Jacques Surveyer

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…

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…

Trent Hills Creative Christmas Gifts

Pics of Canada has featured Canadian artists over the years, particularly those in Northumberland Hills. But this last Fall’s Trent Hills Gallery Hop was an eye opener as  to the range and quality of artistry available in the area. With that in mind, this post is designed to show some of the Creative Christmas Gift opportunities…