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[CAT] “For Monty”, on Croft Street

"For Monty"

This touching Croft Street mural and poem remembers neighbourhood cat Monty.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 20, 2017 at 8:06 pm

[PHOTO] Fourteen photos of the laneway murals of Harbord Village

One special highlight Jane’s Walk tour of the eastern side of Harbord Village was the abundance of street art–often bright in colour, sometimes quite ingenious, never unattractive–on the garages and walls of the back alleys of the neighbourhood.

David French Lane, named after the late Canadian playwright, had its fair share.




Croft Street is particularly rich in this density.












Written by Randy McDonald

May 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm

[PHOTO] Fifteen photos of the Graffiti Alley, Toronto

I saw Toronto’s Graffiti Alley for the first time earlier this month, visiting with Facebook’s Mark. Stretching from Portland Street in the east to Spadina Avenue in the west in the Fashion District, at its worst Graffiti Alley can be just another long, dirty, non-descript downtown alley. At its best, it is full of fun and bright works of art in the tradition of Warhol or Haring or Basquiat.

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Written by Randy McDonald

February 17, 2017 at 11:30 am

[URBAN NOTE] “Banksy artwork restored as public art in pedestrian walkway “

CBC News’ Adrian Cheung notes that a piece of local graffiti by Banksy, Guard with Balloon Dog, is now a public art installation downtown near One York Street.

Artwork by the British street artist Banksy, which once graced the facade of a Toronto building, is now on display as a public art piece in the PATH, Toronto’s Downtown Pedestrian Walkway, next to One York Street north of Harbour Street.

A Toronto developer that salvaged the artwork, Guard with Balloon Dog, unveiled it on Monday. The artwork features a male figure, dressed in a law enforcement uniform, holding the leash of a pink balloon dog that is muzzled.

The artwork, independently appraised at $850,000 US, has been in storage since December 2014, when the developer, Menkes Development Ltd., decided it should be given new life and put back on display.

Banksy, whose identity has never been confirmed, drew several pieces on Toronto buildings during a 2010 tour of his documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. Only two pieces of his artwork remain — the one now displayed at One York and another in an alleyway near The Esplanade.

“It was originally for the public and we thought ‘Why not save it? Why not give it back to the public?’ And that’s what we’ve done here,” Jared Menkes, vice-president at Menkes, said Monday.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Beyond the Beyond shares Yves Behar’s thoughts on design in an age of artificial intelligence.
  • blogTO makes the case for the east end of Toronto.
  • The Big Picture shares photos of a family of Congolese refugees resettled in New England.
  • Centauri Dreams hosts an essay looking at the prospects for off-world agriculture.
  • Dangerous Minds shares photos of the beauty created by graffiti removal.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks for signs of possible cryovolcanism on Europa.
  • Joe. My. God. shares audio of the new Blondie track “Fun.”
  • Language Hat remembers the life and career of linguist Leon Dostert.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money argues protest is needed in blue states, too.
  • The LRB Blog warns people not to forget about Pence.
  • Marginal Revolution considersa trends in the British economy.
  • Neuroskeptic shares disturbing findings about the prevalence of plagiarism in science.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Russia does not expect Trump to take all the sanctions down at once.

[PHOTO] Spray-painted silver

Spray painted silver #toronto #dundasstreetwest #silver #brick

Written by Randy McDonald

September 26, 2016 at 3:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • blogTO notes that Suspect Video is liquidating its stock.
  • James Bow likes a portable USB adaptor.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to an analysis of the spectrum of a Luhman 16 brown dwarf.
  • Language Log notes Sino-Western characters.
  • The Map Room Blog reports on a Twitter bot that randomly generates maps of fantasy settings.
  • Maximos62 notes the terrible pollution produced by the Indonesian forest burning.
  • Otto Pohl reports from Kurdistan.
  • Torontoist shares a photo of a graffiti alley near Trinity Bellwoods.
  • Window on Eurasia reports on current trends in Russian migration from Kazakhstan.
  • Arnold Zwicky describes the female gaze of the paintings of men done by Sylvia Sleigh.