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[URBAN NOTE] Ten Toronto links

  • blogTO looks at the Toronto of the 1950s, when Highway 2–Lake Shore and Kingston Road–was the way into the city.
  • Jamie Bradburn takes a look at a 1950 tourist guide to Ontario, specifically focusing on its descriptions of Toronto.
  • Jamie Bradburn looks at how, in the post-war era, dining at the Coxwell Kresge in-house restaurant was a thing.
  • blogTO notes how many in Leslieville are unhappy with the idea of the Ontario Line being built above-ground.
  • Samantha Edwards at NOW Toronto notes that there is going to be a Pride rally outside of Palmerston library where Meghan Murphy will be speaking.
  • Spacing looks at the connections between Nuit Blanche and the Toronto Biennial, for Toronto as an artistic city.
  • NOW Toronto shares some photos of Honest Ed’s in its dying days.
  • Toronto Life tells the story of Peperonata Lane, a west-end laneway that took its name from a popular neighbourhood pepper-roasting event.
  • blogTO notes a new movie being filmed in Regent Park, here.
  • blogTO shares photos of the new Garrison Crossing pedestrian bridge, here.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Wallace Emerson, Dosa Mahal, Popeyes, Sam McBride, #nuitblanche

  • Toronto Life reports on the successful conversion of a corner store in Wallace Emerson into a $C1.3 million home, here.
  • Bloordale’s Dosa Mahal restaurant, sadly, is facing closure in the face of landlord pressures. blogTO reports.
  • Popeyes in Canada lacks the chicken sandwiches that have gone viral in the US, and many in Toronto are unhappy. blogTO reports.
  • Jamie Bradburn reports on how, in 1936, mayor Sam McBride lay in state at Old City Hall.
  • NOW Toronto reports on the plans for Nuit Blanche 2019, here.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Yonge, 650 Parliament, renters, El Mocambo, Scarborough

  • Urban Toronto shares a photo of Yonge Street in North York, taken more than a decade ago.
  • The inhabitants of 650 Parliament Street will be displaced from their homes at least until April of 2019. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Tess Kalinowski at the Toronto Star looks at efforts to change the culture and laws of Toronto and Canada to better support long-term renters, here.
  • NOW Toronto reports on the latest plans on refurnishing venerable music hub El Mocambo, here.
  • Aparita Bhandavi reports on how, after Nuit Blanche, outsiders to Scarborough are only now starting to recognize the vibrancy of culture there. (I am among this number, in truth.)

[URBAN NOTE] Five links for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018 (#nbto18)

  • Rosemary Heather at NOW Toronto identifies ten top shows for Nuit Blanche Toronto this night.
  • This Nuit Blanche will extend for the first time into Scarborough, with dozens of exhibits there. Global News reports.
  • Toronto Life lists six top sights for this year’s Nuit Blanche, here.
  • Michael Rancic at NOW Toronto identifies eight Nuit Blanche locations of particular interest to fans of music.
  • Trevor Dunn at CBC has recommendations for Nuit Blanche visitors, from things to see to the clothes one should wear.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm

[PHOTO] Twelve photos from Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017 (#nbto17)

What else can I say of Nuit Blanche 2017 in Toronto but that it was great, a perfect time to roam about downtown Toronto from Queen’s Park down to Toronto City Hall and over as far west as Parkdale in the pursuit of art?

More photos are available at my Flickr and Instagram accounts.

Speculating in Futures (2) #toronto #nbto17 #uoftschools #tarot #thefool #thetower

Here Is Where You Hid #toronto #nbto17 #batashoemuseum #miniature #landscape

Won't Back Down #toronto #nbto17 #queenspark #blacklivesmatter

Have You Seen My Sister? (1) #toronto #nbto17 #queenspark #women

#SubaruArtCar #toronto #nbto17 #financialdistrict #baystreet #kingstreet #kingstreetwest

Invisible Tattoos (1) #toronto #nbto17 #artscapeyoungplace #youngnuit

Layered Cities #toronto #nbto17 #artscapeyoungplace #youngnuit

Garden Tunnel (1) #toronto #nbto17 #drakehotel #westqueenwest #parkdale

The -Dess Series (1) #toronto #nbto17 #flybynight17 #gladstonehotel #westqueenwest #parkdale #gate

Punching a Pillow Until the Sun Rises (2) #toronto #nbto17 #flybynight17 #gladstonehotel #westqueenwest #parkdale

K&P Mart (1) #toronto #nbto17 #kpmart #gladstonehotel #westqueenwest #parkdale

Digital Consciousness (4) #toronto #nbto17 #parkdale #onlyonegallery #kristakim #abstractexpressionism

[URBAN NOTE] Four links about Toronto Nuit Blanche 2017 (#nbto17)

  • Kevin Ritchie noted in NOW Toronto that this Nuit Blanche will be dominated by the theme of protest and revolution.
  • Chris Rattan talks with different curators and artists about what public art in Toronto should aim to do.
  • NOW Toronto lists its top ten exhibits for Nuit Blanche.
  • Toronto Life lists some cool places to visit for Nuit Blanche.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm

[PHOTO] Six photos from the Sunset Services ceremony at the 519 during Nuit Blanche, Toronto

I had started off Nuit Blanche at The 519, a community centre in Church and Wellesley, where the 13 Moons independent project was to be staged. When I came in, I found that the entire first floor had been transformed, enveloped in purple light and filled with art (including paintings by Nancy King, Chief Lady Bird) and performers. Sunset Services Ministries, a queer-leaning spirituality group, was involved in coordinating the different displays of art and performance.

One thing I dislike about Nuit Blanche is how there is so little time to engage in-depth with a work. I left early, just as the ceremony depicted in the sixth photo in this series was about to start. I wish I could have stayed longer; I wish I could have engaged more. This space felt most intriguingly holy.

Sunset Service at the 519, 1 #toronto #nuitblanche #the519 #sunsetservice #latergram @chiefladybird

Sunset Service at the 519, 2 #toronto #nuitblanche #the519 #sunsetservice #latergram #altar #candles

Sunset Service at the 519, 3 #toronto #nuitblanche #the519 #sunsetservice #latergram @chiefladybird

Sunset Service at the 519, 4 #toronto #nuitblanche #the519 #sunsetservice #latergram

Sunset Service at the 519, 5 #toronto #nuitblanche #the519 #sunsetservice #latergram #candles

Sunset Service at the 519, 6 #toronto #nuitblanche #the519 #sunsetservice #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

October 16, 2016 at 11:00 am

[PHOTO] Floria Sigismondi, Pneuma, at Toronto City Hall

Floria Sigismondi‘s Pneuma is so much easier to appreciate away from peak viewing at Nuit Blanche, when the crowds on Nathan Phillips Square are so much less. It’s a haunting dreamscape.

From Pneuma, 1 #toronto #torontocityhall #nathanphilipssquare #nuitblanche #floriasigismondi #pneuma

From Pneuma, 2 #toronto #torontocityhall #nathanphilipssquare #nuitblanche #floriasigismondi #pneuma

From Pneuma, 3 #toronto #torontocityhall #nathanphilipssquare #nuitblanche #floriasigismondi #pneuma

The soundtrack is Boards of Canada‘s haunting 2013 single “Reach for the Dead”.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 10, 2016 at 3:00 pm

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about the process of journalism.
  • Crooked Timber features a confusing critique of Clinton from the left.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the presence of Roman coins and at least one Persian mathematician in ancient Japan.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that the Republican Party has halted preparation for a Trump victory.
  • Language Hat reports on a poetic new classification system for the history of English.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money reports on one improbable defender of Trump.
  • The New APPS Blog studies North Carolina as a subject for an academic boycott.
  • Torontoist reviews the Nuit Blanche just past.
  • Window on Eurasia argues that the West is weak in relationship to Russia.

[URBAN NOTE] “TTC labour complaint says union condoned illegal strike”

The Toronto Star‘s Ben Spurr reports on an allegation of a Nuit Blanche illegal strike by TTC workers.

The TTC has filed an application with the Ontario Labour Relations Board claiming that transit agency’s union condoned an illegal strike during Nuit Blanche.

Only a handful of subway operators signed up to work a special overnight shift in the early hours of last Sunday morning during Toronto’s annual all-night art party.

The TTC needed about 40 drivers for the overtime shift, but of more than 600 operators, only nine signed up, and the agency used supervisors to drive the trains instead.

The lower than expected take-up came a week before the implementation of TTC plans to eliminate the guard position on some of its subway trains, a move that union leadership vehemently opposes.

The Nuit Blanche shift was voluntary, but in a notice sent to employees Friday, TTC chief people officer Gemma Piemnontese said management had evidence in the form of social media posts that showed there was “a clear, concerted effort” to “illegally disrupt TTC service.”

Written by Randy McDonald

October 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm