Saturday, November 29, 2008

Reminder: November Soviet Cult Films at Margret Tonight

Soviet Cult Films Margret Ashik-Kerib Poster, by artjunction.blogspot.comPoster: Soviet Cult Films at Margret Movie Night
Presented by Big Daddy's DVD Shop

Just a brief reminder that tonight at 6:00 pm in the Margret Bar/Lounge for the Junction, 2952 Dundas Street West we'll be holding our 3rd movie night with the Caucasus folk-tale Ashik-Kerib by Sergey Parajanov.
In 1988, in the memory of Andrey Tarkovsky, Parajanov created "Ashik Kerib" his masterpiece based on the work of the Russian poet Mikhail Lermontov. "Ashik Kerib" is a delightful movie and probably the best one to start with for new-comers to this director. The costumes and decorations are beautiful and the music is absolutely gorgeous (Parajanov hired an Azeri composer. The score is lifted to the realm of high art; the music almost makes this movie worth seeing just by itself).

Details: Toronto Events: Soviet Cult Films at Margret

Soviet Cult Films at Margret: Opening Night
Soviet Cult Films at Margret: The White Sun of the Desert
Soviet Cult Films at Margret: Ashik-Kerib

Junction Parents: Junction art

Junction Art 2008 @

Junction Parents: Junction art

What a beautiful piece of prose and what a descriptive language of Irina's post exploring the world/word of art, a local art, the Junction art.
"... many Junction area businesses chose to display work by local artists, just take a walk and explore, with your kids!"

What a great way to get kids involved in art!!! Cara will be glad to read this post, and I only have to say "Please,bring us some more art."

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Junction Rocks @ the Toronto Web 2.0 Summit

Junction Residents Association and  Junctioneer at web 2.0 Toronto summit November 26, 2008, by artjunction.blogspot.comLouis Marrone, President of the Junction Residents Association and
Robert Hilts, Coordinator of the Junctioneer: the West Toronto Industry and community web 2.0 platform at the Toronto Web 2.0 Summit introducing the JRA Web 2.0 platform. The Arts Junction is interlinked with the Junctioneer's and the Junction Parents' platforms forming the high synergy between the three.

November 26, 2008 @

What a wonderful panel is going now at the City Hall. I am inviting you to join the summit webcast online: to share your views, questions and experience on the topic of this rich, interactive, social media etc...

3:15 - 4:45

Citizens and communities of Toronto: Understanding what Toronto’s citizens and communities expect of their government, how Government 2.0 can enable them to provide their views to their government, and how the City can effectively access its citizens and communities

Chair: Gary Schlee, Former Faculty of Centennial College
Panel: Martin Cleaver, Wiki Consultant, Lifestyle Information Network
Saul Colt, Head of Magic , Freshbooks
Robert Hilts, Glass Artist, Junction Residents Association
Maura Lawless, Executive Director, 519 Community Centre
Louis Marrone, President, Junction Residents Association
Chris McCreary, Manager, Lifestyle Information Network
Margaret Szots, Chair, Toronto Professional Network
Geoff Whitlock, President, Lifecapture Interactive

Louis Marrone
Louis Marrone has been a Junction resident for five years. Interested in community organization and participation, he has sat on the Junction Forum for Art and Culture (JFAC), since 2007. JFAC is the organization created by the Junction Business Improvement Area (BIA), and is responsible for the annual Junction Arts Festival. His involvement in JFAC introduced him to many members of the BIA, the Councillor and active community members. He also chaired the BIA banner committee, responsible for designing and installing the utility pole banners on Dundas St. West.
When friend Robert Hilts created the Junctioneer eight months ago, Louis readily agreed to be a contributor, intrigued by the potential for the blog to be a vehicle for the community to define itself and keep informed about its neighbourhood. He has been the chair of the newly-formed Junction Residents Association (JRA) as of September, and since that time has been working with Robert to make the Junctioneer a vibrant platform for relating JRA information and encouraging community discussion, as well as making it the main resource for all West Toronto RAs and community groups.
Louis is employed as a Project Manager for BaAM Productions and holds an honours BA in Philosophy from the University of Guelph.

Robert Hilts
Robert is a full time professional glass artist, primarily working in cast glass and situational artworks. Growing up in the Junction, he developed an interest in the making of objects because of the Junction’s large industrial presence. The mixed industrial and residential character of the Junction has always defined the community for long-time residents, and for each wave of newcomers.
Robert created the Junctioneer blog with the aim of linking the residents of this community together. The intent is for it to thread together the wide variety of people living in the Junction by exploring the community from street level to the aspirations that so many residents have for the Junction. It provides viewpoints from several contributors, including Louis Marrone, Junction Residents Association chair.
Robert is also the chair of the Junction Communities in Bloom committee.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Art of High Tea in the Junction

Invitation: Local Option Art Awards Afternoon Tea in the Toronto Junction, by artjunction.blogspot.comInvitation: Local Option Art Awards Afternoon Tea in the Junction
Photo: Easter Walk in the Junction, 2008 © Emmanuel Mifsud

AFTERNOON TEA in the Junction

When: Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
Time: 3 - 6 pm

Latitude 44 Gallery
2900 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6P 1Y8

You are cordially invited to attend
in the Junction.

Presented by: The Junction Historical Society
Sunday, November 23 rd , 3 - 6 pm
Latitude 44 Gallery, 2900 Dundas St. W. (at Mavety)
Toronto, Ontario M6P 1Y8

A celebration to present certificates of thanks to artists and
business owners who participated in the Local Option Art
Awards and Boom Times Cabaret, Heart of the Junction Talk

Souvenir Centennial Trains will be presented to Centennial
Train Race winners and Boom Times Cabaret sponsors.
Please come and celebrate this unique cultural experiment
in the Art of Democracy and Living History.

Tea, coffee and pastries from Pascal's Bagels and Baguette.

This event is an opportunity to discuss art and culture in the
Junction. Everyone welcome.

Sponsor of the Local Option Art Awards, Michael Reeves.

Invitation: Local Option Art Awards Afternoon Tea in the Toronto Junction, by artjunction.blogspot.comLocal Option Art Awards Afternoon Tea in the Junction
A Celebration of Art and Culture in the Junction
Presented by: The Junction Historical Society
Sunday, November 23 rd , 3 - 6 pm
Latitude 44 Gallery, 2900 Dundas St. W. (at Mavety)
The card was printed by West End Offset Plate Service

Friday, November 14, 2008

Art in the Junction: Dedication to the Art of Transformation

Art In The Junction 2008 by artjunction.blogspot.comArt in the Junction
2008 @

"Make Your Mark – Show us your inner artist and contribute to a series of large outdoor canvases."

Art in the Junction is dedicated to the Transformed Art Gallery of Ontario re-opening to the public. It's our virtual gift, a small token of appreciation that is a way to say "Happy Reopening, AGO!"

Art Gallery of Ontario: Re-Opens!
Frank Gehry architect:
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao at Bilbao, Spain
Art Gallery of Ontario at Toronto, Canada

Art Gallery of Ontario
Musée des beaux-arts de l’Ontario
317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 1G4
(416) 979-6648
Toll free 1-877-225-4246
Subway: Exit at St. Patrick Station on the University subway line. Walk one block west along Dundas Street.

AGO Public Opening
Friday November 14: 4:00pm - 12:00
Saturday November 15: 10:00am - 12:00
Sunday November 16: 10:00am - 5:30pm
Free Access to all Visitors!

We're unveiling our Art in the Junction digital canvas as a part of the Gallery's opening celebration. An audio describer -- or descriptionist -- is needed.
Celebrate the Transformed AGO re-opening with us.
See you there!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Value of Public Space: Junction Residents Association Meeting November 6, 2008

The West Toronto Junction Community Residents Association Meeting November 2008 Poster, photo by artjunctionPublic squares public space and it’s value to the Junction; It's Your Junction
Junction Residents Association meeting poster
2008 @
Credit: junctioneer: Junction Residents Association Meeting Reminder and Agenda
Junction Residents Association Meeting:

Thursday, November 6th @ 7:00 pm

West Toronto Baptist Church
3049 Dundas Street West

+ daycare is available!!!

Get community stuff you want done!

'stay informed and have a say
in your parks, streets, safety

meet your neighbours

your voice for municipal,
provincial and federal
reps of gov'


+ presentation "Public squares, public space and it’s value to the Junction" by Marek Rozkowski, High Park Architects

+ details of the agenda here.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Words of Thanks for Making Local Option Art Awards Gala Fundraiser a Success

Thanks everyone for making 2008 Gala fundraiser a successWTJHS: Thank you to everyone who made our 2008 Gala fundraiser such a wonderful success!
The West Toronto Junction Historical Society would like to thank the artists, businesses and community for making our Gala fundraiser a success.

We reached our financial goals in the middle of the economic storm and it is good to note that according to the Toronto Star today the auction houses are setting records for sales of renowned artists.

Thank you so much for helping make the Junction Historical Society Gala such a hip and exciting event. It was wonderful when a voice from the audience asked our guest speaker, Don Thompson, for some good news about the art market and he pointed the walls around us and said this was where value was actually created. There are good artists in every community and there needs to be a spectrum for comparison and choice.

At the Gala I mentioned the influence of the Bloomsbury Group and their concern for social conscience. I did not realize that the economist Maynard Keynes was instrumental in the development of the group. Keynes economic plan was the foundation for financial success before Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman convinced people to allow the market free rein and led to this current financial and environmental meltdown.

Stephen Leacock, at the time arguably the most famous Canadian in the world, was about the only economist who said Free Trade would not lead to a balanced economy and was refused a doctorate in Economics and was given a degree in philosophy instead. It was his humourous works, including "The Arcadian Adventures of the Idle Rich" that helped him balance his own economic reality. I think in the last election Stephen Harper under estimated how many "ordinary Canadians" are artists. There are many spin off's from the Local Option Art Awards, it is evolving and has developed it's own momentum.

There will be one more event at Latitude 44 Gallery on Sunday, November 23rd, 3 - 6 pm for the artists and community to meet and discuss this Centennial project and to present the winners of the Junction Centennial Train races with their trains and the watercolour by Local Option Sponsor, Michael Reeves as well as certificates of appreciation to those involved in the project. It will be an opportunity to discuss the arts and culture in the Junction.

Lisa Rainford was right when she headlined her article about the Local Option Art Awards "The Function of the Junction is to Celebrate Art" and we continue to do so...

Many thanks again to all who have helped make this remarkable project real.

Cara Reeves, WTJHSCC NYC auctions setting records
Buyers undeterred by economic forecast, still paying millions for art
By Ula Ilnytzky
Nov 04, 2008 04:30 AM