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[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links, from rising CityPlace, to queer issues, to Tibetan food in Parkdale

  • In The Globe and Mail, Marcus Gee looks at how the new high-rise CityPlace district, on the waterfront, is becoming a neighbourhood.
  • Steve Munro celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Spadina streetcar, here and here.
  • Justin Ling at Vice reports on the new disappearances of queer men in Toronto that have left the community on edge.
  • At the Toronto Star, Ben Spurr notes that the bike route at Bathurst and Adelaide, overcrowded, is going to be improved.
  • Aeryn Pfaff describes at Torontoist the historic and continuing important of Hanlan’s beach for the queer community of Toronto.
  • Tenzin Nawang Tekan describes the importance of the mono for Tibetans and Tibetan-Canadians, starting in Parkdale.

[PHOTO] Three photos of Three Star Variety, 621 Bathurst Street

Three Star Variety (1)

Three Star Variety (2)

Three Star Variety (3)

Three Star Variety (621 Bathurst Street) caught my eye as I was passing by with the building’s colourful graffiti-style painted walls.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 8, 2017 at 9:45 am

[PHOTO] Cranes over Bathurst Street, between College and Dundas

Cranes over Bathurst, between College and Dundas

As I was walking south down Bathurst Street in the emerging night, I was caught by these two cranes. Still, they seemed almost to bridge this street from the western side.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 7, 2017 at 7:30 am

[PHOTO] Honest Ed’s from the north

Honest Ed's from the north #toronto #honesteds #theannex #bathurststreet

The Honest Ed’s sign will be taken down in a week for relocation, and the building torn down later. Taking photo will soon be impossible.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 19, 2017 at 12:22 pm

[PHOTO] Underneath, Bathurst north of Dupont

Underneath #toronto #bathurststreet #davenport #tunnel #night

Walking part of the way home tonight, heading south then west from St. Clair West, I passed by this mural on the rail underpass on Bathurst just north of Dupont.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 26, 2017 at 10:53 pm

[PHOTO] Thirteen photos of Honest Ed’s, 31 December 2016

On Saturday the 31st of December, 2016, I visited Honest Ed’s on its last day of operation. There was very little merchandise available for sale, tattered shopping bags and old signs and (oddly enough) 2016 Sunday missals aside. There were plenty of other fellow sightseers, even photographers. It was a nice shared experience, bidding goodbye to an institution that had been around for generations.

All of my photos are hosted on my Flickr account, and are also viewable in this Facebook album.

Honest Ed's, 31 December 2016



Closed off

Glamour of old

Taking photos

Signs for sale


63 Years

Thank you

Photography in The Alley

Looking west, Bloor at Bathurst

Written by Randy McDonald

January 2, 2017 at 11:59 pm

[PHOTO] 20 photos from Honest Ed Station, or Bathurst done differently (#honestedstation)

The Toronto Star, CBC, and Urban Toronto all highlighted the very particular changes which hit Bathurst station at the beginning of the month. Stefan Novakovic’s Urban Toronto essay does a great job of introducing these.

Past the red-sweatered Ken Bones, and however many groups of ‘kids from Stranger Things,’ the title of Toronto’s most memorable Halloween sight might just belong to Bathurst Station’s belated turn as Honest Ed’s. Decked out over Halloween night and into the morning, the first day of November saw the walls of the station transformed into a loving and lighthearted homage to the iconic retailer.

Unveiled today, the tribute will last as long as the store itself, remaining in place until Honest Ed’s serves its last customer on December 31st of this year. In 2017, the store will make way for Westbank’s celebrated and lambasted redevelopment, while the station will eventually reveal a more modestly scaled permanent installation remembering the one-of-a-kind store.

Across the station, windows, walls, and wayfinding signs are kitted out in the store’s endearingly outdated fonts. Paying tribute to the work of long-serving sign painters Doug Kerr and Wayne Reuben, the signs—which are vnyl scans of painted lettering—offer transit-themed themed adaptations of Ed Mirvish’s wordplay. “OUR TRAINS ARE SMART: THEY’VE BEEN TO COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY,” a sign reads. “OUR PRICES AREN’T JUST GOOD, THEY’RE FARE.”

On Tuesday, I went visiting the station, disembarking on the eastbound platform, going up to the street level, exploring the street level, and then heading back down to the westbound platform, photographing as I went.

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Written by Randy McDonald

November 18, 2016 at 1:40 pm