Scott was at a media lawyers conference in Toronto from November 5 & 6. I had CPO tickets to see Jon Kimura Parker on November 5, so Scott left Thursday morning, while I flew out after the concert taking the red eye which left at 10 minutes past midnight Thursday night or Friday morning to be accurate. I arrived in Toronto just before 6 a.m..
I had two days of culture indulgence.
I went to the Canadian Opera Company performance of Aida Friday night while Scott was at his conference dinner. My seat was not the best for balanced sound but gave me a good view of the orchestra.
The opera is set in ancient Egypt but this production was performed in modern dress. I liked the two main females; not quite as impressed with the tenor lead.
I also went to the Art Gallery of Ontario:
The weather was cool but the sun was shining so it was a nice walk from the hotel, through the University of Toronto campus area, past what looked like houses occupied by students to the AGO.
the new addition by Frank Gehry
Rubens – photos not permitted but no one was around so I took this one. This area of the permanent collection was practically empty.
Galleria Italia, named after the Italian Canadian families who donated millions towards the addition
view from the back of the AGO
After Scott finished work stuff on Saturday, we went to the Royal Ontario Museum which was just across the road from the hotel and also has a new expansion designed by Daniel Libeskind.
looking from the west
view from the east side
We went to see the Terra Cotta Warriors from China exhibit which was quite educational since I know practically nothing about Chinese history.
Scott also wanted to look at the gems and minerals.
We went to C5, the restaurant at the ROM. Started at the lounge.
Chihuly-like glass by Jeff Goodman
The restaurant is in the new expansion with unusual angles to the room.
view looking south
vegetable sharing platter
rabbit and foie gras
We left Sunday morning and I was back home after being away less than 60 hours.