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pictures taken in August 2021 including Emancipation Day events

Shortly after showing up at the Bloor Street Emancipation Day event, the Fort York MP announced he isn’t going to run again for the Liberals. His wife Nicole in Red, organizer Itah Sadu has her arm raised.
Many sections to the Emancipation Day Parade
Section from the parade
Signs say it all. Christie Pitt Park. Stephen Weir photographer
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End of the Bloor Street walk. Slave section show their signs
End of the Bloor Street walk
holding up the signs that were shown on Bloor Street in Toronto
Playing in front of the ROM. Part of Emancipation Day event in Toronto
downtown Toronto
The joy of Mas
Major media story for CBC radio, TV and cbc.ca
more pictures crom yonge and bloor
In costume for a serious reason!
missing red shoes
Yonge and Montgomery – shoes part of functional art installation. But, have been removed as of August 5, 2021
Mas in front of the Tiffany store on Bloor
young drummer in Christie Pits Park – Toronto
Neville’s book – for a 1990 show at the McMichael Canadian Art Gallery
actors wearing slave chains
Slim Jim®, the on-the-go meaty snack has partnered with Chris ‘Slim Duck’ Boucher, Canadian professional basketball player, as its newest brand ambassador. The endorsement partnership will come to life in advertising materials, including social media and in-store displays at retailers across Canada this fall. (CNW Group/Conagra Brands, Inc.)
Emancipation Flex on Bloor St
Waiting for the event to begin. In the shadow of the Hudson Bay building at Yonge and Bloor in Toronto. Emancipation Day event – August 1, 2021
The Joy of Mas in front of Bloor St subway enterance
August 1, 2021 Emancipation Day in Toronto
Emancipation Day walk down Bloor, The Resistance with Calypsonian Henry Gomez left and company
The Joy of Mas on the Mink Mile -Toronto- Emancipation Day event August 1
purple door – toronto island – photo by Pat Whetung – do not borrow without permission. Needed for a photo savage hunt for Women’s Health

 

press photo from truck festival, not my photograph. do not use
used in stories for media for this year’s Caribbean Carnival
Scarborough Town Centre, Toronto. Photo by Herman S, Do not use without permission
Mas at the Mall
Full Mas costume. Model at Carnival Flavours, outdoor music festival at the Scarborough Town Mall. Last event for 2021 Toronto Caribbean Carnival. Photo by Herman S. Do not use without permission
Emancipation Day event on Bloor St August 1, 2021
Wendy Jones (Pan Alive) with the Garvey sign. Young girl and her mother with Black Power signs.
Yesterday treasures, Today's Trash
Sign says child in this Edith Avenue house has graduated from grade 6 (Allenby) and a few days later the grad’s Power Ranger toys were up for grabs!

 

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Pictures taken in July – most by cell – some classic shots from the past

piano playing in the Kensington Market Park
A Hit Before Your Mother Was Born
do I eat the limited edition chicken mcnugget sauce or sell the two packs. Big interest in the BTS special McDonald’s menu. Mikey bought it for me in Windsor.
went to city hall Toronto to take picture of Windsor Churchill. Figure he will be next work of art to end up in Lake Ontario
Windsor, Walkerville. Neighbour’s antique car collection out on the street for a wash
Two head sculpture hunts for bugs. Kensington Market home’s side-yard. Mural on wall behind. Street Art. Cell phone photograph
Devil, Skelton. Artist Graffiti on the boarded up window of a Kensington Market building. street art. Toronto.
26 years later we retired our Carrier central air conditioner. New one installed. Model? A carrier.
first lunch with friends Bill and Barb in over a year. Patio on third floor of the Gardiner Museum, on Queens Park, across from ROM. Maria looks great. I look like shit, like death rushes in. waitress took picture. The Clay resto
walk in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Bird part of the headstone. A puzzler
Rose and Maria at our old house on Lake Clear near Eganville
Herman S sent me this picture he took of me at the King and Queen contest, 2015. All part of Caribana. Sold out show. King / Dufferin Lamport Stadium
WALKING CROCK. Statue in the Gardiner Museum street side cafe across from ROM. The Gardiner is Canada’s top ceramic museum.
Windsor mural on the side of of a Polish restaurant. I am seeing an homage to Tom Thomson, the Northern Lights and flowing Lava. Tecumseh Ave. Street art. Mural.
an Ipad photo of my Op-Ed about dad’s death in the Windsor Star.
Pierogi / Tom Thompson mural – full view. Windsor, Ontario. Street Art.
My father’s home for sale. Prescott. 300 feet from the St Lawrence River and the wreck of the Rothesay. Diver’s paradise. Check out the pool.
My father’s home for sale. Prescott. 300 feet from the St Lawrence River and the wreck of the Rothesay. Diver’s paradise. Check out the pool. 22 Sunnymeade Rd. / Highway 2 Just outside of town.
but will the food concept work. Suddenly the Green Papaya on Yonge St In Toronto has moved from just Thai food, to Vietnam and Brazilian Cuisine. Patio right on the street, doing well in the warm nights of July
Renfrew hippy days. 1969. Car wouldn’t make it to Woodstock. Me at left, Robin Burgess on guitar and the late Bruce Paton with the flower. Rob Agnell on the rough. Raglan Street. Renfrew, Ontario.
the wreck of the Rothesay. The sidewheel paddler sank at the end of my dad’s street in Prescott. Most popular shore dive site on the St Lawrence (and you can suit up in our garage and walk 300 feet to the water’s edge.
my first picture that I took for the Lakefield Leader. 1975. First day on the job as editor
my first picture that I took for the Lakefield Leader. 1975. First day on the job as editor
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June 2021 pictures, taken/ harvested / created pandemic shutdown continues

Planters Peanuts Canada owns the Big Apple. Hormel/Spam now owns Planters
Long-time facebook follower photographer Herman Silochan, sent me this picture of myself 5 years ago giving the press a backstage look at the King and Queen competition
G’Day are you from the Valley? If so pick up today’s Sunday Star. Front Page features Olympian runner Melissa Bishop-Nriagu as she prepares for Tokyo. As everyone knows she’s from Eganville, Ontario, the heart of the Ottawa Valley
still trying to get my Ryerson marks over to University of Windsor
Wrote a story about the new Face of the Festivals. Celina

 

Celena Seusahai, well-known Toronto Mas Model, Queen of the Carnival and longtime Carnival organizer sent this picture to me for my article. Copyright by Cee don’t use without permission

Prescott Dump, cans and shadows only
Anti Vaxers take to the ancient protest form of grafitti
Those were days! Working on film for the McMichael Gallery, Charlie Pachter and Margaret Atwood
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May 2012 – Pandemic Photos for the month and pics from the past

MashUp Mammut
Mammut was one of the top acts at the 2018 Airwaves Festival in Iceland. Mammút is an Icelandic rock band based in Reykjavík. Formed in 2003 this all-female trio highlighting vocalist Kata (Katrína Kata Mogensen) pictured in the mashup above. After the concert I posted a mash-up photo of Mogensen. 3-years later revisited the mashup and switched out one of the source photos- Still a mash-up double exposure, blurry photograph!
Newspapers on my table
Used to illustrate a weekly twitter I do about art and authors in the Toronto Star
Cleaning files. From a story in the 1974 Ryerson Eyeopener
There she Blows
St Vincent supplied photo
Cleaning files. From a story in the 1974 Ryerson Eyeopener
Jack Weir
My Dad passed this month at the age of 96 in Ottawa
Voice of the Turtle?
Cell picture of Toronto street anti-vax message
Ross King - big news in the Toronto Star
Have been tweeting about authors and artists appearing in the Toronto Star. Use my Ipad to take pictures of Deb Dundas’s articles
Bean Bag Concerts
Bean Bag Concert 2019 in Bogata Colombia
Octopussy Mas Costume
On the catwalk of NBA’s Jaamal Magloire (Revellers) costume launch. Theme? James Bond Movies. 5 years ago.
A really old street dog
Toronto restaurant sculpture promoting their hot dogs. 2018
Voice of the Turtle? May 2021
Cell picture of Toronto street anti-vax message
Cleaning flies Eyeopener newspaper
74/75 era picture of Joni Mitchell on stage in Toronto. On back of photo I have written “With the Band”.
Voice of the Turtle?
Cell picture of Toronto street anti-vax message

 May  2021 Mash-up, photos from New Orleans January 2020. Sign made me take this picture of my shadow as I took a photo at the New Orleans Sugar Bowl Parade.

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April 2021 – photographs taken and material from 70’s files

 

Message in a Barrell
Street art photo taken in 2019. Used in Social Media Posting in April 2021
promo pix from the mid 70s. Lakefield Leader
Lawn blow-up dolls on an east Toronto front yard. Knife attack photo by George Socka
Volunteers are in Toronto shipping warehouse preparing donations for Volcano relief in St Vincent
Toronto Star feature on Laurie Ryerson Ap 2021
Ipad photo of Laurie Ryerson’s picture on Deb Dundas feature. Dining Room pix for social media posting
Ipad Windsor Pizza
Ambassador Pizza on Bloor St in Toronto introduces Windsor style pizza. Excellent. Social media posting. Ipad dining room table picture April 2021
Columbia Beans (bag seats)
Outdoor concert in Bogota. Taken in 2020 and used in Social Media post in 2021

 

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March 2021 lockdown continues – events, travel and old photographs

January1974, the Band performs at Maple Leaf Gardens. Toronto
Think it was 22 February 1974 Maple Leaf Gardens. Toronto. Six word review. Was it a mind-blowing concert?
Innocence Canada confirmed today that a confidential financial settlement was recently reached between the Nova Scotia and federal governments and Glen Assoun, a 64-year-old Nova Scotia man who was exonerated in 2019 in the 1995 murder of Brenda LeAnne Way.
Birthday time. August 1975.
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February 2021 – Photographs, new and old (cleaning out files)

Picture of the Toronto Star’s front page of the Arts Section. Used it in a tweet
PR photo from 1973-ish. Wrote a story for Ryerson papers about the band’s performance at Massey Hall
not sure this is mine. used on my website and facebook for carnival. mas camp launch for Jaamal Magloire’s Revellers.
Those were the days. Early 80s probably. Porch of the Kaileo’s cottage on Lake Clear, Robbie and Maria in front, My parents on leftside
Mas camp launch from 2015. Richmond Hill near the 404. sweir photo

my invite to CF18

Maria took this picture. Me in front Dad and Mom beside me. Lake Clear, Kalieo cottact porch. early 80s or late 70s
2019 – cab driver said this street art was called Ape Shit Mural
Those were the days my friend. 1975 – I was the editor of two papers in Lakefield / Bridgenorth. One day I drove into Toronto to sit in on a Hollywood presser at (as I recall) the Sutton Place Hotel. Red Hot director Peter Bogdanovich and equally Red Hot actress Cybill Shepherd were in town to promote their new musical comedy At Long Last Love. Was suppose to be her Bofo follow-up to her 4 star film, Daisy Miller. At Long Last Love was a flop even before it hit theatres. Movie plotline self described it as the story of “four socialite old friends unexpectedly clash, and switch partners during a party and attempt to make each other jealous.”
Bogdanovich was a great interview, even put up with one dumb question from me. Cybill Shepherd came down from her room late, looked at the half filled room from the elevator and promptly returned to her suite! A no show. I went back to Lakefield with half a page of notes and theis (now badly faded) picture in my camera. btw – At Long Last Love starred Cybill Shepherd, Burt Reynolds, Madeline Kahn and Duilio Del Prete.
Still cleaning out my old school files. Ryerson Eyeopener, probably fall 1975 Roxy Music at Massey Hall. Andy Mackay – Sax, Oboe & Keyboards. I developed my own pictures back in the day, Now 46 years later the print is showing how badly I screwed up mixing the fixer. I wrote “Roxy Music” on the bottom of the picture for the paste up of the paper before it got sent to the printer
Dancing in the Tweets – cleaning out my arts and entertainment files from my days with the Ryerson Eyeopener. 45+ years ago – Martha Reeves performing in Toronto, Picture probably taken at the late great Yonge Street’s Colonial Tavern.
Ipad picture of the front page of the Globe Arts Section for twitter post
Story about a radio station for Pickering and Ajax. Not happening because of CRTC
mashup of pictures of the Kars glider club and a screen grab from the movie Greenland. Used in Weir Here post

 

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january 2021

JANUARY 05: Reverend Jesse Jackson gets Covid-19 Vaccine administered by Dr. Kiran Chekka Co-Chair of Covid Task Force
The Penalty Box bar and restaurant in Windsor (Walkerville/Tecumseh) is a fav watering hole and take out stop for medical types from the nearby hospital. Penalty Box recently had a mural painted on its parking lot wall. Mural in support of the hospital workers during this Covid pandemic. Across river from Detroit.
Banned by Facebook – Important painting exhibition in Toronto
Over 2 million views of sweirsweir Flickr collection
This picture taken first week of January 2020 in the French Quarter – New Orleans
Official picture for Order of Ontario Award
Sign right here
Sun cartoonist buys his book at Ben McNally launch. Picture by sweir for Order of Ontario story
Neighbour’s waste between houses. Pile started in early December. Hauled away January 11. 2021
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Santa Claus Came to Town But Didn’t Make it Out Alive …. part 2

I was walking late at night near the John Ross School when I heard a hissing. Santa bleeding out. Tried to save him. Knife hole too big. This is a 10second mash-up of Santas last breath of air.
Santa aired out just before he could reach the safety of the porch. Leaside, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Pain by the Drain. Willowdale Santa aired out with a knife wound. Extension cord left behind but Claus’s lights taken.
All that is left is a pot full of dead santa
Leaside – Toronto. Extension cords and lights missing, so said the distraught owner
All ill-wind blew through Moore Park, Toronto
… and someone cut Santa’s guy wires.
Guest Sleuth Mary-Ell found Santa under a pile of snow
Etobicoke vandals took down Santa but couldn’t bleed out his air – This Claus a tough old bird
Guest sleuth Wendy Robbins took this picture
Mass murder, only the penguins left standing. Uhmm. East York, Ontario
Santa Fire Avoided when I chased off perps
Owner and I chased away a killer just after he created a pyre of aired out Santa Claus and helpers. Had gasoline ready to melt them down. Blower and lights taken. I left duct tape with the owner
mass murder of masked raccoon reindeer and this East York Santa
Santa and the dead raccoon reindeer Wendy Robbins.
Chinese factory who make lawn blow-ups sent me giant shark lawn thingee
Suggested I put it on my front lawn come summer
Ass Up For Dead Santa. Oriole Park district, Midtown Toronto. Last days of the XMAS holiday
Oriole Park district, Midtown Toronto. Last days of the XMAS holiday
No one in Forest Hill heard to this tree-tall giant santa fall (except me). With a bang Christmas ended on this quiet street. Blower, lights and extension cords stolen (along with the spirit of Xmas). Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Didn’t see Santa’s remains in the bush till the wind ruffled his red cap. Shived. Midtown Toronto.
But no sticking Santa’s head back on his deflated body. Chainsaw massacre in Forrest Hill, Toronto
Massive pile of slain santas in Leaside. Deflation hits midtown Toronto,
Many Santas taken out, but somehow snowman survived. Hmmm suspected we have an accomplice. Leaside.
Streetside view of the mass murder scene. Snowman somehow escaped knife attack
I walked by just as Santa was airing out on the front lawn (St Clair and Bayview). No cops on the scene and I was without my yellow crime scene tape. Luckily there were Candy Canes nearby, so I put them to good use to preserve the murder scene.
Santa Yoda lost! knife beats light sabre. Mill St and Mount Pleasant