Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Meet Me At The Fountain"

This fountain in the Exhibition grounds is the traditional meeting place during the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) that takes place here from the middle of August until Labour Day every year. The fountain is called the Princess Margaret Fountain and the Princess attended the opening of the fountain in 1958 when it replaced the original one that had been there since 1911. That domed building behind it was built in 1907 as the Horticulture building but it now serves as a night club and event venue.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Three Sisters Mural

I showed you a mural a couple of weeks ago done by the Chilean artists Tikay & Aner and they also did this one at the same time just down the block on Dundas St W. It is titled Three Sisters which refers to the crops maize, climbing beans, and squash, a name given by various First Nations groups to these foods that were a major source of nutrition for them. In the mural you can see one of the three crops beside each of the three women. 
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Tranquility At Lake Ontario

This is an early Sunday morning pic of the lakeshore taken from the Exhibition grounds downtown. There was not a whiff of wind and even though it was only 10˚C it was beautiful down there. I'll have more pics from the grounds in the days to come.

Saturday, September 16, 2017


The Chipmunk and the female Cardinal really blend into their background of fallen seeds from the bird feeder above them. These two seemed to get along quite well and continued to eat side by side for quite awhile. 
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Infill In The Junction

This odd shaped building has been fairly recently constructed in the Junction neighbourhood on a triangle-shaped piece of property behind the stores on Dundas St. I rather like it. And the area is one of the more interesting ones in the city with lots of small independent shops, restaurants, and craft breweries.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Another Lawrence Park Porch

I seem to have developed a thing about gorgeous porches and couldn't resist this beauty found in the Lawrence Park neighbourhood. The house itself is beautiful and it is the porch that makes it special don't you think?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Royal Cinema Revisited

I first showed you the Royal Cinema in Little Italy back in 2011 (HERE) and was down on College St for a Sunday brunch recently and took another pic. There have been a few changes such as the marquee being redone but overall it still retains its 1939 Art Deco glory. And it is still functioning as a movie theatre!  
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rose Mallow

This Rose Mallow flower has to have been 8" across and gorgeous! Apparently they are perennial Hibiscus that even survive the winters up here and flower from mid June until the frost finally hits them. I may have to try growing one of these!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Cheerful Whimsy

This is another mural that I found along Dundas St W that was comprised of wooden cut-outs. This one is along a fence leading into a community housing complex and I 'm thinking that the kids who live there must really like it. Even the colour is cheerful!  
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Dundas St W Streetscape

This is an early Sunday morning pic of the streetscape along Dundas St W in the Brockton neighbourhood. It is very typical of the commercial areas along the main streets in downtown Toronto with many little independent businesses on the main floor and apartments above.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Full Cheeks

As fall approaches the chipmunks are busy gathering food to store a way for winter and this guy was spending the day trying to empty this bird feeder. Just look at the size of those cheeks! He would fill up and then leave for a few minutes and then return for another load - he definitely won't go hungry this winter.  
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Oldie But Goodie

This is the original Bank of Commerce building found in the Commerce Court complex in the Financial District. It is now surrounded by modern additions but it outshines them all!

Thursday, September 7, 2017


Just what every pink car needs - a little Spiderman to protect the rear bumper!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


This sign for Star Sheet Metal has been on this building along Dundas St W for many years as you can tell. The building was sold several years ago and was gutted and totally modernized but they left the sign intact which is a great thing. Star Sheet Metal was run and owned by a wonderful man, Jack Sheiner, who was a holocaust survivor and a really nice guy. He did some crazy projects for me and never complained but would just shake his head and then get it done. I was so happy to see his sign still there!  
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Big Lovbot

I haven't shown you a Lovbot for quite awhile even though they pop up all over the city. This big one was found beside the building from yesterday's post and is one of the largest ones I've seen. To find out more about the Lovbots click on my label below.

Monday, September 4, 2017


This mural was the one being protected by the dog in Saturday's post. Found on the side of a building along Dundas St W it was done by Chilean artists Tikay & Aner and was just completed this summer. The mural depicts Violetta Parrea, a Chilean singer/songwriter, artist, advocate and more. For more info about the mural & her click HERE.  
Taking part in Monday Murals. To see more murals from around the world click HERE.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Another Tardis

I showed you a Tardis Little Library back in March (HERE) and a couple of weeks ago I discovered another one. This one is even larger inside than the first one. Dr Who would approve I think!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Protector

I was shooting a pic of a mural on the side of a wall when this guy came staring over the top at me. He did not seem to be amused that I would be looking at his building and I was glad he was way up there and not down with me! I'll show you the mural on Monday.
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, September 1, 2017

September Theme: Photographing The Photographer

The September theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is "Photographing The Photographer" and I offer this pic taken along the stairway leading up to Casa Loma. Not only is the guy taking a pic of the young woman but their friend is taking a pic of them both on her device. The location is a bit unusual since most people take a pic from the other side of this landing in order to get the CN Tower in the background rather than the trees which will be in this one.
Taking part in the theme. Click HERE to see more photraphers from around the world.

Thursday, August 31, 2017


I have no idea what these flowers are but I love them! What a vibrant pink that is.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Good Rebel

It was the wee chick that attracted my attention in this shop window along Dundas St W and then I realized that the Good Rebel is a 100%vegan grocery store. Apparently they serve great sandwiches and have a large variety of vegan cheeses, meats etc. I have to go back when they are open and try one of their famous sandwiches!  
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


This is the other side of the utility box visible in yesterday's post. I really like this one. The artist is Vivian Rosas and it was done in 2017.

Monday, August 28, 2017


I spotted this mural made up of wooden cut-outs of trees along Dundas St W and then later found several installations of the same type of cut-outs in the area but these ones seem to work the best. They may have been installed to discourage tagging along the wall of this low rise apartment building. I really liked that utility box on the right side and will show you the other side tomorrow. 
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, August 27, 2017


I showed you a back view of St Lawrence Hall a few weeks ago (HERE) and in my ongoing quest to get a good shot of the front I went around to the front on King St but the trees and the shade still have posed a problem. The hall is directly across the road from the park I showed you on Friday so that gives you an idea of the number of trees in the area. I do like this angled shot though and will continue to attempt a better pic - maybe in winter with no leaves on the trees!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Summer Finch

I showed you a cute House Finch in winter (HERE) when he was all puffed up to keep warm and thought I'd show how sleek they look on a hot summer day. This guy was having a nice feed below a bird feeder and if you look closely he has a big seed in his beak!  
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, August 25, 2017

St James Park

Right beside St James Cathedral which I showed you yesterday is St James Park which is owned by the church and the city. The park is Victorian inspired with both this lovely formal garden and with more open grassy areas for wandering. It is a welcome spot to relax in the St Lawrence Market neighbourhood.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Behind The Trees

Rising from the trees in this pic is the spire of St James Cathedral, an Anglican church on King St E which is home to the oldest congregation in the city. The church itself was built in the 1850s but the tower and spire were not completed until 1876. Those are the towers of the Financial district behind it. Tomorrow I will take you down into those trees.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


This gas station On Dundas St W certainly gives us a flashback to earlier times with its curved walls. Probably the 50s don't you think?  
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Summerhill Fountain

This pic shows part of the exterior of the Summerhill Liquor Store. I had shown the whole building with lots of info back in 2010 (HERE) but this time it is the fountain that I wanted to show. It is interesting in that it has a shallow trough that fills with water and then the structure tilts and dumps the water as it is doing here before repeating the cycle. The pigeons don't seem to pay any attention to it! Our liquor stores are all owned by the government and operated as the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).

Monday, August 21, 2017


I have no idea what is in this cute building with the cubed mural covering the front but I love the effect. It looks like it may be a commercial space that has been turned into a residential spot. The space next door looks intriguing but I was there early on a Sunday morning so it wasn't open. 
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

New On The Row

I was parking down at the end of a dead end street which offers free parking close to Yonge St, Toronto's main street, when I spotted this addition to a row of houses. The red brick row houses were built several years ago on a shallow lot very close to a busy railway line. This stone and wood home has been added to the end of the row and it is even closer to the train tracks which curve out towards the road here. I love the look of the new house but it must get shaky in there when some of the long noisy trains go by!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Full Cheeks

This little chipmunk's cheeks were full of seeds and he was soon off to hide his supply somewhere and then was back to pick up more from beneath a bird feeder.
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, August 18, 2017

School Time

I've shown you this clock before when there were no leaves on the trees (HERE) and thought I'd give a different view. This is the tower found at Upper Canada College which is an exclusive private school for boys found in the Forest Hill area of the city. I ventured through an opening in their fence to catch this leafy shot!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Crabapple Trees

This is the lovely seating area in the small park, Courthouse Square, which I showed you yesterday. The original square had crabapple trees planted in it and in reference to those this area is surrounded by espaliered crabapple trees combined with rose vines which will grow up along those arches. I saw a spring pic of this area and it is well planted with spring bulbs too. I was there early on a Sunday morning so no one was around but it is usually a busy place!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Courthouse Square

When we come to the end of yesterday's walkway we find ourselves at the entrance to Courthouse Square which is a small park behind the building which had housed the York County Court House in the 1800s. I think it now houses a restaurant. This little square is reported to have been the site of the last public hanging in Toronto back in the late 1800s but now has a fountain, sculpture, a stage, and a lovely seating area which I will show you tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

King St Walkway

I spotted this walkway running off King St E in the St Lawrence Market neighbourhood on an early Sunday morning and set off to explore down to the other end. We will see what's there tomorrow.

Monday, August 14, 2017


Who could resist this bit of a mural with the camera included up on the left? These letters are actually legible so the artists for this one are Dying Breed although there seems to be a little "un" painted in the middle of the top row. The bears & bees that I showed you last week are on one of the walls of this auto service place.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Another Annex Beauty

Walking through the Annex neighbourhood I spotted this ivy-covered house with its great porch and that wonderful third floor balcony. Either place would be a great location for watching the world pass by!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Dinner For Three

On a pleasant Sunday afternoon this couple were enjoying a nice meal in a restaurant while their faithful companion sat out on the chairs watching through the open window. He was very friendly and posed nicely for me!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Dancing In The Neighbourhood

The Seaton Village neighbourhood has been the site of Porch Dances for the last several years. People gather on the street outside of the first house on the event and are entertained by a family dancing on the porch and are then led onto the next location by that man visible in the pic with the tall hat & megaphone. There are usually a couple of detours on the way such as this one where he led us down a laneway to the lot of the local food co-op where 2 women danced for us. This pic was taken on the first of the 5 nights the event was held. Lots of people came out to enjoy it!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Grange View

I'm back at Grange Park behind the Art Gallery of Ontario for another pic. This shot was taken from the playground in the park looking towards the Financial District visible under the great stilted overhang of the Ontario College of Art and Design. I love this view!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Those Coca Cola signs are almost ghost signs with the red so faded and just little bits of the bright colour hanging on there. It looks like someone was a big winner in this neighbourhood though!
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Grange Bench

This is one of the new benches found in the newly renovated Grange Park and there are a lot of them sprinkled around the park. They are comfortable to sit on!

Monday, August 7, 2017


This mural is found at the beginning of the laneway that I have been showing for the last several weeks. The artist for this one is Nick Sweetman and it turns out that he worked with community members to paint all of the other garage doors along the laneway. This one is wonderful with the bees and the bears into the honey. I particularly like the honey dripping from the 'window' he has painted around the A/C unit!
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals fro around the world.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

"Large Two Forms"

One of the main features of the newly renovated Grange Park is this wonderful Henry Moore sculpture called Two Large Forms. It has been located at the corner of Dundas and McCaul Streets at the entrance to the AGO since 1973 and was relocated to this prime spot in the park. The setting is wonderful for it with the blue wall of the art gallery behind it!

Saturday, August 5, 2017


A large part of the newly renovated Grange Park is taken up by the children's play area which has a splash pad, lots of the usual pieces of playground equipment and also several structures such as this one that are built to be crawled over and through. I would have loved these when I was a kid!

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Grange

Hidden behind the trees in yesterday's post was this fine building known as the Grange. It was built in 1817 as a manor house and what is now Grange Park was the front lawn of the home. The home and property were bequeathed to the Art Museum of Toronto (now called the Art Gallery of Ontario)  in 1910 and the Grange is part of the art gallery now. There is quite a contrast with Frank Gehry's wall and stairs!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Another Renovated Park

This is Grange Park which is found at the back of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) whose wonderful blue titanium wall and Frank Gehry stairs are visible above the trees. The 1.8 hectare park has just been reopened after being closed for 15 months for a $15 million renovation which included planting 80 new trees, a new fountain, newly designed playgrounds, off-leash dog area, new benches, lighting, and more to come. I'll show you a few more shots over the next few days including a pic of what is hidden behind those trees.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Salsa On St Clair

The annual Salsa On St Clair festival took place in July. It is a celebration of Latin culture that takes place along several blocks of St Clair Ave W and features food, performances, and lots of Salsa dancing. These two ladies were wandering around posing for pics in their great outfits. The road is totally closed so they are posing here between the tracks for the streetcars.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Theme: "Young At Heart"

The August theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is "Young At Heart" and I chose this pic because I loved how this older man with a walker was rushing along a path with a bundle of balloons to deliver them to the kids. The pic was taken through a slightly dirty window so isn't the sharpest image ever.
Taking part in the Theme Day. Click HERE to see more youngsters from around the world.