Toronto Reference Library Record Swap!

October 11, 2017 | Beau

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Have you camped out overnight before Record Store Day? Are the words "diggin' in the crates" and "dusty fingers" part of your personal manifesto? When you close your eyes do you see spinning black circles? If any of these are the case, then you're probably a record fanatic. Well, I...

The Crossroads of Creepypasta and Chimeras

October 5, 2017 | Jen McB

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Art and authorship can bring difficult and open subject matter to a general audience. This time of year and this year in particular the general subject of monsters is seemingly everywhere. "It" is an immense theme. So how do you go about tackling huge ideas? Photographer and artist Ludzar Vandermolen...

"In Residence" TPL has a Lot to Offer: Writers, Illustrators, Entrepreneurs, Artists and More

October 4, 2017 | Bill V.

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Toronto Public Library has vibrant programming at all of our branches. One of the more interesting, and ever changing, features of our programs is the "In Residence" series. They feature experts and members of the community connecting with the public and offering either one on one opportunities or more broadly...

Norwegian Wood x 3 : a Murakami, Beatles and Firewood Mash-Up

September 28, 2017 | Bill V.

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You may already know that I love fireplaces. So, imagine my inexpressible joy when I came across the book Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way. Filled with fantastic information and wonderful photographs, it's everything a firewood geek like me would ever want to know. And it's...

Happy Birthday Toronto's New City Hall - at 52, you look good.

September 13, 2017 | Bill V.

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September 13th, 2017, marks the 52nd anniversary of the opening of Toronto’s "new" City Hall. The international architectural design competition for the building, which began in 1958, drew over 500 entrants. The winning design was awarded to Finnish architect, Viljo Gabriel Revell, who died in 1964. Revell would not live...

Score some jazz scores at Toronto Reference Library

September 11, 2017 | Beau

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As fall approaches and the mercury drops, the cooler temperatures might lead to thoughts of holing up in a warm and cozy living room with some cool jazz and the libation of your choice. And if it's jazz you're in the mood for, the Arts Department on the fifth floor...

Do Leather Bindings Get You Excited? A Sneak Peek into the Treasures and Good Book Sale Sept 14-16, 2017 at the Toronto Reference Library

September 7, 2017 | Bill V.

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Do unclipped dust jackets on first edition hardcovers make your toes curl? If so, then you'll really enjoy the Treasures and Good Book Sale Sept 14-16, 2017, sponsored by The Friends of the Toronto Public Library, South Chapter. They've sorted, sifted and priced thousands of books in many categories like...

Remembering the Vitascope and Moving Pictures in Toronto: August 31: Snapshots in History

September 1, 2017 | John P.

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On August 31 and beyond, take a moment to look back at the early days of moving or motion pictures in Toronto. On August 31, 1896, Thomas Alva Edison’s Vitascope was used for the first time in Toronto at Robinson’s Musee on Yonge Street to show moving pictures to a...

Getting Your Work Out Into the World.

August 29, 2017 | Jen McB

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Don't you love acronyms? SASE, SEO, CV, CMS, these are all important terms in use today. Every sector has their own lingo of words that make sense to insiders, leaving the rest of us in a daze of confusion and newbies feeling very green. Artists are no exception and there...

R.I.P. Boris Spremo

August 23, 2017 | Eric

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Toronto's first peek at the $100,000 sculpture was obtained when Star photographer Boris Spremo sprawled at Nathan Phillips Square and stuck his camera inside the protective case, 1966 Boris Spremo was a news photographer, born on October 20, 1935, in Susak, Yugoslavia and died yesterday in Toronto, Ontario, at the...