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[URBAN NOTE] Eight Toronto links

  • blogTO notes the strange house, a fantasia inspired by Greece, at 1016 Shaw Street.
  • blogTO shares photos from inside Paradise Theatre on Bloor, reopened after 13 years.
  • blogTO notes that GO Transit will now be offering customers unlimited rides on Sundays for just $C 10.
  • Photos of infamous Toronto chair girl Marcella Zoia celebrating her 20th birthday are up at blogTO, here.
  • Many residents displaced by the Gosford fire in North York have been moved to hotels. Global News reports.
  • A TTC worker has launched a court case against the TTC and city of Toronto over issues of air quality. Global News reports.
  • Jamie Bradburn reports on how the Toronto press covered the opening of the Suez Canal, here.
  • Transit Toronto explains what, exactly, workers are building at Eglinton station and Yonge and Eglinton more generally.

[PHOTO] North on Shaw at Dupont

North on Shaw at Dupont #toronto #shawstreet #dupontstreet #seatonvillage #evening #clouds #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

April 12, 2018 at 11:00 am

[PHOTO] Me in Elizabeth Sweeney’s Unlimited Edition

Me in Elizabeth Sweeney's Unlimited Edition

Last night I took part in the fun Nuit Rose event, an all-night cultural event part of Pride modeled on Nuit Blanche. The event worked for me–I hope it returns in coming years.

I myself took part in one of the component projects, Elizabeth Sweeney‘s Unlimited Edition, hosted at the Artscape Youngplace on Shaw Street.

Unlimited Edition allows the audience to explore their own ability to create art, while it questions the process of art making itself. This interactive performance will originate an unlimited edition of soft, minimalist sculptures. Once the work is completed, the name of each collaborator is recorded, and each piece is numbered and documented. As creators of the piece, both artists share the credit and copyright of the resulting artwork.

I was number 21. My image can be found alongside those of my fellows here on Tagboard.

(I was going for a sense of being caught in the middle of building something.)

Written by Randy McDonald

June 22, 2014 at 9:19 pm

[PHOTO] Civil defense siren, Dundas and Shaw

This civil defense siren, slightly relocated east to its current location at Dundas and Shaw, just across Dundas from the northwestern corner of Trinity Bellwoods Park, is one of the last sirens remaining and a noteworthy artifact of the Cold War. In 2007, the Toronto Star published an article by Leslie Scrivener about it and the few others left.

“It’s a neat thing to look at,” says Claire Bryden, referring to the air raid siren near the corner of Dundas St. W. and Shaw St., a remnant of Toronto’s age of atomic anxiety. The sturdy, horn-shaped siren rests on a rusting column on the property of Bellwoods Centres for Community Living.

Few of these Cold War relics, which would alert the population to an imminent nuclear attack, remain in Toronto. One siren resides atop the York Quay Centre at Harbourfront. Others, like the one on Ward’s Island, disappear when buildings get new roofs.

Today, no one claims ownership of the surviving sirens. Call the City of Toronto and they refer you to the province. Call the province and they refer you to the Department of National Defence. Call the Department of National Defence and they refer you to … the city.

But Claire Bryden is happy to take possession of the one at Dundas and Shaw. Bryden is executive-director of the Bellwoods Centres, which provide homes for people with physical disabilities. The air raid siren, overlooked for decades, suddenly became of interest during construction of a new building. Because it was in the middle of the Bellwoods Park House property, which straddles old Garrison Creek (now flowing through an underground culvert), the siren had to be moved or removed altogether. A new public path, part of a Discovery Walk daytime urban trail from Fort York to Christie Pits, will go through the property right where the siren was.

What to do with the towering artifact? “Rather than throw it away, we decided it’s a piece of historical memorabilia,” says Bryden, who recalls air-raid-siren practice in her childhood. “It gives character, and we don’t see too many around.”

Civil defense siren, Dundas and Shaw

Written by Randy McDonald

May 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm