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DC Art Digest #1 - April 20 - 26, 2015

Focusing on TPS 14 - East of Spadina, South of Bloor, West of Dufferin and North of the Lake

(if you have a business in this area, please tweet us about your special event)

First, the big news this week in Toronto is the Retirement of Chief Bill Blair and the announcement of his successor, Mark Saunders  

Presentation to Chief Bill Blair at his Retirement Gala

 

April 20, 2015 -  Ask Me Anything Mondays 

Every Monday, David answers your questions by video on our Facebook page.  Please think of something you'd like to know and ask him!!!

This Mondays #AMA question answered: What medium do you use to colour your cityscapes‬?

 April 21, 2015 - Community Service Tuesdays

We were asked to place an ad in the Children's Activity Colouring book and this is what we came up with.  The colouring book is distributed to 5000 children in hospitals throughout the GTA.  A % of proceeds from the advertising revenue is donated to Make A Wish Foundation and usually amount to approximately $100,000.  If you want to help Make A Wish, simply use promo code 25% and we will donate 25% of your purchase to Make A Wish.  Tax law prohibits the issuance of a tax receipt for your donation because you are receiving goods (the print).  David Crighton Art does not receive a tax receipt either.

 

April 22, 2015 - Social Action Wednesdays - #EarthDay

It is important to David and I personally that we understand what the issues are, what the choices are, what the problems are and what we might be able to do about it.  We thought you would be interested too!

Were you surprised when the air pollution report done by University of Toronto came out?  How did you neighbourhood do? Did any social action come out of this report for you?

  Air quality map shows Toronto's most polluted neighbourhoods.

While David and I were in Costa Rica, I read all of Naomi Klein's book "This Changes Everything", an incredibly detailed and readable synopsis of many of the of issues that are part of the complex situation relationship with have with Planet Earth.  

I had forgotten how powerful and effective the "Save Our Planet" campaigns were in the 60's and 70's and that real action was being embraced at all levels of society.  It was interesting to understand more about what had happened in the 80's and onward that has caused the degree of disconnect, apathy and "it's not going to happen here" thinking that we now seem to face.  (Does anybody reallly care about #earthhour or #earthday anymore?)

Naomi wrote the book to face her fears about the climate and the world.  She became a new mother after much difficulty late in life and, like any mother, wondered what the world was that she had brought her child into.  

David and I want to raise our own awareness about the issues around climate change as well as other social action.

I hope you will enjoy reading what we will post on Social Action Wednesdays.

 

 Windmills and Solar Power

 Six Positive Signs That We Can Turn Climate Change Around

Social action isn't just about climate change.  It's about injustice and politics and raising awareness about the way things are.  The topic of carding is a sensitive everywhere and our new police chief walked right into when he suggested that the black men stopped routinely as result of this practice were collateral damage.

 The Skin I'm In: I've been interrogated by police more than 50 times - all because I'm black

The Skin I'm In: I've been interrogated by police more than 50 times - all because I'm black

 

April 23, 2015 - Throwback Thursdays (#TBT) 

A popular social media event on Thursday is to talk about the past...Bill Blair is now part of our past.  And we had the privilege of being at his Retirement Gala. Former Chief Blairs' colleagues from Canada, the US and Europe along with the FBI and Homeland Security were there to wish him well.  And then there was ....David Crighton.  :)

Some people saw a clip of this on the news.  We'd love to find it.  Do you know what channel and what time it was on?

David Crighton presents Toronto Police Headquarters print to Chief Bill Blair  Chief Mark Saunders with Artist Illustrator David Crighton.

 

HOTDOCS15 Started in Toronto and runs through to May 3rd, 2015

 

 

Friday April 24, 2015 - #TGIF (Thank God It's Friday!)

David Crighton's name is synonymous with neighbourhoods and Toronto.  It makes perfect sense therefore for our brand to post local neighbourhood bars, restaurants, night spots and community events on our Social Media Channels throughout the weekend.   Each week we try to focus on one special venue.  (Contact Pam at 416-414-6423 to learn more)  

David was accepted as vendor in the 2nd Annual Kensington Avenue Art Fair

Come on down and see us between noon and 7:00 pm on Sunday, May 31.  It's pedestrian Sunday so there are NO CARS!  A real street fair  Sign up for our newsletter to receive exclusive offers.

April 25, 2015 - #EveryIsSaturday

 

What's for breakfast this week?  Poutine!

The Best Breakfast Poutine in Toronto via @blogTO 

April 26, 2015 - Spiritual Sundays 

David and I go to the Sunday Services at Neighbourhood Unitarian Congregation because we like the #spiritual and #intellectual engagement that it provides.  

There is all kinds of research that says that having a spiritual focus in our lives is essential to well being.  Many of us have problems with organized religion.  Many people do not know much about Unitarianism.  

Unitarians believe in the rights of every person do define for themselves what spiritual living means.  

Since both David and I put a lot of effort into our business through social media, we recognize we have the ability to engage, educate and inform people of things they may not know about.  The choice to do anything lies with you!

Neighbourhood Unitarian Congregation 

‪#‎Spirituality‬ - Principle #1 of ‪#‎Unitarian‬ Universalism: We believe in the freedom of religious expression. All individuals should be encouraged to develop their own pesonal theologies, and to present openly their religious opinions without fear of censure or reprisal.

Unitarian Service "Strength To Build A Better World". Unitarian Service is ‪#‎spiritual‬ not religious - a multifaith meeting of the minds http://ow.ly/M77mF

Famous ‪#‎Unitarians‬ - John Adams 1735 - 1826 Quote: Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.~John Adams

‪#‎SpirtualSundays‬ Wonder what a Unitarian Service is like? Audio links to various services is on the website. Please get a cup of tea, light a candle, sit back, relax and prepare to be engaged for one hour in something beautiful. http://nuuc.ca/shared-action/sunday-service/audio-archives/

Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation in The Beaches 

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So that's my first Digest done.  It may be a bit long winded but I wanted to give context to what our fans are seeing on our Social Media Channels.

I would love some feedback. Tell me what you think because we are in a relationship and I want to have a conversation with you.

Pamela Johnston with David Crighton, David Crighton Art

~Pamela Johnston

April 29, 2015

 

 

 

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