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#1 gabpower

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 10:54 AM

Hi RUSH fans!

I'm a longtime RUSH fan too and it's my first post here.

I'll be going to Toronto in three weeks and I wonder if there's any RUSH attractions to visit while I'm there like maybe the place on the cover of Moving Pictures or Lakeside Park if that place is still there...

Anyone can contribute to make this trip of mine even better? Thanks!

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 11:14 AM

The Parliment Building
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Massey Hall
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Danforth & Pape streets
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CN Tower
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Looking Southwest from the CN Tower
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Looking below the CN Tower
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Another look below the CN Tower
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Toronto Buildings
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Brass Rail (it's got nothin' on the clubs in Montreal)
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Toronto Hemp Co.
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Sam The Record Man...gone, but not forgotten
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pizza pizza
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Piece of pepperoni pizza pizza and a Pepsi
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Downtown
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Younge & Queens St. W.
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Electric streetcars
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If you're driving, make sure to stop here and bring some home.....
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Posted 06 July 2010 - 11:21 AM

Where is that and what's the name of the place in the first picture?

Can you also tell me what is the second picture? I don't get the Rush reference.

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 11:24 AM

QUOTE (gabpower @ Jul 6 2010, 11:21 AM)
Where is that and what's the name of the place in the first picture?

Can you also tell me what is the second picture? I don't get the Rush reference.

The first is the Ontario Legislature at Queen's Park.

The second is Massey Hall, where ATWAS was recorded.  

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 11:28 AM

Also, go visit Willowdale.  There's a drum store there called Just Drums. Nothing Neil or Rush related, but still, kinda nice coincidence.  

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 11:38 AM

If you want to go for a drive, hit up Port Dalhousie. That is the place that Neil is talking about in Lakeside Park, but it's about an hour and a half out of Toronto. Beautiful little place, though. I go there all the time.

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 12:17 PM

Have never been there, but there has to be an innersection called "Danforth and Pape" (2 streets).

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 12:43 PM

When Wendy and I travelled there for the R30 Tour we hit The Orbit Room after the show.

Lifeson owns half of the joint and it was a fun place to hang out and drink some beers with a ton of Rush fans.

I think it's on College.

Also check the Blue Jays schedule.  We were lucky to catch a Red Sox Blue Jays game the next day.  Skydome was awesome.  Blue Jays beat Pedro Martinez that night, it was awesome!

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 01:06 PM

Orbit Room IS on College, and worth a visit. As mentioned before, the Ontario Legislature in Queen's Park Circle (university/Wellesley) for Moving Pictures. Can't recall the street Massey Hall is on, but it's easy to find.

Maple Leaf Gardens, where Rush played MANY shows is on Carlton Street.

Pape and Danforth is interesting to see at Rush hour (pun intended) or on a Friday or Saturday night. I used to live two blocks from there.

IIRC the boys went to Newtonbrook High School in willowdale, their public school is also mentioned in the DVD and is in the same hood.

If you go to St. Catharines, they have flags up on the main streets with pix of notable people from the area. There's at least one of Neil up.

Port Dalhousie and Lakeside Park are interesting places and well worth seeing (PD on a summer afternoon... patios, good food!)...

I don't think the Gas Works is still around, sad.gif, but the boys did lots of bars on Yonge, which is always worth a visit.

Lamouroux High School is on Warden Ave., north of Sheppard Ave, IIRC and that's where Subdivisions was filmed. You'll recognize it from the vid immediately.


TO has LOTS to offer. you'll enjoy it.

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 01:07 PM

I had the pleasure to go to the Niagara region with my girlfriend who has her sister living in St-Catharines, how convenient ! We went summer 2008 and 2009.

I checked for the most easy-to-find Neil Peart related places without looking for the "neil peart tour" or knocking on anyone's door but trough friends I met a person who went to school with him (who was actually kind of knowing him then, but lost him since) and it was a very interesting connection.

I suppose everyone from that generation in St-Catharines can make up stories to spice conversations but he produced  his yearbook from school with the pic of Neil Peart few pages past from his personal picture.

It's a beautiful place and a wonderful region to visit, with Niagara Falls and all that 15 minutes away...

Here is a little photo album for you to see I hope you'll like it :

http://s772.photobucket.com/albums/yy9/Ala...ie%202008-2009/



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Posted 06 July 2010 - 01:22 PM

Good Pics MrKrinkle ! Thank you. Would love to visit Toronto more , last time we went to the CN Tower only and got off to St-Catherines. I take the same type of cloud pix all the time too, must be the Jacob's Ladder connection.

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 01:27 PM

I say skip the Orbit Room. It's really not that great.

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 01:40 PM

I live there... if you have questions about Toronto feel free to PM me.

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Oh and the Orbit Room is kick ass! Especially Thurs-Sat nights.  

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 01:40 PM

I'm going to Toronto tomorrow (in Detroit for a Tigers game right now), and I want to see a few things. I don't have much time in Toronto so I can't see a lot... but I'll definitely be able to see the Ontario Legislative Building, Massey Hall, and take a ride down Yonge Street. (On Thursday I'll be able to visit Lakeside Park, so that's another Rush site.)

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 01:41 PM

I'm shocked that I'm the first one to post this link, but here ya go...

A Rush Fan's Guide to Toronto

There's also This one now, but it covers the same stuff.



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Have never been there, but there has to be an innersection called "Danforth and Pape" (2 streets).


You're right!  There is!  It's where they got the title for that part of "La Villa" from!  

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 02:44 PM

For good sushi go to Sushi Sky on Yonge St.



Geddy Lee may or may not have eaten there.

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 03:02 PM

QUOTE (LERXST69 @ Jul 6 2010, 11:17 AM)
Have never been there, but there has to be an innersection called "Danforth and Pape" (2 streets).

Yup, it's actually where one of my fave Greek Restaurants is "The Palace"  Geddy can be frequently spotted on a Saturday night on the Danforth enjoying all it has to offer.  

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 04:05 PM

QUOTE (AlainC @ Jul 6 2010, 01:22 PM)
Good Pics MrKrinkle ! Thank you. Would love to visit Toronto more , last time we went to the CN Tower only and got off to St-Catherines. I take the same type of cloud pix all the time too, must be the Jacob's Ladder connection.

You're very welcome.

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The photos were taken in 1997 and 2007.






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Posted 06 July 2010 - 04:20 PM

QUOTE (Mr. Krinkle @ Jul 6 2010, 03:05 PM)
QUOTE (AlainC @ Jul 6 2010, 01:22 PM)
Good Pics MrKrinkle ! Thank you. Would love to visit Toronto more , last time we went to the CN Tower only and got off to St-Catherines. I take the same type of cloud pix all the time too, must be the Jacob's Ladder connection.

You're very welcome.

I added some photos.
Scroll back down.

The photos were taken in 1997 and 2007.

Ya quite a few things you posted aren't there anymore or have changed their appearance.

Nice pics tho.

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 05:10 PM

A trip to Toronto would not be complete without a visit to the CN Tower, where I'm sure Alex Lifeson has been countless times.




Be sure to jump up and down on the glass floor like everyone else seems to do.




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