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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • The Big Picture shares photos of the South Sudanese refugee exodus into Uganda.
  • blogTO shares an ad for a condo rental on Dovercourt Road near me, only $1800 a month.
  • Centauri Dreams reports on the idea of using waste heat to detect extraterrestrial civilizations.
  • Crooked Timber uses the paradigm of Jane Jacobs’ challenge to expert in the context of Brexit.
  • The LRB Blog reports on the fishers of Senegal and their involvement in that country’s history of emigration.
  • The Planetary Society Blog shares an image comparing Saturn’s smaller moons.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy comes out in support of taking down Confederate monuments.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Chechens are coming out ahead of Daghestanis in the North Caucasus’ religious hierarchies, and argues that Putin cannot risk letting Ukraine become a model for Russia.
  • Arnold Zwicky looks at various bowdlerizations of Philip Larkin’s famous quote about what parents do to their children.

[URBAN NOTE] “Matador might never reopen as venue operators grow tired of endless fight for music”

The Toronto Star‘s Ben Rayner describes how city regulations and neighbourhood opposition may end plans to reopen the Matador Club, a renowned old Toronto music venue. I’m not surprised, sadly: College and Dovercourt is a perfect neighbourhood for condos.

The fabled Matador Club at the corner of College St. and Dovercourt Rd. has stood empty for 10 years now, seven of those in the hands of new owners who’ve long hoped to restore the 101-year-old space to its original glory as a revamped, remodelled live venue and community event space dubbed the Matador Ballroom.

Now, when Toronto’s music scene is agonizing over a spate of recent venue closures — last week, Bloor West café the Holy Oak announced it will be shuttering by March, joining a list that already includes the beloved Silver Dollar, the Hoxton, Hugh’s Room, Tattoo, the Hideout, and the Central — the Matador risks becoming the next casualty. Again.

When it finally got its liquor licence at this time last year despite staunch opposition from some very vocal and well-organized objectors in the surrounding neighbourhood who remember the room as the city’s most infamous after-hours boozecan, many observers assumed that it would reopen eventually. This is, after all, a historic venue in a self-professed “music city,” a space where the signatures of storied past performers such as Leonard Cohen and Stompin’ Tom Connors adorn a dressing-room wall that was almost bulldozed into a city parking lot.

Not so. The Matador remains ensnared in a nightmare of neighbourhood opposition and zoning and permit issues, and its would-be rescuer, Paul McCaughey — who purchased the building with his brother in 2010 — is growing weary.

“When you say the Matador will eventually get opened . . . there is no ‘eventually’ any longer,” he says, frankly. “The Matador will be the next headline if we do not get serious movement within the next two months.

“I will sell it to a condo developer and they will have a Shoppers Drug Mart in the bottom of it, OK?”

Written by Randy McDonald

February 14, 2017 at 9:00 pm

[PHOTO] Leaves of autumn, Dovercourt above Dupont

Leaves of autumn, Dovercourt above Dupont

The only lasting change that has occurred in the environment around me since I took this photo, on the 28th of November, is that the leaves have fallen and things have gotten slightly colder. The little snow we got has not endured.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 8, 2017 at 12:30 pm

[PHOTO] Red leaves in the wind, Dovercourt Road

Red leaves in the wind #toronto #dovercourtvillage #dovercourtroad #autumn #fall #red #leaves

Written by Randy McDonald

November 10, 2016 at 10:51 am

[PHOTO] Orange mums on a cloudy morning, Dovercourt Village

Orange mums on a cloudy morning #toronto #dovercourtvillage #orange #mums #warmth #saturation

This photo is one of the few where I’ve made extensive use of Instagram’s filters, maxxing out warmth and saturation. The vivid orange of these mums outside a Dovercourt Village convenience store just did not survive the ambient light conditions of a cloudy grey morning. They still did not, but this way I got something that was at least eye-catching.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 19, 2016 at 8:59 am

[PHOTO] Abandoned plush, Dovercourt at Hallam

Abandoned plush, Dovercourt at Hallam #toronto #dovercourtvillage #dovercourtroad #hallamstreet #abandoned #plush

Written by Randy McDonald

September 23, 2016 at 10:59 am

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • Beyond the Beyond links to an exhibition of art by a Brazilian inspired by War of the Worlds.
  • blogTO shares photos of Vaughan’s new library.
  • Centauri Dreams reports on the difficulty of reaching Proxima b.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze reports on KS-39b, a hot Jupiter orbiting a subgiant.
  • False Steps reports on a proposed late Soviet space shuttle.
  • Inkfish notes a study suggesting that cuttlefish can count to five.
  • Language Hat reports on efforts to revive indigenous languages in Australia.
  • Language Log shares a sign in New York that combines Latin and Chinese scripts.
  • The Map Room Blog notes a Korean movie about a mid-19th century mapmaker.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer wonders what the Trump meeting with Mexico’s president was about, and is unimpressed by Jill Stein.
  • Savage Minds sparks a discussion among its readers about what moment made them an activist for equality.
  • Torontoist reports on how the Great Hall was saved.
  • Understanding Society looks at a cutting-edge sociology anthology from 2008.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy reports on the decision of an American court to allow a Muslim convert to Christianity to file a civil suit with a pseudonym.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at Russia-Ukraine tensions, and wonders about the consequences of Karimov’s death of Karakalpakstan and Uzbekistan generally.