colyer plays on the last four tracks
Tight Like That, Whistling Rufus, St. James Infirmary, Davenport Blues, Down Home Rag, Ice Cream, Dauphine St. Blues, 1919 March, Swipesey Cakewalk, Perdido St. Blues, Chrysanthemum Rag, Baby Won't You Please Come Home, The Curse Of An Aching Heart, See See Rider, I Can't Escape From You
Ken Colyer trumpet/vocals, Bob Erwig cornet, Bruce Bakewell clarinet, Geoff Holmes trombone/vocal, Juergen Hesse plectrum banjo, Jack Vincken plectrum banjo, Craig Barrett drums, Chris Daniels double bass/vocals
CD 023 Travelling On ('99) -- International favorites for Germany tour
Nybøders Pris, Melancholy, Travelling On, Once In A While, Wildcat Blues, Schlafe Mein Prinschen, Willow Tree, Maple Leaf Rag, Moose March, Marie, In A Persian Market, La Harpe St. Blues, Potato Head Blues, Shine
Mick Lewis clarinet/sop. sax, Mick Collins cornet/vocal, Len Gosling trombone/vocals, Jack Vincken plectrum banjo, Jamie Aug drums, Chris Daniels double bass/vocal
CD 022 Spreading Joy ('98) Great for dancing and listening
Spreading Joy, Flow Gently Sweet Afton, Over The Waves, Higher Ground, Stomp Stomp Stomp, Dark Eyes, Old Comnrades, Sweethearts On Parade, Backwater Blues, The Martinique, The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise, Saturday Night Function, Honky Tonky Town, Sweet As Bear Meat
Mick Lewis clarinet/soprano sax, Roy Green cornet, Len Gosling trombone/vocal, Jack Vincken banjo, Jamie Aug drums, Chris Daniels double bass/vocal
CD 021 Konnichiwa! II ('96)Audience of 12,000 on a Japanese mountain
Weary Blues, Baby Won't You Please Come Home, Basin St. Blues, Panama, Blue Autumn, Down By The Riverside, Just A Closer Walk, Maple Leaf Rag, Yes Sir! That's My Baby, Chimes Blues, Some Of These Days, Precious Lord, After You've Gone, The Saints
Ruby Wilson vocals, Jacques Maassen carillon, Pieter Meijers clarinet/soprano sax, Randy Morris piano/trumpet/banjo, Jack Vincken plectrum banjo, Jamie Aug drums, Chris Daniels double bass/vocal
CD 020 Konnichiwa! Japan ('95) Electric atmosphere with Ruby in Japan
Papa Dip, dans les rues d'Antibes, C. C. Rider, Cakewalkin' Babies, Walk Through The Valley, Dinah, Beale St.. Amazing Grace, Summertime, When I Grow Too Old, Gatemouth, Just A Closer Walk, Dr. Jazz, When The Saints
Ruby Wilson vocals, Jacques Maassen carillon, Pieter Meijers clarinet/soprano sax, Bob Erwig cornet, Len Gosling trombone vocal, Jack Vincken plectrum banjo, Jamie Aug drums, Chris Daniels double bass/vocal
CD 018 Yes Sir! That's My Baby ('96) Great songs -- a very popular CD
Yes Sir! That's My Baby, dans les rues d'Antibes, Poor Man's Blues, Ostrich Walk, It's Just Too Bad, Blue Autumn, Too Busy, I Never Knew What A Gal Could Do, Lastic, Gospel Train, Majella Blues, Bogalusa Strut, Stevedore Stomp
Mick Lewis clarinet/soprano sax, Bob Erwig cornet, Len Gosling trombone/vocals, Jack Vincken plectrum banjo, Jamie Aug drums, Chris Daniels double bass/vocals
CD 017 Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder ('93) -- Nice variety of hot, swinging tunes
Salutation March, Perdido St. Blues, Pretty Boy, Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie, Old Rugged Cross, Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder, Original Charleston Strut, Delia's Gone, Fish Seller, Nobody's Got The Blues, Big Noise From Winetka, Going Home, Panama
Mick Lewis clarinet/soprano sax, Bob Erwig cornet, Len Gosling trombone/vocals, Jack Vincken plectrum banjo, Jamie Aug drums, Chris Daniels double bass/vocals
CD 014 By Request ('88) -- Big favorites of the fans
Hiawatha, Beale St. Blues, When You And I Were Young, Saratoga Swing, Just A Closer Walk, Burgundy St. Blues, Wang Wang Blues, Riverside Blues, Savoy Blues, Nobody Knows You, St. Philip St Breakdown, Snag It, Wolverine Blues
Mick Lewis clarinet/soprano sax, Bob Erwig cornet, Len Gosling trombone/vocal, Jack Vincken plectrum banjo, Jamie Aug drums, Chris Daniels double bass/vocals
AND FROM THE ARCHIVES
CD 040 Talking Pictures ('81) -- Ian Arnott sings Talking Pictures and Nagasaki.
Market Street Stomp, Tell 'Em About Me, Snag It, Go Ghana, Frog-I-More, If I Had A Talking Picture Of You, Schlafe Mein Prinschen, Nagasaki, Dreaming The Hours Away
Ian 'Goldenthroat' Arnott clarinet/vocals, 'Bouncing' Bob Erwig cornet, Len 'Boots" Gosling trombone/vocal,'Happy' Jack Vincken plectrum banjo, 'Squire' Max Littlejohns drums, 'Captain' Chris Daniels double bass/vocal
Revival, Papa De Da Da, Petite Fleur, Merrydown Rag, Oh Didn't He Ramble, The Favorite (Bring On The Band), Precious Lord, Summerset, Sporting Life Blues, Bluebells Goodbye
Jim Buchmann clarinet/saxello, Bob Erwig cornet, Geoff Holmes trombone/vocal, Jack Vincken plectrum banjo, Max Littlejohns drums, Chris Daniels double bass/vocals
CD 038 The Chant ('77) (SOLD OUT)
Produced by Hollywood's Bowman Company -- the company folded before LP issued
The Chant, Georgia Bo Bo, Lord Lord Lord, Big Noise From Winetka, Bienville Blues, Didn't He Ramble, Thriller Rag, Baby Brown, Washington And Lee Swing, Majella Blues, Snake Rag, A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But A Bird
'Gentleman' Jim Buchmann clarinet/saxello, 'Bouncing' Bob Erwig cornet, 'Lightnin' Geoff Holmes trombone/vocal, 'Happy' Jack Vincken plectrum banjo, Stephen 'Taps' Tattersall drums, 'Captain' Chris Daniels double bass/vocals
CD 037 With Graeme Bell ('75)
Australian pianist/band leader with Climax at Malloney's, recorded by Ted O'Reilly
Swanee River, Memphis Blues, Malloney's Boogie, Black And Blue, Tishomingo Blues, I Want A Little Girl, Muskrat Ramble, Granville Street Blues, China Boy, Yellow Dog Blues
Graeme Bell piano, Buce Bakewell clarinet, Bob Erwig cornet, Geoff Holmes trombone, Mike Walmsley banjo/guitar, Al Mayers drums, Jack Vincken double bass
CD 036 The Entertainers ('74)
Canadian Talent Library: Scott Joplin, George Lewis, Olivia Newton John, Ringo
The Entertainer, Everybody Loves My Baby, Let Me Be There, Dauphine Street Blues, Bloor Street Breakdown (Bob Erwig's composition) 1919 March, You're Sixteen, Swipesey Cakewalk, Inspiration, East Coast Trot, Perdido Street Blues, Chrysanthemum Rag
Bruce Bakewell clarinet, Bob Erwig cornet, Geoff Holmes trombone, Juergen Hesse banjo, Craig Barrett drums, Chris Daniels double bass
CD 034 Live At Harbourfront ('77) (SOLD OUT)
Recorded Sunday March 27, 1977 with 850 enthusiastic jazz fans at Harbourfront, Toronto. An extraordinarily happy occasion
Red Wing, Ostrich Walk, Stranger On The Shore, Walk Through The Valley, dans les rues d'Antibes, Hiawatha, Arkansa Blues, Crazy 'Bout My Baby, Les Oignons, Auf Wiedersehen
Jim Buchmann clarinet/saxello/alto, Bob Erwig cornet, Geoff Holmes trombone/vocals, Jack Vincken plectrum banjo, Steve Tattersall drums, Chris Daniels double bass/vocals
CD 033 With Spiegle Willcox ('88) (SOLD OUT)
Spiegle's 85th birthday present to family and friends. Sweet trombone
When I Grow Too Old, Spiegle's Blues, I Want A Girl Just Like The Girl, Lonesome Road, When You're Smiling, Someday Sweetheart, Everybody Loves My Baby, Avalon, Petite Fleur, Way Down Yonder, Margie, After You've Gone, Indiana, I Want A Little Girl
Spiegle Willcox trombone/vocals, Mick Lewis clarinet/soprano sax, Len Gosling trombone, Jack Vincken plectrum banjo, Jamie Aug drums, Chris Daniels double bass
CD 032 With Kenny Davern ('85) (SOLD OUT)
A sunny Sunday April afternoon --the late, great clarinetist in top form
Ole Miss Rag, Oh Baby!, Jeep's Blues, Bobby Shafto, Muskrat Ramble, Mood Indigo, I Want A Little Girl, Big house Blues, Get Out Of Here And Go On Home
Kenny Davern clarinet, Mick Lewis clarinet/soprano/alto sax, Bob Erwig cornet, Len Gosling trombone, Jack Vincken plectrum banjo, Pete McCormick drums, Chris Daniels double bass
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LONELY PLANET CHOOSES CANADA AS NUMBER ONE DESTINATION FOR 2017
VANCOUVER, Oct. 25, 2016 /CNW/ - If you're looking for somewhere exciting to travel next year, look to Canada, Lonely Planet's number one destination for 2017. Each year, the leading travel media company ranks destinations based on the diversity and quality of travel experiences offered. Results are published in the annual Best in Travel series. The 2017 edition, featuring Canada, hits the shelves today.
"We are honoured to have been selected as Lonely Planet's Destination of the Year for 2017," said the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism. "Of course, this recognition doesn't mean our work is done; it should encourage us to keep this momentum building. Our tourism partners from coast to coast to coast are working hard to provide travellers with unique and unforgettable experiences. There is something for everyone here. The year 2017 is also our country's 150th anniversary, and we couldn't think of a better time to invite the world to discover Canada."
"This is exciting!" said David F. Goldstein, Destination Canada's President and CEO, "We can't think of a better time to invite the next generation of travellers to discover Canada."
"Canada is always popular with us," said Lonely Planet's Canada destination editor Alex Howard, "but there's so much happening in 2017 that made it number one. It's the country's biggest birthday party in recent memory with the sesquicentennial next year, and they won't be shy about celebrating. Now is the time to start planning a trip."
As a premiere four season travel destination, there is no shortage of extraordinary experiences for travellers to Canada. Whether you looking to escape into pristine wilderness or explore our vibrant cities, rich in culture and great food, we have something for everyone.
Over 14 million international visitors chose to explore Canada between January and August 2016, including a record breaking 2.5 million overseas arrivals last summer.
'World's best city to live in' -- Economist Intelligence Unit Safe Cities Index 2015
'World's most Livable city' -- Metropolis Magazine 2015
Two more reasons to toot Toronto's horn. Safest: Toronto's crime rate is the lowest in North America. Livability: Toronto is the most livable city: amenities, housing, walkability, housing and preservation and the general pleasure of living here:
Some more reasons
America's 4th Largest City:In 2012 Toronto's population of 2,791,140 edged passed Chicago to become the fourth largest city in North America after Mexico City, New York and Los Angeles.
Greater Toronto Area (GTA): Almost one in five Canadians (6,054,191) live in the GTA, which accounted for 72% of the province of Ontario's population growth from 2006 to 2011.
Multicultural, Safe City. Toronto is one of the world's most multicultural cities and is rated the safest large metropolitan area in North America by Places Rated Almanac. Over 140 languages and dialects are spoken and just over 30 per cent of Toronto residents speak a language other than English or French at home. Half of Toronto's residents were born outside Canada. The top five visible minority groups are South Asian and Chinese (300,000+), Black (200,000+), Filipino (100,000+) and Latin American (70,000+). The top mother tongue languages are Chinese, Italian, Punjab, Tagalog/Filipino and Portuguese.
Downtown Growth:Population growth in Toronto's downtown core more than tripled between 2006 and 2011 (from 4.6% to 16.2%). Suburban population growth dropped from 18.6% to 13%. Nearly half of the downtown population is 20-39 years old, compared to 25.8 per cent across the GTA suburbs. The median age in the city core has dropped to the mid-thirties.
Public Transit. Over 1.8 million travel by public transit every weekday.
Toronto is one of the best places to live in the world. As in 2012 Toronto ranked 4th on the Economist Intelligence Unit's '2013 Liveability Ranking' of 140 global cities. The ranking measures stability, healthcare, education, culture and environment, and security.
Toronto is one of the top 10 economically competitive cities around the globe. On the Economist list of cities likely to remain highly competitive to the year 2015, Toronto was #10 out of 120 in 2013.
On the Board of Trade Scorecard on Prosperitythe Toronto region placed 4th out of 12 North American metros on the measure of human capital -- aspects of the population and labour force such as unemployment rates, gender income ratios, health and safety and education.
Toronto is one of the least expensive of North America's 30 big metropolises to do business.
The 91 high rises (over 10 floors) under construction in January 2014 in Toronto was second only to New York in the whole of North America.
Toronto Region hotels booked more than 9 million room-nights in 2012, the second year in a row.
The City of Toronto's Operating Budget for 2014 is $9.6 billion.More than two thirds of Toronto's 2014-2023 $18.6 billion capital budget will be spent on transit and transportation.
Arts and Entertainment: Toronto boasts a vibrant arts and entertainment scene, with a multitude of easily accessible venues downtown. See overleaf for further details.
Toronto -- a terrific place to live, work and play. Come up and see us!
Places, Events, Eats, Jazz
Toronto's Lively Downtown
Interesting places: CN Tower, Aquarium, Skydome, Harbourfront, Casa Loma, University of Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Art Gallery, Ontario Science Centre, Children's Museum, Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto Zoo, Toronto Islands by ferry, Fort York, Toronto Eaton Centre, Yorkville, Queen Street, Kensington Market, St. Lawrence Market, The Distillery District, The Subway system. Nearby Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and wineries, Algonquin Provincial Park, Rouge Valley, site of a new urban provincial park.
Events: Toronto International Film Festival, one of the world's top five, Gay Festival and Parade, one of the world's biggest, Caribana Festival, biggest in North America, Toronto Jazz Festival, Luminato Arts Festival, Caravan, plus numerous ethnic summer festivals including Greek, Italian, Chinese, Indian, Filipino, Pakistani at the Waterfront, Nathan Phillips Square, North York and Mississauga.
Sports; Toronto Bluejays, American League East Champions and Toronto Argonauts at the Skydome, Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto Football Club (soccer) at BMO Field. Canada hosted the World Women's Soccer Championship June 6-July 5 and Toronto hosted the The Pan Am Games July 10-26 and the Parapan Am Games August 7-15.
The Arts: Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada at the Centre For The Performing Arts,, Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall, pop concerts at Massey Hall and Air Canada Centre, Tafelmusik (ancient music), Opera Atelier (operas as originally performed), Canadian Stage Theatre (contemporary plays), Design Museum, numerous art galleries. Nearby the Niagara-on-the-Lake Shaw Theatre Festival and the Stratford (Shakespeare) Festival.
Shows: Canadian National Exhibition and Air Show, Royal Agricultural Fair, Construct Canada, Auto Show, Motor Cycle Show, Boat Show, Cirque du Soleil. Musicals at The Princess of Wales (Lion King), Royal Alexandria Theatre and many other theatres, Buddies In Bad Times (contemporary theatre).
Now You Has Jazz: Toronto has a flourishing jazz scene with lots of concerts and clubs to choose from and its own Jazz FM 91.1 radio station. The Rex Hotel has two jazz shows every weekday, starting at 6.30pm, three on Friday and from noon four on Saturday and Sunday, featuring a variety of styles, from blues to traditional to big band to modern jazz. Grossman's Tavern has jazz and blues every night as well as matinées Saturday and Sunday. The Climax Jazz plays every Saturday 4-7pm at alleycatz, 2409 Yonge Street. Many other smaller clubs feature jazz, including the Swing Dance clubs which are springing up all over the city.
Delectable Dining: With so many different nationalities making Toronto their home it's no surprise to find a huge variety of fine places, from the more sophisticated haute cuisine of the expensive restaurants to places where the locals go to eat -- British pubs, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Italian, Greek, Hungarian, German, French, Spanish and many more.
Friendly, polite Toronto: The city is called 'Toronto the Good' and is known for its friendly people. Many of the new immigrants come from less tolerant societies and are delighted to be welcomed, to work and live in our multi-ethnic community. Visitors remark on the easy-going atmosphere in Toronto, where people mingle naturally and walking down any street you can hear a multitude of languages. It's not all perfect of course -- there's quite a lot of homelessness and poverty, but compared to most other places it's pretty good. Come and have a look and listen.