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Sumer Is I’Cumin In

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Sumer Is I’cumin In

Sumer Is I-Cumin In is the oldest surviving English-language song. Medieval Brits happily sang this upon spotting cuckoos, harbingers of warmer weather.

It was the Big Green Bus with the California plates parked on Bloor Street that caught my attention, and led to one of the strangest – and most satisfying – musical experiences of the summer thus far. Just when I had an evening clear to catch up on some UrbanFlute postings, this bizzare concert jumped in the way, in the name of SleepyTime Gorilla Museum! (more…)

Urban Bansuri

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Raga Shivranjani, Banusri

About 5 weeks ago I dropped by the busy worksite of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandira just north of Pearson International Airport to see if I might don work boots and lend a hand, and was welcomed onto the site with a wonderful, friendly and informative tour. This temple, a cultural & architectural jewel – and very much in the news with its grand opening just last weekend – is simply indescribable. Although only able to catch the festivities after sundown, I was impressed by the incredible enthusiasm and excitement still in the air. (more…)

Pied Piper Update

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Spadina ‘Pied Piper’

UPDATE: The Lakeview Power Plant Demolition (see GTA, 1908, below) has been postponed, and will NOT be taking place on Monday due to wind: an off-shore breeze and/or light rain are required. I had anticipated an early start tomorrow to witness this implosion, the largest evercovered ‘live’ in North America, (more…)