PAINTERS & MURAL MAKERS HAVE BEEN AT WORK IN LITTLE INDIA, E. CHINATOWN & GRAFFITI ALLEY E.

1) Wonder of the world – Taj Mahal, 651 Gerrard St. East, Little India; 2).Bricks and wagons mural, 1289 Gerrard St. E., artists – Jim Bravo, Anthony Delacruz, and Em Ciobanica; 3) GerrardArtProject, artists – Adrian Hayles and mosaic artist Anna Camelleri, Red Dress Productions, 2012, 1330 Gerrard Street East; 4) Graffiti Alley East, 2015, artist – Tim Schjins; 5) Guidant Mural, 2017, artist Mediah, 1014 Queen Street East. 6) Sports Heritage Mural, 1 Munro Street, artist – Monica Wickeler. Riverside is home to one of Toronto’s oldest curling clubs.

B-MOVIES IN THE 1930’S & 40’S MIGHT HAVE INSPIRED SOME GIRLS TO BECOME CAREER WOMEN

<‘She’s A Soldier Too’“sock drama of the gals who wear the pants these days” – Columbia Pictures, 1944, celebrating wartime contributions of working women including Rosie the Riviter & Swing Shift Maisie.><‘Air Hostess’“love flies high with the Air Hostess” – Columbia Pictures,1949, thrills, drama, romance.><‘Public Stenographer – Showmen’s Pictures, 1934, “the art of stenography considered exotic”><‘Woman Doctor’ – Republic Pictures, 1939 –  “If men can do it, women can do it better”><‘A Woman is the Judge’ – Columbia Pictures, 1939>

FOR OVER 100 YRS., SIMPSONS & HUDSON’S BAY CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS WITH ANIMATED WINDOWS

There’s something totally different this year on Queen Street West as Hudson’s Bay windows show us the inner workings of Santa’s up-to-date toy factory. The display.has been totally modernized, and the kids are giving their approval. One of the windows is even interactive. Push a button and a robot responds. These windows have always been great fun for grown-ups too.

LIKE YOUR PORTRAIT PAINTED BY PICASSO? THIS ONE JUST SOLD FOR $6.8-MILLION IN TORONTO

It’s a portrait of DORA MAAR, signed and dated June 13, 1941, titled ‘Femme au Chapeau’. Predictions were it would be the star of the evening at the HEFFEL fall sale. And it was. The 24-by-15 inch canvas was sold on Wednesday evening, along with paintings by Emily Carr ($2.4-million) Joan Mitchell (over $1-million), a bronze sculpture by Barbara Hepworth and an oil painting by J. W. Morrice.

AN INGENIOUS IDEA FROM MONTREAL WHERE 365 TAXIS HAVE BEEN BRANDED WITH A “BONJOUR” LOGO

While visiting MONTREAL last week we were surprised to see two-toned city taxis with a large “bonjour” on both sides. “The taxis are our ambassadors to the city,” said AREL SALEM, chair of the Taxi Bureau. “At the very least, people can now easily spot one.” The new paint job and logo costs about $1500., and the drivers themselves are paying the bill. Visitors take notice, it’s an expensive idea, and the city should chip in. <PHOTO ABOVE – Ross Winter>