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The Urban Water Cycle… Best Yet!!!

The Urban Water Cycle Pools Together Near Trinity Bellwoods

The Urban Water Cycle Pools Together Near Trinity Bellwoods

Glad I had a chance to check out this year’s Human River – Urban Water Cycle on Sunday. It was a brilliant idea to try the event as a bicycle adventure through the streets of Toronto. Of course it helped that the ride was downhill (basically the path of Garrison Creek toward the lake).

A big bonus were the speakers and stops along the route which brought new insight into Toronto, past and present. L.E.A.F. , Toronto Public Spacing Committee, Human River, Lost Rivers, The Toronto Green Community, River Sides, Coach House Books and the many volunteers should be proud of their efforts. A job well done on improving on what was already such a great event! Four years strong, here’s to four more!

Urban Water Cycle


It’s back again for another year! The Human River. This year’s event, The Human River Urban Water Cycle, is a leisurely bike ride. The downhill ride will have riders follow the route of the now buried Garrison Creek, Toronto’s biggest buried river, toward Lake Ontario. Urban Water Cycle promises to be a great family friendly event that will enlighten and entertain while providing a different take on Toronto neighbourhoods and the environment. The ride starts at St. Clair and Humewood and ends at Old Fort York’s Blue Barracks. There will be food, raffles and a photo show at the Blue Barracks at 3:30pm.

So if you are not too much of a ZOMBIE Sunday morning dress up in blue and join the Human River!

Human River – Urban Water Cycle
October 19th starting at 1pm
Free (Donations are Welcome)

7Km ride Starts at 1pm – North West Corner of St.Clair and Humewood
(Waiver Required)
Stops include Bickford Park (approx. 1:45 – 2pm), Trinity Bellwoods (approx. 2:20 – 2:40pm) and Old Fort York (approx. 3:10 – 3:30pm)
Food and Photo Show at 3:30pm after the bike ride at Fort York’s Blue Barracks

Non-cyclists are encouraged to join in the fun at Fork York or at other Water Cycle stops (Bickford Park or Trinity Bellwoods).

Nuit Blanche = Niche Issue?

The spirit of the night.  A custom shirt made for Nuit Blanche still dripping with irony.

The spirit of the night. A custom shirt made for Nuit Blanche still dripping with irony.

Another year, another Nuit Blanche. Nuit Blanche put art on the map and quite well I might add. From free movies at AGO’s Cinematheque, free admission at the Gardiner Museum or the light show at City Hall there was plenty to see. I have to say that I’m impressed with many of the exhibits this year.

I’ve faired well in the aftermath considering that I traversed nearly all the zones and stayed awake almost the whole spectacle. Whether it was flashing lights, dance, theatre, spoken word or zombies I hope you had a chance to enjoy the show. My fellow Torontonians (about a million strong?!) had an interesting art adventure in the dark. It was great to see so many people on the street, meeting new friends on the TTC and taking in interesting art. Art a niche issue? If you have to ask, you’ll never know…

World Press Photo 2008 + Nuit Blanche this week…

World Press Photo is back at Brookfield Place in the Albert Lambert Galleria. I haven’t heard who the Saturday speakers will be yet but last year’s afternoon presentations were informative and flushed out a lot of the stories behind the images. Last year there were new speakers every weekend and it was well worth going more than once.

Looking forward to catching the World Press exhibit this year but Nuit Blanche will be my destination of choice Saturday, especially the Cabbagetown spots. Interested to see what some local artists have dreamed up for tomorrow! Don’t think I’ll be alone either. Last year some 800,000 people hit the streets to check out Nuit Blanche and a MILLION are expected this year. TTC don’t fail me now!!!

World Press Photo 2008
Until October 22, 2008
Free
Allen Lambert Galleria
Brookfield Place
181 Bay Street, Toronto

Nuit Blanche
From sunset at 6:52 pm on Saturday, October 4
to sunrise on Sunday, October 5, 2008
Free
155 different installations all over Toronto in three Zones

Zone A – Main Scotiabank Information Centre
Yonge-Dundas Square (south-east corner of Yonge Street and Dundas Street East)
TTC directions: exit Dundas Station on the Yonge subway line

Zone B – Main Scotiabank Information Centre
Scotia Plaza (40 King Street West, entrance from Adelaide Street and King Street)

Zone C – Main Scotiabank Information Centre
Lamport Stadium south parking lot (1151 King Street West, entrance on Liberty Street)

(Additional Info at various satellite booths at Toronto City Hall, Queen’s Park, Union Station, Exhibition Go Station and Trinity Bellwoods Park at Queen W and Strachan)

Essence of Fluorescence

New York artist Ryan McGuinness solo show Aestehetic Comfort runs until November 15th at ARTCORE / Fabrice Marcolini in the Distillery District. The show is his first ever solo show in Canada. Just another place to get your art on with Nuit Blanche fast approaching. Ryan McGuinness’ great work is also featured in Arkitip No. 48, perhaps a way to take home a McGuinness work for far less than a gallery piece.

Ryan McGuinness – Aesthetic Comfort
55 Mill Street, Building 62, Toronto
M5A 3C4
Exhibition Runs from until November 15, 2008

My Run At This NXNE Thing

Been laying low as lately.  Must have been the extreme heat to cold thing.  Ah no matter, the party starts now (for me), but NXNE (North by North East) already started yesterday.  Even Mayor Miller rocked out and help launch the festivities!

Lots of great bands to check out as always at this year’s NXNE including LADYHAWK, MoneenJulie DoironThe Besnard Lakes, Peanut Butter Wolf, SWERVEDRIVER and Grand Analog are some excellent choices that come to mind.  There will be alternative venues from tents and outdoor music at Public Parks and Parkettes (Dundas Square, Metro Square, Trinity Bellwoods Park, College Park Parkette and more). to celebrity interviews this weekend.  If you’re ready for more check out some NXNE films at the National Film Board or The Royal.

So much rocking to do, so little time… Got to love NXNE!!!

To Have a Life Back… Priceless

Glad I can now return to some sense what is “normal”.  Sickness, work and exams have tied me down for weeks.  I missed great shows at CMW not to mention a few parties along the way.  Oh well.  Earning and living and learning to insure I can continue to do so are worth the sacrifice.  At least I could experience my first lazy Sunday today.  A family adventure to the Ontario Science Centre and the last day of the Titanic exhibit in Toronto were a great choices.  Glad I ventured out there.  I hadn’t been to the Science Centre since grade school and even with some kids bouncing off the walls (as most would during the tail end of March Break) it was still a great time.  The Titanic exhibit I had intended to see soooo long ago and it was worth every penny. I’ll have to book a time back at the Science Centre again for a Jazz concert or an IMAX some flick.  Good to see that an institution like the Ontario Science Centre can survive and improve over the years.

Attention Toronto Travellers…You have been warned!

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GO Transit Improves Service to and from Toronto

It’s back and hopefully for good. One of GO Transit’s most traveled routes, Lakeshore West, is upgraded starting today, October 28, 2007. Yes that’s right FULL SERVICE to Aldershot on the weekends. A big win for GTA transit riders in the West. If only this could have extended to Hamilton.

Perhaps Hamilton is in the horizon. Maybe GO could create a transit link to Hamilton Airport with train service to Toronto. With increased local and international flights it would be a perfect alternative to Toronto Island or Toronto Pearson. A new shuttle link there is more logical and cost effective Airport-Public Transit link than a bridge to Toronto Island.

A Hamilton link a dream maybe, but at least we can be sure that fewer 905 cars WON’T enter the city on the weekend. The old bus service could barely accomodate one train car worth of people so having a 10 car train roll further Westward is a godsend. Mike Harris cut the service shortly after the NDP put in the stations and every Provincial government since has been flicking the switch on and off. Hopefully its here for good, then taxpayers will actual have the services we pay for (woo hoo a minor win Joe and Jane public!!!)

World Press Photo 2007

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One of my favourite photographic events to hit the city and now in its 6th year at Brookfield Place, World Press Photo. The exhibit showcases the finest in photojournalism. Art that makes you think, laugh and cry. (There are some disturbing images though they are tactfully displayed and shielded from general public view).

I was interested to hear there is little to no budget for this project and that it survives on sponsorship and donations. Amazing! They have even gone so far as have a Globe & Mail photographer, professors, photo editors and other media professionals providing free lectures for the public. Better yet high school students have had tours of the show as part of their curriculum. I couldn’t think of a better idea. All the sponsors and volunteers should be commended for their efforts. You make Toronto proud!

Well check it out before 6pm today because the exhibition will be on its way to Belgium… That’s right Montreal and Toronto are (or were) the only Canadian stops for this International exhibit.

World Press Photo 2007

Allen Lambert Galleria,
Brookfield Place (formerly BCE Place)
181 Bay St, Toronto
October 2 – 24, 2007

7am – 10pm daily – including Sundays
Closes Wednesday, October 24 at 6pm

(Today is the last Day!!!)

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