THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE
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.