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“
Shopping, not for Christmas, but seasonally-decorated windows displays still draw crowds. Paused to see the rabbit's head in a good position; it's animated. I remember similar displays back into the 1970s, when this location was the Simpson's Department Store. Americanization is more present with FAO Schwartz signs drawing attention to the second-floor pop-up. (Hudson's Bay, Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20181201
Exhibition of The Remix Series by @mhansen823 Mike Hansen, visualizing sound in a synaesthetic approach, translating specific pieces of music into abstract painting. Converted building is notorious as bunkered house from the 1990s for Satan's Choice Motorcycle Club, through to 2010 for Hell's Angels. Bright lights for the show makes visitors forget the windows are bricked over in history. (Mike Hansen Studio, Lottridge Street, Industrial Sector C, Hamilton, Ontario) 20181209
Scaling trusted AI across the enterprise @pavelrahman #RichardHines @samiahmed #StephenKerrigan , #ThinkCanada @IBMCanada experiences at @AirCanada @BMO @kinrossgold. Two emphases for the day are the deluge of data created every day, and the skills gap in labour projected to 2030. Met some former colleagues, talked about the new generation in the company. (Beanfield Centre, Princes Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario) 20191024
More than satisfied @BestBuyCanada with staff Darren and Mark assessing our wants, then offering a deal that was irresistible. Coming off a disappointment with a delivery from an online retailer, we received professional opinions on merits and demerits of alternative brands, and then inventory availability across the chain. Serious shopping in person, with knowledgeable staff in retail stores, can still be rewarding. We had biked over, and enlisted another son to drive over with the microvan for a pickup. (Best Buy, Bay and Dundas, Toronto, Ontario) 20190614
Holiday smackdown @csiTO with panel judging the best in a wide variety of cookie styles. Lively crowd, with volume of chatter rising to crescendo with the cocktail competition. Met other members coming from across the three CSI offices across the city. (CSI Annex, Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario) 20181213