Billy Bulletin July 21-27: Quebec City Fears, New York Cheers, Trudeau Appears

The Billy Bulletin appears every Thursday with news about travel and the cities we cover, to help our readers and passengers navigate the week ahead.

Here’s what awaits you in Billy-land this week …


If you’re looking for the old Country Bluegrass station at the familiar frequency of 103.5 FM, it has moved. The band is now taken by the radio arm of Sputnik, a media outlet supported by the Russian government – and is widely believed to be viewed as a propaganda tool by its patron. (All we hear is radio pravda?)

Mindia Gavasheli, the editor in chief of Sputnik U.S., told dcist: “If you’ve heard anything about Sputnik, it’s that these are the nefarious people who hacked our election and imposed Donald Trump on us,” says Gavasheli. “The only way to disprove it is to make them listen to it.”

(“Make them”?)

If you’re in DC and looking for that bluegrass station it’s now way down the dial at 88.5 FM.


Will a former strip club change the way Torontonians see their city’s geography? The new-and-gradually-opening Broadview Hotel promises to reveal the east side of Toronto to new audiences – travellers and locals alike. As we’ve noted before, boutique hotels play an outsize role in the cultural life of this particular city; we’ll wait and see whether the Broadview can poach some energy from the dominant west side and move it to the lesser-known reaches east of the Don River.

We attended a recent media preview that showed off some parts of the boutique property, including a spacious restaurant-bar on the seventh floor, with a terrace providing a stunning view of Toronto from the east; plus a posh-rustic private dining room at the top of the tower; and a comfortable, bright lobby bar (pictured below). Stay tuned for more!

The lobby bar at the Broadview Hotel

New York

A Toronto repertory theatre company introduced itself to the exacting audiences of New York for a special month of performances, and guess what – they liked it! As the CBC reports, Soulpepper has won strong reviews for a trio of productions taken south, including Kim’s Convenience (which was also developed into a Canadian TV sitcom). A rave from The New York Times’s Ben Brantley is an especially notable coup for Soulpepper, which normally does its thing in Toronto’s Distillery District and is led by well-known actor Albert Schultz.

Jean Yoon and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee performing in Kim’s Convenience in 2012.

Meanwhile, three new dates have been announced for sleepover nights at the American Museum of Natural History. Don’t let the kids find out unless you’ve already scored a ticket.

And for Game of Thrones fans with an appetite, White Gold Butchers will host a theme dinner and screening each Sunday night during the current (seventh) season. Yes, it’s called “Dinner is Coming.” Make a reservation here.

Definitely leave if someone starts locking the doors


It’s Pride weekend in Atlantic Canada’s biggest city: The parade takes place Saturday July 22 – info here – and guess who is showing up to take part in the celebrations (or perhaps steal the show)? Hint: He might wear rainbow socks.

Quebec City

In Quebec, contentious pieces of history are always waiting below the surface, ready to explode if provoked. And we are not being figurative in the case of a Seven Years’ War-era cannonball that construction workers discovered while excavating an area of the old city. The Guardian explains: “The shell is believed to have been fired by British gun batteries located in Lévis, which sits opposite Quebec City on the south shore of the St Lawrence river. The battle … saw the British defeat the French to take control of Quebec City, paving the way for the end of French rule in what is now Canada.”

Even after all that time, it could contain active gunpowder. How do you say “kaboom” in French?

Billy Bulletin July 21-27: Quebec City Fears, New York Cheers, Trudeau Appears
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