A SCULPTURAL VERSION OF EASTER ISLAND’S MONOLITHS IS HEADED FOR LIBERTY VILLAGE

BREUNING1 OLAF BREUNING, the Swiss-born, New York-based artist, will soon begin assembling his first-ever public art installation in TORONTO’s Liberty Village.  Funded by the City of Toronto’s “percent planning” (a development levy), “The Guardians” is based on Breuning’s earlier work, “Easter Bunnies”/2004.  The “Bunnies” refer to the monolithic sculptures found on Easter Island.

Olaf Breuning: “With these huge things standing there, you think, ‘How could these have arrived?’ They look like they could fall apart in a second, these stones that are standing on edge or burned. I tried to create a sculpture with the same idea. They look like nothing is balanced, despite being made out of types of metal; so while they’re in fact very steady, hopefully when you look at them, you’ll think, ‘Oh, they could just fall down.’”

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A JUNCTION DISTILLERY makes the list of Blouin ArtInfo’s “World’s top 5 urban distilleries”

DISTILLERY1TORONTO, once home to the world’s largest distillery – Gooderham and Worts – has given birth to a much smaller version in the JUNCTION.  It’s the first since 1933 in a neighbourhood of “DIY urban regeneration (and ironically in an area that kept Prohibition until 2000).”

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The Toronto Distillery Company – http://www.torontodistillery.ca – consists of one still, two friends, small numbered batches.  “It takes a regional, organic approach with all Ontario-sourced grains where everything can be traced back to a particular farm and harvest. In other words, terroir, something you don’t get much in the distilled spirits market; typically manufactured by cheap grains or neutral alcohol in bulk, and it’s all about the aging and barrels.

“Their 100% Organic Ontario Wheat run was said to have ‘slight maltiness and hints of violets’ on the nose, and notes of hot white pepper, bitter black licorice, and citrus on its ‘sweet, creamy’ palate.”

Other worthy distilleries in Blouin ArtInfo’s “top 5” are located in Boston, Detroit, London, and New York City.  Well done, JUNCTION!

PART COMPANY CAR . . . PART MASCOT. ROYAL NUT’S ‘NUTMOBILE’ GETS NOTICED

ROYALNUTS1        When the Nutmobile passes by, you notice.  On top, the Royal Nuts crown, and behind, a bushy squirrel’s tail.  This small TORONTO company has been in business for over 3 decades.  Their specialty – a unique process using direct flame and hot air, never oil, to roast the nuts.

http://www.royalnuts.ca

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‘UPEXPRESS’ WILL SOON BE A NEW WORD IN TORONTO’S LEXICON

UPEXPRESS6At long last, TORONTO is building a fast-train connection between Pearson International Airport and Union (railway/bus) Station downtown, with two stops along the way.  Scheduled opening date is 2015, in time for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
The Union Pearson Express will run every 15 minutes.  Onboard – Wi-Fi, flight information screens, and easy ticketing options including PRESTO for payment.  Travel time – 25 minutes.

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A panel of international transportation experts has named Union Pearson Express ‘Project of the Year at the Global AirRail Awards’ in Frankfurt, Germany.