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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