Ladder and Stool
Balfour Books is a second-hand bookstore for art, photography and fictions of all kinds in downtown Toronto. This bookstore’s compact space has a relaxing and intimate atmosphere. Books are neatly displayed and interestingly labeled with wooden Scrabble titles for different sections.
Saint James Cemetery
Toronto Urban Photography Festival
The Anglican St. James Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Toronto still in operation. The cemetery was opened in July 1844 for the burial of people professing the Anglican faith.
At that time most of the city’s population of 18,000 lived south of Queen Street West and the cemetery’s present location during that era must have been regarded as being outside city limits. The cemetery was necessary as the burial ground around the cathedral itself, in use since 1797, was out of room.
Recognizing the growing trend towards cremation throughout the world, a crematorium was added in 1948. To date over 89,000 interments and 75,000 cremations have taken place at the cemetery.
The entrance to the cemetery is located at the intersection of Bloor and Parliament Streets, overlooking the Don River ravine. Just to the west is the St. James Town neighbourhood, which is named after the cemetery.
I am pleased to announce that I will be participating in this year’s Toronto Urban Photography Festival. The 2 pieces of work shown below will be part of ‘Home - Group Exhibition’ at IX Gallery. The exhibition will run from March 9th - 23rd, 2013. Opening is March 14th, 6:30 - 9 PM.
The Don Valley Brick Works is a former quarry and industrial site located in the Don River valley in Toronto, Canada. The Don Valley Brick Works operated for nearly 100 years and provided bricks used to construct many well-known Toronto landmarks, such as Casa Loma, Osgoode Hall, Massey Hall, and the Ontario Legislature. Since the closure of the original factory, the quarry has been converted into a city park which includes a series of naturalized ponds, while the buildings have been restored and opened as an environmentally-focused community and cultural centre by Evergreen, a national charity dedicated to restoring nature in urban environments.
The Cathedral of the Transfiguration is a Slovak Byzantine Rite Roman Catholic located in Markham, Ontario.
The Cathedral was conceived and funded by Stephen B. Roman, a Slovak immigrant to Canada. Roman both funded and designed the building, modeling the structure on the church in Velky Ruskov, the Slovak village he was raised in.
Among its features is the world’s largest three bell carillon, with the French made bells by the Fonderie Paccard, weighing 32,000 pounds, and 300 cm diameter. The mosaics are reputed to contain about 5 million pieces. The central tower rises 63 metres (about 20 storeys) and is topped by a gold onion dome.
The Catheral was designed by Donald Buttress, a renowned architect whose claim to fame is overhauling Westminster Abbey. This site became the first church in North America to be consecrated by Pope John Paul II during his 1984 trip to Canada.
This 100 year old steel bridge on Queen Street East stands over top the Don River and lower Don Valley Parkway. It was built in 1911 and originally owned by the Scadding Family. East side Riverdale used to be a shady part of town where bandits could be found hiding in the valley.
In 2002, this bridge went through a complete renovation. On top of the bridge, you can find the art ‘Time: And A Clock’ created by Toronto artist Eldon Garnet. The 2 metre clock is accompanied by poetic text on either side from the Greek philosopher Heraclitus. It reads ’This river I step in is not the river I stand in.’
Tiger Lily. Found her on the wall in Toronto Chinatown.