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2022/11 Moments November 2022

Days getting shorter, less encouragement for bicycling
Toronto, Ontario

Ren Clinic
Ren Clinic: Chinese herbs for 7 days, each basket used to sort little sachets to be dissolved with a half cup of hot water for consuming at lunchtime. A modern customization prescribed for my father, the usual format I see is either as vials of tablets to be counted out, or a litle bag of leaves and twigs to be brewed as a decoction. Double explanations by the Chinese doctor, once in English, and then again in Cantonese. (Ren Clinic, Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario) 20221102
Imperial Pub
Imperial Pub: In the west room, family came to watch @adriank_yee in Musicians Anonymous jam hosted by @thepom.co . Groove feels like the San Francisco in the 1960s, better than the more univeral 12-bar blues. First in a series expected to repeat on Wednesday evenings, had some slight pauses to run an extension cord across the room, the electronics were drawing too much power off one circuit. (Imperial Pub, Dundas Street East, Toronto, Ontario) 20221102
Ivan Forrest Gardens
Ivan Forrest Gardens: Two red chairs bolted to the ground, with a view of yellow deciduous leaves falling to the ground. Fencing from streetscape improvements in place since the spring have been removed, now clear walkway north into the Glen Stewart Ravine. Scheduled bicycling early, shift out of Daylight Savings Time means sunset around 5pm. (Ivan Forrest Gardens, Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario) 20221106
Udupi Palace
Udupi Palace: Catching up on some missed years, since old friends only remember our sons as teenagers. Unexpected spiciness in the assorted appetizers with the chili pakoras. Appreciated guidance through the dosa filled with potatoes and onions, and the rice-based bisi bele bath. (Udupi Palace, Gerrard Street East, Toronto, Ontario) 20221109
Onsite Gallery
Onsite Gallery: Moose skulls @Artist_JBennett (2022) Netukulit on wall made from gift, (2022) Embrace on floor from three antlers harvested in community. Color patterns inspired by quill boxes and sear covers in Mi’kmaq community. Gallery is dedicated to solo exhibition titled Souvenir. (Onsite Gallery, Richmond Street East, Toronto, Ontario) 2022110


Onsite Gallery
: (2022) Aosamia’jij: Behind glass on south wall, 18th and 19th century Mi’kmaq boxes, baskets and fan handle, many borrowed from , paired on north wall with soundtrack played on hybrid basket-speakers, trimmed with sweet grass. Multiple tracks separated, so the sound moved across the five sources. Technology for Aosamia’jij 2022 by @jordanbennettart last appeared in Smithsonian in 2017. (Onsite Gallery, Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20221110

Corkin Gallery
Corkin Gallery: Montreal-based (2021) Shrouded Guardians oil on canvas. Recorded interview by artist described paint applied in layers, drying slowly, leading to slow production. Outside in the Distillery District, workers were in the process of installing Christmas decorations while temperatures dropped. (Corkin Gallery, Tank House Lane, Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario) 20221112
Nathan Phillips Square
Nathan Phillips Square: Multicultural holiday season approaching, city worker in crane basket adding ornaments to the Christmas tree to be lit in Calvacade of Lights opening in 3 days on November 26. Lighting the first candle on the menorah will coincide with Hannakah on December 18. Plaza was clear of snow, with a mound pushed in the corner from last week’s precipitation. (Nathan Phillips Square, Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario) 20221123
Brookfield Place
Brookfield Place: In , (2022) Snowfall:Frost is a 20-foot tall blue interactive sculpture inspired by the Y shape of the corridors, repeated in fractal patterns as might be seen in a frosted-over window plane. Rows of smaller ceiling fixtures in white carry the theme into the alcoves. Out bicycling downtown on a warmer than usual day, but sunset persists in late afternoon. (Brookfield Place, Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20221126
Elmsley Place
Elmsley Place: Red bow, green fringes, white and blue lights on the laneway leading up to Brennan Hall. Originally a residential neighbourhood of Victorian houses in the 1890s, St. Michael’s College purchased title to the street in the 1920s. Residences for students are steps away from the commercial hubbub of Yorkville. (Elmsley Place, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto) 20221129
Centre for Social Innovation Spadina
Centre for Social Innovation Spadina: At @ForesightCAC Demo Day, Xavier from @PicketaSystems describing the real-time plant tissue analysis system for farms. Successful pilots with eastern Canadian potato farmers, announced first customer in Alberta. Presentation was one of four promising ventures in cleantech. (Centre for Social Innovation, Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20221130

 

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