Archive for the ‘Downtown Core’ Category

Strange Marketing Angle

2009 June 5

As seen yesterday, just south of the Eaton Centre:

I’m not sure if this is better than the ‘Bad’ bus, or worse . . .

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Stereoscopic

2009 February 26

Way back in October, as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto City Hall was turned into Steroscope by the German group Project Blinkenlights.

This was pretty much the coolest part of the entire Nuit Blanche.  In fact, the installation ran for a while following the contemporary art event and I got to take in the ever-changing kaleidoscope on my way home from work each evening.

Anyway, I’m just wondering why Toronto doesn’t make this a permanent thing.  City Hall is already one of the coolest pieces of architecture in Toronto; however, if this was on display every night, it would become the most iconic monument in TZero.

It was probably mad expensive to run.

Cut ‘n Paste Toronto

2009 January 26

I just came across a flyer from Toronto Tourism’s 2007 Holiday Campaign.  I think the collaged images are really fresh and interesting, and certainly depict what it’s actually like in some of TO’s most iconic areas (Bloor-Yorkville, Queen West, Old Town Toronto, and Downtown Yonge).

The entire ad campaign can be viewed at www.mytorontoholiday.com;  also, here’s a link to Warren Brown Blog – he being the guy who created these images that I like so much.

Guns Suck

2009 January 22

I was riding my bike around downtown this morning and noticed a helicopter hovering above the city centre.  Later, when I got home and was browsing the internet to see what might have happened, I discovered that there had been a shooting, around quarter to eleven, on the Osgoode station subway platform!  A 19-year-old guy was shot in the leg and abdomen (the wounds are not life-threatening) after an apparent altercation with another young man.  The suspect is described as a black man with light complextion, wearing a black parka with fur trim and a Blue Jays baseball cap.  If you have any information about this incident, call 911.

VIOLENCE IS NOT THE ANSWER TO ONE’S PROBLEMS.

Hey Apathy!

2008 April 28

Mike Parsons is a local artist who works mostly in black ink with bamboo pens.  His work has been showcased at OCAD, and can often be seen around Kensington Market (specifically at the Kensington Mall.) 

I bought a copy of this print today for $15.  It conjures up an image of what Toronto’s downtown core may have looked like tomorrow had the Ontario government not ordered striking TTC workers back to their posts.

The Incredibe Torontonian

2008 March 14

Hulk 2 . . . er, I mean, The Incredible Hulk hits theatres June 13.  According to its imdb page, “due to the disappointing performance of Hulk (2003), Marvel decided to start the franchise afresh with a totally new creative team and cast.”  What does this have to do with Toronto, you ask??  Well, the movie filmed up here in Hollywood North last fall.

You can clearly see that the big fight scene at the end of the trailer takes place on Yonge Street (note: Zanzibar Strip Club Tavern and the Sam The Record Man neon signs @ 1:46 ).  Also, the brief moment (0:42) where Ed Norton is in the rain on the bridge is totally on Cherry Street in the portlands.  And I was there!

PS I ♥ Liv Tyler

I’ve heard of Christmas in July, but . . .

2007 October 24

This is rediculous!

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The Bay on Queen Street started decorating for CHRISTMAS yesterday! It was October 23!  It’s not even Hallowe’en yet!  (Yes, each one of those sentences deserved an exclamation mark.)  As my waitress the other day said, can’t we just have our pagan holiday before we are inundated with the freaking jingle bells?  Do we really need more than 2 complete months of buildup to Christmas?