Tuesday, 22 November 2011
4Front: new works by Lorette C. Luzajic, Winnie Allingham, and Alexander Nieczyporowski (Art Exhibit - December 4th at 7pm at the Wayla Lounge)
Please join artist/writer/poet extraordinaire Lorette C. Luzajic on December 4th at the Wayla Lounge in downtown Toronto (Queen and Leslie). The festivities will begin at 7pm. She will be exhibiting an all-new series of abstract compositions that she has been working on this year. She is very excited to show her latest collection of paintings and looks forward to seeing her old friends and colleagues for a fabulous evening of art.
Lorette will be showing her artwork with two other artists, whose wildly disparate sensibilities should make for a unique and interesting exhibit. Winnie Allinghman works in a classical style, and will be showing exquisite wildlife scenes. Alexander Nieczyporowski is a one-of-a-kind character who collects unusual objects. These objects inspire his work, the details of which are being kept under wraps until the showing.
Please stop by for a martini and enjoy the hidden treasure at: 996 Queen Street East at Carlaw.
4Front: new works by Lorette C. Luzajic, Winnie Allingham, and Alexander Nieczyporowski
Wayla Lounge at 996 Queen Street East, near Carlaw
Sunday December 4 at 7 pm
All are welcome- please bring your friends and any art lovers you know!
Please visit Lorette at her website.
*Note - Photo of painting by Lorette C. Luzajic - The Sound of Silence.
Monday, 14 November 2011
Many hockey purists will argue that the glory days of hockey existed between 1942 and 1967, a period that was named the “Golden Era” of hockey, whereby, each season, six teams battled for on-ice supremacy and the right to hold the Stanley Cup aloft come the middle-of-May.
It can also be said that today’s NHL players are faster, stronger, and a lot richer than their predecessors of the original six NHL, but then again most genres of culture have suffered considerable change over time. Prolific hockey writer and historian Mike Leonetti best illustrates this point and the not-so-subtle changes to the NHL game in his latest hockey book, Hockey's Original 6 (Greystone Books, 2011). Leonetti writes, “In 1957, the NHL players tried to unionize – with great trepidation – but were not able to start their association until the league doubled in size ten years later. There was never any talk of lockouts or strikes, and hockey fans never even heard the term “free agent.” He continues, “the “Golden Era” of hockey was a much simpler, uncomplicated, purer age.”
Leonetti’s point is not to be misconstrued as being anti-union or unsympathetic to the mistreatment suffered by most NHL stars of the “Golden Era.” Their grievances with management would prove to be well founded, but at the same time hockey was being played in its purist and most illustrious form. It was all about what happened on the ice back in the original six. Hockey Night in Canada was an institution and an event not to be missed on any Saturday night.
Hockey’s Original 6 celebrates the greatest players that played in the original six NHL - Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard, Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe, Terry Sawchuk, Dave Keon, Tim Horton, and Jean Béliveau to name just a few. Béliveau also writes a personal and insightful forward to the book, sharing his thoughts and views on his career with the Montreal Canadiens and the state of the game today.
Along with two informative essays from Leonetti, there are more than 100 photographs throughout the book from the legendary Harold Barkley Archives. Barkley’s photographs prove without a shadow of doubt that he was one of the most innovative hockey photographers in history. Throughout his career, Barkley’s photographs have appeared in prestigious magazines like, Hockey Illustrated, Sports Illustrated, Star Weekly, and The Star.
Barkley’s visit with a Swedish engineer resulted in his pioneering the usage of a strobe lighting system, designed to offset the poor lighting of NHL arenas, and better highlight, for one split second, the areas of the ice that Barkley wanted to photograph. The results were remarkable. His images were captured with incredible sharpness, detail, and light. To best describe Barkley’s talent, Leonetti writes, “The word “photography” means, literally, writing with light. If that is the case, we can say that Barkley wrote poetry.”
With the holidays fast approaching Hockey’s Original 6 would make the perfect gift for hockey fans, history buffs, and art collectors.
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
The Toronto Quarterly - Issue Eight has arrived! We have interviews with poet/novelist Jim Nason The Girl on the Escalator, novelist Beverly Akerman The Meaning of Children, and musician Ariana Gillis To Make It Make Sense. We also have poetry from the likes of Ian Burgham, Ruth Roach Pierson, Jeanpaul Ferro, Karen Shenfeld, Michael Tyrell, Kath MacLean, Max Layton and short stories from Ava Homa, Joe Rosenblatt, Daniel Scott Tysdal to name just a few. The artwork of New York City-artist Lisa G. Bauer graces the cover. We also have a plethora of book recommendations for you to consider.
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