“The Little House’, 128 Day Avenue in the Earlescourt neighbourhood, was built in 1912 by contractor ARTHUR WEEDEN. An Englishman who came to Canada in 1902, Mr. Weeden became one of the early builders in TORONTO’s West End. Originally the lot was destined to be a laneway, but when that didn’t happen he decided to make use of the land – and construct one of our city’s first laneway houses.
Arthur Weeden and his wife lived at #128 for 20 years. When Mrs. Weeden died, Mr. Weeden remained in the ‘Little House’ for another 6 years. Maria Lee Carta recorded a song about the house in 2008. It’s available on YouTube. Little House website: http://thelittlehouse.ca
SOL LEWITT (1928-2007), is a Connecticut-born artist who worked in a wide range of media – drawing, printmaking, photography and painting. He was part of hundreds of exhibitions around the world. One of the largest permanent exhibits of Mr. LeWitt’s work is in MASSMoca, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in NORTH ADAMS.
This week, Coca-Cola Canada opened its bright new headquarters at 333 King Street East downtown. The complex sits on top of the TORONTO SUN building, in the heart of a developing eastside neighbourhood. President JOHN GARINO says, after a long search, the company decided to move from suburbia to the city centre and “become part of a vibrant and up-and-coming downtown area. We wanted to be as near to as much public transportation as we could. The suburbs were not, from a sustainability standpoint, what we wanted to have.”
LUIS JACOB, who lives and works in Parkdale, has added glitz to the West End with his shimmering mosaic “Spirits of the Grotto”. The “grotto” in this case is the Dufferin Underpass, connecting Dufferin to Queen Street West. Depicted are the eyes of an owl, a snake, pairs of disco balls and coins – referencing the Parkdale neighbourhood you’re passing through.
LUIS JACOB: “I worked with two amazing teams of people, one in Montreal and the other in Toronto. The metalwork was done by the folks at Punchclock Studio, on Sorauren Avenue, (who also did the photos). They developed a totally ingenious design for the metal structure. In Montreal I worked with the folks at Mosaika, who produced the beautiful glasswork. I was honoured to work with such dedicated pros!”
NJACKO BACKO, 55, Cameroon-born, has lived in Nigeria, France, Amsterdam, Montreal – and now, TORONTO. He currently teaches through Mariposa in the Schools and performs with his band Kalimba Kalimba. He has also launched a program to rebuild a school in his home village in Africa. Website: http://www.njackobacko.com