THE KIDS ARE FIGHTING MAD, AND THEY’RE NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS FILTHY CLIMATE ANYMORE

Led by Swedish activist GRETA THUNBERG, an estimated 500,000 people marched through Montreal on Friday, calling for action on climate change. Same was true in TORONTO, Ottawa, Hamilton, Victoria, Halifax, etc. “We are millions striking and marching around (the world) and we’ll keep doing it until they listen,” Thunberg said.<On a fence at Spruce Court Co-Op, Cabbagetown, TORONTO>

THOUSANDS OF PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOGRAPHS BY VIVIAN MAIER HAVE A NEW CHICAGO HOME

Collector JOHN MALOOF’s donation to the University of Chicago Library consists of both black-and-white and colour, large and small prints. Some are processed; some not. They were made by a woman who struggled for money her whole life, and lost ownership of her work in 2007, two years before her death at the age of 83, when the contents of her storage locker were auctioned off. That’s when John Maloof came in.This 1956 photo provided by the Estate of Vivian Maier & John Maloof Collection shows a self-portrait of Maier in a series of mirrors at an unknown location. New research shows the enigmatic nanny was obsessive about honing her skills as a photographer starting in 1950.  LAURA LETINSKY, a visual arts professor at the University of Chicago said “This is a visual diary of sorts of her life. And because so little was known about her while she was alive . . . you’re trying to piece together what she was thinking about and how she was thinking.”ABOVE – A Vivian Maier photograph, printed by her or at her direction, part of the new University of Chicago Library donation by John Maloof. Unpublished work © 2017 The Estate of Vivian Maier. All rights reserved.Two in-depth stories by STEVE JOHNSON about VIVIAN MAIER, her work, and the JOHN MALOOF donation, were published in The Chicago Tribune this year. To reach it go to – https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/museums/ct-ent-vivian-maier-new-donation-university-chicago-0818-20190822-c5czvvvd3zdorbd6jyfcbxb46a-story.html

THE CDN. IMPERIAL BANK OF COMMERCE IS RESHAPING TORONTO’S SKYLINE WITH ITS CIBC SQUARE

There’ll be two towers, each one Class AAA, in the heart of TORONTO’s financial district. All things considered, it will be the last remaining office development with a renowned Bay Street address, thanks to Ivanhoé Cambridge. Following an international competition, CIBC Square is being created by British architects WilkinsonEyre and TORONTO’s Adamson Associates Architects. The complex will feature two elegant glass buildings – 81 Bay Street (2020) and 141 Bay (2023) connected by an elevated one-acre park over the rail corridor. Ivanhoé Cambridge and its partner, Hines, have an agreement with METROLINX, the city’s public transit agency, to build a suburban GO terminal at the first building. This will connect with the underground PATH network, Union RR Station, subway and buses, intercity VIA, and the UP Airport Express.Microsoft’s Canadian Headquarters will be one of the tenants, as well as CIBC itself. The project is already pre-certified WiredScore Platinum and is also targeting LEED® Platinum and WELL® accreditations. <PHOTOS & RENDERINGS – Ivanhoé Cambridge>

STREETCAR INFRASTRUCTURE – YOU MIGHT CALL IT CABLING – SPADINA AVE. AT COLLEGE ST.

TORONTO boasts more streetcar mileage than any other North American city – and that includes SAN FRANCISCO. These are working machines, an important part of the TTC transit system. You can see the University of TORONTO’s Architecture School behind these two air-conditioned beauties. <PHOTO ABOVE – @amar_22 . . . . . #streetsoftoronto>

AT THE RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE – A HISTORY OF FEMALE GAZES IN AFRICAN PORTRAITURE

An extensive exhibit from The Walther Collection – ‘The Way She Looks’ – revisits the history of African portraiture through the perspectives of women – both in front of, and behind the camera.<photo above by Gabriel Lekegian, albumen, Egypt, late 19th century>  From the beginnings of colonial photography to the present day the exhibition includes nineteenth century prints, postcards, albums and cartes de visites within two galleries.<photo above – ‘Girl in Red’ by Yto Barrada, French Moroccan>  The exhibition continues until December 8/2019.<photo above – S.J.Moodley, South African (1922-1987)>The Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street, downtown, is open every day except Monday from 11 am (12 pm on weekends). Admission is free.

JUST RELEASED – A SET OF 3 COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS HONOURING THE LATE LEONARD COHEN

September 21st, 2019 would have been LEONARD COHEN’s 85th birthday. Unfortunately he is no longer with us. But Canada Post honoured him with a set of three stamps showing three periods of his illustrious music career. Given the posthumous nature of the series, designers opted for black and white images.MONTREAL-based design firm PAPRIKA said the stamps symbolize “the scope of his work, and the man himself, who was larger than life.”