THE MAYORS OF CANADA’S THREE LARGEST CITIES CHECK OUT TORONTO’S KING STREET TRANSIT PILOT

MAYOR JOHN TORY – “I rode the King streetcar this morning with MONTREAL Mayor Valérie Plante & VANCOUVER Mayor Gregor Robertson to highlight the shared priorities of transit, the alleviation of traffic congestion and improved mobility in Canada’s three largest cities.”

SOUP’S ON AT THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO – AGO REVEALS ANDY WARHOL’S ‘CAMPBELL’S SOUP I’ SERIES

They had it all along. Philanthropists Jim and Margaret Fleck bought the series in the 1970‘s from The Factory, America’s epicentre of Pop Art. Understandably the work opened up a huge debate on what can be classified as art.

AGO Director and CEO, STEPHAN JOST, says this is the only complete series of Andy Warhol’s soup cans to be found in a public institution. Each piece of the 32 canvases is different, and Warhol’s errors makes them so close to art that they become art.

HOUSING SHORTAGE IN 1944 – THE MAYOR & CITY CLERK TELL THE PUBLIC THE CITY IS FULL

“Notification is hereby give to families residing outside this City. The City has exhausted every available means of finding accommodation for those families already (here) and is unable to cope with an additional number.  “For your comfort and convenience DO NOT COME TO TORONTO FOR HOUSING ACCOMMODATION.” – Robert H. Saunders, Acting Mayor & J. W. Somers, City Clerk, July 29/1944.

Housing trauma in 2017 – 73 years later. Katia Dmitreieva in BLOOMBERG NEWS writes “Even real estate developers can’t afford TORONTO’s housing market. Land prices have gotten so high that developers are struggling to build new homes that people can afford. Buyers are no longer lining up, despite discounts and incentives.  “Developers are shifting business to U.S. states including Florida and Texas. About one-third of business for TORONTO-based Mattamy Homes Ltd., Canada’s largest residential builder, now comes from the U.S. and it’s growing quicker than the Canadian market.”

Michel Tremblay, a Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp. senior vice president, said that “the dream of homeownership may be fading for many Canadians.” He suggested long-term renting instead.”

WHEN IT COMES TO SUPPORTING THE ARTS, TORONTO IS A CHEAPSKATE

“MONTREAL is at $78 per-capita. TORONTO is still trying to get to $25. It’s embarassing and it’s shameful. Montreal had reached $55 by 2009; Vancouver $47.”JACOBA KNAAPEN, executive director of TAPA, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts.  According to the Toronto Arts Foundation, arts and culture contribute $11.3-billion dollars annually to TORONTO’s GDP. The $25 per capita arts funding is overdue.

<PHOTO – Mayor JOHN TORY contributes to a painting by artist PETER FARMER at the Evening For The Arts>

WITH AN ARCHITECT’S EYE, TORONTO PHOTOGRAPHER ROSS WINTER INTERPRETS THE WORLD

        ROSS WINTER often contributes photographs to ‘Toronto Savvy’.  We’re returning the favour by showing off some of his work.

Ross’s image above was taken at the Municipal Art Gallery in DUBLIN.  After his death FRANCIS BACON’s studio was moved from London to Ireland and precisely rebuilt.  It’s now on permanent display.

<PHOTO ABOVE Ross Winter & fellow photographer Ken Straiton @ Propeller Gallery, December/2017>. Artist page:  https://www.propellerctr.com/ross-winter.html . . . website – https://rosswinter.me/ . . . BELOW – a video all about Ross by LEO LIU – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UOGu6cYoGIgxVxIALQyXQH-VDOlH6Sck/view?ts=5a1975ad

A TSUNAMI OF SELF-INFLICTED WOUNDS HITS PRIDE TORONTO – THE MONEY POT IS DRYING UP

They shouldn’t have done it, but they did. Pressured by ‘politically correct’ demonstrators, PRIDE TORONTO decreed that police cars, police floats and uniformed officers would be banned from the Pride Parade, beginning in 2018.  The result: donations & corporate sponsorships year over year have plunged; last year’s SURPLUS of about $1-million fell, creating a DEFICIT of $500,000; revenue from donations and fundraising dropped from $758,015 in 2016 to $106,565 in 2017; corporate sponsorships fell from $2,269,180 in 2016 to $1,506,804 in 2017.

This is a huge blow to a relatively small, but important organization, which means a lot to the LGBTQ community in particular, and the citizenry at large. The Pride Parade is a highlight of the year, and a huge money-maker for the City of TORONTO and businesses large and small. Fumbling it in this way is both regrettable – and unacceptable.

MT. DENNIS IS SHOWING SIGNS OF NEW GROWTH & LIFTED SPIRITS – MAYBE THANKS TO NYCTOPHILIA

<PHOTO – Marcus Mitanis>. Once an important manufacturing zone in TORONTO’s West End, MOUNT DENNIS became one of the poorest neighborhoods in Ontario. Things have been looking up lately with a brand new recreation centre, a renovated library, a high-end appliance distributor, shops and refreshed storefronts.

New growth got underway in 2014 with a $250,000 piece of street sculpture, created by Daniel Young and Christian Giroux.

NYCTOPHILIA, constructed in 2014, consists of 10 utility poles holding up 36 multi-coloured, programmable streetlights. Locals call it “the pole farm”.