TORONTO PHOTOGRAPHER CAMERON MCLELLAN TAKES E.T. ON A TOUR OF THE CITY

ET5 Photographer CAMERON MCLELLAN’s better idea. Just for fun he and a friend dragged a life-sized replica of E.T. (a Christmas present) around TORONTO last week and took pictures of him on the subway, in Yonge-Dundas Square, the Galleria, and on Bathurst Street across from Honest Ed’s.  “People all over the city were asking to take selfies with E.T.,” McLellan told Metro News.

ET4ET3ET1Above, a less kindly version of E.T. taken in LONDON last fall. He really, really wants to go home.

‘WEIRD ILLUMINATED SKY PAINTINGS’ (W.I.S.P.’S) ARE CREATED WITH LED LIGHTS AND DRONES

WISPS2 Drones have been getting some pretty bad press lately.  But they can do other things besides dropping bombs or hunting down terrorists. In fact, a drone is capable of showing us the world as we’ve never seen it before. A new art form has appeared, using drones and LED lights to create trails of light and colour in the sky.

WISPS3Fortunately or unfortunately Transport Canada has put the kibosh on flying drones near airports, heliports and aerodromes, as well as night time flying by hobbyists. These are a few TORONTO W.I.S.P.’s captured before the ban went into effect.  You’ll no doubt recognize the CN Tower, the back side of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Sharp Centre for Design at OCADU.
For more information on TORONTO’s drones and W.I.S.P.’s – http://www.yongestreetmedia.ca/features/drones121514.aspx

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TORONTO’S GROWTH RATE WILL ACCELERATE IN 2015 BY 2.8%, THE STRONGEST IN 5 YEARS

Toronto_by_neomThe Conference Board of Canada predicts a growth rate of 2.8% for TORONTO this year and 2.9% in 2016. This makes T.O. #5 out of 28 cities, a rise from 10th place in 2014. Unemployment is expected to fall to 7.8% from 8%.  The Pan Am Games will boost tourism, condo and new home construction will continue, and manufacturing should recover at an accelerating pace, the Board says.

NOTALGIA FROM THE PAST – TORONTO ARCHIVES & PUBLIC LIBRARY + SIDEWALK LABS, 1893-1938

<ABOVE – a photo with a lot in it – 10 Darrell Avenue, October 21, 1938 – City of Toronto Archives & Sidewalk Labs>AND here’s another one – a painting with a lot in it – a museum in an old TORONTO mansion, 1893.  After a photograph by Robert W. Semple. The ornithological museum was originally the dining room in William Allan’s “Moss Park”, Sherbourne St., south of Shuter<Toronto Public Library>

CBC’S “SCHITT’S CREEK” HAS BEEN PICKED UP FOR A 2ND SEASON BY U.S. POP NETWORK

SCHITT'SCREEK6 This plucky series, commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and shot in and around TORONTO, has been renewed for a second season both in Canada (CBC) and in the US (POP cable network).

SCHITT'SCREEK2      The series centres on a formerly filthy rich video store magnate (Eugene Levy), his soap opera star wife (Catherine O’Hara), and their two kids – hipster son David (Daniel Levy) and socialite daughter Alexis (Annie Murphy), who suddenly find themselves broke. They are forced to live in Schitt’s Creek, a small, depressing town daddy once bought as a joke.

SCHITT'SCREEK4Created by father/son team EUGENE and DANIEL LEVY, and starring Catharine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy, the series is doing well on both networks. CBC and POP have ordered another 13 episodes for 2016.

SCHITT'SCREEK7EUGENE LEVY: “Wow. A second season on Pop? This is good news! It’s better than good news. My son Daniel and I are thrilled to be associated with such a young, vibrant network. Here’s hoping as Pop grows, so grows ‘Schitt’s Creek.’

MICHAEL SNOW, QUINTESSENTIAL ARTIST: INTO FILM, JAZZ, SCULPTURE, PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY

SNOW5Three years ago he was exhibiting at the Art Gallery of Ontario, then the Power Plant. One year ago it was his “Photo-Centric” show at the PHILADEPHIA Museum of Art. Now he’s presenting “A Group Show” at the Jack Shainman Gallery in CHELSEA.  Michael Snow lives and works in TORONTO.

SNOW2 <PHOTO ABOVE – Michael Snow, solo piano concert at J. Paul Getty Foundation, Los Angeles, April 20, 2005When he first came to NEW YORK in 1962 he was part of three different worlds: music, film and jazz. “I played every night, after spending all day at the studio making art work,” he said about his time in New York. “But they didn’t really have any connection. It was just that the same guy did them.”

SNOW3 SNOW4SNOW6<PHOTOS ABOVE – Michael Snow works familiar to Canadians: 1) the iconic ‘Walking Woman’ 2) ‘The Audience’, Rogers Centre  3) ‘Flight Stop’, Eaton Centre, TORONTO, Ronnie Yip photographer>

GLEN ROAD’S OLD VICTORIANS ARE UNDER WRAPS AS WORK GOES ON TO SAVE THEM

GLEN2After about 45 years of neglect, an abandoned row of heritage brick houses is on the road to recovery. The Glen Road homes sit a few hundred metres from upscale Rosedale to the north, and the towers of St. James Town to the south.  <PHOTO BELOW – what’s under the tarp>

glenroad2JOHN BENTLEY MAYS in the Globe and Mail: “(the area) survived the wrecking ball possibly due to the presence of St. Simon the Apostle Church, and remains today a remnant block of buildings from a larger Victorian neighbourhood that once existed.”

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PRESTIGE LOCATION & PRESTIGE ARCHITECTS – HERE’S WHAT MAY BE COMING TO YONGE & BLOOR

MIZRAHI1 Where Yonge Street meets Bloor is one of Canada’s prime intersections. If the proposal is approved, a tower (The One) – Canada tallest – designed by LONDON-based Foster and Partners and TORONTO’s Core Architects will rise on the southwest corner.  Developer Sam Mizrahi: “Our goal is to build for the next 50 or 100 years. This project is unprecedented and this corner deserves it.”  The plan was sent back to the drawing board.