William Berczy (1744-1813)

6 07 2017

walking the dog on Lakeshore Avenue

15 10 2016


Albert Franck

19 07 2015

I was brought up in the east side of Toronto. We lived on Galt Avenue. To the west of us was a lumber yard (now Gerard Square Mall). To the north of us were the railroad tracks, to the south Gerard Avenue. Behind our house was a lane way, like many lane ways in the city. People parked their cars in garages that were situated at the back of their lots, and accessed by the lane. One winter I was run over by a car in that lane. When my mother came running out to the lane, screaming, I pretended to be dead. It seemed to be the safest choice. All the way to the hospital my mother held me in her arms and prayed as my uncle sped through traffic. I was aware of everything. At the hospital I had a miracle recovery which my mother assumed was the Lord’s work.

There was also an artist in that lane. My mother said that she had seen him painting. Is this creative memory. I’m not sure. The artist’s name was Franck.

Welcome to the Fords

11 08 2014

welcome to the fordsv2

Toronto is a reality show


by David Halliday

Sunnyside with the kid, 1955

16 06 2014

Sunnyside with the kid, 1955If you want to see how the wealthy have ruined a shore line, visit Toronto.

by David Halliday

Joe Simpson

13 09 2011

I almost never talk about painting. At least not work that is not surreal, or collage like. Abstraction and realism bore me. But this work of Joe Simpson’s is something else. In some of these paintings the backgrounds are almost photographic. But the characters themselves look like paintings. As if it was human beings that were art. The second think is Joe Simpson did a series of works about Toronto. And I recognize the places. I’m not a nationalist and I find much about my city that is provincial but I am fond of it anyway.

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