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[PHOTO] Waiting for the 329 Dufferin past 4 am

Waiting for the 329 Dufferin past 4 am #toronto #parkdale #westqueenwest #dufferinstreet #queenstreetwest #dufferin

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Written by Randy McDonald

October 5, 2017 at 12:45 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

[PHOTO] Three front windows of three West Queen West fashion stores

Toronto’s West Queen West, along Queen Street West to the west of Bathurst, is home to many small indie fashion stores. Late at night, the front windows of stores like Mericani (630A Queen Street West), WTFash (632 Queen Street West), and The Store on Queen (662 Queen Street West), look almost like art gallery displays.

West Queen West fashion (1) #toronto #queenstreetwest #westqueenwest #queerstreetwest #fashion

West Queen West fashion (2) #toronto #queenstreetwest #westqueenwest #queerstreetwest #fashion

West Queen West fashion (3)  #toronto #queenstreetwest #westqueenwest #queerstreetwest #fashion

Written by Randy McDonald

July 16, 2017 at 7:00 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five links in Toronto, from Andrew Kinsman to West Queen West to Egerton Ryerson

  • With news that Toronto police is now treating the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman from his Cabbagetown a week ago as suspicious, the search for Kinsman is taking on new importance. Please, if you can help in any way, let Toronto police or his friends–anybody–know.
  • The Toronto Star‘s Hina Alam reports on the huge crush over the Canada Day weekend to see the World’s Largest Rubber Duck.
  • The Parkdale Villager‘s Hilary Caton reports on the push to make West Queen West a protected district.
  • The National Post shares the Canadian Press’ poll reporting on general anxiety, including among the well-off, on affordable housing in Canada.
  • The Globe and Mail‘s Kenny Sharpe writes about controversy at Ryerson University over the legacy of founder Egerton Ryerson.

[PHOTO] An excerpt from 49 Flowers by Zachari Logan

On Nuit Rose earlier this month, I stopped by West Queen West’s Paul Petro Contemporary Art where I ended up taking some small part in Zachari Logan’s durational drawing performance 49 Flowers.

On June 25th 2016, Zachari Logan completed a durational drawing performance, in conjunction with NUIT ROSE, Toronto’s Queer Arts Festival and his exhibition Forgotten Selves at PAUL PETRO CONTEMPORARY ART. Members of the public were invited to select a cut flower from a large floral arrangement and sit with the artist for a fifteen-minute portrait-drawing session. Logan drew the flower as a portrait of the bearer. Logan’s goal to produce forty-nine drawings to commemorate the lives of those lost in the recent Orlando tragedy was realized by drawing continually from noon on the 25th of June to 2:30am June 26th, 2016.

These were the floral arrangements.

Raw material #toronto #nuitrose #flowers #westqueenwest

Raw material, 2 #toronto #nuitrose #flowers #westqueenwest

I ended up selecting the below flower, a rose–I think–dense with convolutions, and I sat for the sketching just after midnight. The process of Logan’s sketching on mylar was impressive to watch.

Flower seen head on #toronto #nuitrose #pink #flowers #westqueenwest

Below is the drawing, #40 in the series, that was the result.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 11, 2016 at 2:45 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Toronto bar The Beaver pays tribute to Orlando victims with replica Pulse logo”

Pulse at the Beaver #toronto #westqueenwest #pulse #orlando #thebeaver

The banner was still up when I went to The Beaver Saturday night. The Canadian Press’ Laura La Rose tells the story in the Toronto Star.

A Toronto bar is paying tribute to victims of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting by featuring a replica of the venue’s logo in its window.

The idea came from Rob Shostak, a Toronto-based designer who works for an architectural firm.

The 34-year-old is regular at The Beaver on Queen Street West in Toronto.

Shostak posted a photo of the exterior of the venue on his Instagram page on Wednesday. The replica of the Pulse nightclub logo is visible in the front window.

The caption accompanying Shostak’s photo reads: “This is Pulse. Every queer space is Pulse. When one of our safe spaces is attacked, all of our safe spaces are attacked.”

Shostak said he messaged The Beaver’s manager about the idea of putting up the sign and his suggestion was well received.

His Instagram photo is here.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 21, 2016 at 9:29 pm

[PHOTO] Traversing the Dufferin Street underpass early in the morning, Toronto

Traversing the underpass #toronto #queenstreetwest #dufferinstreet #underpass

I rather love the underpass of Dufferin at Queen, especially at night when it is aglow.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 9, 2015 at 1:18 pm