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:

 

Canouan: A Hidden Caribbean Treasure

Bay of Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Grand Bay – Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

My first week of 2017 started off in the Caribbean. I was hired to photograph a friend’s wedding on the tiny island of Mayreau, part of the beautiful island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Salt Whistle Bay – Mayreau, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Traffic Officer - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Starting on the mainland, in the capital city Kingstown, I jumped on a flamboyantly painted public bus. This a fun way to see the vibrant and bustling city like a local. Plus, they all have incredible sounds systems blasting the best island tunes!

Bus stop - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Bus stop – Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Buses loading passengers - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Buses – Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Camillia Bus - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Salassie Bus - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Dimez Bus - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Bus - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Fisherman - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Fisherman – Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Fish Market - Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Fish Market – Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Making my way over to the tiny island of Canouan, I discovered a true island paradise. Known for its remote beaches and authentic island life, it is also a favoured place for sailing and yachting.

Grand Bay - Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Grand Bay - Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Grand Bay – Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

S/V Mandalay - Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

S/V Mandalay – Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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Here are some more photos of the island:

 

There are a few resorts on the island including the Tamarind Beach Hotel and the newly finished Glossy Bay Marina. Each with hospitality that matches the spectacular surroundings for an truly luxurious experience.

Tamarind Beach Hotel - Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Tamarind Beach Hotel – Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Tamarind Beach Hotel - Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Here are some more photos of Tamarind Beach Hotel:

 

Glossy Bay Marina beach - Glossy Bay Canouan, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Glossy Bay Marina beach – Glossy Bay Canouan, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Glossy Bay Marina pool - Glossy Bay Canouan, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Glossy Bay Marina pool – Glossy Bay Canouan, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Here are some more photos of the Glossy Bay Marina:

 

After spending a week island hopping this region, I can see why the pirates did not want to leave this area!

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Salt Whistle Bay – Mayreau, St Vincent and the Grenadines

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Carenage Bay – Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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