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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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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Graffiti Alley

Graffiti Alley

There’s the energy, the colour, the grittiness and let’s face it… a hint of badness. Graffiti has become a bona fide art form that’s always on the cutting edge. Graffiti alley is the number one “gallery space” in Toronto for street art. Just south of the intersection of Queen and Spadina you have to look for an alley way that runs west over to Portland. Once you turn the corner you’ll find a kaleidoscope of colours and figures...

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Red dragons guard Spadina Avenue

Red dragons guard Spadina Avenue

  Traffic in Toronto is bad but who knew we needed guardian dragons, monkeys, unicorns and phoenix on Spadina Avenue at Dundas watching over the swarms below. They are a bit hard to spot but are standing in the median atop their red poles and it is worth dodging through the traffic over to the streetcar stop to take a look at them up-close. The piece is called Gateway, the four beings seen together form the Chinese...

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A ribbon for first prize

A ribbon for first prize

They are pleated, flowered, flocked, feathered, furry, rouched, plaid and plain. The moment you walk in the door of Mokuba on Queen Street you will feel the need to embellish your surroundings with meters of ribbon. The whole store is dedicated to trim and is the mecca for spectacular ribbons in Toronto. Mokuba 575 Queen St. W 416 504-5358 ...

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What happens in a bookstore after dark?

What happens in a bookstore after dark?

Oh, the things that bring joy to our day! Type books on Queen Street West created a stop-motion video a while ago that is one of the most delightful things we’ve seen in a while. Head on over to their web site at typebooks.ca to view and enjoy! Type Books 883 Queen Street...

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The bead goes on

The bead goes on

I wish I was a jewellery maker or into beading because I would have found heaven already. Working on our guide to the coolest area of Toronto we started at Spadina and headed west on Queen Street. The hippest and most interesting area is west of Bathurst but the first section of Queen between Spadina and Bathurst is the setting for a high concentration of beading and jewellery supply stores. I wandered into three or four in quick succession...

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