The PATCH PROJECT is an initiative that installs permanent and temporary art in underused spaces, such as this construction site where Church Street meets Carlton. Patch Project goals – to beautify streetscapes, strengthen community ties. and encourage emerging artists to exhibit in the public realm. What could be nobler than that?
THE ARTIST – Born in Kyiv, Ukraine, DENYS GOLEMENKOV, has a graphic design and architectural background. Upon immigrating to Canada he studied Graphic Design at IADT and has worked as a professional designer since 1990.
‘Urban Rhythm’ reflects Denys’ interest in the modern city and the way it’s built. He believes TORONTO is a place where artists enjoy freedom of expression in both their art and lifestyle. For more information – http://www.thepatchproject.com
HUY DO, 27, has created a widely distributed movie poster starring himself in the hope it will help him find rental accommodation in TORONTO’s core by June. It’s become a difficult task. The downtown vacancy rate is 1%, its lowest percentage in 16 years.
A one-bedroom apartment in the core now rents for an average of $1,614 a month. A two-bedroom $2,252. Governments are trying to help with rent control, but the numbers aren’t getting much better.
Compared to a national average purchase price of $481,000 across all housing categories from condos to detached houses, TORONTO comes in at $736,783 according TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board)
That word “manhattanizing” is creeping more and more into local political lingo. “As we Manhattanize, we are building a city of inequalities, deepening inequalities,” said Councillor JANET DAVIS. The greatest fear is that TORONTO will become yet another ‘playground for the rich’.
<‘Elvis I and II With Me’ by Ross Winter>
‘Elvis I and II With Hat’ by David Sky – http://www.seemsartless.com. A gift from the Women’s Committee Fund in 1966, ELVIS I AND II is a silkscreen painting created by Andy Warhol in 1963-64. It’s worth upwards of $50-million, probably more. The painting is likely based on a still from the 1960 film ‘Flaming Star’, starring Elvis Presley and Barbara Eden.
The Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, http://www.ago.ca
The TORONTO Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Festival is legendary in the annals of rock history. It was a 14-hour, single-day experience. On stage – The Doors, Chicago, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Alice Cooper. Unfortunately the band’s pet chickens were accidentally tossed into the audience and torn apart (!). A surprise last-minute guest – JOHN LENNON, who played with the Plastic Ono Band. Concertgoers raised lighters and matches in tribute, and to ease Lennon’s stage fright – Donald R. Muller & Ross R. Scott Collection/AGO
American cities are raking in much needed cash from ride-hailing services to pay for roads, subway signaling systems, taxi industry upgrades and other kinds of infrastructure. This could be one way to help fill the coffers. It seems to be working south of the border.
CHICAGO levels 65 cents per ride on Uber and Lyft; Massachusetts (Boston) – 20 cents; Portland – 50 cents; New York is thinking about a $2 to $5 charge per ride. This could generate up to $605-million annually for that city’s failing subway system.
CHICAGO officials estimate that ride-hailing companies have cost their city about $40-million each year in lost revenue from transit fares, parking fees, licenses and permits. The ride-hailing tax produced nearly $39-million for the city’s general fund in 2016, up from $100,000 in 2014. The 2017 revenue total is expected to reach $72-million. <Photo above – NICO.BLUE/iSTOCK>
The photographs of 20-year-old Ryerson University student LUCAN COUTTS have suddenly been discovered by followers of Reddit and Instagram, tweeters and science fiction aficionados.
Some see a resemblance to a ‘Blade Runner’ set. “A lot of people tell me that my photos make them nostalgic,” Coutts told TORONTO LIFE. “That was pretty cool to see that reaction to my work. Funny enough, I’ve never seen the Blade Runner movies.”
Coutts is especially inspired by neon signage, bright lights, fog, snowstorms, and whatever happens downtown after the workday ends. You can read the whole TORONTO LIFE story at – https://torontolife.com/culture/art/20-year-old-photographer-makes-toronto-look-like-futuristic-blade-runner-cityscape/