Cranes in the City

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The landscape of downtown Toronto is changing at a rapid pace. For the past few years, (and many more years to come), a significant contribution to this growing change has been the presence of high rise cranes. They are building some of the tallest structures the city has ever seen. If you are in the core you can see one almost anywhere you look. As a Toronto native, watching the city transform before my eyes, I was inspired to talk to the people who build these incredible towers; specifically, high rise crane operators and concrete workers. With interviews of company officials that provide insight on the monumental construction process itself, I wanted to capture the stories of the people who create this extraordinary work, through photos and videos. 

I will be displaying the results in a photography exhibition with some breath-taking views of the city of Toronto, from the vantage point of a crane operator. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 from 6 to 9pm. The pop-up gallery will be open to the public through November 11th. The pop-up will feature a unique collection of large-scale prints on various formats. The goal is to help guests appreciate the scope of this work and to experience the views in a large format, as close as possible to real life. The photos and video installations will present an interactive curatorial component in the exhibition room. To attend please contact me at info@tonycicero.com.

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Tower Automotive Building – One of Toronto’s first skyscrapers

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The fascination for me was the new views of the city from vantage points previously unattainable, unless you were a bird or in a helicopter. So up the ladder I climbed…

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Top of the Concert Tower 88 Scott 669ft – 204m

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One foot over the edge at 700 feet!

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George Petrantonakis and Craig Gibson of Local 793 at the Concert Tower at 88 Scott were my first subjects.

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Crane Operator George Petrantonakis

Craig Gibson - Crane Operator

Crane Operator Craig Gibson

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Here is a live video from the top:

 

Here are some more photos from the top:

 

Niagara Wine Touring


If you ever find yourself driving down the Queen Elizabeth Expressway on your way to Niagara Falls, and you have a few hours to spare, it’s not the worst idea to get off at Exit 57, Victoria Avenue, Vineland.  Here you will find yourself in the heart of Niagara’s Twenty Valley wine country.  This picturesque area offers rustic nature trails to signature wine touring alongside many prestigious inns, enticing bed and breakfasts, and campgrounds that offer fabulous getaways.  Plus you get to try a lot of great wine!

Twenty Mile Creek, Jordan Village

Cherry orchards blossoming

Cherry orchards

Cherry blossoms

Stoney Ridge Estate Winery

Stoney Ridge Estate Winery

Me trying to get a fresh taste!

Vineyards

Torchio (winepress)

Great legs!

Kacaba barrels

Kacaba Vineyards cellar

 

 

 

 

Triple A: Art Auction for Autism


For the past few months I have been volunteering my time and services to the Geneva Centre for Autism on the steering committee for The 3rd Annual AUTISTS Gala.  It will be a great night filled with food, fun and fundraising to help youth with autism access job training, summer employment and post-secondary pathways.  I will be shooting the event and also donating a framed print of my Colosseo photograph to the art auction, which will be offerring worthy collector pieces.

To get your tickets visit www.theautistsgala.com.  It is a night not to be missed!

 

A Project Named Desire


Elisabeth Lagerlof as Willie from This Property Is Condemned

This week I caught up with three of the nine theatre companies that are participating in The Tennessee Project Toronto. Rehearsals are in full swing and you can tell that the project will be full of spectacular performances from some special talent. Here are some shots from the rehearsals of This Property Is CondemnedAnd Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens, and Something Unspoken.  The companies responsible are Theatre CaravelAfterglow Theatre, and Written On Water Theatre respectively. Check out the links for more information.

Steve Bolentu as Tom with Elisabeth Lagerlof as Willie

Steve Bolentu as Tom with Elisabeth Lagerlof as Willie

Steve Bolentu as Tom with Elisabeth Lagerlof as Willie

Eric Double – Artistic Producer/co-director and Julia Nis-Lapidus – Artistic Producer/co-director Theatre Caravel

Director Aaron Rothermund and Stage Manager Reut Shilton – Afterglow Theatre

Geoff Stevens as Alvin with Seth Drabinsky as Candy and Adam Norrad as Jerry

Seth Drabinsky as Candy

Geoff Stevens as Alvin

Adam Norrad as Jerry

Sheelagh Darling as Grace Lancaster with Suzette McCanny as Cornelia Scott

Suzette McCanny as Cornelia Scott

Sheelagh Darling as Grace Lancaster

Darwin Lyons – Director Written on Water Theatre

Sarah Barton – Stage Manager Written On Water Theatre

The Tennessee Project Toronto


If you are a fan of Tennessee Williams and his plays then The Tennessee Project Toronto is something you must experience.  I am currently working with some friends on this astounding theatre project which will bring seven Tennessee Williams one-act plays to venues throughout the city of Toronto.  Featuring the talents of nine theatre companies, it is one of the largest co-productions Toronto has seen in years.  The performances will hit Toronto in May 2012, with plays opening in Cabbagetown, Greektown, Roncesvalles, The Annex, North York, Leslieville, and St. Clair West.  The productions will rotate to a different neighborhood each evening for a week, giving each community seven different nights of Williams.  For more information click the image below:

I recently caught up with Black Tea Productions, one of the troupes who will be performing The Unsatisfactory Supper.  Their rehearsals are in full swing and the actors were definitely getting into their characters!

Neil Brown as Archie Lee with Sarah Grange as Baby Doll

Neil Brown as Archie Lee with Sarah Grange as Baby Doll

Erin Hamilton as Aunt Rose with Neil Brown as Archie Lee and Sarah Grange as Baby Doll

Erin Hamilton as Aunt Rose with Neil Brown as Archie Lee

Director Rebecca Young Hart

Jump on and ride the Tennessee Project Toronto by getting your tickets here: