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[URBAN NOTE] “Local stars shine bright at YouTube Space Toronto”

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Michelle da Silva’s article at NOW Toronto explores what sounds like an ingenious institution. Why not a shared space for YouTube users of note?

The YouTube stars are setting up in one of two studios at the new YouTube Space Toronto, a creative incubator for online stars. The first Canadian location, located at 230 Richmond E behind George Brown College’s School of Design, is one of just nine global YouTube Spaces that include Tokyo, Berlin, Sao Paulo and Mumbai. The first one opened in Los Angeles in 2012.

“Toronto is a phenomenally creative city,” says Chris D’Angelo, the head of production and programming for YouTube Spaces. “It was important to have a large collaborative open space where our creators could come together. Community is a very big part of YouTube.”

The space was designed by George Brown students, with local elements added throughout. A red and grey pixelated print in the front entrance was apparently inspired by TTC streetcars. In another room, Toronto artist Alex Currie, who’s better known as Runt, has painted a replica of his famous Lee’s Palace mural. There is a lounge, event area, a foyer with a bar and two film studios. “You can take part in classes, and connect with other YouTube creators. We look at your subscriber count and try to offer the right help and solution, depending on what level you’re at.”

To that extent, the film studios – including professionally-built sets, cameras and lighting equipment – are free to use, but only open to YouTube stars with at least 10,000 subscribers. That isn’t a problem for the Domestic Geek, which boasts nearly a quarter million subscribers.

“I started the Domestic Geek just over two years go to share my passion for food with the world,” says Toronto’s Sara Lynn Cauchon. “I usually make cooking videos in my home kitchen, but it’s so cool that now I can come to the YouTube Space and film and collaborate with other creators here.”

Cauchon uploads several videos to her YouTube channel each week and has gotten more than 40 million views. Previously a broadcaster and TV host, she now runs the Domestic Geek as her full-time job. “You’re looking at the next generation of entrepreneurs,” she adds. “I think this space will help new creators evolve their channels. It’s really exciting stuff.”

DIY tutorials and healthy-cooking videos are just a sampling of Toronto’s online talent. A handful of YouTube stars hanging out in the space that day ranged from relationship experts (Ask Kimberly) and fashion gurus (AnthonyDelucV), to vegan chefs (Edgy Veg) and science educators (AsapSCIENCE).

Written by Randy McDonald

April 27, 2016 at 9:41 pm

[PHOTO] On Owen McCabe’s project to photograph every Toronto laneway (#torontolaneways)

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Jonathan Forani’s Toronto Star article pointed me towards

Toronto’s 2,433 laneways span hundreds of kilometers. One photographer wants to shoot ’em all. Meet Owen McCabe, 28-year-old city planner and hobbyist photographer. Follow his laneway project on Instagram: @owenmccabe.

McCabe moved to Toronto in 2012 and began his laneway project as an introduction to his new home. “It was really just a way — when I was trying to get to know the city a little better — to give me a purpose, to get out there and see different parts of it,” he says.

He’s shot 189 laneways and counting, but he doesn’t have a favourite. “I should have an answer by now,” he laughs, “but it’s more so the totality of them and the role they play in the city” that excites him.

McCabe knows his limits. It’s taken a few years to build a catalogue closing in on 200 laneways. It could take decades to finish at that rate. Join his project using the #torontolaneways hashtag on Instagram and see his work online.

McCabe’s website is full of his work. I admire the scope of this project, quite a lot.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 27, 2016 at 9:28 pm

[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

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  • Africa is a Country looks at how Ethiopians interpret the 1966 visit of Haile Selassie to Jamaica.
  • The Building Blog depicts how a California town is literally being visibly distorted by seismic forces.
  • Bloomberg considers the import of Beyoncé’s debut of Lemonade on Tidal.
  • Bloomberg View notes how the China-Venezuela money-for-oil pact is failing and looks at the risks of being a Russian media mogul.
  • The Globe and Mail looks at the very high cost of internet in Nunavut.
  • MacLean’s looks at the Iran-Iraq War and examines Beyoncé’s Lemonade.
  • Universe Today notes how spaceflight apparently acts to accelerate aging.
  • Wired notes how much of Venezuela’s electricity shortage is the consequence of booming consumption in the good years.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

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  • blogTO notes the continued delays with Bombardier’s streetcar deliveries to the TTC, looks at the expansion of WiFi to Toronto stations, and has hope for independent bookstores.
  • The Crux notes a proposal to make the Moon a solar energy power centre for the Earth.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes Venus analog Gliese 832d and observes the mass of material in orbit of WD 1145+017.
  • The Dragon’s Tales studies the atmosphere of Pluto.
  • At The Fifteenth, Steve Roby reviews one book on Blondie’s Parallel Lines and another on an in-universe Alien book.
  • The LRB Blog mourns Prince and reflects on the Swedish take on Brexit.
  • The Map Room Blog maps immigrants in France.
  • Towleroad shares the new Roísin Murphy single “Mastermind.”
  • Window on Eurasia notes the transition of Russian to a polycentric language.

[URBAN NOTE] “What became of Toronto’s push for free public Wi-Fi?”

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The Toronto Star‘s Vanessa Lu explains.

Compared to other cities around the world, free Wi-Fi can be hard to come by in Toronto.

Pop into a chain coffee shop or fast-food joint and you’ll probably be able to connect. Both Metrolinx and the Toronto Transit Commission are trying to offer up more access, but it’s still limited.

It’s a far cry from the experiment launched in New York earlier this year where free high-speed public Wi-Fi was made available through street kiosks. Using the city’s now outdated pay phone infrastructure, LinkNYC hopes to cover the whole city in the next 10 years, providing affordable access to an increasingly essential service.

But Toronto was already thinking ahead to the need for such a service back in 2006, when Toronto Hydro Telecom offered up the free service for six months in the downtown core.

Wireless hub devices placed on the tops of street light poles sent out powerful signals under the project known as OneZone, a small, 6-square-kilometre area running from Bloor St. to Front St., between Spadina Ave. and Jarvis St.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 20, 2016 at 7:36 pm

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

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  • The Australian Financial Review warns that Brazil should try to avoid the trajectory of Italy from the 1990s on in falling prey to Berlusconi-like populism.
  • Bookforum looks at the very early history of word processing for writers.
  • Bloomberg View suggests that an inflexible China is on its way towards a Japan-style slump.
  • CTV News reports on despair among Newfoundlanders after the province’s new budget.
  • The Financial Times notes how allegedly hiding a billion dollars’ worth of debt cost Mozambique significantly with the IMF.
  • Foreign Policy looks at the distancing between the United States and Saudi Arabia under Obama.
  • Kate Beaton at Hark A Vagrant considers the implication of Dagger’s frankly unwearable uniform.
  • Mashalla News reports on Portuguese-speaking communities in Lebanon, product of migration by Brazilians of Lebanese background.
  • New York‘s Jonathan Chait is critical of Sanders’ approach as he is losing, while Vox visits Sanders’ upstate New York stronghold of Ithaca.
  • Australia’s SBS looks at immigrants whose ancestral countries no longer exist. How do they identify?
  • The Toronto Star looks at the impact of climate change on the agriculture of the Prairies.
  • Wired notes the struggle of Pinterest to move on from being an American platform to being a global one.

[NEWS] Some Thursday links

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  • The Sacramento Bee reports that UC Davis spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on trying to salvage its reputation online, after famously being linked with security guards pepper-spraying student protesters.
  • Bloomberg notes China’s island-building spree in the South China Sea is causing environmental damage, notes Hungary may lose out on future investment because of labour shortages, and notes London property prices are sliding because of Brexit.
  • The Guardian suggests Russians do not care about Putin’s corruption.
  • The Independent reports on a Muslim anti-ISIS march not covered by mainstream media.
  • MacLean’s writes about the NDP, about the hard left turn, about James Laxer’s criticism of the Leap manifesto, and about the disinterest of Megan Leslie and other NDPers in going for the leadership.
  • The National Post notes the potential huge market for insects as human food and notes controversy over First Nations support for a controversial wind energy farm.
  • Quartz notes the culture gap between Koreans and Korean-Americans.
  • In the Toronto Star, Emma Teitel writes about how the pronoun “they” is easy to use.
  • Wired looks at a brain implant that gave a quadriplegic man control of his arm.
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