TORONTO ARCHITECTS, DUBBELDAM, CONVERT A VICTORIAN TERRACE INTO A MODERN BEAUTY

DUBBELDAM4 Snuggled amongst 19th century brick dwellings in downtown TORONTO sits ‘the contrast house’. A small semi-detached home with Victorian-era room layouts, it’s been transformed into a brightly lit, contemporary living space.

DUBBELDAM3The long, narrow structure, only 11 feet wide, has been opened up on all levels to bring in natural light. A small green roof provides a cooling effect for the upper floors and absorbs rainwater, preventing run-off.PHOTOS – http://www.dubbeldam.ca

RUBENS‘ “MASSACRE OF THE INNOCENTS” IS A TORONTO TREASURE @ ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO

AGORUBENS2“Massacre of the Innocents” in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, is the first version painted by Peter Paul Rubens around 1611-12. From the end of the 17th century until the 19th century it was part of the Liechtenstein Collection in Vienna’s Garden Palace.  The painting was attributed to one of Rubens’ assistants, and remained under that attribution until it was sold to an Austrian family in 1920. In 1923 it was lent to a monastery in northern Austria.

AGORUBENS1In 2001, the painting was seen by an expert in Flemish and Dutch painting at Sotheby’s in London. He believed it was indeed a Rubens, and at auction in London on July 10, 2002, the picture sold for $117-million CAD to collector and multi-millionaire KENNETH THOMSON, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet.  Mr. Thomson donated the painting to the Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, where it hangs to this day in its own special room.

RUBENS3Art Gallery of Ontario, http://www.ago.net

THE MAPLE LEAF FLAG, CANADA’S NATIONAL EMBLEM, REACHES A HALF-CENTURY

   On December 15, 1964 a single-leaf, red-and-white design was approved by the House of Commons in Ottawa. Two months later, on February 15, 1965 the old colonial Red Ensign came down, and Canada’s new flag was raised for the first time over Parliament Hill.

FLAG4<IMAGE ABOVE – TORONTO artist Charles Pachter’s ‘The Painted Flag’>

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UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO STUDENTS ‘RELIVE THEIR CHILDHOODS’ WITH A CAMPUS SNOWBALL FIGHT

SNOWBALL1 They came from all three campuses and beyond to play in the snow. Madina Siddiqui and Frishta Bastan planned the event to lighten the spirits of students bogged down with mid-terms and assignments.

SNOWBALL2Jonathan Cassin, a fourth year student, said “everything was fun, but the spontaneity of it is what really made it special. It brought all kinds of students together, from arts and science to engineers.”

SNOWBALL4SNOWBALL5Plans are to make this an annual event.  PHOTOS – Jennifer Su/The Varsity – http://www.thevarsity.ca

THE VOICE OF TORONTO’S ‘UNDERGROUND’ MAKES ITSELF HEARD ON A NEW INTERNET RADIO STATION

RADIO4TORONTO RADIO PROJECT is an underground Internet start-up radio station, broadcasting daily from a studio under a shop in Bloorview Village <PHOTO ABOVE – blogto>. It’s dedicated to giving a platform to this city’s booming music scene, and accolades are rolling in – from within and without the establishment.

RADIO1RADIO2TRP founder FRAZER LAVENDER, 29, a transplanted Londoner <PHOTO BELOW on the right>: “I liked TORONTO for all the different neighbourhoods and stuff. Obviously it’s different from LONDON, which is much bigger. But it’s what you make of it . . . I felt at home here straight away. It’s an international, cosmopolitan kind of city.”

RADIO3Two months after its first broadcast, the station puts out 40 shows, all produced and hosted by volunteers, a schedule that runs live from the afternoons into the evenings on weekdays and re-streams previous broadcasts overnight. Plans are to get TRP on-air live 7 days a week.
Toronto Radio Project – http://www.wearetrp.com

TORONTO-DESIGNED VANHAWKS VALOUR, HIGH TECH BIKE, WILL MAKE ITS DEBUT IN THE SPRING

VANHAWKS1 After years of development and a crowdfunding campaign that raised almost $1-million, the Vanhawks Valour is about to hit the road. The company has more than 1,000 orders for the carbon fibre two-wheeler that tracks cycling habits on a mobile application.  The bikes technology includes a Bluetooth connection that gives turn-by-turn directions, sensors for blind-spot detection, a GPS-equipped accelerator and LED indicator lights.  Plans are to build a smart bike network to discourage thieves. The network would connect all Valour bikes, tracking a bike’s last known location when two Valours are within 6 kilometres of each other.
Selling price – around $1,000.

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