Allan Gardens Easter Show

Allan Gardens Easter Show   Allan Gardens is a Floral Treasure The Gardens are plunk downtown at Carleton and Sherbourne just a stonesthrow east of the old Maple Leaf Gardens. The great thing about Allan Gardens is that they are open for free 365 days  of the year, rain or shine, holiday or weekend. The…

Don Montgomery Community Centre: Tennis Anyone?

Don’t get me started about the displeasures of Toronto. Don Valley Parkway and the Commute in General, High Prices for  Housing, Food, Car Insurance, Maple Leaf Tickets etc, etc. No none of that negativity in this story. Rather here is praise for the network of Community Centres in Toronto. Specifically I would like to cite…

Honest Ed’s Last Christmas

I work at CSI Annex which just put to bed and closed the doors on a Toronto Marketing Monument – Honest Eds located … no, no – really spread out Westbound over  the south side  block  at Bathurst and Bloor in the heart of Toronto’s ethnic communities. For me, despite the heartfelt send off, Honest…

Nuit Blanche Skyline

The Skyline is Shaking and Burning We have already seen what the Nighttime Nuit Blanche scene does for the HarbourFront. So look what happens to the Toronto Skyline when Nuit Blanche takes hold. The Scrapers and Skyline clash – it all stutters and jives, swaying in great lightning shifts. The Buildings glow with haunted lights.…

Nuit Blanche at Harbourfront

Harbourfront is a perfect natural for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche arts festivities the picture taking at night is full of so many possibilities. Vessels sailing in and out of the harbor lit up with dramatic lighting. Airplanes taking off at the Billy Bishop Island airport leaving light trails into the night sky. And docked vessels with often…

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Toronto’s Outdoor Art Exhibition at Cty Hall signals the official start to Art season in Southern Ontario. And its quite a pllgrimage of artists and crafts people with all the trappings of a Haj including the cluster of white tents that fill the square in front of City Hall: And this summer day the combination of…

Janes Walks Toronto 2016

One of the delights of mid Spring in Toronto are the Jane’s Walks. These are walks occurring not only in Toronto but across Canada and major cities in the World. What makes them relevant to Toronto is that Jane Jacobs lived, worked, formulated  and taught  much of her urban and social thinking in Toronto. Janes Walks…

Bike Polo Toronto

  Click here for Bike Polo In Toronto 2016 About 20 years ago my brother Greg introduced me to a sport, Ultimate, that was one of the neatest I had seen or played   in a long time. I know the Summer and Winter X-Games feature all sorts of   great new   sports but…

First Real Snow in Toronto

In 2016 all around Toronto snow has been dumping on Buffalo, New England, Northeast US, the Maritimes , Northern Ontario, Quebec. But for the Queen City  only light sprinklings have occurred. And even Southwestern Ontario has gotten off easy.But this week the 5-8 inches of light snow arrived after a very cold weekend. Perhaps that is the reason…

Toronto Wall Portraits

Toronto has seen a resurgence of murals and wall portraits. There has been an active graffiti scene on side walls all around town. But the back walls, in various areas of the city [not just downtown] are actively decorated and redecorated every year. Some real spray painters/artists extra-ordinaire are at work here. What has changed…

Northumberland Hills First Snow

Given the continuing Indian Summer Fall, Northumberland Hills woke up to a surprise wet coating of snow this last week. It was light and sticky enough to apply a thick white sprinkling all over the countryside. However the early morning haze suggested mixed photo opportunities. So photographer Wendy Avis had to act quickly because as…

Toronto Santa Claus Parade

Santa Claus came to Toronto Sunday last week. and a lot of people had a great  good time. Sign of the times – in 2013 the Toronto Police requested that the parade be expanded to accommodate more attendees  estimated at  half a million people. And this year the weather was mild and the holiday ingredients were right…