THE PARKSIDE STUDENT RESIDENCES ARE ABOUT TO ADD SOME COLOUR TO TRAFFIC-HEAVY JARVIS ST.

The Residences are housed in a former 1970’s-era Brutalist hotel, not far from the University of TORONTO, OCAD University, George Brown College and Ryerson University in or near downtown. The precast concrete building now provides beds for 620 and several communal spaces – a gymnasium and cafe among them. <PHOTO ABOVE – Lisa Logan/Contactdesign.com>

Knightstone Capital Management enlisted TORONTO-based Diamond Schmitt Architects to “establish a dialogue with the previous architectural character of the building,” says Bryan Chartier, DSAI’s director of interior design.

Coming this summer – a brightly coloured mural by Spanish street artist OKUDA, on a blank eastern Parkside wall, facing traffic-heavy Jarvis Street at Carlton. The project is a partnership between STEPS (a public art-funding charity), the City of TORONTO’s StreetART program, and Parkside’s property owners. The city will provide $50,000 as part of its Graffiti Management Plan.

For OKUDA’s biography and more examples of his work go to http://www.streetartbio.com/about-okuda-biography

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PAINTER ROB DE LUCA SPENT 450 OVERNIGHT HOURS CREATING HIS LAUNDROMAT MURAL

The mural, in the Monte Carlo Laundromat in North York, is about TORONTO and the personalities who live here (or once lived here). Among the 400 references to the city – Sam the Record Man, former mayor Rob Ford, fashionista Jeanne Beker, radio and television personalities, Mayor John Tory, Spider Jones, disc jockeys and everyday folks.

“I had options. Stay home and get drunk, or challenge myself to create the mural, and for me it was mind therapy,” Mr. De Luca says. The response to his work has been very positive.

ANDREW SCHOULTZ’S “THE WINDS ARE CHANGING” PRACTICALLY LEAPS OFF THE WALL

thewind1San Francisco’s ANDREW SCHOULTZ has created a stunning 100-foot-long mural at the corner of Howard Park and Dundas Street West.  “The Winds Are Changing”, partly sponsored by the City of TORONTO, and with an assist from artist, JEFF BLACKBURN, depicts an abstract landscape very much in motion.  “I try to use icons and imagery that, in a very vague sense, make note of what’s going on in the specific area I’m painting.”  In this particular neighbourhood, that means ‘gentrification’ and replacing the old with the new.  Or in Washington DC it could mean something else entirely.  PHOTO OF THE ARTIST (below) – http://www.arrestedmotion.com

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