Cranes in the Winter City


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.









Cranes in the City


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



Tower Automotive Building – One of Toronto’s first skyscrapers




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…




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



One foot over the edge at 700 feet!




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


Crane Operator George Petrantonakis

Craig Gibson - Crane Operator

Crane Operator Craig Gibson


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!


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  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