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[PHOTO] Looking south on Church towards Carlton

One of the nice things I like about festivals like WorldPride is that entire streets are closed off, allowing people unexpected vistas. I took two photos of the view south on Church towards Carlton, the first below with my regular camera and the second with my new smartphone. I lean towards preferring the first, myself; it feels more intimate, closer up.

Looking south on Church towards College (1)

Looking south on Church towards College (2)

Written by Randy McDonald

July 11, 2014 at 12:04 am

[PHOTO] Some final WorldPride pictures

Rooftop WorldPride celebrants, Yonge and Wellesley

Rooftop WorldPride celebrants, Yonge and Wellesley

A Pride-themed storefront in the Annex

Pride-themed storefront in The Annex (1)

Pride-themed storefront in The Annex (2)

Pride-themed display window at Dudley’s Hardware, Church and Wellesley

Pride-themed display window at Dudley's Hardware

Written by Randy McDonald

July 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm

[PHOTO] Alexander Wood on Church, 2012 and 2014

The photo below of the statue of Alexander Wood is one of several orphans pictures of mine taken during Pride.

Statue of Alexander Wood in the Village, from below

In October 2012 I took night-times photo of the statue. Below is one of the photos, and what I wrote at the time.

Alexander Wood at Nuit Blanche (1)

On the night of Nuit Blanche, I went to the northwestern corner of Church and Alexander–just two blocks south of the fabled intersection of Church and Wellesley–to take photos of sculptor Del Newbigging‘s statue of Scottish-born merchant Alexander Wood, unveiled in 2005. Located next to the compass painted on the sidewalk at the same corner, Newbigging’s statue of Wood has become something of a community landmark, quite literally a touchstone–apparently some locals rub the statue for good luck before dates.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 6, 2014 at 11:55 pm

[PHOTO] Miscellaneous shots of WorldPride Toronto, 2014

The Pride crowd at Yonge and Bloor


The Pride crowd at Yonge and Wellesley

The Pride crowd at Yonge and Wellesley

The Pride crowd on Yonge south of College

Pride crowd on Yonge south of College

John Tory at WorldPride, Toronto

John Tory at WorldPride, Toronto

The Pride crowd on Church south of Maitland

The Pride crowd on Church south of Maitland

WorldPride parade (1)

WorldPride parade (1)

Parade watchers on rooftops at Yonge and Wellesley #worldpride

WorldPride parade (2)

WorldPride parade (3)


The WorldPride street fair on Church

The WorldPride street fair on Church

Written by Randy McDonald

July 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm

[PHOTO] 94 Wellesley Eastbound, WorldPride edition

94 Wellesley Eastbound, WorldPride edition

This was my only shot of the rainbow-decaled 94 Wellesley bus, here photographed travelling east of Church towards Castle Frank.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • blogTO shares pictures of the lineups for free food on Canada Day at Mandarin’s buffet restaurants.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper identifying three thousand nearby red dwarf stars as potential sites of Earth-like exoplanets.
  • The Dragon’s Tales links to a sober assessment of the Chinese space program.
  • The Frailest Thing considers the import of Facebook’s experiment on its user base by noting the ability of complex systems to undergo unexpected catastrophes.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Google’s social network Orkut, big in Brazil and India but absent elsewhere, will be shutting down at the end of this September.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that anti-gay activists are pleased with the Hobby Lobby ruling.
  • The Planetary Society Blog’s Adam Block shares pictures of colliding and interacting galaxies.
  • Seriously Science notes that not only do spiders have different personality types, but that these types contribute to the maintenance of their physical cultures.
  • The Signal notes ongoing research into data recovery methods and issues with compact discs.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes cases where putting the victim on trial does matter. (Records of past violence are noteworthy.)
  • Towleroad notes an economist observing that homophobia has an economic impact and points to an upcoming Irish referendum on same-sex marriage in 2015 that’s quite likely to pass.
  • Window on Eurasia quotes a Ukrainian about Russia’s issues with a separate Ukraine and notes a statement by Kaliningrad’s government claiming some Ukrainian refugees in Russia might be anti-Russian activists in disguise.

[PHOTO] A lovely fairy queen on Yonge

A lovely fairy queen on Yonge

I wanted to single out this one photo from the many I took on WorldPride because I’m so pleased with the composition of this photo.

Everything worked out: the posing of the drag queen (here, on Yonge just south of College); the distribution of the audience; at a courtly distance all around her; the light struggling down through the hot humid day as if casting a divine glow from above.

It was beautiful.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 3, 2014 at 11:59 am

[LINK] “Putting Canada on the map”

For Canada Day this year, MacLean’s featured an amusing collection of 22 maps. Some of the map subjects were fairly silly (the cities in which Twitter users swore most often); some of the map subjects were fairly noteworthy (the relative agedness and youth of regional populations.)

Written by Randy McDonald

July 2, 2014 at 3:59 am

[PHOTO] Photos from a Canada Day walk across Toronto

I went on an extended hike east and south across Toronto

Of course, I wore my red-and-white plaid shirt. How much more Canadian could I get?

My red-and-white plaid shirt, perfect for Canada Day

I last shared a picture of this statue of King Edward VII, built for a park in Delhi but later relocated to Queen’s Park, in May 2009.

Equestrian statue of King Edward VII, Queen's Park

I love these art deco office buildings east of Queen’s Park.

Art deco office buildings east of Queen's Park

I like what a simple Instagram trick did for this shot on Bay Street, looking south at the towers.

Towers of Bay Street #bay #baystreet #toronto

This alley lies just west of Yonge Street on Wellesley.

An alley of Toronto, off Wellesley #toronto #alleys

The painting on the side of the Armen Art Gallery is worn.

Authentic Canadian Native Art #toronto #alleys

The display of some of the books on sale at the Glad Day Bookshop was fresh.

Book for sale at Glad Day #gladday #books #toronto #queer

The Paul Kane House, set in its own parkette and named after the famous 19th century painter of First Nations, is almost entirely surrounded by towers.

Paul Kane House among the towers #toronto

This mural at Church and Wellesley is part of a #pinbuttonpride street history project put on by the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

Pin button pride in the Village #toronto #worldpride #churchandwellesley #pinbuttonpride

Crews & Tango was still colourfully decked out for Pride.

Crews and Tango, Pride edition #toronto #churchandwellesley #worldpride

This rainbow of tulips planted outside a convenience store was adorable.

Tulips of Pride #torontopride #worldpride #churchandwellesley #flowers #rainbow #tulips

Outside Mies van der Rohe’s Toronto-Dominion Centre, the Pride flag flew alongside the flags of Canada and Ontario.

Pride in the Financial District #toronto #worldpride #financialdistrict #flags #miesvanderrohe

The twin towers of the Royal Bank of Canada headquarters, with their gold-impregnated windows, rise up.

Royal Bank of Canada towers #toronto #financialdistrict #rbc

[PHOTO] Three rainbows in Church and Wellesley during WorldPride

I saw this rainbow on a parade float.

A rainbow in the Pride parade

This rainbow was on an apartment balcony, a display by a man welcoming people to WorldPride.

A rainbow on an apartment balcony

This final rainbow was in the front window of Ladybug Florist just north of Church and Wellesley.

A rainbow in a shop window

Written by Randy McDonald

June 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm


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