St. Patricks Day Parade, 19 March 2017
Watching floats, bands, banners, flags, leprechauns, bagpipes, drums, dancers, hurlers, soccer players, dragons, shamrocks, leprechauns, crazy hats, green hats, green everything, but most of all, people.
Myseum of Toronto is a fairly new addition to the cultural fabric of the city. It is a museum without walls. It is an organization that helps deliver programming to different locations in the GTA. Last night, March 6, at City Hall, Myseum of Toronto launched its second annual festival of events and exhibitions. This festival, Myseum Intersections, consists of 36 different events and exhibits spread around the city throughout the month of March. “One Toronto. Infinite Perspectives” is the motto of this year’s festival.
In keeping with that motto is an exhibit called ‘Cosmopolis Toronto: The World in One City’. It was showcased at the Myseum Intersections launch party. A few months ago it was on display at 18 libraries around the city but it has been brought together in one exhibit for the festival. At the moment it can be seen on the ground floor of City Hall but it will also spend some time at Metro Hall and then end the month at the North York Civic Center. (schedule at the bottom of the post).
“Cosmopolis” consists of a series of portraits and interviews by Colin Boyd Shafer. The goal was to find a person from every country in the world who now calls Toronto home, hence its tagline “Photographing the world, one Torontonian at a time”. I am not sure if that goal was attained, but the series is a fascinating look at a very diverse group of people.
Two photos were taken of each person. The first was a portrait taken in a Toronto location where they felt “at home”. The second was of an object that they felt connected them to their country of birth.
The Cosmopolis website has more information as well as the portraits and stories of many more new Torontonians.
EXHIBITION DATES & TIMES:
MARCH 5 – 8 & 13 – 19
MONDAY – FRIDAY, 8:30AM – 4:30PM
100 Queen St W, Toronto
MARCH 9 – 12
MONDAY – FRIDAY, 7:30 AM – 9:30 PM
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 8AM – 6PM
55 John St, Toronto
MARCH 20 – APRIL 2
MONDAY – FRIDAY, 7:30AM – 9:30PM
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 8AM – 6PM
North York Civic Centre
5100 Yonge St, Toronto
#myseumTO | #myseumX
This past weekend was the 5th annual Bloor Yorkville Icefest.
It’s an event that features ice sculptures in the park at Cumberland and Bellair.
The theme this year was Canada 150, as 2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday.
below: Sculptures in an enclosure (i.e. no one gets close enough to touch). The Parliament building in Ottawa is on the left with a very tall RCMP Mountie standing beside it. I’m not sure who the sculpture in the middle is supposed to represent. On the right, a large 1867, the year of Confederation, on top of a large 2017.
below: A number of artists worked on their sculptures as part of the festival. This mountie and beaver had just been completed before I arrived.
below: A large chunk of ice gets cut into smaller cubes. Each cube contains a small toy that had been frozen in the ice. For $2 you could buy an ice cube and smash it to liberate the toy.
below: Complete with spelling mistake. Charlottetown is spelled wrong.
Also, the term Newfie is included? Apparently it’s no longer an insult to call someone a Newfie.
below: The warm temperatures were making some of the thinner pieces more fragile than usual. The little ‘knobs’ on this replica of the Taj Mahal were barely hanging on. Luckily the temperatures dropped enough that most of the sculptures survived.
#blooryorkville | #icefest17
Thousands of people (50,000?), men, women and children, rallied at Queens Park and then marched down University Avenue past the American Embassy this afternoon. This was the Womens March in Toronto, a march in response to Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States. It coincided with similar events in Washington, most major cities in North America, and other cities around the world. The Toronto marchers ended their walk at Nathan Phillips Square. It was a peaceful, positive event.
It was also a family event. There were a lot of kids walking with their parents (or being pushed in strollers). Many of the kids had made their own signs to carry.
There were also many people that came as groups, whether as groups of friends or groups united in a cause.
There were a few signs using the “We The People” designs by Shepard Fairey.
Donald Trump swings happily on a wrecking ball.
I march for equality and peace.
I’d rather have a queen than a trump.
There were lots of references to nasty women!
Many people wore pink hats. These mysterious two took it a step further, pink balaclavas.
Love not fear, and a pink hard hat too!
Free Melania | #freemelania
girls are strong
Women have rights and we’re gonna use them! … with rainbows.
A loud hear us roar!
Donald Trump was at the march too, even if only in effigy.
The march stopped for a few minutes when it reached Queen Street. There was much traffic confusion and chaos (and honking of horns) at the intersection of Queen and University until the police closed all traffic on Queen Street.
Orange? No. I’m peach. Great play on words.
Make America gay again!!
And that’s only part of the crowd at Nathan Phillips Square!
“Babies against Trump. We don’t like it when people call Trump a baby – we act better than him.”
Women’s rights are human rights.
#whyImarch | #womensmarch | #nastywoman | #lovetrumpshate | #noh8
The finishing touches are being put on five installations for the new Ice Breakers event along Queens Quay West and the waterfront. Everything will be up and running this weekend and the installations will remain until the event ends on the 26th of February. Ice Breakers is the result of a collaboration between the Waterfront BIA and Winter Stations (the people that brought the winter warming stations installations to the Beaches)
below: The first installation that I saw was ‘Incognito’ which stands out in Rees Street Parkette on Queens Quay. It is by Curio Art Consultancy and Jaspal Riyait.
below: Set your sails and round you go! Sailboats that go in circles. ‘Leeward Fleet’ by RAW design sailing at Canada Square.
below: ‘Icebox ‘ is a black box on HTO beach which is where the yellow umbrellas are. Alan and Alex of Anex Works were putting the finishing touches on it when I walked by. Polymetis designed it, but Anex Works built it. In fact, they are the ones responsible for construction of most of these installations. I didn’t take any photos inside the box in part because it’s not complete… but the inside walls are made from hardened spray foam insulation and that’s all I’m going to tell you. This one will be more fun if it’s a surprise. I definitely plan to go back later in the month to check out the finished product. And yes, it is reminiscent of the black box that was one of the Warming Stations in 2015, Hot Box, because it was the same artist (or group of artists).
below: From across the street it looks like two hands gesturing like “It was this big!”
Or perhaps they are holding that grey building up?
below: The hands are made of wood. The palms are covered in a shiny gold coloured material that will reflect the light that shines from the bottom of each hand. “Tailored Twins” by Ferris + Associates.
below: And last, an installation that probably looks much better in the dark when each diamond shaped module is lit from inside. This is ‘Winter Diamonds’ and it was designed by Platant, a Danish design and artistic consultancy. Their website is in Danish but it does have some interesting pictures on it, including an installation similar to this that was in Copenhagen last winter (I think!)
#TOicebreakers | #TOwaterfront
Note: Winter Stations returns to Balmy, Kew and Ashbridges Bay beaches on the 20th of February.
Did you do something lazy like sleep in and then stay in your jammies all day?
Did you stay home and stay warm?
I know a few people that did just the opposite! More than 60 people took the plunge and got wet, frigid cold wet that is. The 12th annual Polar Bear dip at Sunnyside Park was well attended this year and these are some of the brave and crazy people who were there (and the less brave and crazy who came to watch, support, and take pictures of the swimmers).
below: The event is a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity and over $64,000 was raised this year. Habitat for Humanity had a team who participated, they could be spotted wearing orange T-shirts and orange hard hats.
#dothedip | #topolarbear
You better watch out, you better not cry
Better not pout, I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is comin’ to town
… and he arrived on Saturday amidst the gusty winds and light snow. Winter arrived on the same day!
Before the parade there was the Holly Jolly Fun Race, a 5 km race along the Santa Claus parade route.
#TOsanta | #TOsantaparade