THE CANADIAN ONLINE ART BOOK PROJECT “BREATHES DIGITAL LIFE INTO CANADIAN ART” – GLOBE & MAIL

Founded in 2013 and still going strong, the ‘Canadian Online Art Book Project’ makes full use of 21st century media to potentially reach millions. The Project is a registered non-profit research organization based at Massey College, within the University of TORONTO.

<ABOVE – Skating Carnival, Victoria Rink, Montreal, WILLIAM NOTMAN, 1870>. Authors of the online books are among Canada’s leading art historians, curators and visual experts. Their work is available on the site to anyone anywhere in both French and English.

A few of the many online art books – Michael Snow, Yves Gaucher, Emily Carr, Greg Curnoe, William Kurelek, Paraskeva Clark, General Idea, Harold Town, Paul Kane, Joyce Wieland, Jack Chambers, Jean Paul Lemieux, etc.

‘The Canadian Online Art Book Project’ – images, documents, podcasts, stories, videos, exhibits – is available right now at http://www.aci-iac.ca

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THE TORONTO SIGN LIGHTS UP IN BLUE TO HONOUR THE MAPLE LEAFS ON THEIR 100TH ANNIVERSARY

The Leafs (originally the Toronto Arenas) & the Montreal Canadiens are the two original members of the National Hockey League (NHL), founded in 1917.

NEW YORK CITY AND TORONTO ARE FORMING A TECHNOLOGY, HEALTH, ENERGY & FINANCE ALLIANCE

According to Forbes Tech TORONTO & New York are in the process of creating an East Coast alliance to solve mutual problems and compete with other global hubs in the technology industry.

NEW YORK is a well-established global business and creative centre, while TORONTO is home to a smaller, but equally sturdy technology community.

“TORONTO’s STEM (acronym for the fields of science, technology, engineering and math) talent is world class. Much of the world’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) talent is based here. The city actively recruits young talent from the US and around the world to further develop their expertise in Canada. Young talent that moves to TORONTO tends to stay.” – SALIM TEJA, entrepreneur & tech investor, leads venture services at MaRS/Toronto

“Networks and cities matter when you’re building a business in the financial industry. I don’t buy the idea that tech entrepreneurs can be digital nomads. Our U.S. expansion depends on us having feet on the ground in New York.” VIC MAGDELINIC, CEO of Toronto-based Overbond

NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE – DAY AND NIGHT IT’S THE BEATING HEART OF THE CITY

<ABOVE – a lone skater on the Square’s ice rink as the sun comes up. PHOTO – Bryan Blenkin>

<BELOW this year’s Official Christmas/Holiday card features Nathan Phillips Square>

<ABOVE – Finnish architect Viljo Revell, shows his design for New City Hall to Professor Takamasa Yoshizaka in 1960; PHOTO – Gilbert A. Milne>

<ABOVE – Opening Night for New City Hall in 1965. Unfortunately Mr. Revell, the architect, had passed away the previous year.>

In 2007 an international design competition was launched to bring the square into the 21st century. The rebuild was accomplished by a consortium of mostly TORONTO firms. Architects and designers from Perkins + Will and PLANT Architect Inc. over-hauled everything, installing new fountains, a permanent stage, moving the Peace Garden with its full-growth trees, and planting a green roof around the third level of City Hall itself.

<ABOVE –  the Square, site of the city’s Christmas Tree, fireworks on Canada Day and at midnight on New Year’s Eve.  The TORONTO sign was inaugurated for the PanAm/ParaPanAm Games and has now become a popular photo-taking site – rivaling the CN Tower.>

HOTTEST TICKET IN TORONTO – JAPANESE ARTIST YAYOI KUSAMA @ THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO

<YAYOI KUSAMA with Pumpkin/2010>. The show opens on March 3, 2018 (it closes on May 27), but already thousands of tickets have been sold (zero to 18,000 in the first few hours). Only around 120,000 slots are available.

‘Infinity Mirrors’, has been touring the United States, from the HIRSHORN MUSEUM in Washington, D.C., to the SEATTLE ART MUSEUM to the BROAD MUSEUM in Los Angeles.  And soon it will be in TORONTO.  The TORONTO Star says “It all amounts to a perfect storm: Unprecedented demand running headlong into the scarcest of time.”

With an oeuvre of painting and sculpture best described as candy-coloured fantasia, 88-year-old Yahoi Kusama’s work has helped make her into an Instagram superstar.

MASONIC TEMPLE’S CONCERT HALL, 888 YONGE STREET, WAS BUILT DURING WORLD WAR ONE

RICHARD LONGLEY writes in NOW Magazine – “Freemasonry was once big in TORONTO, and though grand masonic temples and lodges still dot the cityscape, most of them have been adapted to new uses. The six-storey Renaissance Revival Masonic Temple at Yonge and Davenport doubled as the Concert Hall, hosting the likes of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Tina Turner, the Ramones, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, The Who, the Rolling Stones and David Bowie.

60 RICHMOND ST. E. IS DESIGNED FOR RESIDENTS IN THE RESTAURANT & HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

Teeple Architects’ award-winning 60 Richmond Street East provides innovative, affordable housing just east of TORONTO’s Financial District.  An infill project, the building uses reclaimed materials and energy-saving strategies to keep maintenance costs down.  It also features a resident-owned and operated restaurant and training kitchen on the ground floor.

Vegetables, fruit and herbs grown on the sixth floor terrace help supply the restaurant with food.  The cut-in facade adds spark to a rather bland neighbourhood.