A Bit More Detail

Assorted Personal Notations, Essays, and Other Jottings

[PHOTO] Two skylines of Toronto seen from the Entertainment District

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There are great vistas visible in the Entertainment District, whether one is looking east from the Scotiabank Theatre or south from a parking lot on Richmond Street.

Looking east #toronto #skyline #scotiabanktheatre #downtowntoronto

View south, from a parking lot on Richmond east of John #toronto #entertainmentdistrict #cntower #skyline #richmondstreet #parkinglot

Written by Randy McDonald

May 21, 2019 at 11:00 am

[PHOTO] 175 Bloor Street at night

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175 Bloor Street at night #toronto #bloorstrerteast #night #gallery #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

May 20, 2019 at 12:00 pm

[PHOTO] Magnolia flowers of Dovercourt Road

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Magnolia flowers of Dovercourt Road #toronto #dovercourtvillage #dovercourtroad #flowers #spring.#magnolia

Written by Randy McDonald

May 19, 2019 at 11:30 am

[PHOTO] Six photos of moments at Dufferin on Queen, looking north

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Last night at 11 o’clock, I found myself on Dufferin at Queen, waiting for the northbound 29 Dufferin to come. The quiet perfect of the intersection at night, marked only by the occasional car, spoke to me.

Moments at Dufferin on Queen, looking north (1) #toronto #parkdale #dufferinstreet #queenstreetwest #intersection #night #traffic

Moments at Dufferin on Queen, looking north (2) #toronto #parkdale #dufferinstreet #queenstreetwest #intersection #night #traffic

Moments at Dufferin on Queen, looking north (3) #toronto #parkdale #dufferinstreet #queenstreetwest #intersection #night #traffic

Moments at Dufferin on Queen, looking north (4) #toronto #parkdale #dufferinstreet #queenstreetwest #intersection #night #traffic

Moments at Dufferin on Queen, looking north (5) #toronto #parkdale #dufferinstreet #queenstreetwest #intersection #night #traffic

Moments at Dufferin on Queen, looking north (6) #toronto #parkdale #dufferinstreet #queenstreetwest #intersection #night #traffic

Written by Randy McDonald

May 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm

[PHOTO] Abandoned phone booth, Dundas west of Sorauren

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Abandoned phone booth, Dundas west of Sorauren #toronto #roncesvalles #dundasstreetwest #abandoned #payphones

Written by Randy McDonald

May 16, 2019 at 8:45 am

[NEWS] Ten LGBTQ links: crime, Toronto, Montréal, HIV/AIDS, in memoriam, education, sports, camp

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  • Leo Mantha, the last man executed in British Columbia in 1959, was executing for killing his estranged lover. Was homophobia the cause of what was, even then, a unique lack of mercy? Global News considers.
  • Brian D. Johnson at MacLean’s, reviewing Killing Patient Zero, notes how the openness of Gaëtan Dugas about his sexual past was one feature that led him to be unfairly branded Patient Zero, cause of the HIV/AIDS crisis.
  • This invaluable Justin Ling AMA at reddit’s unresolvedmysteries about the Church-Wellesley serial killings, besides exposing the accidents that led police not following up on reports, highlights a historic worldwide pattern of rage-filled killing sprees against queer people.
  • Shaun Brodie at NOW Toronto pays tribute to the late, great writer Wayson Choy.
  • CTV News reports that the Québec National Assembly has extended official recognition of the historic importance of the Village gay of Montréal.
  • Phys.org links to a study suggesting that countries which extend civil rights to LGBTQ people experience higher economic growth as a result.
  • Peter Mendelsohn at Daily Xtra looks at homophobia in Canadian hockey, a factor that deters many queer people from playing the sport. Can it be easily dealt with?
  • Erica Lenti at Daily Xtra has a fantastic article looking at how gay-straight alliances at schools help young people learn how to be queer in a safe environment, providing them with the socialization they do not get elsewhere.
  • This lovely essay by wedding photographer Dana Koster at them explores, in general and in a specific example, the miracle and joys of legal same-sex marriage.
  • Elio Iannacci at Daily Xtra writes, in the wake of the Met gala, about the specifically queer nature of camp.

[PHOTO] Nine photos of Robert Mapplethorpe’s The Outsiders and the Olga Korper Gallery

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I went this afternoon to the Olga Korper Gallery, in a long-converted industrial space on Morrow Avenue in Roncesvalles just off Dundas Street West, to catch “The Outsiders”, an exhibit of several dozen photographic works of Robert Mapplethorpe selected from the perspective of exploring Mapplethorpe’s take on gender. The selection was acute; my friend and I had a great time talking about the perspectives Mapplethorpe represented in his works, the gazes that were exchanged or not and the items selected. The space, too, is gorgeous, a wonderful sort of post-industrial temple to the arts. I definitely recommend going to see this show while it is running, up to the 2nd of June.

Olga Korper Gallery (1) #toronto #roncesvalles #olgakorpergallery #robertmapplethorpe #theoutsiders #architecture #loft

Detail, Patti Smith (1868), 1988 #toronto #roncesvalles #olgakorpergallery #robertmapplethorpe #theoutsiders #pattismith//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Olga Korper Gallery (2) #toronto #roncesvalles #olgakorpergallery #robertmapplethorpe #theoutsiders #architecture #loft

Olga Korper Gallery (3) #toronto #roncesvalles #olgakorpergallery #robertmapplethorpe #theoutsiders #architecture #loft

Detail, Terry Beans (412), 1980 #toronto #roncesvalles #olgakorpergallery #robertmapplethorpe #theoutsiders #terrybeans

Detail, Cookie Mueller (63), 1978 #toronto #roncesvalles #olgakorpergallery #robertmapplethorpe #theoutsiders #cookiemueller

Detail, Lisa Lyon (479), 1980 #toronto #roncesvalles #olgakorpergallery #robertmapplethorpe #theoutsiders #lisalyon

Detail, Claudia Sommers (402), 1980 #toronto #roncesvalles #olgakorpergallery #robertmapplethorpe #theoutsiders #claudiasommers

Olga Korper Gallery (4) #toronto #roncesvalles #olgakorpergallery #robertmapplethorpe #theoutsiders #architecture