Discovery Channel - Nerve Centre, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

LINK: Nerve Centre - Season 3, Episode 1- FOUR SEASONS TORONTO HOTEL

Nerve Center had unparalleled behind the scenes access to the one of the most highly anticipated hotel launches in the history of the company.

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(Screenshot - Discovery Channel’s ‘Nerve Centre’ Webpage)

Soaring 55 stories above Toronto's city skyline, the brand-new Four Seasons Hotel stands as a cutting-edge flagship for the iconic chain when it opened in early October 2012. Competition is stiff in Toronto with the recent launch of the 5-star Ritz-Carlton and the Trump International Hotel - and the Four Seasons' global reputation rides on the flawless opening of this high-profile home base.

The pressure is intense and the hotel's 400 staff members feel the heat!

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(Screenshot from Discovery Channel’s ‘Nerve Centre’ - Dimitrios Zarikos briefs staff in front of ‘Candle Ice Two’ by Shane Wilson)

Veteran Four Seasons hotel general manager, Dimitrios Zarikos, is one-man walking and talking nerve centre.


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(Screenshot from Discovery Channel’s ‘Nerve Centre’ - Dimitrios Zarikos mounts floating staircase with ‘Candle Ice Two’ by Shane Wilson on landing)

On a given day Zarikos has his hand in every detail - from staff uniforms, to tabletop designs, to guest amenities.


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(Screenshot from Discovery Channel’s ‘Nerve Centre’ - view from second floor of floating staircase and ‘Candle Ice Two’ by Shane Wilson)

With the hotel's founder and chairman, Isadore Sharp watching closely, Zarikos needs to knock it out of the park. (from ‘Nerve Centre’ episode description)

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CTV Canada AM - Nerve Centre, Discovery Channel Interview with Dimitrios Zarikos

Dimitrios Zarikos, General Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, is interviewed on CTV’s Canada AM about Discovery Channel’s ‘Nerve Centre’, featuring the work behind the scenes to open the flagship Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

CTV's Canada AM interviews Dimitrios Zarikos about Discovery Channel feature Nerve Centre
Screenshot from CTV Canada AM interview with Dimitrios Zarikos

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CTV E-Talk - Boulud's d | bar feature with glimpse of Candle Ice Two

The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto’s d | bar opens the patio, dubbed Boulud Terrace, for the first time and the event is feted and featured on CTV’s E-Talk. ‘Candle Ice Two’ appears in a brief background cameo …

CTV's E-Talk covers the opening of Boulud Terrace at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
Screenshot taken from CTV’s E-Talk on the Boulud Terrace Launch, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

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Google Maps Streetview First - Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Interior

Google Maps streetview screenshot - interior of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson
An amazing first for Google Maps - an interior walk-through, using Google Streetview, of the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto!

Google Maps streetview screenshot - interior of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson (front view)
The Four Seasons is one of the first hotels to be so featured and I am thrilled because it captures 'Candle Ice Two' in situ in all of its (slightly distorted) splendour.

Google Maps streetview screenshot - interior of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson (above rear 3/4 view)
There may come a day when Google has photo-mapped the interior of every public building on earth, but for now it is wonderful to be a small part of this unique pioneering endeavour.

Google Maps streetview screenshot - interior of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson (rear 3/4 view)

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The Grid.com - After the Party, It's the Hotel Lobby

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto photo of 'd | bar' with profile shot of 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson in background. The Grid.com
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto photo of 'd | bar' with profile shot of 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson in background.

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Toronto Life.com - Introducing: Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, the Haute Brand’s New Flagship

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Four Seasons Hotel Toronto and Fountain
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto and Fountain

Phototour of the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto (Four Seasons images)
Phototour of the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto (Four Seasons images)

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto photo of 'd | bar' with profile shot of 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson in background.
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto photo of 'd | bar' with profile shot of 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson in background.

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Bay Street entrance adjacent to 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson - note floating stone staircase visible in window on right. (Four Seasons image)
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Bay Street entrance adjacent to 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson - note floating stone staircase visible in window on right. (Four Seasons image)

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Toronto Life.com - Introducing: Café Boulud, Daniel Boulud’s New Casual Fine-Dining Restaurant at the Four Seasons

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Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Café Boulud, Maître D'  Desk (photo by Karolyne Ellacott)
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Café Boulud, Maître D' Desk (photo by Karolyne Ellacott)

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Café Boulud, slideshow photos by Karolyne Ellacott
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Café Boulud, slideshow photos by Karolyne Ellacott

Great shot of the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto floating stone staircase and landing from above, with 'Candle Ice Two' (carved moose antler sculpture) by Shane Wilson. (photo by Karolyne Ellacott)
Great shot of the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto floating stone staircase and landing from above, with 'Candle Ice Two' (carved moose antler sculpture) by Shane Wilson. (photo by Karolyne Ellacott)

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Eater.com - Take a Look Inside Daniel Boulud's Cafe Boulud Toronto

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Great shot of the Four Seasons Hotel floating stone staircase and landing with 'Candle Ice Two' (carved moose antler sculpture) by Shane Wilson, slide show by Eater.com
Great shot of the Four Seasons Hotel floating stone staircase and landing with 'Candle Ice Two' (carved moose antler sculpture) by Shane Wilson, slide show by Eater.com

Great shot of the Four Seasons Hotel floating stone staircase and landing with 'Candle Ice Two' (carved moose antler sculpture) by Shane Wilson, photo by Eater.com
Great shot of the Four Seasons Hotel floating stone staircase and landing with 'Candle Ice Two' (carved moose antler sculpture) by Shane Wilson, photo by Eater.com

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Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Opening

A few images from the opening of the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, with an emphasis on the carved double moose antler sculpture 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson.

The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.
The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

Candle Ice Two viewed from Four Seasons Hotel Toronto lobby lounge.
'Candle Ice Two' viewed from Four Seasons Hotel Toronto lobby lounge.

'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.
'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

James Robertson and Davide Rupiani (James Roberston Art Consultants) with 'Candle Ice Two'.
James Robertson and Davide Rupiani (James Roberston Art Consultants) with 'Candle Ice Two'.

Jamie Stagnitta, Laura Wood, Irene Clyde and Rina McGrath (James Roberston Art Consultants) with 'Candle Ice Two'.
Jamie Stagnitta, Laura Wood, Irene Clyde and Rina McGrath (James Roberston Art Consultants) with 'Candle Ice Two'.

Dimitrios Zarikos, Regional Vice President and General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel, with 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson.
Dimitrios Zarikos, Regional Vice President and General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel, with 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson.

Shane Wilson with his sculpture, 'Candle Ice Two' installed in the lobby of the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.
Shane Wilson with his sculpture, 'Candle Ice Two' installed in the lobby of the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson and the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto's lounge, 'd | bar', opening night.
'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson and the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto's lounge, 'd | bar', opening night.

Signature on left antler of carved sculpture 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson.
Signature on left antler of carved sculpture 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson.

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CBC TV Lang & O'Leary Exchange - Interview with Isadore Sharp, Four Seasons Hotel - Built to Last

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Isadore Sharp is interviewed by CBC's Amanda Lang on The Lang & O'Leary Exchange, on the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.
Isadore Sharp is interviewed by CBC's Amanda Lang on The Lang & O'Leary Exchange, on the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

During the Sharp interview on CBC's Lang & O'Leary Exchange, the camera panned up to 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson twice.
During the Sharp interview on CBC's Lang & O'Leary Exchange, the camera panned up to 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson twice.

A close up of  'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson on CBC's Lang & O'Leary Exchange coverage of the newly opened Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.
A close up of 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson on CBC's Lang & O'Leary Exchange coverage of the newly opened Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

Amanda Lang: "What about the timing of the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel during this uncertain economy?"

Isadore Sharp: "You can't stop what you're doing because of the economic cycle that you might be in. The Four Seasons Hotel is going to be operating in this city for the next 100 years and every seven to ten years you are going to have this issue of, "what's wrong with the economy?" So you have to move forward - whatever the situation is, you address it."

Amanda Lang: "It must feel amazing to build something that will stand here for 100 years?"

Isadore Sharp: "You don't think of it that way, but that's what building is, especially buildings like this. This is built to last. The quality of this, the structure, everything about it - it's going to be part of Toronto history for at least 100 years."


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The Star.com - Toronto's Contemporary New Four Seasons Hotel Opens Doors

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TheStar.com, 'Toronto's Contemporary New Four Seasons Hotel Opens Doors', (Candle Ice Two by Shane Wilson, image by Nick Kozak) Business Section, October 5, 2012

TheStar.com, 'Toronto's Contemporary New Four Seasons Hotel Opens Doors', (Candle Ice Two by Shane Wilson, image by Nick Kozak) Business Section, October 5, 2012

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Digital Journal.com - Toronto's Stylish New Four Seasons Hotel Opens Its Doors

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photos and text by David Silverberg

The new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto rises above fashionable Yorkville. Photo by David Silverberg
The new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto rises above fashionable Yorkville. Photo by David Silverberg

Four Seasons Hotel owners and managers are poised for the ribbon cutting which will officially open the hotel. Photo by David Silverberg
Four Seasons Hotel owners and managers are poised for the ribbon cutting which will officially open the hotel. Photo by David Silverberg

'Candle Ice Two' a carved double moose antler sculpture by Shane Wilson features in this photo of the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto and lounge, 'd | bar'. Photo by David Silverberg
'Candle Ice Two' a carved double moose antler sculpture by Shane Wilson features in this photo of the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto and lounge, 'd | bar'. Photo by David Silverberg


With interior design done by Yabu Pushelberg, the lobby features stylish book-matched wood panelling, hand-painted walls, precision-cut stone floors and bespoke carpet inlay. More than 1,700 works commissioned from Canadian artists are on display throughout the hotel.

"This is a proud moment for everyone at Four Seasons – at the new Hotel, at our corporate offices, and certainly at all our locations around the world," says Katie Taylor, president and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. "The future is here now, in this new flagship, and in the thousands of employees around the world committed to raising the bar for luxury hospitality."


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Global TV News - Interview with Dimitrios Zarikos, Four Seasons Hotel Opening

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Global TV The Morning Show - Interview with Dimitrios Zarikos, Regional Vice President and General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel on the opening of the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.
Global TV The Morning Show - Interview with Dimitrios Zarikos, Regional Vice President and General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel on the opening of the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

Dimitrios Zarikos, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
Dimitrios Zarikos, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

The main entrance of the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, opening later today
The main entrance of the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, opening later today.

'Candle Ice Two' a carved moose antler sculpture by Shane Wilson, Global TV The Morning Show
'Candle Ice Two' a carved moose antler sculpture by Shane Wilson, Global TV The Morning Show.


"It's a very special moment," General Manager Dimitrios Zarikos said on Global Toronto's The Morning Show. "This is very much the new generation of Four Seasons hotels."

The new Four Seasons replaces one that stood at Avenue Road and Yorkville Avenue in a building that was originally a Hyatt Regency and is currently being converted into condos. The hotel is owned by Prince Al Waleed bin Talal's Kingdom Holding Company and was designed by architectsAlliance with interior design by Yabu Pushelberg.

The Four Seasons features more than 1,700 works commissioned by the hotel from Canadian artists.


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CTV News - New Four Seasons Hotel Opens

CTV News - New Four Seasons Hotel Opens ('Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson, shot from above at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto used in intro segment behind news anchors)
CTV News - New Four Seasons Hotel Opens ('Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson, shot from above at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, used in intro segment behind news anchors)

CTV News - New Four Seasons Hotel Opens (Live report from Four Seasons Hotel Toronto)
CTV News - New Four Seasons Hotel Opens (Live report from Four Seasons Hotel Toronto)

CTV News - New Four Seasons Hotel Opens (Live report from Four Seasons Hotel Toronto - ribbon cutting countdown)
CTV News - New Four Seasons Hotel Opens (Live report from Four Seasons Hotel Toronto - ribbon cutting countdown)

CTV News - New Four Seasons Hotel Opens (Live report from Four Seasons Hotel Toronto - ribbon cut, hotel officially open)
CTV News - New Four Seasons Hotel Opens (Live report from Four Seasons Hotel Toronto - ribbon cut, hotel officially open)

CTV News - New Four Seasons Hotel Opens (Hotel viewed from the air, looking south)
CTV News - New Four Seasons Hotel Opens (Hotel viewed from the air, looking south)

CTV News - New Four Seasons Hotel Opens (Hotel viewed from the air, looking north)
CTV News - New Four Seasons Hotel Opens (Hotel viewed from the air, looking north)

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CTV Canada AM - New Four Seasons Hotel Opens its Doors in Toronto

CTV Canada AM, Interview with Isadore Sharp - shot of 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson, from above at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
CTV Canada AM, Interview with Isadore Sharp - shot of 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson, from above at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Ontario, October 5, 2012

CTV Canada AM, Interview with Isadore Sharp, CTV Studios, Toronto, Ontario, October 5, 2012
CTV Canada AM, Interview with Isadore Sharp, CTV Studios, Toronto, Ontario, October 5, 2012

CTV Canada AM, Interview with Issadore Sharpe - split screen: Isadore Sharp and shot of 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson, from above at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Ontario, October 5, 2012
CTV Canada AM, Interview with Isadore Sharp - split screen: Isadore Sharp and 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson from above at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Ontario, October 5, 2012

Issy Sharp, founder of the Four Seasons, says the new Four Seasons Hotel opening in Toronto Friday will be the flagship for the global brand.

Same interview ran on
The Globe and Mail.com

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The Toronto Star - Granite, Glass and Glamour

Toronto Star, 'Granite Glass and Glamour', (Candle Ice Two by Shane Wilson, 2 images, photo by Nick Kozak) Business Section, page 1, October 5, 2012
Toronto Star, 'Granite Glass and Glamour', ('Dandelions' by Alissa Coe, photo by Nick Kozak) Business Section, page 1, October 5, 2012

Toronto Star, 'Granite Glass and Glamour', (Candle Ice Two by Shane Wilson, 2 images, photo by Nick Kozak) Business Section, page 4, October 5, 2012
Toronto Star, 'Granite Glass and Glamour', ('Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson, 2 images, photo by Nick Kozak) Business Section, page 4, October 5, 2012

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Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Website

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Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Website - Banner

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Website - Slideshow - d | bar and 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Website - Slideshow - d | bar and 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Website - Image - d | bar and 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Website - Image - d | bar and 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson



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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts - Pinterest

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts - Pinterest
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto - view of floating stone staircase and 'Candle Ice Two' (carved moose antler sculpture) by Shane Wilson (pinned by four seasons.com)

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Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Contemporary Art Collection

(screenshots from the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto guest iPad)

Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Art Collection
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Art Collection


Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Art Collection Concept
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Art Collection Concept

The Art Collection for the Four Seasons Toronto has been curated to showcase some of Canada's many wonderful artists and crafts people. The collection is meant to intrigue and inspire - with the overall theme being a subtle and contemporary whisper to that of the "Canadiana".

Artists include the celebrated Atilla Rickard Lukacs and Sondra Mezzaros alongside other amazing and emerging artists such as Dennis Lin and Daniel Hutchinson. The art being created for the FSTO celebrates craftsmanship and art of the "hand" - paintings, silk screened prints, ceramics and wood hanging installations alongside
a stunning traditionally carved antler sculpture - done with a contemporary twist - created by Shane Wilson.

Bolder art statements in the public areas of the hotel juxtapose the intimate and thoughtful selection of art pieces displayed in the guest rooms.

In line with the Four Seasons commitment to provide guests with a wondrous and memorable hotel experience - the art collection hopes to engage the viewers with moments that will evoke emotion, stimulate thought and allow for thoughtful conversation.


Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Art Collection - 'Candle Ice Two' (carved double moose antler sculpture) by Shane Wilson, CV
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto Art Collection - 'Candle Ice Two' (carved double moose antler sculpture) by Shane Wilson, Bio and CV

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Calgary Wildfowl Carving and Art Festival

I have just returned from the Calgary Wildfowl Carving and Art Festival, which took place during the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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Calgary Wildfowl Carving and Art Festival, Calgary, Alberta Canada (set up prior to show)

I was invited to show the moose antler sculpture, 'Short Eared Parliament' in progress, together with the carved moose antler 'Five Wolves' sculptures, which now reside in a private collection.

'Short Eared Parliament' and 'Five Wolves' by Shane Wilson at Calgary Carving Festival
'Five Wolves' and 'Short Eared Parliament' (in progress) by Shane Wilson on display

It was also my great pleasure to serve as a judge for the
Antler Carving Competition, a first time addition to the festival.

Antler carving table at Calgary Carving Festival
Antler Carving Competition entries

This first competition challenged us to create appropriate
categories and guidelines for this and future competitions. (For more images from the antler carving competition, check out the related post on antlercarver.com.)

Bird carvers in wood encounter owls carved in antler

The antler carving competition and display provided an opportunity to introduce the art of antler carving to the bird carving community, some of whom signed up for an antler carving course!

Calgary Wildfowl Carving and Arts Festival - crowd

It was wonderful to meet the many enthusiastic and talented wildfowl carvers, who taught me about the exacting standards and goals of this popular art-form.

Pat Godin examines Harvey Welch's 'Sandhill Crane Family' carved miniature
Pat Godin, multiple World Champion Bird Carver and one of the judges of the Calgary Wildfowl Carving Competition, examining Harvey Welch's 'Sandhill Crane Family.

World champion bird carvers were invited to show their work and act as judges. In the above image, Pat Godin examines Harvey Welch's 'Sandhill Crane Family' miniature wildfowl carving.

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It goes without saying that these events don't happen without a great deal of organization, hard work and high level of sponsorship.


Keith Levoir, organizer and sponsor of Calgary Wildfowl Carving and Art Festival
Organizer and sponsor of the Calgary Wildfowl Carving and Art Festival, Keith Levoir

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Keith Levoir and Shane Wilson with 'Short Eared Parliament' (in progress)

The credit for the Calgary Wildfowl Carving and Art Festival is due to Keith Levoir (above), who organized the show and whose businesses sponsored the show and many of the prizes! Much credit also goes to Keith's family, whose hard work during the show made for a smooth and successful event.

Keith is a true birding aficionado as well as being a passionate supporter and practitioner of both wildfowl and antler carving.

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Four Seasons Hotel Toronto To Open October 5, 2012

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Four Seasons Hotel Toronto to open Oct 5, 2012 (centre)

Just heard that the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto is set to open its doors on October 5, 2012! I am told there won't be a 'soft opening', that this is "It!"

As for a grand opening celebration ... no word yet, but if it is going to happen, it will be on opening night!

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Art Takes Times Square, New York

Artists Wanted, created in 2007 as a platform for generating exposure for artists via on-line entry and voting, was behind the show 'Art Takes Times Square'.

During the live screening, over a thousand artists from around the world were featured, whose on-line portfolios of work were 'collected' by at least 77 people. Over 35,000 artists participated worldwide.

Novel concept, fun event!


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Art Takes Times Square billboard, Times Square, New York (photo Ineta McParland)

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Art Takes Times Square crowd and screen set-up, Times Square, New York (photo Ineta McParland)

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Art Takes Times Square features 'Celtic Confusion' by Shane Wilson, Times Square, New York (photo Ineta McParland)

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Art Takes Times Square afterparty, Times Square, New York (photo Ineta McParland)

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Art Takes Times Square - Shane Wilson's Portfolio (screenshot)

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Isadore Sharp on the New Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

Isadore Sharp, founder of the Four Seasons Hotel chain, shares some of this thoughts and intentions for the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, which he describes as "the next generation of luxury hotels."

'There are very few things that take legendary hotelier Isadore Sharp by surprise. But as he stood outside the chain’s new flagship property this week, staring up at the sleek tower buzzing with construction workers and employees moving into new offices, Sharp was taken aback.

“It really stands on that location. You see it from everywhere,” says Sharp of the Four Seasons’ new Yorkville hotel, slated to open in August. “I never expected that. I knew we were building a 55-storey building, but it just seems to be all by itself moving up there.”

“I’m calling this our flagship hotel because it’s in Toronto — in our hometown — but also because it embodies everything we’ve learned over these last 50 years. All of that is incorporated into a state-of-the-art great addition to Toronto. The hotel is dramatic in its scale as well as its architecture. That first experience when you arrive is going to be as glamourous as it is generous — more so than any other hotel in town.” says Sharp.'

Excerpts from 'Toronto’s Iconic Four Seasons Hotel Successor Set to Open' by Susan Pigg, The Star, March 27, 2012

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Isadore Sharp admires a model of the new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, photo by Caitlin Cronenberg

'Despite new additions to Toronto’s luxury living scene – the Trump International Hotel and Tower, Shangri-La Toronto and The Ritz-Carlton – Sharp’s confidence is unwavering. “What we’ve set as our objective is to become the undisputed leader of luxury hospitality."

He classifies the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto and Private Residences, set to debut in the summer of 2012, as “the next generation of five-star hotels.” The two connecting towers will be comprised of 259 super-luxurious guest rooms, including 42 suites and 210 residences on a sumptuous Yorkville, Toronto address. Just last year, a 9,000-plus square-foot penthouse with spectacular views of the city sold to an international buyer for $28 million. “This is the Four Seasons of today,” explains Sharp, “people will always pay for what they believe is of value to them. It’s never a matter of price. We are selling value. That’s been the way we’ve marketed the company, and that’s what our brand stands for.”

Undoubtedly, the brand’s hometown resurgence will elevate the luxury stay in Toronto, hosting top celebrities, business clientele and VIPs alike.'


Excerpts from 'A Man for All Seasons' by Simona Panetta, Dolce Vita Magazine, Summer 2012, page 32

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Calgary Wildfowl and Carving Art Festival - July 6-8, 2012

If you are in Calgary for the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede, plan to stop by the Calgary Wildfowl Carving and Art Festival, July 6-8, 2012. The event is sponsored by Arts on Atlantic Gallery.

Calgary Wildfowl Carving and Art Festival - July 6-8, 2012 - Poster
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Four Seasons Hotel Toronto - Commission

“I have great hopes for the new Four Seasons Hotel being built in Toronto - this will be an amazing showcase for our Canadian talent.” James Robertson

I have been commissioned by James Robertson Art Consultants to create an abstract sculpture from two moose antlers for the lobby of the brand new Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Toronto. What a spectacular honour to be a part of the stellar Canadian art collection curated by the James Robertson group for the hotel's design team of Yabu Pushelberg.

The grand opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto is planned for August 2012. The hotel is located at Bay Street and Yorkville Avenue in Toronto's Yorkville district
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 Four Seasons Hotel Toronto - Artist Rendering
"The new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, soaring 55 storeys in the heart of Yorkville, Toronto's most glamourous shopping and restaurant quarter. This brand-new luxury Four Seasons hotel blends warm sophistication with spectacular design in this vibrant international city."

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Four Seasons Hotel Toronto - Lobby Floor Plan (with proposed location of 'Candle Ice Two' by Shane Wilson)

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Whitehorse Star - Yukon Seasons Ready for Display

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Whitehorse Star photo by Vince Fedoroff

READY FOR DISPLAY - Valery Monahan, left, a conservator, and Garnet Muething, an art curator, touch up
Yukon Seasons at the Canada Games Centre Tuesday. The artwork, which at one point was a theft target, was removed for restoration after the June 24 fire at the Centre, and was reinstalled Tuesday. All the community artworks have now been reinstalled.

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Yukon Seasons Installed at Canada Games Centre Once Again

Yukon Seasons at Installation with Catherine Grashom, Valery Monahan, Garnet Muething, and Mike Nixon
photo credit - Paul Gowdie, Yukon Government

Yukon Seasons is shown following its second restoration, this time after a fire at the Canada Games Centre. From left to right, with Yukon Seasons are: Catherine Grashom, Department of Tourism and Culture, Arts Section, Yukon Territorial Government (YTG), Valery Monahan, Conservator, YTG, Garnet Muething, Art Curator, Department of Tourism and Culture, Arts Section, YTG, and Mike Nixon, Minister of Tourism and Culture, YTG.

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photo credit - Paul Gowdie, Yukon Government

Valery Monahan, Conservator, recently completed cleaning Yukon Seasons of smoke from the Games Centre fire and also took advantage of the opportunity to redo the repair of the broken tine, which occurred during the 2007 theft. (See the image above.)

Yukon Seasons - after repair, 2011
photo credit - Paul Gowdie, Yukon Government

Garnet Muething, Art Curator, is overseeing repairs and renovations to the display case which houses Yukon Seasons - adding low heat lighting and making certain structural changes.

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Buckhorn Fine Art Festival: Sculpted Dimensions Exhibition - August 11-14, 2011

The following images were taken during the Sculpted Dimensions Exhibition during the recent Buckhorn Fine Art Festival, in Buckhorn, Ontario, Canada on August 11-14, 2011. One of the featured sculptures on exhibition were the 'Seahorses, 2007" by Shane Wilson.


Buckhorn Fine Art Festival - Sculpted Dimensions Exhibition, photo by David Foyn


Buckhorn Fine Art Festival - Sculpted Dimensions Exhibition, photo by David Foyn


Buckhorn Fine Art Festival - Sculpted Dimensions Exhibition, 'Seahorses, 2007 by Shane Wilson photo by David Foyn


Buckhorn Fine Art Festival - Sculpted Dimensions Exhibition, 'Male Seahorse, 2007' by Shane Wilson, photo by John McFeeters


Buckhorn Fine Art Festival - Sculpted Dimensions Exhibition, 'Female Seahorse, 2007' by Shane Wilson, photo by John McFeeters

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Buckhorn Fine Art Festival: Sculpted Dimensions Exhibition

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BUCKHORN FINE ART FESTIVAL - AUGUST 11-14, 2011
"The highly innovative and intricate carvings in antler by Shane Wilson combine the natural elements of the material and wildlife with abstract symbols. The resulting sculpture attains a definite sense of both traditional and contemporary sensibilities."

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Algonquin Arts Centre Blog - Interview with Shane Wilson

reprinted from:
ALGONQUIN ART CENTRE BLOG

Interview with Shane Wilson

Interview by Joel Irwin; Web Design by Matt Coles

Shane Wilson

i) Your works transform natural objects into complex, artistic expressions. Can you explain the influence of the “natural” over your artistic designs?

I carve animal-based natural found objects: skulls, antlers, horns and tusks. These objects inspire me by their inherent beauty and grace. Each one forms a unique, ‘living’ armature  upon which I create my abstracted sculptures, giving form to my thoughts and feelings about existence, consciousness, and meaning.

In the case of the bronze ‘Silvi-Skullpture Series, 2011’, which will be displayed at the Algonquin Arts Centre, the ‘natural’ provides a very specific additional influence. It takes ‘Forests’ as its primary theme. The unique (1 of 1) bronzes employ design elements from trees native to Algonquin Park worked into animal skulls, also native to the Park, which symbolize the symbiotic relationship between the forests and much of life on this planet. 


'Silvi-Skullpture - Black Bear Birch, 2011' by Shane Wilson
Black Bear Birch - Bronze


ii) Is the concept of metamorphosis significant for your works? If so, how?

I delight in taking found skulls, horns, antlers and bones and transforming them into fine art, expressions of the highest order, objects of rare beauty. The process of transformation is documented on my website, www.shanewilson.com, on the ‘In Progress’ page, where  the metamorphosis from lichen covered bone to radiantly pure sculpture is revealed in word and image.

iii) The poet Gillian Sze has described a magical and enchanting quality to your work. What, do you think, is the source of such a quality in your pieces?

I confess both surprise and joy at some of the unique reactions to my work. It may be a sign that the works have taken on a life of their own, creating impressions and making connections not foreseen or intended. Like children do, once away from home and out in the world.

Freeman Patterson, the great Canadian photographer, describes a childhood experience during a recent Ideas interview on CBC which may shed some light on this question. Farm life left his family little spare time for niceties, including Christmas. But, according to Sherman, his mother wanted to make the day special, so “she trimmed the Christmas Tree after I and my younger sister went to bed. God knows I don’t think she slept that night, but she would trim it with such magnificence and care that it was sheer magic when we woke up on Christmas morning. We thought Santa Claus had trimmed the tree.”

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Algonquin Art Centre - Gala Opening

Black Bear Birch on display at Algonquin Arts Centre.
Shane travelled to the Algonquin Art Centre in the midst of Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada for the Gala Opening of the 2011 Season.

Sculptor Shane Wilson shares a moment with art lovers at AAC's Gala opening, June 18, 2011
The three recently completed "Silvi-Skullpture Series" bronze skulls (two black bear skulls and one wolf skull) form part of the United Nations Themed "International Year of Forests" art exhibit at the gallery.

Silvi-Skullpture at Algonquin Art Centre Gala Opening, June 18, 2011
It was a real pleasure to meet the gallery owners, staff, fellow artists and patrons.

Algonquin Arts Centre Gala Opening, June 18, 2011
The exhibition will be on display until October 16, 2011.

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Dawson Council Donates Two Shane Wilson Broaches

MINUTES OF COUNCIL MEETING #C11-11
of the Council of the City of Dawson
called for 7:00p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in the Town of the City of Dawson Council Chambers.

PRESENT:
Dawson City Council
Mayor Peter Jenkins, Councillor Stephen Johnson, Councillor Wayne Potoroka, Councillor Rick Reimer, Councillor
Bill Kendrick (arrived at 7:04PM), CAO Jeff Renaud, Secretary Chelsea Parent

NEW BUSINESS

d) Association of Yukon Communities Auction Items
It was proposed that the CAO be granted permission to donate two (2) Mammoth Ivory broaches to the AYC AGM auction.
C11-11-15 Moved by Councillor Potoroka, Seconded by Councillor Johnson that the City of Dawson donate two (2) Mammoth Ivory broaches to the AYC for their AGM auction.


"Dawson City Broaches, 2000" by Shane Wilson (carved mammoth ivory)

Dawson Minutes-C11-11 April 27, 2011

'Gaia, 2009' Unveiled in Haines Junction

LINK: Watch Shane's Artist Talk about Gaia

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Mike Crawshay, Haines Junction Art Acquisition Committee
I don't know if everybody is here but we are six people: Julie Bauer, Patti Moore, Bridget Gatsby, Wolf Reidl, Eric Stinson and myself. It's one of the most fun committees I've ever been on because we just get to pic what we like. It really is fun. Lots of committees are all sorts of hard work but we give all the hard work to Darlene Sillery - she does all that stuff for us, and we basically get to pic what we like and we hope you like it too.

Say when! (Unveiling ... Applause)


Mike Crawshay and Wolf Riedl unveil 'Gaia', Nov 21, 2009
Mike Crawshay and Wolf Riedl unveil 'Gaia' (photo by Steve Osborne)

Come on out Shane. On behalf of the Art Acquisition Committee and the Community of Haines Junction, thank you! (Applause)

Would you like to say something about the work?


Moment of 'Gaia' Unveiling, Haines Junction, Nov 21, 2009
'Gaia' receives a warm welcome upon its unveiling in Haines Junction (photo by Steve Osborne)

Shane Wilson, Sculptor
It's an abstract piece, as you can see, with carved moose antlers and the skull is made out of bronze and the base is bronze as well. The antlers just attach onto the skull.

Before I go any further, though, I just want to thank the Art Acquisition Committee and Council for having the foresight to support the Arts.

Sculptor Shane Wilson explains 'Gaia' during artist's talk, Nov 21, 2009
Shane Wilson, Sculptor, explains some of the meaning of 'Gaia' during his artist's talk (photo by Steve Osborne)

It says so much about the community and it says so much about the community to the world, as well, that people here think art is important. I think that will bode well for the future of your community. People will want to be part of this community because of its interest in art and culture. Read More...

'Self Portrait, 2009' and 'Candle Ice, 1999' Unveiled at Yukon Arts Centre

LINK: Watch Shane's Artist Talk at the Yukon Arts Centre

Text:
Mary Bradshaw, Director, Yukon Arts Centre Gallery
Beside me here is Shane Wilson, as many of you know. He is a long-time Yukoner, although he has defected to Vancouver Island, B.C., although he still definitely has a strong connection here and we are really excited to have his pieces of art in our collection to share with you and Yukoners.


Shane Wilson, Sculptor, introduced by Mary Bradshaw, YAC Gallery Director (photo by Kathy Bowers)

Shane is a master carver in antler, bone, horn, mammoth tusk, stone and now bronze. This is actually my first time seeing his bronze work, so it's quite exciting.

Shane has donated "Candle Ice", which is just around the corner. This piece has been in our collection since December, 2008. We just quietly put it out there and so now is our official, "Look, here it is!" A brand new piece that's just, literally, finished this year, "Self Portrait", is on the plinth. That's musk ox horn, bronze and jade. Shane's going to talk about each of the pieces individually after I'm done here.

This piece here, with the moose antlers, is going to Haines Junction and we are just getting a sneak peak. It's official unveiling is Saturday in Haines Junction.

So, let me hand it over to Shane and just say, more than anything, maybe we can give him a really big hand of applause, it's just a really big thank you! Shane is tremendously kind, he's humble, and super talented and we're really excited to be working with him.


Piers McDonald and Shane Wilson, Sculptor, at YAC Gallery unveiling (photo by Jack Bowers)

Shane Wilson, Sculptor
Art, at least art as I know it, comes out of the right brain, so it's not language based. There are concepts and ideas that percolate in our right brains that come out as images, that come out as flashes of inspiration, that come out as all kinds of different things.

And my art, at least the art you are seeing here tonight, is primarily that, it's right brainish kind of stuff. And then what happens is that as you create it, sometimes you don't really know why, but as you go along your left brain figures out what you're doing and provides a narrative.
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CHON Interview with Shane Wilson about Sculpture Unveilings



LINK: Listen to this CHON FM Radio interview on YouTube

Text:
Peter Novak, CHON FM Host - Canadian Roots
It's exactly sixteen minutes before one o'clock on Canadian Roots, from CHON FM.

This evening in Whitehorse, at the Yukon Arts Centre, there will be an unveiling of some new works of sculpture. Joining me now is the artist, Shane Wilson.
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Yukon Arts Centre Gallery Preparation Room

'Self Portrait' and 'Gaia' are assembled in the Yukon Arts Centre Gallery Preparation Room following their journey north to the Yukon, prior to the unveiling of 'Self Portrait' on November 18, 2009, at which 'Gaia' will also be featured.

'Self Portrait' and 'Gaia' in Preparation Room at Yukon Arts Centre

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Two Yukon Sculpture Unveilings

I'd like to share two Yukon unveilings to which you are invited:


In Whitehorse, November 18 at 7:00PM at the Yukon Arts Centre Gallery, 'Self Portrait' by Shane Wilson will be unveiled. Two years in the making, 'Self Portrait' is a sculpture created from carved musk ox horns, a carved bronze wolf skull, resting on a jade base. 'Self Portrait' will be donated jointly by Earl Bennett and Shane Wilson, in full, to the Yukon Arts Centre Permanent Art Collection.



In Haines Junction, November 21, starting at 5:00PM, 'Gaia: A Moose Skullpture' by Shane Wilson will be unveiled. 'Gaia' is a large bronze and antler sculpture created for the Haines Junction Permanent Art Collection and will be donated in full by the artist. The unveiling is part of a larger community celebration.

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'Skullpture Series' - Unveiling in Permanent Home

Darlene Sillery, Acting CAO of the Municipality of Haines Junction, sends the following pics and commentary from the unveiling of the carved bronze Skullpture Series:

"The unveiling of the carved bronze Skullpture Series in Haines Junction, took place during a concert by Fred Eaglesmith at intermission.  The concert had 106 people in attendance, some of whom were present for the unveiling of the carved bronze sculpture and almost all dropped by during the intermission and following the concert to look at the sculpture.

Skullpture Series Unveiling in Display Cases, St Elias Convention Centre, Haines Junction, Yukon (carved bronze skulls)
The chair of the Art Acquisition Selection Committee, Councillor Mike Crawshay, spoke prior to unveiling the carved bronze sculpture. He explained the role of the Committee and talked about the four art acquisitions to date and the donation of the bronze Skullpture Series to the Village of Haines Junction.  He also explained the process that resulted in the bronze Skullpture Series display cabinets being built.


Skullpture Series Unveiling in Display Cases, St Elias Convention Centre, Haines Junction, Yukon (carved bronze skulls)
The bronze sculpture was covered with tablecloths draped from the stair railings. When these were lifted following Mike's talk, there were collective oohs and aahs all around!

Skullpture Series Unveiling in Display Cases, St Elias Convention Centre, Haines Junction, Yukon (carved bronze skulls)
The carved bronze Skullpture Series was very well received. The sculptures look stunning in their new cabinets!"

Skullpture Series Unveiling in Display Cases, St Elias Convention Centre, Haines Junction, Yukon (carved bronze skulls)
(bronze skullpture carving, bronze skull sculpture)

LINKS - Skullpture Series Information Sheets on Display:
SkullptureSeries2007
SkullptureSeries-WIP
SkullptureSeries-Bio

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CBC Whitehorse, Noon Show: Artist Reunited and Skullpture Donation




(moose antler skull carving, moose antler skull sculpture)
Text:
Cheryl Kawaja, Host, CBC Whitehorse Noon Show
Well Shane Wilson is unveiling a new work of art and hoping to put an old one back together.

The former Yukoner is now based in British Columbia. He's back in the Territory to unveil a series of sculptures in Haines Junction.

He's also hoping to take a look at a carving that was damaged in a recent theft. "Yukon Seasons" is an elaborately carved moose head, lifted from the Canada Games Centre last year. After being on the wanted list for several months it was finally returned but the thieves had damaged the piece.

Shane Wilson obviously has a lot on his plate but he's taken some time out to chat with me here this afternoon.
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'Skullpture Series', 2007 by Shane Wilson - Preliminary Unveiling

In 2007, the Haines Junction Permanent Art Collection acquired the 'Skullpture Series' (as a donation in full by the artist), and will mount the series permanently in the beautiful St. Elias Convention Centre, which overlooks the majestic Auriol Range of the St. Elias Mountains within Kluane National Park, Haines Junction, Yukon.

A preliminary unveiling took place on Canada Day, July 1, 2008. Shane flew to the Yukon for the occasion, courtesy of the Municipality of Haines Junction. The Westmark Whitehorse provided accommodation while he was in Whitehorse.

Skullpture Series Preliminary Unveiling, St Elias Convention Centre, Haines Junction, Yukon (carved bronze skulls)
Claire Cherepak takes a closer look at 'Human 2', carved bronze by Shane Wilson

Skullpture Series Preliminary Unveiling, St Elias Convention Centre, Haines Junction, Yukon (carved bronze skulls)
Shane Wilson speaking about his recently created 'Skullpture Series', donated in full to the Municipality of Haines Junction to be displayed at the St. Elias Convention Centre, unveiled on Canada Day, 2008

Skullpture Series Preliminary Unveiling, St Elias Convention Centre, Haines Junction, Yukon (carved bronze skulls)
Residents of Haines Junction take a look at 'Skullpture Series', on display at the St. Elias Convention Centre, July 1, 2008
(bronze carving, carved bronze sculpture)

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