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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Hubert K of CTRL ROOM

DJ Leo Love

DJ Leo Love

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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:

 

Faema Caffé Trucillo Latte Event

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Faema Canada held a training seminar last week for their commercial clients and potential new ones. In collaboration with Caffé Trucillo, the seminar provided proper brewing techniques and a chance to learn some fancy latte art.

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1926 Ford Model T Coupe

Faema’s state of the art showroom headquarters, located at the corner of Dupont and Christie in downtown Toronto, was originally built as the former Ford Motor Company of Canada factory. It too was a showroom for great machines of the time. Now it features some of the greatest espresso machines of our time, many of which can be viewed and sampled with some exclusively imported beans and ground coffees.

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Elektra Mini Vertical A1 Coffee Machine

The family company was founded over fifty years ago by Lorenzo Michele (Mike) Di Donato when he immigrated to Toronto. His idea was to introduce the real Italian food and espresso culture here in Canada. Soon after importing his first machine, great espresso was available in restaurants and homes across the country.

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Latte artist/barista Elliott Boylin (@boylinlatteart) teaching how to make drinkable art.

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The Faema facility also includes the Pizza Studio Canada which provides services for restaurant planning, consulting, training and special events. This is where Pasquale Ponticiello will provide you with all that it takes to making a real Neapolitan pizza.

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Pasquale Ponticello of Pizza Studio Canada

More photos from the event:

 

Evan Biddell – The 81 Pound Challenge

L-R Stacey McKenzie, Evan Biddell, Josh Mario John

Stacey McKenzie, Evan Biddell, Josh Mario John

Earlier this month I was shooting at Toronto Women’s Fashion Week part of Eco Fashion Week. The Evan Biddell show was one that I thought sent the strongest message for fashion today. He was asked to take part in the Value Village 81LB Challenge. This is the amount the average person discards in textiles every year. Using eighty one pounds of unsold merchandise, Evan really shows that good fashion is never out of style. Here is some of his work:

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Stacey McKenzie

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