Friday, March 06, 2009

Toronto 175 ... the Older the Better

Screenshot: Toronto in 1834 by Owen P. Staples (1866-1949), 1907
Oil on canvas, 121.5 x 304.5 cm.
City of Toronto Art Collection, Cultural Services
Image courtesy: City of Toronto
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In celebration of the 175th anniversary of the City of Toronto explore what the capital of Upper Canada was like in 1834, zoomify the image ... and enjoy the quality of digital image in 2009.
What a journey back in time with an imaging technology of 21st century.
I choose this image for the post just for a simple reason - to start to use Zoomify high-quality images and explore its unique possibilities.

Poster: Celebrate 175: Heritage / Unity / Diversity
March 6, 2009 marks the 175 anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Toronto

Today the Toronto City Hall opens its doors and invites the public to commemorate the City’s 175th anniversary. It's going to be a full day of free programming on the Nathan Phillips Square and inside the City Hall:
  • Three art exhibits will be showcased including an impressive display of archival photographs from Toronto Archives. Additionally, Well and Good and Manifesto showcase street art in all its forms and School without Borders presents My City My Story (MCMS) featuring photography by Toronto youth.
  • Faisal Anwar, a video production artist, will curate an installation in the City Hall rotunda called 360-Extended that uses text or e-mail messages and photos that have been submitted by residents to the My City… campaign online at or through facebook.
  • Lit City will present A City of Writers for 175 Years and The Bohemian Embassy Revival on March 6 in the City Hall Library. Both presentations celebrate Toronto’s heritage, unity and diversity through literature.
  • Mayor David Miller will launch the City's commemorative book entitled, Toronto's Visual Legacy: Official Photography from 1856 to the Present. Based on the extensive photographic holdings of the City's Archives, the book provides an impressive and visually rich history of 140 years of urban development, municipal initiatives and major civic events.
  • Films that showcase Toronto will be screened and include: Toronto in Silent Cinema, narrated by Mike Filey; 9 Months, 6 Blocks; Tkaronto; Behind the Bohemian Embassy and Let’s All Hate Toronto.
  • Award-winning Canadian actor R.H. Thomson will direct two theatrical performances featuring Eric Peterson as William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto’s fiery first Mayor. In The First Toronto Debate of 1834: Tories & Reformers Wrestle the Challenges of the City's First Council, students from Toronto schools will play the Aldermen and Councilmen of Toronto’s first Council. The second performance, A Unique Meeting - Past & Present, will feature Mayor Miller in a robust debate with Mayor William Lyon Mackenzie.
  • Permit Alley will feature interactive activities for kids and families with Art Starts and exhibits from Toronto Police, Fire, EMS and the Historica Foundation.
  • Music, dance and theatre will also be front and centre on March 6th. Lal, Maryem Toller, Matt York, Chris Church, Ballet Creole, Shugamai Grace Johnson and other Toronto-based performers collaborate in the finale 1 Love T.O, a celebration of our diversity. Culturally diverse artists from a mix of disciplines create a unique work for the commemoration of Toronto’s 175th.
David Miller's tweets: mayormiller
Twitter's crowd: #TO175
Flickr's search: Toronto 175
The Arts Junction: Happy Birthday Toronto from the Junction, by Neil Ross The Junction: There are no stories for this neighborhood.

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Anonymous said...

Celebrate Toronto's 175th birthday by listening to the Toronto anthem

olga said...

Thank you Rob!
175 cheers!!
Well done!!!

Supporting our culture we all play our part...olga r. to