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MULTI-MEDIA ARTIST PHILIP HARE’S HAND-STITCHED “FACELESS FACES” EXHIBIT FOCUSES ON TERRORISM

 These days terrorism looms high above the world, and sex, religion, money and other manipulative devices are what drives it. In every office, home and social media group someone is being terrorized. It’s only a matter of scale, says Mr. Hare.

Working with the terrorism theme, PHILIP HARE created an imposing trio of large, hand-stitched textile works. Hare says this is the first time he’s seen all three of them, top-to-bottom, together on one wall. (10-foot-high ceilings are at a premium in Leslieville houses.)

TORONTO PLAYS BALTIMORE IN GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S NEW MOVIE “THE SHAPE OF WATER”

GUILLERMO DEL TORO, a big fan of our city, has made three feature films here. His latest, ‘The Shape of Water’, nominated for 13 Oscars, is set in Baltimore in 1962. In the film both TORONTO and neighbouring HAMILTON disguise themselves as, you guessed it, ‘the birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner’ (BALTIMORE).

Photos are all courtesy of Fox Searchlight; info from The Daily Hive & Atlas of Wonders.com

<ABOVE – KEATING CHANNEL, with Lakeshore Boulevard East on the right. The CN Tower was digitally removed.>

<ELISA’S APARTMENT and the Occam Aerospace Research Centre, were shot at Cinespace Studios in TORONTO>

<Exteriors of the research centre were filmed on the Scarborough campus of the University of TORONTO; photos Fox Searchlight & Sean Marshall>

<The water man goes to the movies at TORONTO’s Elgin Theatre, where the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.>

<Exteriors of the theatre were filmed outside TORONTO’s Massey Hall on Shuter Street; photos – Fox Searchlight & Secondarywaltz>

<The deco Lakeview Restaurant on Dundas Street West played a role in several scenes, all involving pie.>

<Dundas Street West at Ossington Avenue with vintage cars and a Baltimore city bus, TORONTO>

THE FIRST IMAGE ON CBC ENGLISH TELEVISION IN CANADA WAS AN UPSIDE DOWN STATION ID-SLIDE

The ID slide above is part of Canadian television history. When CBLT, the local TORONTO channel went on the air for the first time, viewers were greeted by a back-to-front, upside down slide, put there by an overly-fastidious technician.

EMIL ZVARICH got his 15 minutes of fame by cleaning the slide one last time, and then popping it into the projector and up it went to air.  Making things worse, all the CBC brass were in the control room at the time. Then a film jammed in the projector gate. It was September 8, 1952 – and CBLT was born.

From our kindly neighbours at the BUFFALO COURIER-EXPRESS “Observers in eastern New York say they are amazed at the professional skill demonstrated by CBLT. All in all, it looks as though Canadian television is sure of a substantial US audience.”

From a TORONTO newspaper critic – “CBC television was not triumphant in its opening. There was little worth sitting through and nothing you’d want to endure a second time.”

And from another kindly Buffalonian – “. . . three hours of unusual, interesting and highly professional entertainment . . . their pattern could well be followed by the US television industry. All in all, a very refreshing evening.”

“TORONTO RECEPTION GUARANTEED!” – an advertisement in a Lewiston, New York store selling television sets.

<Among those who performed that night – puppets Uncle Chichimus & Hollyhock>

<GLENN GOULD, who later appeared often on both television and radio.>

LORNE GREENE, CBC radio news anchor, starring later in ‘BONANZA’. On opening night he reported on the manhunt for the BOYD GAME, dangerous escapees from the Don Jail.

<DON HARRON (shown here as Charlie Farquharson) – writer, producer, director, actor, comedian, star of the US television series ‘HEE HAW”>

<PERCY SALTZMAN, who made weather forecasting & chalk-tossing into an art-form>

THE GLOBE & MAIL’S CARTOONISTS SUM UP THE TRUMPSTER’S PAST WEEK & WHAT MAY BE UPCOMING

<“Happy Hour at the Davos Economic Forum – Make America Great Again” by BRIAN GABLE, Globe and Mail, January 26/2018>

<“COME INTO MY PARLOUR” . . . “Looking forward to it . . . “ by DAVID PARKINS, Globe and Mail, January 25/2018>