A cluster of 36 streetlights on top of 10 utility poles has been switched on at the corner of Weston Road and Dennis Avenue. ‘Nyctophilia’ (love of night), created by Daniel Young and Christian Giroux, is the first piece of public art in this former industrial neighbourhood. Funding came from the city’s levy on developers in exchange for zoning exemptions.
DANIEL YOUNG (on the left): “There’s a romanticism about coloured lights in the city. And we’re programming this with a sort of personality, so it performs different ways at different times.” CHRISTIAN GIROUX (right): “Given that it’s a working-class neighbourhood now trying to bounce back, we wanted to work with normal, everyday pieces of urban infrastructure. Take something that’s kind of invisible and turn it into something extraordinary.”
Their website: http://www.cgdy.com <PHOTO ABOVE – Chris So/Toronto Star>
Artists PHILIP HARE and LAURA DIVILIO dressed as shrubs for this weekend’s FIGMENT TORONTO FESTIVAL. Their project – ‘Bush Verite’ – allowed the public to engage, first time ever, with bushes.
FIGMENT celebrates the creativity and passion of artists in communities across the United States, Canada and Australia. Figment cities: Geelong, Australia; Toronto, New York City, San Diego, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Jackson and Oakland. Website: http://www.figmentproject.org
HENRY BATHURST, the 3rd Earl of Bathurst, never visited Canada but lent his name to one of TORONTO’s main streets, which runs from Lake Ontario to outer suburbia and beyond. Lord Bathurst organized migration from the British Isles to this country after the War of 1812, and granted the charter to King’s College, now the University of TORONTO.On Bathurst Street you’ll find: temples and churches, Sneaky Dee’s, Honest Ed’s, the Wheat Sheaf, small theatres, antique shops, the Oak Leaf Steam Bath, tumble-down shacks, high-end condos and townhouses, Victoriana, a skateboard park, Central Tech, dives, excellent restaurants, the Thompson 5-star hotel, fine millinery, art galleries, bike shops, a large Jewish community . . . etc. etc. It’s worth a look!
Former OTTAWA Mayor, CHARLOTTE WHITTON, refused to recognize ‘O Canada’ as the official national anthem, and remained seated while others stood to sing. – photographer FRED ROSS, 1967
416 area code numbers are now as rare as hen’s teeth. The last 416’s were handed out in 2006 by the Canadian Numbering Association, which means these three digits have become hot, hot, hot. The 416 first appeared in 1947. It’s TORONTO’s oldest area code and to born-and-bred locals it symbolizes the city itself. There’s plenty of room for 647’s and 437’s, but the 416’s are all gone.
UNLESS of course . . . a business or individual is willing to pay hundreds or a couple of thousand dollars to snag a 416. For some, that’s important. <PHOTO – child’s 416 t-shirt, cafepress.ca>
Phone number vendor GEORGIOS PAPPAS: “They feel that a 647 number makes them feel like they’re not established. Let’s say you need a lawyer. If you call a 647 number, how credible is that lawyer, how many years has he been in business for?”
“World Film Locations: Toronto”, edited by Tom Ue, explores the relationship between this city and cinema from 1904 to the present. TORONTO is an international city with the ability to easily disguise itself, and with natural ties to history, geography, sociology, architecture, art history and literature. TORONTO has been both a supporting character many times in Hollywood films and a cinematic muse in its own rite.
Robert Pattinson of David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” is on the cover. “He is a fantastic actor with phenomenal range,” says Mr. Ue.