156-158 Booth Avenue demolition: The day after a two-alarm fire, an excavator is clearing the house on the property. Both 156 and 158 semi-detached structures are unsafe, so there will be reconstruction ahead. This view is from our front yard, technically inside the yellow taped zone with workers and investigators. (156-158 Booth Avenue, Riverside district, Toronto, Ontario) 20170628
I made a tactical error by not buying tickets in advance, so the tent was sold out. Andy and I were sitting at a picnic table way out on Nathan Phillips Square, too far to see, but easily close enough for amplified sound.
I don’t understand why the jazz festival organizers decided to book three great New York-based guitar players on the same bill. I would have paid to see them separately, on three different nights. John Abercrombie was on first. Zooming out my camera to maximum (432 mm), I photographed images that I couldn’t see with my unaided eyes.
On bass was Chris Minh Doky, who I’ve never seen play live, before. Continue reading “2006/06/26-29 John Abercrombie, Mike Stern, John Scofield, Donny McCaslin, Lizz Wright, Toronto Jazz Festival“
In solo show @arezustudio (2019) Fortune Flavors the Bold @xpacecc, artist fills room with good luck symbols inspired by growing up with a mother who immigrated from Hong Kong. Second generation children typically lose their heritage language, so the appreciation of the distant culture comes only indirectly. Sign at the door welcomes visitors in, provided shoes are removed, which mirrors a custom in Chinese homes. (Xpace Cultural Centre, Lansdowne Avenue, Brockton Village, Toronto, Ontario) 20190126
For second anniversary of #SystemsThinkingTO, @DerailleurAgile serving cake and champagne. Group later played #RedBeadGame originating from #Deming, demonstrating that willing workers would not produce the espoused result of the management system. (Systems Thinking TO, LoyaltyOne, King Street East, Toronto, Ontario) 20181127
Bent guard rail is ugly, cars won't pass. There's a set of stairs for pedestrians eastbound down into the ravine, behind the backyards on houses on Hertle Avenue. This height differential is probably associated with the lost Ashbridges Creek, that became buried as the Midway Sewer circa 1913-1915. This residential street runs just 1-1/2 short blocks east of Greenwood Avenue before the big drop. (Atlantic Avenue, Greenwood-Coxwell neighbourhood, Toronto, Ontario) 20190105
Saved room for vegan chocolate mousse pie, raw key lime cheesecake, mint chocolate soy ice cream. Splurged on satay skewers and dumplings, before main dishes pan-Asian. Catching up on news since last year's visit, Northwestern U. put us together as family in 1980. (Alice and Friends Vegan Kitchen, N. Broadway Street, Chicago, Illinois) 20180819
Ryan Ing, receiving congratulations from Chancellor Lawrence Bloomberg for graduating from Business Technology Management co-op program at Ryerson University, B.Comm. with distinction. (Mattamy Centre, Ryerson University, Carleton Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20180612