Toronto’s tiniest house

Toronto’s tiniest house

Drive down Day Avenue in the west end of Toronto and you could give yourself whiplash. I absolutely guarantee you will be stunned by number 128. Standing at just barely over 7 feet wide this house is 338 square feet of charm, have a look. The little house was built in 1912 by Arthur Weeden who lived in it for twenty years with his wife before she died. It has since changed hands a number of times and it is now available to rent on Airbnb. The...

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People watching in the park

People watching in the park

One of the best people watching vantages in all of Toronto is Yorkville Park. Grab a coffee at Lettieri on the corner of Cumberland and Belair and stroll over to one of the benches (or rocks) in the park. What will unfold in front of you is a steady stream of humanity. Depending on the day and time the scene will vary. During the weekday you’ll see well-heeled and well coiffed ladies who yoga and lunch. With their thousand dollar handbags and...

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Ask a Curator

Ask a Curator

What’s the most valuable piece of artwork in the AGO? Who decides what dinosaurs to feature at the ROM? What’s the most obscure item in the collections of the Bata Shoe Museum? One of the coolest ideas I’ve heard of in ages has just come across my metaphorical desk via Twitter. Today, September 17th is #AskaCurator day. Just use the hashtag #AskaCurator on Twitter to ask participating curators of galleries, museums and public institutions...

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Once upon a time…

Once upon a time…

Once upon a time there was a very urban neighbourhood full of busy professionals. Tucked in the corner of their busy neighbourhood is a little farm… an oasis of calm and charm in this bustling, downtown setting. This is Riverdale Farm. Riverdale Farm, located in Cabbagetown in Riverdale Park on the West of the Don Valley, is the home of the usual farm animals; cows, horses, goats, pigs and chickens over an area of 7.5 acres. Bounded by...

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Walk the solar system

Walk the solar system

One of the joys of living in a city like Toronto is the wonderful discoveries that you make during your daily routine. One of these is the walkable planets projects in the Christie Pitts area. Artist Jode Roberts (more here) has created a series of signs and installed them along Grace Street and Gore Vale Avenue. The signs are similar stylistically to typical street parking signs in an attempt to fly-under-the-radar with city hall because no...

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If you can’t beat them, join them

If you can’t beat them, join them

Living in a downtown neighbourhood can be pretty frustrating at times. A group of neighbours at Ossington and Queen found that out the hard way. No matter how many times they painted their garage doors they were constantly being re-faced by unwanted graffiti. Through a community initiative supported by the city and the Toronto Police, street artists were recruited to make over garage doors facing lane way with sanctioned murals which will not be...

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Put your pedalling to work

Put your pedalling to work

Have your say at city hall. If you are interested in how the city of Toronto develops bike lanes there is a simple way to make sure your needs are considered. Download the Toronto Cycling app and get out on your bike. You will be asked simple questions about your habits (anonymously) and usage criteria, whether or not you are biking for a commute or for pleasure, shopping or school. Your trip will be tracked through GPS and...

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A Moveable Beast on West Queen West

A Moveable Beast on West Queen West

An incubator is a supportive environment in which an organism can be nurtured into maturation. The heritage building at 1115 Queen West in the West Queen West neighbourhood is the new home of the innovative an exciting incubator, The Theatre Centre. On August first to third 2014 The Theatre Centre is staging an exciting performance that is an innovative amalgam of dance, opera, theatre and film performance called A Moveable Beast. This is a...

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Hidden Toronto – Unmarked Mass Graves

Hidden Toronto – Unmarked Mass Graves

Downtown on the corner of Queen Street East and Power Street sits St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Basilica. It’s a busy city street corner and the church is lovely but nothing spectacular. Things don’t become interesting until you find out that under the unassuming parking lot is one of the larger unmarked mass graves in Canada. In 1847 100,000 Irish emigrated to Canada fleeing poverty and famine in Ireland. Thousands didn’t survive the voyage...

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Walk on the wild side in Kensington Market

Walk on the wild side in Kensington Market

Where can you do some of the most interesting people watching in Toronto? Where can you get the most ethnic, obscure ingredients for a special recipe? Where can you shop for a pretty turquoise Vespa or the coolest touring bicycle? The answer to all these dilemmas is in a few short blocks in Kensington Market. On certain Sundays throughout the summer the interest factor is increased tenfold when Kensington, Baldwin and Augusta are closed to...

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