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[PHOTO] Fourteen photos of the laneway murals of Harbord Village

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One special highlight Jane’s Walk tour of the eastern side of Harbord Village was the abundance of street art–often bright in colour, sometimes quite ingenious, never unattractive–on the garages and walls of the back alleys of the neighbourhood.

David French Lane, named after the late Canadian playwright, had its fair share.




Croft Street is particularly rich in this density.












Written by Randy McDonald

May 17, 2017 at 3:19 pm

[PHOTO] Alley of Rosemont, winter, at night

Alley of Rosemont, winter, at night

Written by Randy McDonald

January 24, 2017 at 9:46 am

[PHOTO] Alley, Dovercourt at Northumberland

Alley, Dovercourt at Northumberland #toronto #dovercourtvillage #alley #laneway #dovercourtroad #northumberlandstreet

I was walking home last evening from Ossington station, just as evening was shading into twilight, when I passed by this alley, just east of Dovercourt Road on Northumberland. This particular alley was oddly lit, almost glowing in the back away from the street. A quick photo with my cell phone ensued.

I like this photo, but it’s not exactly what I saw. It feels less luminous somehow. Perhaps it’s a consequence of my limited phone technology. More likely, it’s a consequence of my lack of formal training as a photographer. I used to say that I took photos to illustrate things, but now I want to do more than that, and I don’t quite now how to set about doing that.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm

[PHOTO] Entering the Alley, Honest Ed’s

Entering the Alley #toronto #fringe2016 #fringeto #honesteds #thealley

Written by Randy McDonald

July 3, 2016 at 3:17 pm

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • blogTO notes laneway crawls in Toronto and notes a vacant lot in Leslieville is set to become a community market.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks at atmospheric nitrogen on Earth and Venus.
  • Joe. My. God. confirms Prince’s death as a consequence of an opioid overdose.
  • The LRB Blog notes the importance of Felix the Cat in television broadcasting.
  • The Map Room Blog notes a collection of Atlantic Canadian maps.
  • Marginal Revolution talks about Indians taking good lessons from the Raj as well.
  • Peter Watts crows at the success of cephalopods on the changing Earth.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes the weakness of the Mexican welfare state.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the concentration of Russians in a bit more than a dozen major cities.

[PHOTO] Truck in alley off Dupont

Truck in alley #toronto #truck #garage #laneway #alley #dovercourtvillage #dupontstreet

Written by Randy McDonald

May 20, 2016 at 11:40 am

[URBAN NOTE] “Toronto laneway to be turned into community garden”

Derek Flack’s blogTO report is fascinating. I will definitely be doing an expedition out to the Milky Way.

Running just south of Queen St. to the west of Dufferin, Milky Way is one of those Toronto laneways worth writing a love letter about. There’s excellent graffiti, people regularly use it as a quieter alternative to walking/riding on Queen, and over the years various art spaces have called the place home.

Now, the laneway could also be home to an urban garden. The Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) & Greenest City have joined forces to acquire the space at 87 Milky Way in an effort to set up a community garden here. The two groups are launching a fundraising campaign later this week for part of the sum required to take possession of the land.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 17, 2016 at 6:30 pm