Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Let's Play

This float in the Santa Claus Parade was sponsored by Tim Hortons, the Canadian institution for coffee & donuts with outlets everywhere you turn. On the float we have cups of coffee as well as Timbits playing various games. Timbits are the centres of donuts and are sold by the little box full and are really popular with everyone especially kids!  
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mother Goose

I thought I would show you some of the floats from the Santa Claus Parade which took place a few weeks ago. I go down to the set-up area near Christie Pits Park early in the morning before the parade to get up close to the floats but it means that all the kiddies who would be riding on the floats aren't there yet so you will see empty stools like in this pic. This is Mother Goose and she has been the traditional leader of the parade since 1917 although the first parade was in 1913!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Blue


This mural was found on a garage along the same laneway that I have been showing you recently and was painted during the same weekend as the others. The artist for this one is Luv Sumone. And you can see the CN Tower managed to get into the background of this one!  
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Laneway Steel

A grand old factory building by some railway tracks was recently torn down revealing this steel structure that had been added onto the back and above a row of one storey commercial buildings. It took me two tries to finally find a very narrow laneway which leads down to this place. I love how the rusted steel glows in the sunshine. Wouldn't you like to see the inside of this one?

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Ready For Winter

This chubby guy looks like he has packed on a lot of weight for the winter ahead and I'm hoping he doesn't have a hint that it is going to be a bad one. He was eating some kind of dried up fruit in a grocery store parking lot and agreed to pose for just a minute. He is one of our black squirrels but looks like he has a lot of the grey showing through too.  
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Friday, December 8, 2017

In The Pink

I showed you the pretty red building in the Yorkville Village neighbourhood a week ago and this is another of the surviving old buildings on Yorkville Ave. This Georgian beauty was built in 1837 and now houses Pink Tartan which is a women's wear brand. There is a well executed glass addition on the back which now acts as the entrance to this store.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Standing On Guard

I spotted this fun piece by artist Patrick Amiot outside a gallery in the Yorkville Village neighbourhood. Amiot is a Canadian who is now based in California and makes his whimsical sculptures from recycled metals. I really like the dog in this one! The Mountie is pretty cool though.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

"Closed For The Season"

The Bar Ape (ah-pay) is a gelato spot just off St Clair Ave W and unfortunately the ice cream season is over for us. The business started off selling gelato from a 3-wheeled Piaggio Ape truck and hence the name. I like this night-time scene with the scooter out front.  
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Garden Art

I was walking around among the large homes in the Casa Loma neighbourhood when I spotted this sculpture in the side garden of one of the homes. It certainly beats a garden gnome!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Daycare

This is the back wall of a daycare centre that faces right onto the loading area for the buses at the Ossington subway station. The colours have faded a bit in the strong sun but I'm sure it grabs everyone's attention as they wait for a bus.  
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Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Season Begins

This was taken late last Sunday afternoon the first weekend the outdoor rinks were open in the city. This rink at Christie Pits Park is a very popular one but this pic was taken just before the break for dinner so there was lots of room on the ice. And of course we are photo-bombed by the CN Tower which is several miles away.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Intruder

A few seconds before this pic was taken those ducks were sleeping and lounging on the grass but then this young visitor arrived and they all fled into the pond. The dog soon left and the ducks returned to their resting places.   
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Friday, December 1, 2017

December Theme Day: "Gift"

The December theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is Gift and I am using a pic I took a few years ago at the Santa Claus Parade as my gift. I always liked this float with the beaver paddling a canoe of gifts along Bloor St!  
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Hippie Village No More

A walk through the Yorkville Village neighbourhood recently certainly drove home to me how times have changed. In the 1960s this was home to many coffee houses and funky stores and was the heart of the hippie movement in Toronto. People like Joni Mitchell and Neil Young lived and sang here and you could always find fun of some kind along the street . Today most of the old buildings are gone and gentrification has totally changed the area. It was nice to see this old cottage surviving and I did enjoy the wonderful red which is fitting for it is a Christian Louboutin store now. Chanel is across the street.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Not So Mellow Yellow

Our Toronto police take part in the Santa Claus Parade each year and this old 1955 (I think) police car was part of their presence this time. You sure couldn't miss a car that colour coming towards you unlike the mostly silver grey ones we have today. This was taken a few hours before the parade began and you can see more of the chairs lined up along the curb behind the car. 
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Waiting For Santa

I went down to view the floats in the Santa Claus Parade last week in the early hours before the parade begins and I am not the only one who is out early. People go down to Bloor St during the nighttime and put out chairs to mark off their space and then leave and go home until just before the parade starts around noon. It is amazing but everyone respects these territories and no one dares to take over someone else's space.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Raccoons Out On The Town

This is yet another mural from the same laneway we have been touring for the last few Mondays. These whimsical raccoons are by artist Emily Mae Rose and I have been seeing them in several spots around town. Our population of raccoons is huge so she would have lots of models to work from. 
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Narrow But Nice

I just like the clean graphics of this house in the Seaton Village neighbourhood. It has recently been redone out front and looks quite nice don't you think?

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Patriotic Birds

On November 11 which was Remembrance Day here, there were thousands of these small Canadian flags planted on the grounds of the Veterans Centre at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. They didn't seem to frighten the birds away from beneath the bird feeders at all as you can see from these two wee sparrows poking about.  
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Friday, November 24, 2017

Stylish Utility

This wonderful building is actually a substation for Toronto Hydro and the gentleman driving the van out front told me that it is full of switches and transformers. The windows were replaced a few years ago and the brick work has been well maintained since the buildings completion in 1911. I mentioned to the Hydro guy that it would be nice to tour it during our Doors Open event in the city but apparently it would be too dangerous.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Grey Day

When I headed to James Gardens a week ago the sun was out but the clouds soon rolled in and about ten minutes after this pic was taken it started to rain. The grasses around the park looked fabulous blowing in the wind.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pawtection

I spotted this great sign on the gate of a house in the east end. Now that is what I call friendly protection. And the handle is cool too! 
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Infill Houses

I'm betting that these two houses in the Hillcrest neighbourhood were built on the lot of what had been a single home. I like the one on the left for its windows but like the porch on the right- hand one so it would be a hard choice between them for me.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Flowery Garage

I think it would be a treat to come home to this flowery garage door every day. This door was found along the same laneway as the bird I showed you last week and the artist for this one is Blazeworks aka Blaze Wiradharma. It looks as if the garage itself is still under construction doesn't it? 
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Tree House

Wouldn't you have loved to have this in your back garden when you were a kid? It looks like it is built on stilts rather than in the tree but I would still call it a tree house. And it even has a wee balcony!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Keeping Warm

The Eastern Grey Squirrel come in 2 colours - grey and black which I think is the most common colour in Toronto. It is the grey ones which seem to have the big bushy tails like this one. Wrap that around yourself in your nest and you can be warm all winter! 
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Window

I spotted this cute little window in one of the buildings at the U of Toronto a few weeks ago. They sure don't make windows like that anymore! And it even opens.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Eye-popping Colour

This GMC pickup would certainly get everyone's attention anywhere. I think it is a 1955 model and looks like it has never been driven in the winter! I love all of the chrome.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Just A Facade

This condo tower on Bloor St in the Annex neighbourhood was required to keep the facade of an older building that stood on the property and was the studio of architect John Lyle. The facade forms the entrance to yet another coffee shop as you can see from the sign placed subtly in the alcove to the left.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Law Office

This law office in a converted older home in the Annex neighbourhood is surrounded by newer buildings but outshines them with its lovely ivy-covered walls and its gardens. I'd love to see what the inside is like.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Blue Bird

Early this fall I happened upon a laneway which was having many of its garage doors painted with murals and I went back recently to see the final results. This is one of my favourites which was painted by the artist Muisca, a young woman who was there working on this when I first saw it.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Race You To The Top

These are the stairs leading from Davenport Rd up to Casa Loma. It is a steep hill and even the double decker tour buses that operate around town won't drive up the hill - you get on and off at the bottom and then walk. I thought the red bush at the half way mark looked beautiful against all the green around it. 100 steps to the top!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Storing For Winter

Our squirrels are very busy at this time of year burying a multitude of things for the winter ahead. This guy was running back and forth with seed pods digging them into the soil all over this lawn. This is of course one of black squirrels which are really Eastern Grey Squirrels with a black coat.
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Friday, November 10, 2017

In The Pink

This Richardson Romanesque building is the Ontario Legislative building and since it is located in Queen's Park it has become known as Queen's Park itself. The park is owned by the U of Toronto and is leased to the province for $1 a year on a 999 year lease so since the building was completed in 1893 there is still a lot of time left on that lease. The pink look of the building comes from the Ontario sandstone used in its construction.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Shortcut

I was taking a shortcut through the U of Toronto campus and used this nice walkway at the back of Hart House to get from point A to point B in style!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Barn Four

I showed you Barn Five at the Wychwood Barns a couple of weeks ago and thought I'd show you another of the converted streetcar barns today. Barn Four has an open air space behind those doors with a brick bread oven and then further along its length it has been converted into a large greenhouse to grow food for local food banks. I'm standing in the children's playground to take this pic and those hoops and nozzles are part of the kid's water feature. You can see some of the open space of Barn Five off to the left. 
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A Safe Lamp?

I took this pic because I liked the lighting fixture and didn't notice until I put the pic up on the computer that there was a security camera mounted right above it. Somehow I don't think it is there to protect the light!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Dancer?

I took this pic on College St a few weeks ago when we were still having warm weather. I think the figure on this utility box looks like someone getting ready for a ballet class but I could be wrong.
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Oldie but Goodie

There are 2 of these Volvo 544 cars in our neighbourhhood, this one and a red one both in great condition but what I like about this one is the sunroof. These cars were made from 1958 to 66 but I'm not sure what year this one is!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

On The Alert

I have seen few creatures lately at my favourite viewing spot and I think it is because of the presence of a couple of Peregrine Falcons. This brave little chipmunk stayed stationary on this stick for several minutes as he looked around to check for enemies before heading off into the underbrush. The pic was taken through a window so isn't super sharp.
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Friday, November 3, 2017

Colour

This pic was taken about a week after yesterday's pic and just a two minute walk away from yesterday's pond. This row of trees always puts on a good show of colour!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Forest In The City

This pic was taken a couple of weeks ago showing the pond in the middle of the Wychwood neighbourhood. As you can see the trees hadn't changed colour at all then and the leaves were still blocking our view of the houses around the pond. It is hard to believe this is in the city!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November Theme: Rock 'n' Roll

The November theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is Rock 'n' Roll and for the theme I offer this pic of a great old LP of original Rock hits. There are some great songs on there - if only I had something to play LPs on!
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Very Grave

The main section of the Halloween display at his Forest Hill home which I have been showing you the last few days is this spooky graveyard. This area has the smoke machine, speakers, strobe lights, and other mechanisms which I think open and close the coffin lids. The kids must love it!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Beware Skeletons

In this scene at the same house as yesterday we have a skeleton riding a skeleton horse with a skeleton foal behind while off to the right 3 dog skeletons have trapped a baby up in a tree. There is also a fire pit and strobe lights in this section. I really must go by this place after dark!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Spider & Friends

There seems to be more and more Halloween decorations around this year particularly large inflatable creatures and monsters. The house where I spied this spider and fierce canines is the most decorated I've seen with several different scenes played out along the sidewalk. I watched a guy constructing the whole thing over a span of several days as he installed props, speakers, smoke machines, and lighting. I'll show you more over the next couple of days. That spider is over 4 feet tall and really wide!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Barn 5

This is Barn 5 at the Wychwood Barns which is an old streetcar facility that has been turned into an arts, community, and environment centre. There were 5 barns attached along their length with all of them having different uses now ranging from artists studios to greenhouses and theatres. This one was constructed in 1921 and it has had its roof removed leaving the steel structure along the sides to create a wonderful arcade which is used for a farmers market on Saturdays, open air events, and also has some small community gardens along its length. And the remaining upper structures provide nice spots for pigeons to rest as you can see.
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Friday, October 27, 2017

Soldiers' Tower

I liked this view of the Soldiers' Tower at Hart House at the U of Toronto just peeking over the top of the trees with their long autumn shadows. The Gothic style tower was built in 1924 and contains a carillon of 51 cast bronze bells as well as having the names of students and alumni who lost their lives in war engraved in the walls of the ground floor passageway.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Flag

During the ceremony at the Ontario Fire Fighters Memorial the fire services used their ladder trucks to fly this huge Canadian flag on the roadway in front of the memorial. Those are some of the buildings from the U of Toronto in behind the flag.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Drummers

At the ceremony at the Ontario Firefighters Memorial, after the bagpipers came the drummers each from different fire brigades around the province. They were followed by a parade of fire fighters who encircled the memorial during the event.
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