Thursday, January 4, 2007

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Here also is my Top Ten of a bunch of things. These all fall under
the category of "2006" (and mostly Toronto-type things).

If you're in want of a better connection, keep in mind the Huckabees Blanket Theory.*

1) Burned Down Queen Street Bakery Photo Op
(Queen and Jameson)

















Oh the sad tale of Bun King. I only say photo op because obviously something burning down isn't associated with anything that has to do with my favourite things. However, it did make for some interesting photographs, and the smoke on that day was spectacular. I also this is as good an opportunity as any to make sure we all remember what snow in Toronto looked like.*sigh*

2) Nuit Blanche Projects
Stand-outs for me included projects by Dean Baldwin, Instant Coffee + Fastwurms, and the general mayhem of Queen Street. Sadly, certain venues chose to make Queen Street look like club land. I think everybody can take heed that just about any street can look like the Richmond Strip with the right kind of dressing.

...having said that....

3) The Bohemiam Embarassment (Toronto)
It's so rare that I laugh and cry at the same time, especially as it relates to a video. Congratulations to the Fly Gallery installation. I love your clothes and your hat and your rose and your makeup.....

4) David Miller Re-Elected
I was working TIAF that evening pretty much non-stop. It's so nice to have some great news in the middle of a long effing day. If you have qualms about the present elected, consider the alternative.

5) Song dedication to Saddam (December 30th, 2006)
I don't mind admitting that I love a good dedication in the middle of an ass-shake. Whilst I was at a club, the DJ paused briefly to pay tribute by playing The Clash's , "Rock the Casbah" for the late Saddam Hussein on the day of his death.

6) Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola)
You filmed shoes. We loved you for it.

7) Joyland (Emily Schultz)
I can't stress this enough, it's a beauty of a book. Essential reading for anyone who's ever been in a smoke-filled arcade.

8) The Parlour of Twlight (Corwyn Lund and Simone Moire)
Part of the artist-designed room project at the Gladstone Hotel, this remains as one of my favourites. Those walking south on Northcote Ave are also treated to the neon window installation. I've heard it can be seen on a clear day from quite a distance. Impressive public project, indeed.

9) That Belle and Sebastian Show (crowd pictured in Montreal)

What can I say? I screamed like a girl and sang really loudly and really badly. They're still in top form and I still love them for it.

10) Michael Caines
Sadly, this artist's name is one consonant away from a famous actor, and the exact same as a Two Star Michelin Chef (whatever that means). At any rate, I'm still having a love affair with his work since I saw his drawings at Katharine Mulherin's it in late 2005. Call it end-of-year spillover, if you like.


*The theory may not be exclusive to that film, but who could resist an orgasm and a hammer potentially being connected?

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