THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED DEMOLITION IN TOWN IS ON DUNDAS STREET EAST AT SUMACH

 The last two of Peter Dickinson’s Regent Park apartment towers are coming down. This one is ideally situated for picture-taking.

It’s kind of voyeuristic, looking at what’s been left behind by apartment dwellers, many of whom lived here for several decades. Former residents are being housed elsewhere, and some will return to the Park once new buildings go on the market for sale or rental. PHOTOS – Ross Winter, http://www.RossWinter.me

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AS ONE GOES, SO GOES THE OTHER: NEW YORK AND TORONTO REDISCOVER THE RENTAL MARKET

APARTMENTS4 In NEW YORK CITY more than 13,000 new rental units are going on the market this year in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Manhattan alone will lease 4,900 in 34 buildings; Brooklyn 6,500 across 134 buildings; and Queens 1,800 in 18 buildings.

APARTMENTS2TORONTO is also getting quickly back into the rental market. Among others, Urbancorp is switching its Kingsclub condo complex on King Street West to 3 towers of rentals; the 49-storey Selby on Sherbourne Street has become a rental project with 441 units, and on Isabella Street at Church a new 23-storey rental building is rising.
<PHOTO BELOW – St. James Town, downtown TORONTO’s largest rental neighbourhood, population roughly 15,000>

APARTMENTS1In New York apartment sizes are getting ever smaller and the perks (gyms, bowling alleys, theatres, restaurants, in-house dog runs) are getting bigger. The same is happening here.

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NOISE PORN RANKS TORONTO #2 OUT OF 10 NORTH AMERICAN CITIES WITH EXPLODING MUSIC SCENES

MUSIC1“Before it was the city that Drake built, TORONTO was home to legendary rockers Rush and Neil Young. Over the past 10 years or so, there’s been an explosion of diverse talent coming from T.O. There’s an impressive contingent of heavy bands like Death From Above 1979 and METZ, as well as a wealth of electronic/experimental artists like the Weeknd, Crystal Castles, and deadmau5. Keep an eye out for more emerging talent from this Canadian gem.”

By “Canadian gem” I think they mean our beautiful city. Noise Porn’s website – http://www.noiseporn.com/2014/06/top-10-best-emerging-cities-music/

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Noise Porn’s Top 10 list of music cities:
1 – AUSTIN, Texas
2 – TORONTO, Ontario
3 – NASHVILLE, Tennessee
4 – MADISON, Wisconsin
5 – BROOKLYN, New York
6 – MONTREAL, Quebec
7 – CHICAGO, Illinois
8 – WASHINGTON DC
9 – ATHENS, Georgia
10 – PORTLAND, Oregon

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‘WORD COUNT’ ON ABELL STREET RECORDS A PASSING MOMENT IN TORONTO’S ART HISTORY

ABELLSTREET1 TORONTO artist CORWYN LUND often integrates his work into the fabric of the city. ‘Word Count’, on an Abell Street hoarding, is a site-specific project for the Koffler Gallery Off-Site. It memorializes a fleeting moment within TORONTO’s constant urban redevelopment – even in the super cool West Queen West neighbourhood.

ABELLSTREET4Demolished in the winter of 2012, the 3-storey factory warehouse sheltered studios and unsanctioned affordable lofts for artists – live/work spaces, which are now in short supply, especially in this neighbourhood. The work has been up for over two years, and surprisingly it remains almost pristine.

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MAYOR JOHN TORY’S WAR ON GRIDLOCK PROGRESS REPORT: 962 CARS/TRUCKS TOWED; 5,806 TICKETED

TOWED2It appears that Mayor JOHN TORY is winning the gridlock war so far. Since his blitz on rush hour lane blockers began three weeks ago, tow truck drivers and police have been busier than ever before. So much so, that the program has been expanded from downtown to midtown.

Out-of-province drivers are next on the mayor’s list. “No more thumbing of the nose at the laws by people with out-of-province plates,” he said. “A tow truck awaits them if they keep parking where they shouldn’t, just like everybody else.”

TOWED1Penalties: drivers who would normally face a $150 parking ticket could now have to pay up to $230 to get their vehicle back, and delivery truck drivers may be charged up to $1,000.
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WOULD-BE WOMEN ARTISTS CELEBRATE BEAUTY & THE MALE BODY AT ARTSCAPE YOUNGPLACE

GRAPHITE2   The GRAPHITE STALLIONS, one of our city’s new startup companies, has teamed up with Artscape Youngplace on Shaw Street for 2-hour sketching parties. And what are they sketching? Nude, buff young men who are quite prepared to sit in a chilly studio while being committed to paper by fully dressed women artists.For novices interactive art instruction is available, and the sessions are filled with music. The co-founders have art backgrounds – Martha Malloy works in art design, and Kirstin Bojanowski is an abstract painter.

“It’s all about celebrating beauty and somebody’s body,” said Malloy.

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ONCE HOME TO 50,000 WATT CKFH, THIS YELLOW BRICK BOX ON GRENVILLE ST. MEETS ITS WATERLOO

CKFH8An undistinguished structure on Grenville Street is coming down as neighbouring Yonge Street welcomes yet another condo building.

CKFH9     Radio buffs know that this was once home to CKFH, the AM radio voice of the TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS. CKFH went on the air in 1951. The ‘FH’ in its call letters were those of its owner, FOSTER HEWITT <Photos below>, who did play-by-play hockey Saturday nights on both national radio and CBC television.

CKFH6   ckfhFrom 1967 CKFH offered a Top 40 format to compete with rival CHUM, until it switched to country music in 1975. Foster Hewitt sold the station in the early 1980’s, when it became CJCL, then evolved into The Fan 590. The 1430 frequency is now home to multicultural Fairchild Radio.

CKFH7From Pam Chiotti on the Torontoist website: “After 30 years in radio, my days at FH are still my most memorable and best-loved. The first turkey I ever cooked was the one given to me by Foster Hewitt for Christmas.”

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