Vintage Toronto Music Scene

Oscar Peterson anchors this 22 story high mural in downtown Toronto.

This mural features the entertainers (Canadian & American) and the venues that were popular in Toronto’s yester-years.

It was impossible for me to capture images that are 22 stories high, but I made a stab at it. To the left, and above Oscar, we have B.B. King, who played a lot at The Colonial (a long gone fave spot for blues and jazz)

Shirley Matthews, an Ontario Performer, was a popular fixture at Club Bluenote.

Gordon Lightfoot was playing at Steeles Tavern when America discovered him. He moved on to Toronto’s prestigious Massey Hall after that!

By the 11th -12th story, Muddy Waters is looking somewhat muddy.

Jackie Shane, American in hiding for many years, has made a comeback to Toronto. We welcome her!

Above her is Dianne Brooks, Glenn Gould and Ronnie Hawkins. Besides my camera not having a telescopic lens, there were bare tree branches. By the blurry top,  it was all branches.

Pics take by Resa – November 18 2017

Toronto, Canada

The Artist: Adrian Hayles

Here is Adrian Hayles’ artist rendering, before the fact.

Here’s the best of my far away captures. Pfft! Hey, there’s a side 2! That’s the next post!

Aboriginal Original

It begins with the glint in an eagle’s eye.

Artist: Phillip Cote
Artist: Phillip Cote

Then we are taken through a First Nation’s experience, via this fabulous mural

Artist: Phillip Cote
Artist: Phillip Cote

A stunning Thunderbird, and other symbols mark the path!

Artist: Phillip Cote

I’m thinking this is a nicotine plant.

Artist: Phillip Cote

This wolf, and all of the animals depicted are A+

Artist: Phillip Cote
Artist: Philip Cote

A beaver, Canada Geese and a Heron. (Or is it a Whooping Crane?)

Artist: Phillip Cote
Artist: Phillip Cote

The Eagle

Artist: Phillip Cote

A Raven

Artist: Phillip Cote
Artist: Phillip Cote

A Brown Bear

Artist: Phillip Cote

A Buffalo

Artist: Phillip Cote

Pics taken by Resa June 10, 2018

Toronto, Canada

Artist: Phillip Cote

I managed to take the entire mural from across the street. I left the photo file large, so if you click on, it blows up beautifully.

Artist: Phillip Cote
Artist: Phillip Cote
Artist: Phillip Cote
Artist: Phillip Cote

SATH – Visual Communicator

On POLITICS

Artist: Sath

“The wall with the judge was painted in the village of Son Servera, and it talks about the freedom of speech. A Spanish rapper was condemned to jail just for the lyrics of his songs… ridiculous.”

Artist: Sath

The wall “Congreso De Los Imputados” is about politics.

Artist: Sath

“At the entrance of the Spanish parliament (congreso de los diputados): I changed the word diputados for imputados, (that means imputed). There are 2 lions, so I painted 1 of them (changing the ball for a prisoner ball), to criticize the government and the corruption.”

Artist: Sath

On SOCIAL ISSUES

Artist: Sath

“I also attached the image of the last wall with my project “Som-Riu”. This week I’m gonna start another “Som-Riu” project in another village.”

SOM – RIU is a participatory mural project to aid people with intellectual disabilities. Learn more! Visit a previous GLaM post: SOM – RIU. 

With HUMOR

Artist: Sath

Sath’s sense of humor is precious, whatever he decides to say with it.

“By the way, this wall painting is the new Spanish gastrobar Broken Eggs by the Galician Chef Jacobo Astray, in Ekkamai. Great selection of wines, craft beers, amazing food and service. All for affordable prices! Buen provecho!”

The CANVAS below is titled: UNI-CORN

Artist: Sath

With  LIVE PAINTING

Artist: Sath

For the live painting shows, I paint in front of the public during music festivals. They can get tickets to win the painting with a raffle at the end”.

Sath paints B.B.King

I asked Sath about the above shot.

 “The organization in that case was called “renou col-lectiu” that in Catalan language means “collective noise”.

All art © SATH

All photos © via SATH

Sath hails from Mallorca (Spain). He uses spray & acrylic paint to create colorful pieces, slightly surreal.  He uses figurative elements, & impossible situations or actions, but he never neglects the message.

Check out Sath’s Website!

Follow Sath on FaceBook!

Sath sent me a FaceBook link to a short sweet video of himself painting the wall below. I can’t seem to embed the video. It’s not on YouTube, but if you click on the pic below, it will take you to the video. If you do not have a FB account (like me) just click on “Not Now”. You will be able to view it!

Kingsway Royal – Fin

The last part of Kingsway Royal includes a York County coat of arms.

Artist: Emilia Jajus

It is on the bridge over the river where this man fishes.

Artist: Emilia Jajus
Artist: Emilia Jajus

Beyond the bridge is bucolic imagery of the area.

Artist: Emilia Jajus

Many renditions of this type of home is still found in well kept order in this area. It is dark in the underpass, so they have these lights to help us see. I thought the way the capture of the light mixing with the tree is interesting.

Artist: Emilia Jajus

Playing beside the house, and peeking around a tree are 2 children. The tree is on a corner of the underpass. the boy is on one side.

Artist: Emilia Jajus

The girl is on the other side.

Artist: Emilia Jajus
Artist: Emilia Jajus
Artist: Emilia Jajus

Robert Home Smith was a real person who was important to this area.

Artist: Emilia Jajus

Pics taken by Resa – June 3, 2018

Toronto, Canada

The Artist: Emilia Jajus

Kingsway Royal 2

Here’s the 2nd half of the west side, & 1st half of the east side of the underpass mural.

Artist: Emilia Jajus

To the right of the stone entrance marker, with planter flowers (last pic, previous post), there is road with a strip mall to the right.

Artist: Emilia Jajus
Artist: Emilia Jajus

Notice anything about the name of the cafe?

Artist: Emilia Jajus

Next to the cafe, there is an apartment building. A man walks his dog.

Artist: Emilia Jajus
Artist: Emilia Jajus

Across the street, we enter the east side of the tunnel.

Artist: Emilia Jajus
Artist: Emilia Jajus
Artist: Emilia Jajus
Artist: Emilia Jajus

Pics taken by Resa – June 3, 2018

Toronto, Canada

The Artist: Emilia Jajus

 

Kingsway Royal 1

It’s a nostalgic mural of the Kingsway Royal York area, in an underpass.

Artist: Emilia Jajus

Let me back up to the beginning. It starts with a park.

Artist: Emilia Jajus
Artist: Emilia Jajus

This mural is not quite 3 years old, and already the rain run-off has left its marks.

Artist: Emilia Jajus
Artist: Emilia Jajus

The park is at the entrance to the tunnel.

Artist: Emilia Jajus

When we enter the tunnel, there is a street with a theater,

Artist: Emilia Jajus

…a bakery…

… a bank & couple other businesses.

Artist: Emilia Jajus
Artist: Emilia Jajus

The rest of this side of the underpasses mural is after the planter, for the next post.

Artist: Emilia Jajus

Picstaken by Resa- June 3, 2018

Toronto, Canada

The Artist: http://www.emiliajajus.com/