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[PHOTO] Sixteen photos of art from Toronto Revealed, at the TD Gallery (#tdgallery)

As I promised yesterday, here is some more of the art that I saw at the TD Gallery’s Toronto Revealed exhibition. Although some of the works (paintings, today, mostly painted in oils) depicted scenes predating my arrival in Toronto or even my existence, like that showing the excavation of the Eaton Centre, most of the others were scenes that I recognized with delight from my daily life. One, of a nondescript gas station, was based on a location at most a lazy ten minutes’ walk from my home.

More details on the individual works–their names, their painters, their dates–can be found by clicking through to my Flickr page.

Crosswalk, Queen Street East, 2012 #toronto #tdgallery #davidmarshak #queenstreeteast #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Weston Bakery, Eastern Avenue, 2017 #toronto #tdgallery #brianharvey #easternavenue #westonbakery #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Parkdale, Queen Street West 2010 #toronto #tdgallery #brianharvey #queenstreetwest #parkdale #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Keele Street and Dundas Street West, 2011 #toronto #tdgallery #brianharvey #keelestreet #dundasstreetwest #junction #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Eaton Centre Excavation, 1975 #toronto #tdgallery #walterjcoucill  #eatoncentre #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

November Rain, Bay and Dundas Streets, 2011 #toronto #tdgallery #catherinejeffrey #baystreet #dundasstreetwest #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Brushstrokes on Dundas Street, 1979 #toronto #tdgallery #michaelbinette #baystreet #dundasstreet #dundasstreetwest #dundasstreeteast #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Honest Ed's, 2015 #toronto #tdgallery #brentarlitt #honesteds #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Waiting for a Bargain, 1983 #toronto #tdgallery #rajkakupesic #honesteds #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Nassau Street, Looking Southeast Across Augusta #toronto #tdgallery #williamsherman #kensingtonmarket #nassaustreet #augustaave #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Cherry Street Hotel, 1978 #toronto #tdgallery #gerardlazare #cherrystreethotel #frontstreet #cherrystreet #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Bloor Street West, 1976 #toronto #tdgallery #carlosmarchiori #bloorstreet #bloorstreetwest  #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Queen Street West, near Simcoe Street, 1974 #toronto #tdgallery #leslietait #queenstreetwest #simcoestreet #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

77.5 cents, 2011#toronto #tdgallery #jerrycampbell #ossingtonave #dupontstreet #gasstation #seatonvillage #dovercourtvillage #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Nassau Street and Spadina Avenue 2011#toronto #tdgallery #rajeevsinghal #nassaustreet #spadinaavenue #chinatown #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

Skyline from Riverdale Park, March 1977 #toronto #tdgallery #walterjacksoncoucill #skyline #riverdalepark #painting #torontorevealed #torontoreferencelibrary #latergram

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[PHOTO] Four drawings by Aba Bayefsky of Yonge subway construction, 1949 (#tdgallery)

The TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library downtown has a nice little show on, Toronto Revealed, featuring artworks depicting the Toronto streetscape from the mid-20th century up to the present. Most of the works are paintings–good paintings, I might add–but my attention was particularly caught by a set of four drawings, in pen and ink, done in 1949 by Aba Bayefsky, depicting the construction of the Yonge line.

Yonge Street Subway, Shuter Street Stop, 1949 #toronto #torontorevealed #tdgallery #ababayefsky #torontoreferencelibrary #yongestreet #subway #latergram

Yonge Street Subway, Front Street, Breaking out Hydro Cables, 1949 #toronto #torontorevealed #tdgallery #ababayefsky #torontoreferencelibrary #yongestreet #subway #latergram

Yonge Street Subway, Working Underground, 1949 #toronto #torontorevealed #tdgallery #ababayefsky #torontoreferencelibrary #yongestreet #subway #latergram

Yonge Street Subway, Excavation by Shovel, 1949 #toronto #torontorevealed #tdgallery #ababayefsky #torontoreferencelibrary #yongestreet #subway #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

March 20, 2018 at 9:16 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Yonge-Dundas Square, mass transit, book sales

  • Some criticism of Yonge-Dundas Square may be merited, but I think it might be a bit too harsh. What we need is more seating on the square itself. Metronews carries it.
  • Humber Bay Shores is a lovely booming neighbourhood, but it really does need much better public transit options. For starters. The Toronto Star examines the neighbourhood.
  • Steve Munro has some more questions about Metrolinx planning in the GTA.
  • The Smarttrack solution proposed by Mayor John Tory may not be popular among some people in Scarborough. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The upcoming massive book sale at the Toronto Reference Library is one I will be paying attention to. blogTO reports.

[PHOTO] Three views from the fifth floor, Toronto Reference Library, looking north, east and west

The location of the Toronto Reference Library north and east of Yonge and Bloor, directly east of Yorkville and directly south of Rosedale, means that well-positioned photographers can take advantage of some excellent views. The first two photos are of Rosedale, green with trees and dense with houses, while the third is a photo of a Yorkville well into its condoization.

North past Church Street #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #rosedale #churchstreet #skyline

East along Church Street #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #rosedale #churchstreet #skyline

Yorkville transforming, west of Yonge #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #yorkville #yongestreet #condos #evening

Written by Randy McDonald

August 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm

[PHOTO] Three photos from the inside of the Toronto Reference Library

Teddy bear with deerstalker and pipe #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #teddybear #deerstalkerhat #arthurconandoylecollection

I like a friend’s suggestion that this teddy bear, on display in the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at the Toronto Reference Library, should bear the name of Bearlock Holmes.

Looking down from the fifth floor #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #architecture

Two by two, looking down #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #architecture

Stepping outside the collection, on the fifth floor of the Reference Library, and looking down to the ground floor in the vast interior, the impressive scale of the edifice becomes clear.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 18, 2017 at 11:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: the Toronto Public Library, Hanlan’s, parks, and Montréal laneways

  • blogTO notes that the Toronto Reference Library will be holding a huge sale again next week.
  • Inside Toronto profiles Sephora Hussein, new collection head of the Merril Collection.
  • Michael Lyons writes about the importance of the newly-reopened Hanlan’s beach on the Toronto Islands.
  • Jake Tobin Garrett argues at Torontoist for the importance of the proposed Rail Deck Park.
  • Emily Macrae argues at Torontoist there is much Toronto can learn from the green–literally–laneways of Montréal.

[PHOTO] Looking north towards Rosedale from the Toronto Reference Library

Looking north towards Rosedale from the Toronto Reference Library

The Toronto Reference Library is a wonderfully designed building, its architecture full of sensuous curves, but almost as good as the building are the views it offers of the neighbourhoods adjoining it. Looking north, the trees and towers of Rosedale stretch out far beyond Church Street.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 28, 2017 at 6:30 am