Archive for the ‘Remembrance’ Category

Allen Ginsberg was one of several high-profile guests at a controversial conference on LSD held at the University of Toronto in 1967.  (DON DUTTON)   Panelists largely supported LSD use, saying it boosted human creativity to previously-unseen levels. “The use of these drugs, I think, has a very positive effect on writers. They are used by almost all the […]


Click on images for closer view. A multi-media exhibition   –   Oct 13-Dec 20, 2016 John M. Kelly Library, St. Michael’s College, 113 St. Joseph Street, Toronto Explore the development of Marshall McLuhan’s theories in the context of his academic and personal life at the University of St. Michael’s College. McLuhan’s central role in the rise […]


MyToba.ca, the Manitoba news and information service, published the following comments and a short video of Marshall McLuhan on the last day of 2016. His predictions relate to space exploration, a personalized information service not unlike a combination of Google plus Wikipedia, the unharmonious global village with its loss of secrecy, racial conflict, media as extensions of […]


Saturday Review Cover – March 18, 1967 By Jefferson Pooley WHEN MARSHALL MCLUHAN published Understanding Media in 1964, the Cambridge-trained literary scholar was not well known, even inside the academy. By 1967, he was on the covers of Newsweek and the Saturday Review, and the subject of an hourlong NBC documentary, all in the same month. […]


Marshall McLuhan’s legendary status confirmed with exhibition By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register, October 23, 2016 When Marshall McLuhan died New Year’s Eve 1980, the University of Toronto lost a man they found slightly embarrassing. In the view of university administrators, McLuhan’s Monday night seminars on culture, technology and media had become more cult than curriculum. […]


McLuhan on Campus: Local Inspirations, Global Visions Exhibition Runs from October 13 at 7:00 pm until December 20 at 7:00 pm Location: The Kelly Library, St. Michael’s College, 113 St. Joseph Street, University of Toronto Website: https://stmikes.utoronto.ca/kelly/ Explore the development of Marshall McLuhan’s theories in the context of his academic and personal life at the University of St. […]


For nearly fifty years, Heritage Toronto’s Plaques and Markers Program has officially remembered key people, places and events which have shaped the city we live in today. From 20th century skyscrapers, to the sites of former aboriginal villages, to the city’s first Chinatown, the range of possible plaque subjects has been as diverse as Toronto’s history […]


McLuhan Centenary Fellow Paolo Granata, Conference Chair Extraordinaire, in Front of the Coach House (photo by Romi Levine) (Click on any image for a closer view) Conference brings influential media thinkers back into the spotlight (and it’s about time!) Toronto has its fair share of cultural icons. Today, it’s Drake – our chart-topping, Raptors-loving rap superstar whose […]


Harold Innis Reflects: Memoir & WWI Writings/ Correspondence Edited by William J. Buxton; Michael R. Cheney & Paul Heyer –Foreword by Anne Innis Dagg Offering fresh insight into the early life of Harold Adams Innis (1894-1952), this volume makes available a number of previously unpublished writings from the renowned Canadian economic historian and media scholar. Part I, Innis’s […]


This posting is a tribute to master bookseller, publisher and Canadian nationalist Mel Hurtig who just passed away:-  Mel Hurtig, who opened Edmonton’s first independent bookstore and went on to run for the federal Liberals, fight against free trade, publish The Canadian Encyclopedia, and write several searing commentaries about foreign ownership and cultural imperialism, has […]