Tag Archives: Kensington

Kensington Road Mural

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If you are familiar with Toronto, you will know that street art is nothing new to the city’s vibrant Kensington Market area but this is officially bananas (and carrots). A group of local volunteers known as the Toronto Public Space Committee painted the city’s first road mural in the middle of Baldwin Street.  Continue reading

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Brazillians Transform Trash and the City

This summer Pado and Rodrigo Machado, artists who use urban refuse found in public spaces as their raw materials, left their Sao Paulo homes to pay Toronto, Canada a visit. While they were in town, creating under their collective name ‘Urban Trash Art,’ they helped transform an empty alleyway that became a pulsing center for partiers, design enthusiasts, performers and other artists.
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NYC Miles Ahead of T.O.

About a year ago I heard that they closed off Times Square in New York City to cars (OCPer Andrew Horberry commented on this at the time). This closure meant that the entire space would be reserved for pedestrians, cyclists and people who wish to use the space with new seating provided throughout the area.

Two weeks ago I had a chance to experience this first hand on a trip to New York City. Yes, they had re-opened one small part of the street to vehicle traffic, however, much of the space is still reserved for people and plants and fun on a semi-permanent basis.

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Torontonians Win Gold for Good Behaviour

On February 28th millions of Canadians watched our men’s hockey team win the gold medal on the brilliant sudden death overtime shot of Sidney Crosby.

At 1:30 PM that day after checking out six packed venues, I was fortunate enough to find the last table in a local pub with seven seats for my seven friends. Following the ‘golden’ goal, the bar poured out en masse to join the pandemonium on Bloor Street. Having lived out of town for the Blue Jays championship victories and the last Olympic Canadian hockey gold medal wins, I had never seen the city like this.

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