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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The war on Toronto’s streets

The war on Toronto’s streets

There is a full blown battle happening in Toronto’s streets and you may not even be aware of it. In one corner is Toronto’s infamous mayor Rob Ford and in the other corner are a stealthy group of street artists. Rob Ford has vowed to eradicate graffiti from the streets of Toronto and was even photographed removing paint with a water sprayer. There has been some push-back from street artists and ever since the “video incident” the push...

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To market, to market…

To market, to market…

Kensington Market has a set of four aluminum and steel sculptures created by David Hlynsky and Shirley Yanover that mark the primary entryways. “To Market, To Market” located at Spadina and Baldwin is a globe with orbiting food products that represent things we need to survive and which can be found in the market. “Home Again, Home Again” is at St. Andrew and Spadina and is a cat on a kitchen chair...

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Why is Toronto called Hogtown?

Why is Toronto called Hogtown?

Vegans beware! Toronto’s Hogtown nickname is not animal friendly. In the late 1800s meat processing was one of the city’s main industries. Livestock of all sorts was shipped to Toronto’s railyards for slaughter and processing. Pork was one of those products, thus the name Hogtown was born. Told you… it wasn’t pretty. The accompanying vegetable photo is just to cleanse the...

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Books set in Kensington Market

The colourful history and heritage of Kensington Market is a rich vein for literary mining. One of the oldest areas of Toronto, Kensington started out as a neighbourhood for newly arrived immigrants fresh off the boat. Two books that use Kensington as the primary setting are: The Gnomes Eye by Anna Kerz and The Market Wedding by Cary Fagan illustrated by Regolo Ricci http://www.goodreads.com/places/7107-kensington-market Both are available at...

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Kensington Market street art

Kensington Market street art

Kensington Market is on of the most vibrant and culturally diverse areas of Toronto. It is full of self-expression from the clothes and body art that you’ll see to the street art that enriches the...

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Vintage galore

Vintage galore

If scouring vintage shops is your thing then by far the best vintage shopping in the city is in Kensington Market. There are so many shops in this area that there is no point naming them. Head specifically to Kensington Avenue for the highest concentration – vintage store after vintage store lines the street. The grand old dame of vintage in Toronto Courage My Love is located...

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