Category Archives: 2018

Make-A-Wish® Rope for Hope Toronto 2019

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This month I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer for the Make-A-Wish® Rope for Hope, here in Toronto. This is a unique challenge event that calls on participants to raise pledges in exchange for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to rappel down the edge of a high-profile building. We did it on the east tower of Toronto’s City Hall, a height of 350 feet or 107 metres. All money raised by Make-A-Wish Rope for Hope rappellers goes to granting the wishes of children with critical illnesses in each respective local market. Going over the edge and capturing the participants’ expressions was priceless. I hope the kids get the same expressions of joy from their wishes coming true!

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A Weekend in Paris

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This past March I had the opportunity to visit Paris for the first time. Like any big metropolis, the best time is had by walking and using the Metro. You really get the sense of the city where every street resembles a museum or movie set. 

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Cranes, Cars, and Celebrities: Another Update

It seems 2018 was the year of user agreement updates and privacy issues. I can assure you that your privacy is safe here following current GDPR standards. You can click here to unsubscribe from this newsletter. My only update is about the work I have been doing over the past few months.

The construction has not slowed down in my home city of Toronto and has continued to uncover some hidden gems from the past. After 68 years in business, the city landmark Honest Ed’s discount store closed for business and was torn down to make way for what else, more condominiums.IMG_9291

The former site of Honest Ed’s discount store at the corner of Bloor and Bathurst Streets


I photographed some current and finished construction projects for a client who’s company installs windows and exteriors for these new structures. The work is pretty amazing to watch and capture.IMG_6462IMG_6541IMG_6486


In April, I installed this one of a kind enlargement print from my Cranes in the City exhibit. Much thanks to my friend Arica Bryan from Centum Regal Financial Corp. for giving it a home in her new office reception area.IMG_8510

Arica Bryan of Centum Regal Financial Corp.


In July, I was shooting some sports cars for a private track day at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga Ontario. It was perfect weather for these machines to perform at their best.img_2356img_3227img_2584-1


I returned to the track again in September to photograph the Porsche Track Experience at the Canadian Tire Motorosport Park at Mosport.img_0064-editimg_0278img_0265


My crane coverage continued as I followed up with my friend George Petrantonakis the crane operator, who allows me to capture these great images of our city as it transforms before our eyes.IMG_8083IMG_8033IMG_8096IMG_8092


In July I photographed this business portrait for the Smith School of Business at Queens University.IMG_1941


I had the pleasure to photograph actress Monica Bellucci who was in town for the TIFF premiere of her new film Nekrotronic, at the Toronto restaurant Bacchanal.Monica Bellucci and Chef Luke Donato of Bacchanal

Monica Bellucci and Chef Luke Donato of Bacchanal


There was a surprise visitor at this year’s Roncesvalles Polish Festival, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.Prime Minister of Canada Justin TrudeauPrime Minister of Canada Justin TrudeauIMG_8750

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau at the Roncessvales Polish Festival


I managed to get some more friends in front of my lens to capture some portraits.IMG_8466-EditIMG_8314IMG_7907-Edit-2IMG_9303-Edit


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in order to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause. I donate my time every year photographing the Booby Ball put on by Rethink Breast Cancer. Every year is a new fun-filled theme and this year’s was the Wild West.IMG_1351


Keeping on the topic of updates, I had a chance to try out the latest technology update in digital photography, mirroless cameras. The new Canon EOS-R camera is the first mirrorless camera released by Canon. It shoots silently since there is no mirror on the shutter, which makes me miss that ever familiar click sound so familiar in photography. Needless to say the image quality has improved.5F2A0683

 

Cranes in the Winter City

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As a follow up to my recent story Cranes in the City, I wanted to see what the work is like in the winter season. Toronto is notorious for having drastic temperature drops and unseasonal highs. This makes construction in the city challenging although it never seems to stop. The day I went up was a typical bitterly cold day during the first week of February, and the temperature up top was severely colder. Factor in the high winds for a pretty chilled workplace.

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Junction Craft Brewery’s new home: The Destructor on Symes Road

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The Junction Craft Brewery have expanded their production facilities by moving into The Destructor on Symes Road. Originally built in 1934 by legendary architect R.C. Harris, The Symes is a Heritage-designated Art Deco building originally used as a city of Toronto incinerator. This is where it earned the name “The Destructor”. It was later used by the city as a waste transfer station.

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It is now the city’s newest event venue featuring over 9,700 square feet of combined space. The brewery is part of three large rooms which can accommodate from 50 to 350 guests for weddings, fundraisers, launch parties, social and corporate functions. They have partnered with some of Toronto’s best and most innovative culinary group of caterers and event service providers to make your event extraordinary.

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Pierogies from The Food Dudes

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Fried Chicken Bao from The Food Dudes

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Steak and Ale pie from Provisions

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 Smoked Haddock with Edamame Mash from Urban Acorn Catering

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Sweet and savory delicacies from The Tempered Room

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DJ Leo Love

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