THE MURALS OF SKEY LANE, DUNDAS ST. W. AT DOVERCOURT RD. BRIGHTEN A WET & WINDY DAY

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THE FAST-PACED 2019 ACADEMY AWARDS TELECAST PROVED THAT A HOST ISN’T NECESSARILY NECESSARY

Dramatic photo of the night (in the Los Angeles Times), as RAMI MALEK wins the lead actor award for his portrayal of Queen front-man FREDDIE MERCURY in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’,

CANADA came away with two Oscars – one went to Domee Shi for ‘Best Animated Short’. The Pixar production – ‘BAO’ – is about a Chinese-Canadian woman and a ‘bao’, a little dumpling that springs miraculously to life. The eight-minute film is set in TORONTO and features many of the city’s landmarks.

“I’m an only child, so I’ve always been that overprotected little dumpling for my whole life,” Ms. Shi said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press. She shared the win with producer Becky Neiman-Cobb.

A second Oscar went to Canadian sound engineer PAUL MASSEY, alongside Tim Cavagin and John Casali in the best sound mixing category for their work on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. It was the eighth Oscar nomination for Massey, who lived in TORONTO for 13 years before moving to Los Angeles.

THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO PLANS A ‘GATEWAY’ ADDITION TO DOWNTOWN’S CULTURAL CORRIDOR

It’s under consideration by U of T’s governance, and it could replace the former McLaughlin Planetarium, closed in 1995 <PHOTO ABOVE>, at 90 Queen’s Park.

The architects are Diller Scofidio + Renfro, who were behind New York City’s High Line & the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. New York-based, the firm is now working with TORONTO’s architectsAlliance, and heritage consultants ERA Architects.

The University’s president MERIC GERTLER is impressed by the design. “This stunning architectural landmark will provide an invaluable opportunity to create a meeting space for scholars, and the wider city around us,” he told U of T Magazine.

The project will be home to a wide-ranging number of academic units – the School of Cities, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, the Institute of Islamic Studies, the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies and the Archaeology Centre. It will also provide facilities for the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Music.

Among the building’s showpieces is a recital hall, with a large window looking out on the Toronto skyline. Above the hall – there’ll be a 400-seat event space with similar skyline views. A café will be opened on the ground floor and the designers will include a multi-storey atrium leading up to the recital hall.

<Renderings by bloomimages, courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro>

For more details – https://www.utoronto.ca/news/new-u-t-building-create-cultural-and-intellectual-gateway-between-university-and-city

TORONTO’S PEARSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HAS A PERMANENT ART & SCULPTURE COLLECTION

<Getting there – the UP Express connects downtown TORONTO with the airport.  There’s a train every 25 minutes from Union Station, and vice versa from Terminal 1.>

Oftentimes travelers are under too much pressure to take in Pearson’s art and sculpture collection. Throughout Terminals 1 and 3 there are examples of work by artists from Canada and elsewhere.

<One of three Inuksuit outside the terminals>

<‘Skin of Flight’ by Dereck Revington, Domestic Departures, Terminal 3>

<‘As One’ by Jaume Plensal, International Baggage Hall, Terminal 1>

<Sculpture by Richard Serra, Terminal 1>

<Textiles by Tazeen Oayyum, 2013, Terminal 1>

<Consecutive Bands, Sol Lewitt, 2003, Terminal 1>

<Holding more than 18,000 litres of water, this massive tank filled with little cubes was designed by Germany’s INGO MAURER. It’s part of Pearson’s permanent collection.>

I FIRST DISCOVERED MATT GREEN IN 2012 WHEN HE BEGAN AN 8,000-MILE WALK; NOW HE’S IN A MOVIE

37-year-old MATT GREEN sets goals for himself. Traveling on his own two legs he walked across the United States from Rockaway Beach NY to Rockaway Beach, Oregon some years ago.

The latest quest for this ex-civil engineer, was to get off his duff, give up his apartment, get rid of most possessions, and walk every block and street in New York City. He now couch-surfs across the boroughs and lives on about $15 a day – no small challenge in the Big Apple.

MATT GREEN is also a better-than-average photographer. He has an eye for New York’s idiosyncrasies, both its beauty and ugliness, curiosities and national landmarks.

“At its core, my walk is an oxymoron: an exhaustive journey through an inexhaustible city. Instead of seeing a million places for just a minute each, I’m going to spend a million minutes exploring just one place.” – MATT GREEN

“The World Before Your Feet” is about Matt Green and his walkathon in New York.  It played recently in TORONTO at Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema, and may turn up elsewhere soon.

I came across Matt’s website in March, 2012. Since then he’s added a multitude of new photos, maps, and commentary. Join Matt’s walk (a work in progress) at http://www.imjustwalkin.com

YOUTUBE’S GUY JONES’ TOUR OF MANHATTAN ISLAND IN 1911 HAS SCORED 3,799,094 VIEWS SO FAR

GUY JONES is a videographer who brings history to life by editing old films and making them more watchable. He slows them down to a natural speed and adds sound – making each a totally new viewing experience.

For those familiar with Manhattan, these moving pictures from the Museum of Modern Art collection are riveting to watch. So much has changed – and so much hasn’t changed.

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aohXOpKtns0