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.
“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.”
The wall “Congreso De Los Imputados”is about politics.
“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.”
On SOCIAL ISSUES
“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.
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
With LIVE PAINTING
“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”.
I asked Sath about the above shot.
“The organization in that case was called “renou col-lectiu” that in Catalan language means “collective noise”.
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.
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!