Toronto Storytelling Festival 2014March 21-28: WaterDocs Film Festival

The Water Docs Film Festival grows by leaps and bounds at the Art Gallery of Ontario each March. The Festival 2014 includes The Water Journey Forum, and a Symposium exploring how documentary storytelling can spur real action. The Water Docs Young Filmmakers Competition will also be introduced this year. 

Each screening event will be a themed learning experience featuring high-impact films, audience discussion with filmmaker(s), and connections to real action programs attendees can join on the spot.

 

March 28-April 6: Toronto Storytelling Festival

The Toronto Storytelling Festival is one ofNorth America's biggest urban storytelling celebrations. In 2014, the festival features Richard Wagamese, Hollis "Chalkdust"Liverpool, Anita Best, Ron Evans, Tololwa Mollel, Hugh Lupton, and many other fine storytellers. There is also a special stage showcasing tellers fromRegentPark. The first weekend of the festival takes place in venues all aroundToronto, including seven branches of Toronto Public Library, Japan Foundation,BataShoeMuseum, and the Gladstone Hotel. The second weekend of the festival takes place at Daniels Spectrum, in the heart ofRegentPark. Kids come free to all storytelling programs. The festival is a feast of spoken words and imagination. 

 

To May 11: From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru

The fascinating life of Ichimaru (1906-1997), one of the most famous geishas of the 20th century, is told through this collection of her magnificent kimonos and other personal effects. In the 1930s, Ichimaru left geishahood to pursue an illustrious career as a recording artist, but even as a diva, she continued to perform in full geisha regalia. Combining her experience as a geisha with an extraordinary talent as a vocalist and musician, she would become a unique figure in the social history of modernJapan.

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March Toronto Market ReportFebruary's real estate market was characterized by two different market trends: one for condos, and one for low-rise family homes, according to the most recent TREB data.

On the condominium side: resale condos - that is, condos that have had at least one previous owner, as opposed to new-build condos purchased directly from the developer or off-plan - were the primary driver of February's year-over-year 2.1% uptick in sales numbers overall. Condo sales in total were up 12.5% year over year, with sales in the 416 up by nearly 20%. Condo listings were also significantly higher, which suggests that there's both an increased demand for, and an increased choice of, condos on the market.

On the low-rise side: sales are still fairly limited, in large part due to a significantly constrained inventory. In short: fewer homes are selling because fewer homes are for sale. This is a great situation for sellers, though, who are achieving record sales prices for their homes, particularly in highly desirable neighbourhoods. Bidding wars are becoming increasingly common - and more Canadians are willing to enter a bidding war in order to secure the home of their dreams.

“While the strong price growth experienced over the last year should prompt an improvement in the supply of listings, sellers’ market conditions will continue to prevail this year. Home prices, on average, will trend upwards at a pace well-above the rate of inflation. The impact of strong price growth on affordability will be mitigated by low borrowing costs,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

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