THE DESECRATION OF HOWARD STREET IS OVER THANKS TO RISING REAL ESTATE VALUES

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After several decades of neglect, developers have re-discovered Howard Street, a short thoroughfare running between posh Rosedale and St. James Town with the TTC subway in between. From the 1960’s this area has been allowed to deteriorate but now, as downtown TORONTO booms, things are looking up.

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<PHOTO ABOVE – this Victorian-era house is about to be moved, making way for development>

HOWARD8<One of two renovated apartment buildings just around the corner on Glen Road>

HOWARD9<Victorian-era row houses also on Glen Road>

HOWARD5HOWARD7HOWARD6<Graffiti-laden houses on Sherbourne and Howard will hopefully soon be rescued>

HOWARD10<The former Selby Hotel on Sherbourne Street will back onto a new 50-storey condominium building>

Houses in nearby Cabbagetown are selling for as much as $2.5-million; Rosedale mansions go for even more than that. New towers are coming to Selby and Sherbourne Streets and the east side of Sherbourne, south of Howard, is being rebuilt.  The neighbourhood’s remaining heritage buildings have been respected so far, which leads me to believe there are advantages to gentrification.

“IF THEY COULD SEE US NOW” – CROSS-DRESSERS GET THE AGO’S FULL GALLERY TREATMENT

SUSANNA4In 2003 collectors Robert Swope and Michel Hurst came across a box of albums and snapshots in a New York City flea market. The subject: 1960’s era cross-dressers vacationing at Casa Susanna, a resort in upstate New York. Swope says “I was electrified. I realized instantly that these photographs were extraordinary and something that no one, outside of the group, was meant to see.”

“These photos are not pictures of drag queens exaggerating femininity but men who longed to experience what it would be like to be a woman,” Swope says. “The cost is nominal, the value is acceptance, sociability, freedom of expression, conviviality and satisfaction is tremendous.”

SUSANNA3SUSANNA1The Art Gallery of Ontario purchased the collection in 2015 with funds donated by Martha L.A. McCain. The snapshots and large prints have a gallery all their own within the exhibition ‘Outsiders: American Photography and Film 1950s-1980s’. This is the AGO’s largest photography show since it reopened in 2008. It features work by such American masters as Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Nan Goldin, Gordon Parks and Robert Frank.  Until May 29.

The Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West – http://www.ago.net

“TUNNEL VISION: THE STORY OF TORONTO’S SUBWAY” – THE MARKET GALLERY

SUBWAY13Many of us take TORONTO’s subway system for granted.  It’s been there since March 30, 1954 and for the most part it’s clean and reliable day in and day out.  “Tunnel Vision” the story of Toronto’s subway” is an exhibition of photographs, maps, plans, ephemera and artifacts from the earliest public transit until the present day .  For anyone who loves trains and tunnels or is curious about our city’s transit system.

http://www.toronto.ca/marketgallery

SUBWAY1<A wine and gold subway sign – retired>

SUBWAY5<Opening day ceremonial first run from Davisville Station to Union, March 30, 1954>

SUBWAY7<Toronto newspaper headlines as the subway is being built>

SUBWAY3SUBWAY11SUBWAY8SUBWAY6<Toronto Transit’s Grey Cup float, 1950’s>

SUBWAY2SUBWAY12<“The Toronto Subway Song” by the Ozzie Williams Band, 1950, not in the exhibition>

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“PARALLEL WORLDS OF TORONTO” IN RAIN PUDDLES BY GUIDO GUTIERREZ RUIZ

PARALLEL3“Rain puddles can be more than magical. Every time I see a puddle I take out my smartphone and put my camera lens as close as I can to the water and capture a parallel world. These are some of my puddle reflections I took in TORONTO last month.”

GUIDO GUTIERREZ RUIZ @guigurui

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THE PROPELLER GALLERY AT 30 ABELL STREET CELEBRATES ITS 20TH YEAR

PROPELLER12PROPELLER, one of TORONTO’s longest standing artist collectives, is celebrating two decades of unique programming.

PROPELLER20TH2Their Anniversary Retrospective Celebration opened on a cold, wet evening but that didn’t deter painters, photographers, media artists and enthusiasts from turning up to light some candles and sing “Happy Birthday Propeller!”

PROPELLER20TH6PROPELLER20TH8PROPELLER20TH5PROPELLER20TH10PROPELLER20TH3The Propeller Gallery is located in the West Queen West arts district at 30 Abell Street, south of Queen not far from the Drake Hotel.

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