The Band Played On

Although this mural s only 2 months old, it has been fouled with throw-ups.

Fortunately the t-ups are along the bottom, & I was still able to capture the best parts.

I’m working this mural right to left.

Below is a Pano shot, which shows some of the damage at the bottom. Any further back, and trees get in the way.

Pics taken by Resa – August 22, 2018

Toronto, Canada

The artists: Jieun, Giova & Pablo West

Although somewhat obscured by trees, below is a far shot that shows the full extent of the fouling

 

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!

Ste J in Boston

Ste J from Book to the Future sent us a mural from Boston.

SteB #5
Photo © Steve Johnson

“I found this one at the rear of the Symphony Hall which was just a short walk from where I was staying.”

SteB #1
Photo © Steve Johnson

“I didn’t get up early enough to beat the cars but it makes me happy that people see this mural everyday and is easily visible from the road as well.”

SteB #7
Photo © Steve Johnson

“It’s a wonderful piece this showing a variety of people and a real feeling of culture.”

SteB #3
Photo © Steve Johnson

“Music has a timeless feel and the power to move us, just like a good mural! I love the mixing of cultures it, provides a powerful statement about the universality of music.”

SteB #4
Photo © Steve Johnson

Ste J writes really great book reviews, some film reviews & once in a while a game review.

 Pics taken by Steve Johnson  –  June – 2016

Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

⭐ THANK YOU Ste J ! ⭐

There is no one I have ever met who loves books as much as Ste J, and I love that he finds a mural of writers when he finds a bookstore.

Click on the pic for a really great look at the authors!

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Photo © Steve Johnson

Ste J writes:

“What could be better than browsing outside in the heat under the names of famous authors. If it is not enough to inspire, it also doubles as a reading list as well and if I may, I shall push you towards Italo Calvino and in particular Invisible Cities which is a wonderful book full of imagery and and magic.

Layin Down Tracks

MURAL OF THE YEAR 2004 -190 Disraeli Freeway – Another  Charlie Johnson masterpiece, this clever mural wraps around 3 sides of a ginormous building.

Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)
Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)

However, the MIXER, pictured above, needs sound tracks before he can mix tracks. So wrap around to the opposite end wall of the building where THE SINGER lays down her tracks.

Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)
Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)

Then THE HARMONICA PLAYER

Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)
Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)

.. lays tracks just before the mural

Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)
Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)

Wraps around the corner to the lengthy front face of the building where we find,

Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)
Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)

THE GUITARIST

Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)
Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)

BACK UP SINGERS

Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)
Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)

BASS PLAYER

Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)
Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)

DRUMMER

Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)
Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)

SAXAPHONE

Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)
Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)

KEYBOARDS

Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)
Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)

I said it was ginormous!

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There’s this little outcrop with a BANJO DUDE

Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)
Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)

Then we arrive back at the end wall where the mix happens.

Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)
Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)

 Guess these are the young wanna be Rock Stars!

Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)
Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)
Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)
Artist(s): Sarah Johnston, Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks)

Pics taken by: Resa – October 2, 2012

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Murals of Winnipeg