SAVE YOURSELF A TRIP TO THE ART GALLERY & CHECK OUT ‘THE CANADIAN ONLINE ART BOOK PROJECT’

Founded in 2013 and 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.

Current Online exhibition – PARASKEVA CLARK (1898-1986), A Russian Emigre’s Eye On Canada. <SELF-PORTRAIT – ‘Paraskeva Clark with concert program’, National Gallery of Canada, OTTAWA>

<‘SNOWFALL, Paraskeva Clark, 1935>

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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DATING BACK A HALF CENTURY OR MORE – TORONTO’S NIGHT LIGHTS – MANY OF THEM NEON

<THE DOWNTOWN cinema, home of ‘double bills’, Yonge Street at Gerrard East, is now a jewelry mall>

<FRAN’S, an iconic TORONTO restaurant.  Two of them still exist.>

<RONCESVALLES CAR BARN, photo by John Bromley, ca1950’s or 60’s ?>

<FILMORE’S HOTEL, Dundas Street East, still exists.>

<‘FOUR BIG HITS’, the RIO ‘grindhouse’ cinema on Yonge, south of Gerrard Street>

<TERMINAL ONE at Pearson International Airport, TORONTO’s first modern air terminal with parking space above>

<THE REGENCY HOTEL, Yorkville; replaced by a Howard Johnson’s>

<‘DANCING NIGHTLY’, the Edison Hotel, Yonge Street at Gould>

TORONTO’S LEGO MURAL IN NATHAN PHILLIP SQUARE IS THE LARGEST IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE

   Promoting the flexibility of LEGO, a giant-sized mural – 40X12 feet, 650,000 bricks – has been set up in Nathan Phillips Square. It’s part of the annual Holiday Fair & Christmas Market in front of New City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

The image changes depending on your viewing angle.

The mural is closed on Mondays, and open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-9pm, Fridays, Saturday and Sundays from noon to 10pm and, on Sunday, December 23rd from noon to 6pm.

<PHOTO – Nathan Phillips Square, skating rink, and the city’s official Christmas tree>

THE LIGHTS ARE ON AT ONTARIO PLACE UNTIL MARCH 17TH FEATURING WORK BY 20 LOCAL ARTISTS

ONTARIO PLACE celebrates winter with intricate ice sculptures crafted by Mother Nature herself, spectacular lighting, bonfires, skating, displays of light art created by TORONTO artists, movies on the giant Cinesphere IMAX screen, and fairy lights on the West Island.

For information on what’s on and where – http://ontarioplace.com/en/winterlightexhibition/