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Harness the power of whales

You don’t have to be aquaman to unlock the secrets of whale-kind. Toronto based and aptly named WhalePower (despite there being few whales actually in or even around Toronto) have done it already and proved it to be true. Using some biomimetic teeth on the edge of fan blades, called Tubercle Technology, they’ve created a system thats quieter and more efficient than the traditional smooth kind. Take that whales.

Bike versus Car: Bike 1, Car 0.

Yesterday afternoon in Toronto there was a bit of an incident. Normally when you play bike versus car, the bike is the underdog but yesterday the bike won! Long story short; some motorist tried to make an illegal maneuver almost injuring a cyclist. The Cyclist, rather than shrug it off, decided not to let the motorist get away with that move. If you watch the video, the best part is the very last split second where a cop (on a bicycle!) comes along to intervene just as the driver thinks they’re about to make their getaway.

WinterCity fights Cryophobia with Music

Alright, you all know the deal with winter in Toronto; it is cold. The dark and chilly months ahead can drive you into hibernation which inevitably means you’ll be coming down with a bad case of cabin fever. Let’s not fool ourselves though – the cold is no excuse to shut down all outdoor activities. It isn’t that cold outside. Is it? (Don’t answer that)

With that in mind Toronto’s WinterCity Festival approaches. WinterLicious gets you to go out despite the weather, but you’re still sitting inside a nice warm restaurant. Not so with WinterCity, my friends! WinterCity is all about standing outside in the cold. You’ll enjoy it though. Seriously. On Saturday January 26th 8:45-10PM if you can find your way to Nathan Philips Square you’ll be treated to a free concert by Tokyo Police Club, then a week later on Saturday February the 2nd, another free concert by The Weakerthans. Sounds like a great way to fend off those urges to hibernate.

Libeskind takes Toronto

If you’re in Toronto today be sure to check out the opening of the Royal Ontario Museum’s new extension by Daniel Libeskind. The crystal-themed addition adds a new architectural landmark to the city and will be open this following week to the public before exhibits are added so you can check it out in it’s empty state and wonder how someone could curate such spaces. Theres going to be a big opening party tonight there too and you’re invited.

Have at you!

The Setting is Nathan Phillips Square. The time is three o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the twelfth of May. The weapons of choice are pillows. The expected outcome? Some ‘n00bs’ are about to get ‘pwned’ with some feathery headshots and the number of cameras will match or exceed the number of pillows.

Redesigning a modernist symbol

Viljo Revell must be rolling in his grave. The city of Toronto is going to be holding a competition to redesign Nathan Phillips square which is part of his winning city hall competition design. City hall and the square in which it resides is celebrated as the modernist symbol of the city but contemporary social context and political changes have altered the program of the square ever so slightly. In response to these changes the city is choosing to redevelop the square rather than augment the existing design to cope with the city’s changing needs. This seems unfortunate only because it is destructive of our past. It would be nice if the city could accommodate change without destroying our short history. Improvement is great, and public spaces in Toronto could definitely use some attention but we know we’ll miss the old Nathan Philips square and hope that and changes that take place there still manage to jive with the original spirit of the Toronto city hall design competition. At least the changes will be the result of a competition – maybe the city has not forgotten lessons of the past after all.

Nuit Blanche

Tonight is the night for Nuit Blanche to descend upon Toronto. Incase you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard we’ll remind you that it is this all night contemporary art thing. It is already looking to be absolutely huge and exciting. There is too much great work to mention so if you’re in Toronto between sunset tonight and dawn tomorrow morning be sure to check it out. We’re already pretty beat from last night’s huge CTF extravaganza but we still wouldn’t dare miss this. Sleep can wait.

Helen Riley throws in the towel

The Toronto Pedestrian Committee’s co-chair Helen Riley seems to have given up on the sake of pedestrians in Toronto and quit her position. Spacing reports that she was frustrated by the position to the point of defeat. This speaks as much about pedestrians in Toronto as it does about the city itself and is demonstrative of a sad state of affairs. Helen leaves us with a hopeful eye towards future pedestrian activists but we at Ohmpage can’t help but feel that it is a frightful blow to the city that such a position is so exhaustively defeating that it drives away the very people who we need to fill it. We’re sorry Helen.

Bubble Battle

Last night newmindspace announced their next event; Bubble Battle. Three battlefields have been chosen. Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver will be witness to bubble induced mayhem on the second day of July. Be warned. Now that Ohmpage has a fancy multimedia smartphone (review to come) we’ll bring you some documentation of the aftermath in Toronto for those who are too afraid to be there themselves.

30 Years of the CN Tower

TowerHappy Birthday CN Tower! Can you believe it has been thirty years already? You’re still our favorite free standing structure and the world’s tallest, not to mention our favorite antenna of all time. We love you CN Tower. Rock on.

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