“TOMORROW SHOULD BE OURS” – A FAREWELL WORK FROM MARK TITCHNER

TOMORROW1‘TOMORROW SHOULD BE OURS’ is the final work produced by London artist, MARK TITCHNER, during his residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario.  The Yorkville banner was created after group sessions with Oasis Skateboard Factory – http://oasisskateboardfactory.blogspot.co.uk – a remarkable alternative school design program at TORONTO’s Scadding Court Community Centre.  Group and artist worked together to produce texts relating to issues of urban change and gentrification, arriving at the final text ‘Tomorrow should be ours.’  It was erected in November/2012, and appears to be in perfect condition.

YONGE STREET GOES UP IN THE WORLD WITH 10+ NEW HIGH-RISES WITHIN 20 BLOCKS

YONGE7There are big changes coming to TORONTO’s main street.  Skyscraper construction on – or just behind – our city’s main drag is booming at multiple Yonge Street intersections – Bloor, St. Mary, St. Joseph, Grenville, Gerrard, Gould, Queen, Adelaide and Front.

In most cases the Victorian-era structures remain in the foreground, with taller buildings behind.

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Canderel, a Montreal-based developer, is finishing work on AURA (78 storeys), and is now promoting another condo at Yonge and Grenville.  It’s rumoured that this company has also purchased property on the east side of Yonge at Gerrard Street.  Other large buildings under construction – KARMA at 21 Grenville Street (50 storeys); 1BLOOR EAST (75 storeys) by Great Gulf Homes; the L TOWER at Yonge and Front Streets (57 storeys); and the east office tower of the BAY/ADELAIDE CENTRE on Adelaide Street (44 storeys).

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TORONTO SYMPHONY’S GUIDE TO “PROPER CONCERT GOING ETIQUETTE”. B-R-A-V-O!

ETIQUETTE2“Please be courteous to others by refraining from quiet conversations, whispers, talking, singing, coughing, humming, tapping to the music, turning pages, leaning forward in your seat, and unwrapping cellophane-wrapped candies.  We share the air, go scent-free.  Please turn off your cell phones, Blackberrys, iPhones or other smart phones, pages and watch alarms.  Please refrain from referring to them during the concert.  We regret that we cannot allow children under 2 years of age into any Toronto Symphony Orchestra concerts.”
In other words, sit still, stop talking, and watch the show!

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Attention downtown shoppers! Sears has left the building; Nordstrom opens in 2016

‘Good-bye Sears, hello Nordstrom!’  One of Canada’s prime retail locations, the Eaton Centre, has announced that NORDSTROM is to open a three-level store in downtown TORONTO.  The company will take over the massive space which has just been vacated by Sears Canada at Yonge and Dundas Streets.

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“There are more neighbourhoods in TORONTO than countries in the world” – Matt Shaw

NIGHT RIDE 1972CHARLES PACHTER’s “Night Ride”/1972 is on the cover of a new anthology of TORONTO stories published by Exile Editions.  “The Stories That Are Great Within Us” celebrates the multitude of neighbourhoods that make up this city, and the writers who understand them.  The collection is edited by BARRY CALLAGHAN, son of the late MORLEY CALLAGHAN, a Canadian literary icon.

Writer MATT SHAW: “For inhabitants, these named and unnamed slivers, rectangles and oblong plots evoke a sense of place or shared identity.  For outsiders, they are hazy as mirages.  Some are preceded by reputations. Others are evocative of cultures, landmarks, histories or flavours. The rest are known mostly to those who live there.”  Corktown, Leaside, Parkdale, Don Mills, Yorkville, Forest Hill, Little India, Malvern and Regent Park are all part of the patchwork that makes up Canada’s largest metropolis.

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CHARLES PACHTER is a Canadian contemporary artist, a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian and lecturer.  He lives and works in downtown TORONTO.