July 2021 - Toronto ON
The week flew by uneventfully with John golfing Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The weather went from hot high 30s feeling like the 40s with the humidity to lots of rain and cool sweater weather at 18 and windy.
Monday I went down to Harbourfront, first time this summer.
— Rebecca Roher
The Power Plant is Canada's leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. It is also always free.
Sasha Huber, YOU NAME IT
The Helsinki-based artist’s practice investigates the ways colonial history is imprinted in the landscape through acts of remembrance. Her photographic mural Rentyhorn documents a reparative intervention aiming to rename the Alpine peak Agassizhorn, named after the “scientific” racist Louis Agassiz. Rentyhorn is a prelude to Huber’s first Canadian solo exhibition at The Power Plant, January 29 – May 8, 2022.
“THE ONLY TONGUE IN VOGUE”1 is a quote pulled from history that helps us to envision a future where Indigenous languages are once again “in vogue” on Indigenous land.
This casual observance is from an explorer’s 1810 journey through the trade routes of what are now the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta, where nēhiyawēwin (the Plains Cree language) was one of the predominantly spoken languages of the time. White explorers and traders would have had to hire translators or have a basic understanding of the language in order to communicate, trade and survive.
These words encapsulate what conversations would have sounded like before English and French became pervasive on these lands. While the historical context of colonialism was thoroughly underway when the quote was written, under an Indigenous lens the words provide a glimpse into a different time and become a beacon for a possible future.
Joi T. Arcand
1 Alexander Henry qtd. in Fromhold, Joachim. The Western Cree – (Pakisimotan Wi Iniwak) Louis Joseph Piche (Chief Pesew) The Founding of a Dynasty. First Nations Publishing, 2016.
Waterglass is the first solar glass art project in Toronto and the first in the world to integrate heat mirror technology. The result is creative and inspiring – art generating energy. This partnership won an Award of Distinction at the 2011 The Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Partnership Awards.
Then I went to Winner's and found a light coloured golf shirt for John, it has been so hot. In Longo's I picked up chicken quarters as John couldn't find them at Metro in the morning.
Tuesday we talked about an outing and finally got our act in gear after lunch to drive out to Caledonia. But once we were on the QEW traffic was stop and go several times so we gave up and came home.
Wednesday I went to Harbourfront to check out the new Farm Boy (I didn't do this on Monday because I knew I was going to Longo's). I picked up field tomatoes, some salad dressings and a spaghetti sauce. I also found a potted cilantro plant. I planted both the basil and cilantro in my herb planter on the balcony and we'll see how that works.
The museums are opening on July
21 16!! I got our tickets for the Andy Warhol exhibit for September.
Thursday I had plans for us downtown but it absolutely poured all day.
One item was the Toronto Art Show so I will go by myself on Friday.
Nope didn't happen on Friday. It rained on and off and I couldn't get motivated.
I forgot to post June and YTD crossword puzzles stats last week.
I had an Aperol gin cocktail and John felt like having a scotch. The gin cocktail was good but I wouldn't bother with it again.
New York Times had an article about women left out of the history of cocktails.
I put House of Cards (really could a couple be more evil?) aside when I discovered Mad Men was on Prime. I had been deep into it when it was removed from Netflix in June 2020.
John finished the latest Bosch.
I was looking for another series that I couldn't remember the name of and came upon Into the Night, a Belgian one series season (although I believe there is a second season coming).
Thursday at the movies 2021 Judas and the Black Messiah. Daniel Kaluuya gives a stunning performance as Fred Hampton the murdered chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party.
We are watching the latest Yellowstone series.
I binged on MasterChef Australia Season 13 on Friday as I have had trouble finding it online the last few weeks. I went back to watchtvseries.si and it was wide open again. I am at episode 55 so no spoilers please!!!
I borrowed the latest issue of BBC Good Food magazine from the library. Yes, I hate reading magazines online, the font is too small.
Outrage how can I go wrong with a female police inspector that loves to cook and writes cookbooks?
The Almost Wife, set in Ontario, started slowly but slowly got better if not great. You can see the ending coming.