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DARA ARAM

DARA ARAM

  Aram in his studio. Photo Courtesy of Dara Aram      Abstract Reflections: Dara Aram By Kelly Drennan Like colour so vibrant it makes the rainbow look like a lead pipe? If so, the work and world of Dara Aram will be for you. The Toronto-based artist's paintings are so bright and energized, they very nearly affect that part of our brains that triggers the pleasure centre. If you are lucky enough to experience an exhibition of his work, you might be like a kid in a candy shop. At first you might find yourself overwhelmed and dizzy with excitement....

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Voyageurs of the French River

Voyageurs of the French River

The voyageurs were French Canadians who engaged in the transporting of furs by canoe during the fur trade years. The emblematic meaning of the term applies to places (New France) and times (primarily in the 18th and early 19th centuries) where transportation of materials was mainly over long distances. This major and challenging task of the fur trading business was done by canoe and largely by French Canadians. Being a voyageur also included being a part of a licensed, organized effort, or one of the distinctions. From Lake Nipissing to Georgian Bay, the French River forms part of the Heritage Waterway trade...

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GISELE COMTOIS

GISELE COMTOIS

  Bonasvista Iceberg NFL, 36"X48", Oil on canvas  A Rich Life: Gisele Comtois "The end of a painting is really the beginning of the next one." Gisele Comtois carries herself with confidence and poise. After 40 years as a practicing artist, she holds a vast repertoire of knowledge and experience. So when it comes to the art world, she has much to say.  Born in St. Marc-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Comtois is known for her richly painted landscapes of the Gaspe coast, Charlevois County, the Laurentians, and the Eastern Township in Quebec - all regions very close to her heart. She has also travelled to capture the Maritimes, Northern...

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HAMILTON: THEN AND NOW

HAMILTON: THEN AND NOW

Do you know where is this? THEN: This is Gore Park in Hamilton, Ontario taken in the early 1920s.   Interesting facts: The park used to be called Gore on King Street. In the late 1800s, the park had gates and was only open to the public from 7am to 8pm. It was then locked for the night.  Feeding the birds was banned in 1953 when hordes of starlings took over the park. In 1954, a major shoot was organized and 122 hunters were brought in. They shot 2,500 birds.   NOW: This is Gore Park today.....

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HAMILTON: THEN AND NOW

HAMILTON: THEN AND NOW

DO YOU KNOW WHERE THIS IS? (Photo courtesy of Hamilton Public Library Archives)  THEN:  This photo (above) was taken in 1960. Located on the corner of King and Hughson stood Kresge Co. Department store. It opened here in 1930 and remained at the top of it's game for many years. By 1994, overshadowed by cheaper discount stores, Kresge Co. sadly closed.  NOW: The photo below is of what the same building looks like today. Gone is the retail haven where you could grab a coffee and a piece of pie after you shopped. It has been a Kmart, bingo hall, and is currently under...

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