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Monthly Archives: May 2011


June 4th & 5th – A FREE outdoor arts festival featuring 120+ fine artists in businesses and studios along Queen St. E. starting at the DVP and in Jimmie Simpson Park.

The Riverdale Art Walk, an Artists’ Network initiative, is the first outdoor arts festival of the season. Now in its 13th year, the festival is excited to partner up with the free Sounds Like the Riverside music festival and expects to attract over 10,000+ people to the artsy Queen St. E. neighbourhood.

Come out to Riverdale and enjoy some great music, delicious food, and a vibrant arts & culture scene on June 4th & 5th, 11am-6pm.

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They’re All Hybrids
Curated by: Michelle Jacques
@ Propeller Centre1313 Queen St. W, Toronto
Exhibition Dates: JUNE 8 – 19

A hybrid is something having emerged from the scientific practice of cross-pollination, throughout the late 18th and 19th centuries.

The notion of hybridity was a hotly discussed topic amongst those arguing against racial mixing. Today hybridity is central to discussions in the fields of linguistics, anti-racism, post-colonialism, and globalization. In these contexts, hybridity is seen as essential: however there is great debate over whether it really is any less reductive an idea.

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Saturday, June, 4, 2011

10 am – 4 pm

7 Melville St South 


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A former employee tells the story of a tourist group that requested a little extra time on the ride so they could hold a quick memorial for a 7-year-old boy, Disney gave the family permission, but it turned out that the mourners were spotted sprinkling a powdery substance off the “doom buggies”.

Amazingly this wasn’t an isolated incident..ash scatterings have occurred all over Disneyland. Now when asked the answer is always no.

Info obtained from Mental Floss issueThe 10th Annual Issue article 10 Secrets From The Wonderful World of Disney by Adam K. Raymond

…She rattles off her inspirations: Leigh Bowery, Klaus Nomi, David Bowie, Grace Jones. It is the moment of fashion, that moment of performance, and that moment of music, combined with art and love, that makes what Gaga is all about,” She says.

…the (Frank) Gehry hat; a grayish satin dress with a skirt of chandelier crystals (designed by Vezzoli). She said she felt at home in the world of contemporary art. “The objective is to always be making something that belongs in a museum. ”

Info obtained from The New Yorker, issue The Talk of the Town

Heller the author of this story spent seven years perfecting it. In 1961 he finally submitted his manuscript for Catch-18 The editor deleted entire 60 page sections. But most importantly, the editor Gottlieb wanted to change the title.

Earlier that year another novel about war had been released titled Mila 18, he didn’t want any confusion between the two books. Heller and Gottlieb considered and rejected various numbers for the title. The decided 11, 14, or 26 didn’t work for assorted reasons.

Gottlieb blurted out one night in a eureka moment. “It’s Catch-22! It’s funnier than 18.” The edit stuck, and a major, major idiom was born.

Info obtained from Mental Floww issueOur Tenth Annual Issue, article 10 Perfect Moments In the History of Editing by David Wanczyk

Not very many 70 year olds have a chart-topping hit. Ono’s new CD features ten remixes of her 1981 release “Walking On Thin Ice”…at the time it seemed to be a commentary on her own fragile state of mind.

What did Ono think kids were finding in the song today? “I think maybe they are feeling like they are walking on thin ice again,” she said. ” There is this fear, and there is a desire to ritualize that fear by dancing.”

Info obtained from The New Yorker issue The Talk of The Town

It’s the iconic Canadian species that no one knows. The caribou has graced our quarters since 1937, but have you ever seen one in the wild?

You may never have the chance to. Sadly, despite the hard work of so many, the woodland caribou is facing a fight for its survival.

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Canada’s crime rate is dropping as immigration increases. Is there a connection? Calgary’s MP Lee Richardson told a reporter that people who grow up in a different culture “don’t have the same respect for authority or people’s personal property…Talk to the police. Look at who is committing these crimes. They’re not the kid who grew up next door.” (he later retracted this statement, but they reflect a popular view.)

Info obtained from The Walrus issue Why Immigration Means Less Crime, article by Rachel Giese

The King James Bible turns 400. Teddy Roosevelt said that “no other book of any kind ever written in English or in any other tongue has ever so affected the whole life of a people.” Today the effect may be less obvious, yet it’s language remains our language.

Info obtained from Harper’s issue Re-imaging, Revising, and Refuting The Bible, article by numerous fine poets and novelists.