The Summer 2010 issue of Spacing is about spectacle, and to open the issue DoUC assembled a timeline documenting two-hundred years of spectacle in Toronto. We were thrilled to get almost two spreads of the magazine, for what turned out to be a rather hefty list of events. Here’s some text and some images, but please go out and support Spacing and buy a copy or two of the latest issue.
How do we convey almost two centuries of spectacle in the city? What constitutes ‘spectacle’ in the catalogue of events that make up our city’s history? Department of Unusual Certainties attempts to chart the history of spectacle in Toronto, with the following timeline – a by-no-means-comprehensive mapping of political, cultural, and economic moments that in some way, shape, or form resulted in significant shared experiences amongst Torontonians. Guy Debord once famously decried that life was nothing but an accumulation of spectacles. If this is true, than we can proudly say, “Toronto this is your life!”