Hieram Weintraub, an artist and children’s book illustrator, has brought the Shark Fin Soup controversy to TORONTO’s WestQueenWest art village. “LV Whale Shark”, in the front window of Studio Lighting, is accompanied by some startling info on the wholesale slaughter of the ocean’s #1 predator. <www.hieram.blogspot.com> . . . . . . – an estimated 100 million sharks are slaughtered annually; – Shark Fin Soup can sell for $400 a bowl; – shark fins have no flavour and no nutritional value; -“finning” is when fishermen hack off a shark’s fins and dump the still living animal back into the sea to drown; – removing the apex predator from the ocean’s ecological chain will have global consequences
242 works were given to the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1994 by the artist, DAVID BLACKWOOD, and his wife, ANITA. Seventy of these, along with letters, photographs, nautical artifacts, flags and historic maps were recently shown at the AGO – for the first time. Blackwood, 69, is a Newfoundlander, now living in Port Hope near TORONTO. A master printmaker, he portrays the mythology, people and culture of his hometown of Wesleyville and the outport, Bragg’s Island, in blue, gray, black and white – with sudden splashes of red, orange and yellow. David Blackwood’s collection of works draw on childhood memories, superstitions, dreams, legends, and the realities of life around Bonavista Bay.
Film director Atom Egoyan insisted on shooting Toronto as Toronto for his film “Chloe”. Our city is normally a chameleon, disguising itself as New York, Chicago, San Francisco or even Manchester in the movies. We don’t often get to see our own architecture, skyline and grit on the big screen. This is changing though, and Mr. Egoyan is leading the way. “Flashpoint”, a police action series on CBS and CTV, is thoroughly Toronto; “Scott Pilgrim vs The World” and Egoyan’s “Chloe” are two recent features unabashedly set in Big TO. PHOTOS BELOW: Yonge Street disguised as Harlem’s 125th Street in “The Incredible Hulk” http://www/skyscrapercity
British artists Gilbert and George on the city and art: “Oh art, what are you? You are so strong and powerful, so beautiful and moving. You make us walk around and around, pacing the city at all hours, in and out of our Art For All Room. We really do love you and we really do hate you. Why do you have so many faces and voices?”