Winter Warms My Art

BC51-13 BC51-12 BC51-8Winter is a great season, if it is short and relatively kind to us. Toronto is getting better at realizing that winter is meant to be lived in, not live through. This is the inaugural year for Winter Warming Stations in Toronto. The show was inspired by what has been going on in the city of Winnipeg at The Forks.

I was happy to be out in Toronto on a beautiful springish afternoon.

It ends on the 20th so if you live in Toronto try to make your way over there!

10 bucks, tops.

Last year I fell hard for a piece of art. I mulled it over for about 6 months because this would be my first purchase of ‘real’ art from an art gallery. 

$10P-8I finally gave in and bought it. When I showed it to my good friend Mia this was her reply. I called bullshit.

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Last weekend we finally got to see what she was capable of.

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I have to saw I am seriously impressed. Given better supplies she might have been on to something.

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Thank you, Neil Harrison. I really love the pink square.

Day of Thanks for February 16

UP TO PHOTOLeo Jul 23 | Aug 22 Is there any sense in which your closest alliance is a gift to the world? Does your relationship inspire anyone? Do the two of you serve as activators and energizers, igniting fires in the imaginations of those whose lives you touch? If not, find out why. And if you are tapping into those potentials, it’s time to raise your impact to the next level. Together the two of you now have extra power to synergize your collaboration in such a way that it sends out ripples of benevolence everywhere you go.

Toronto is my closest alliance. Toronto is where I have grown into me.

If you asked me what my great accomplishment in life has been so far, I would say without hesitation, “My relationships.” This city has provided me with the most amazing network of friends and I feel very confident to say that my life is inspiring, energizing and is helping to light fires in the imaginations of those around me. I am going to take the brains, hearts and hands of my Toronto friends and go build up North.

We are about to create a place that will be run by one really awesome benevolent owner.

 

Valentinus says….

You should always follow your heart because even if you don’t, you don’t avoid heartache, you just avoid the good times.

Vday lady

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love.

I love heart graffiti and have been taking photos of it for years. In the beginning of my blog I dedicated Tuesdays to these hearts and all moments of love.

This year I decided to start playing along and hung some of my heart art up in Toronto. The first one was in Kensington Market and the second one was taken down before I could even get a photo. I like to think someone took it home rather than took it down.

My third piece was hung up near Church Street.

love art - churchI have not really had a relationship with Church Street for the past 6 years but for the first 8 it was an important part of my life. In 2000 I arrived here after a year of travelling and found myself living near Church and Maitland for the first month and then in 2006 when I came back to live after a year of travelling, I again found myself on Church Street.  In the years 2000 – 2005, I partied there, met girls there, opened up and managed a Flight Centre and found out that it can be a really wonderful thing to be a gay person.

So this is my gift of thanks to a Street that showed me a lot of love.

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What I Wore to FoodLand

I have basically worn a uniform my entire working life. Sometimes I don’t even know why I bother to buy clothes but I love good design and beautiful fabrics so I cannot resist. But I can be patient.

I love everything about the 3rd Floor at The Bay. I really love when they get ready for the next season.

Sale Price = take an extra 20% off = $529.36

Regular Price Total = $1586.52

Savings = $1057.16!!

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I met Dana for the first time that day and she was the one who found me the jacket and sweater. Perfect size and perfect for my style. If you live in Toronto, love paying very little for very beautiful clothing I suggest you go meet this woman.

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Final Draft…

ginger s - floor planRight now this is what I am building.

A 320 square foot deck – 20 long by 16 wide.

A  100 square foot home – 81 square foot main floor and a 49 square foot loft.

Right now I am feeling pretty solid in my progress of understanding how my home should look.

Hot Chocolate

Toronto Life published “Secrets to a Happy Toronto Winter” and number 4 was hot chocolate. Ticking off each one was a great way to spend some time in my city.

Briotett Crème de ChataigneColettes – is a stunning French bistro in downtown Toronto. Of all the 5 recommended hot chocolates this one is the most expensive and fair enough. It has alcohol, a tasty chocolate topping and the service is excellent. Tasty yes, but I would take my 18.00 and buy a bottle of wine and some truffles instead.

somaSoma – This one can be served with milk or water but I like to take it as one intense, spicy, deep dark chocolate shot. Amazing!  I have been drinking this one for a number of years now at their location in the Distillery Market. Delish.

nadegeNadège – fruity notes did not work for me but that carmel ‘donut’ is out of this world.

Delight

Delight – Again this hot chocolate did not move me. The peanut butter molten goo was not present when I showed up so I was a little disappointed. I would not go back for the hot chocolate but they have a 5 year old aged cheddar truffle that I will bring me back to them again and again.

Barsa TabernaBarsa Taberna – could not agree more with the write up. Delicious and my favourite!

 

You’re being watched

smile you are on cameraMy father has tossed around the idea of doing a Phd in Theology. His thesis would be on the New Testament , The Book of Grace, in his mind.

I am going to be mindful of being watched but I like the other noun of grace, “simple elegance or refinement of movement.” I think I will channel that energy as  I go about my day.

81 is not 100

81 sq feet

I have starting to research how to actually build the the Ginger Shack now that the layout pretty much sorted.

I will need to use 2 X 6 boards for the walls. You can use 2 X 4s but you won’t be as energy efficient.

2 X 6 means I am losing half a foot on each wall. 100 square feet just became 81 square feet.

If you think 100 square feet sounded small it is amazing what losing 19 feet just did.

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