HUDSON’S BAY LIGHTS UP QUEEN ST. FOR THE HOLIDAYS – BUT I STILL MISS THE XMAS ANIMATION

<PHOTOS ABOVE – this year’s windows in 2018>

<PHOTOS ABOVE – the same (animated) windows in 2014>. Just my opinion – before 2015 the Simpson’s/Hudson’s Bay animated windows on Queen Street West were pretty much non-commercial. They were just fun. Kids and adults both loved them. Since then, the same windows have become much more politically correct and adult-oriented, colourful but kind of boring.

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TORONTO GETS A WRITE-UP IN “GOOP”’S TRAVEL GUIDE; PHOTO – THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT

SAYS GOOP – “Just an hour-long flight from JFK, Canada’s largest city is both refreshingly urban and small town, with its network of singular neighborhoods making up what is arguably one of the most underrated destinations around.”“There’s opportunity for everything, be it let-your-hair-down revelry, a world-class food crawl, or a quick change of scenery for vacation-drunk kiddos. Every street corner is occupied by a cozy café, microbrewery, sustainability-focused restaurant, or any one of the many gems that make up TORONTO’s culture scene.”While the long winters are glacial at best, the whole place hums with the kind of subzero-induced energy that makes spending the bulk of your time indoors a blast.”  THANKS, GOOP!

THE FIRST PHASE OF DANIELS WATERFRONT CITY OF THE ARTS IS NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS

  <130 QQE (130 Queens Quay East), Daniels Waterfront, image by ProjectEnd>. After roughly three and a half years of construction one major space, LAUNCHPAD, has opened its doors. Housed on the fourth floor of City of the Arts, Launchpad offers 30,000 ft² of co-working space for artists, creators and designers.<Artscape Daniels Launchpad floorplan, image – Artscape Daniels Launchpad>. Included in the Launchpad floor plan meeting and performance spaces; room for workshops end entrepreneurship programs; a modular lighting grid that can be altered for theatrical lighting and props; a digital media lab; sound recording facilities; photography studio; a cycloramic wall which doubles as a green screen; two edit suites; and a 947 ft² VFX control room with a 24-channel analog mixing board.<Green screen space at Artscape Daniels Launchpad>. DANIELS’ City of the Arts is a mixed-use etail/office/institutional/residential complex being constructed on Queens Quay at Lower Jarvis Street on TORONTO’s Waterfront.

2018 HAS BEEN A WICKED YEAR WHEN IT COMES TO GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR CITY

<Editorial cartoon by THEO MOUDAKIS, Toronto Star>. TORONTO has recorded its highest homicide numbers since 1991. Eighty-nine (89!) lives have been lost since January, and there are still six weeks to go before year’s-end. Most of these deaths were caused by gun violence, and most of those who died were young.
Since this was first posted, that number has increased to ninety-one (91).

BACK WHERE IT BELONGS – THE EL MOCAMBO TAVERN SIGN RETURNS TO SPADINA AVENUE

Absent for two years from the north end of Spadina Avenue at College Street, the El Mocambo neon sign is back. The original, damaged beyond repair, has been replaced by a new identical version in both shape and size.  PRIDE SIGNS in Cambridge, Ontario made the replica, which will light up on Thursday night, November 15th.  The building itself will reopen sometime in the future. But El Mocambo Records & Merchandise will continue at 464 Spadina.

<PHOTO ABOVE – HARLTON EMPIRE – @HarltonEmpire><PHOTO ABOVE – the original El Mocambo sign>

<PHOTO – two years ago the marquee told the public the palm tree sign would return “better and greener” than ever.><PHOTO ABOVE – the illuminated sign in September/2014>

<PHOTO ABOVE – the El Mocambo on July 25/2012 when it was TORONTO’s #1 rock music venue.  History might repeat itself.>

THE NEW YORK TIMES’ “SUNDAY STYLES” CATCHES UP WITH TORONTO’S NOTORIOUS MATHAROO SISTERS

“After years of romances with a series of fabulously wealthy Nigerian boyfriends, the flamboyant Canadian sisters Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo needed somewhere to store the pricey spoils of their dating careers. So they converted a bedroom in their TORONTO home into a large walk-in closet that resembles a luxury boutique.  “An entire wall is lined with more than 70 pairs of designer high-heeled shoes. Glass wardrobes display dozens of handbags and purses from brands like Hermès, Celine, Gucci and Saint Laurent. Equally pricey clothing drapes tightly from hangers and fills trunks stacked up to the ceiling.“Did they even pay for any of this stuff? “Not really, no,” said Jyoti, 34. Her sister responded similarly. “The only time I go shopping is when someone gives me their credit card, said Kiran, 32. – from ‘Billionaire Roulette’ by DAN LEVIN, New York Times, November 10/2018. Read the entire story at – https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/10/style/the-canadian-kardashians.html<PHOTOS – 1) TARA WALTON for the NY Times; the Matharoos at the Consort Bar in TORONTO’s King Edward Hotel ; 2) Jyoti and her walk-in closet, KEMISOLA ADEYEMI