Happy 50th Birthday, GO Transit

Today , May 23rd 2017, marks the 50th anniversary of GO Transit commencing operation.  On May 23rd 1967, GO Transit started commuter operation in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with service from Hamilton in the west to Pickering in the east.

As such, Happy Birthday GO Transit!  Here’s to the next 50 years! Continue reading

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Happy Victoria Day

Queen Victoria (State portrait) by Sir George ...

Queen Victoria (State portrait) by Sir George Hayter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, May 22nd 2017, is Victoria Day in Canada.  I want to wish every Canadian a very happy and safe Victoria Day.

Today marks the celebration of the birthday of Canada’s first monarch, Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901 and was Monarch when four British colonies – Canada West (Ontario), Canada East (Quebec), New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia – were combined together to create the Dominion of Canada.

Queen Victoria would see Canada grow rapidly, with the purchase of Rupert’s Land to form the Northwest Territory, as well Manitoba, British Columbia, and Prince Edward Island all joining Confederation.

English: Queen Elizabeth II at Queen's Park

English: Queen Elizabeth II at Queen’s Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since 1957, Victoria Day also marks the official birthday of our current Queen of Canada, Queen Elizabeth II.  This year is a very special official birthday for Her Majesty and our country as Her Majesty turned 90 this year.

So, let’s celebrate two of the most important people in the history of our glorious country.


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Thoughts on Der Rosenkavalier Live in HD

On May 13th 2017, I attended the Metropolitan Opera’s (Met Opera) last Live in HD broadcast for the 2016-2017 season.  The opera was Richard StraussDer Rosenkavalier.

This is a new production directed by Robert Carsen with sets by Paul Steinberg, costumes by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, the lighting directors are Robert Carsen and Peter van Praet, and the choreographer was Phillipe Giraudeau.

The production stars Renée Fleming as the Marschallin, Elīna Garanča as Octavian (aka ‘Der Rosenkavalier’), Erin Morley as Sophie, Matthew Polenzani as the Italian Singer (and doubling as the host of the broadcast), Markus Brück as Faninal, and Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs.  The conductor was Maestro Sabastian Weigle. Continue reading

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2017 NHL Conference Finals

The Stanley Cup.

The National Hockey League (NHL) Conference Finals are now set.

There are now only four teams left playing for the right to play for the Stanley Cup.  Games start on May 12th, 2017.

Let’s look at the match-ups. Continue reading

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A Tale of Contradictions: Louis Riel at the COC

Louis Riel circa 1875

Louis Riel circa 1875 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I attended the May 5th 2017 performance of the Canadian Opera Company‘s (COC) production of Louis Riel.

The production stars Russell Braun as Louis Riel, Simone Osborne as Marguerite Riel, Allyson McHardy as Julie Riel, James Westman as Sir John A. MacDonald, Alain Coulombe as Bishop Taché, and Andrew Love as Dr. Shultz.  The production is directed by Peter Hinton, and conducted by the COC’s Music Director Johannes Debus. Continue reading

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2017 NHL Conference Semi-Finals

The Stanley Cup.

The first round of the 2017 National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs have been completed.  Eight teams have qualified for the second round of the playoffs, the Conference Semi-Finals.

After the first round of the playoffs, I have a record of 4-4 with the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, and St. Louis Blues all winning their first round series.

This round of the playoffs breakdowns as follows: Continue reading

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Happy 91st Birthday, Your Majesty!

Queen Elizabeth’s Statute

I would like to wish Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada a very Happy Birthday.

Today, April 21st, 2016 marks the 91st birthday of Her Majesty.  Here’s to many more years in the future!

God save the Queen!

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