THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE

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THE GOOD: Whether Banksy would ap­prove is ir­rel­e­vant. We like the new Banksy art­work pre­served for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions as part of a down­town condo de­vel­op­ment. The ac­claimed U.K. street artist, ap­par­ently made the sten­cilled art­work — a po­lice of­fi­cer with a muz­zled bal­loon puppy — in 2010 while in town. It was sal­vaged by de­vel­oper Menkes and will be on dis­play in the PATH sys­tem. It’s the proper treat­ment for this in­ter­na­tional star who has in­flu­enced count­less young artists in Toronto and around the world.

THE BAD: Another live mu­sic venue in the city an­nounced its clo­sure last month adding to a grow­ing list that in­cludes the Hox­ton, Tat­too, the Cen­tral, Soy­bomb HQ and many more. The Sil­ver Dol­lar on Spad­ina will close in May. Hugh’s Room in the west end closed in Jan­uary but has been given a glim­mer of life and may be res­ur­rected as a not-for-profit. The Mata­dor wants to re­open as a mu­sic venue but has re­port­edly faced epic bu­reau­cracy and may give up. This, as city politi­cians talk big about be­com­ing a “Mu­sic City.”

THE BIZARRE: Some­times peo­ple just get a lit­tle too into celebri­ties. Case in point, one Toronto man who is­sued a chal­lenge to Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Ja­son Segel. Ap­par­ently, this man is plan­ning on con­sum­ing a pho­to­graph of Segel ev­ery day un­til Segel de­cides to eat a pho­to­graph of him. “I am go­ing to eat a pic­ture of your face ev­ery day un­til you eat a pic­ture of my face,” said the man iden­ti­fied as Noah Maloney on Twit­ter. At last count, he was on day 9 and still no word from Segel on whether or not he would ac­cept the chal­lenge.

Ja­son Segel

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