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Sweet-sized concerts

While there are worrisome changes to the Toronto landscape, and also many new developments of promise – there are also, I’m very glad to say, many sweet things about Toronto that remain very recognizable, from when I was a kid. Ossfest itself

High-frequency vitality

I’ve already gone-on at some length about the great evolutionary significance of the arrival of flowers – not only a crucial increase in energy concentration for nifty things like mammals, that prefer above room-temperature blood (in the form of the vast variety

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Never gets old

Catherine and Nada will both tell you – I am a bit of an ornery old cuss. I don’t just go along with stuff because everyone else is doing it, I make my own call. No, I don’t want to be a

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Gibsonic

Here’s another one of my unexpectedly nifty hand-held nighttime rain-shots. This one took a bit of doing too – walked back and forth for about a block, to get the right sort of mix of odd little businesses set up in front

Tardy? Hardly!

For some time now, the crack team of book-obsessives at Large Ess Small Press have been gearing-up to offer fine and original published works to you — and we are, at last, just about ready to announce our first of many planned

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Realistic After All

I’d rank Bumblebees as the second cutest insect after ladybugs, and they are far more cuddly-looking, thanks to their apparently soft and colourful fur But I have to say, I always thought the weird plastic wings that people wore for their bumblebee

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Kids like to do stuff

I sure felt cool in that carpentry apron. Childhood is weird, and there’s no doubt that parenthood is challenging – but there’s one simple principle worth remembering – kids remember! Any experience they have of being able to create things which are

Sunflower Panorama

Funny note – Catherine is happy to be my lookout / security for when I’m standing in the road, or perched on something semi-dangerous.  But in this case, she almost got overzealous in the role.  A giant weird-looking bug was perched on

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Morlock’s view

I’ve got a strange pantheon of heroes, not just scientists and science-fiction writers – but also poets, mad-philosophers, artistes and engineers  – but HG Welles has been right up near the top for me from very early days – not only because

Not a point but a process

I can also do simple – and admire the aesthetic greatly.  Here I’m treating one of my most important recurrent themes for poetry and essays both – the idea that we aren’t frozen-mass sculpture, but always-changing and dynamic music. So many things

Shy building syndrome

More Yonge-St wrecking-ball mayhem (near the much-missed Uptown theatre) I lost my chance to buy a proper Aquascutum pea-coat at Stollery’s (the very last place in town with a decent Haberdashery counter – dammit), and the ever growing tower on the opposite

Bring your own rainbow

So much for the American state making any social progress advancement for awhile – back to rebel-mode for every subculture that was feeling rare hope. Which means it is now a time for all of us to stand up for our friends,

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BMV HQ

As mentioned in my last post about the demise of the Brunny – there is good news on Bloor as well.  This building, the former Hungarian Palace, was empty and abandoned not for years, but for decades.  When I was a small

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Worst job, best attitude

Came across this rather lovely double-Aesop the other day.  First we have the “I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet” thing, in terms of jobs – no matter how frustrating your gig, it

The Zanzibar

Lest my fellow Torontonians think I’m trying to portray a sanitized version of scuzzy Yonge St to my far-away friends, here’s a cultural landmark far more typical of the part of the downtown strip where Elm (Arts and Letters) intersects. Coming up

Purloined Aquifer

Again we have a large foreign corporation doing to us comfortable Canadians on a relatively small (but still incredibly infuriating) scale, the same sort of things that Canadian corporations have been doing overseas in poor countries where the people have way less

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