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[PHOTO] Sunset behind tree at Christie Pits

Sunset behind tree at Christie Pits #toronto #vestalunch #bloorstreetwest #christiepits #tree #sunset #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

June 2, 2019 at 10:15 am

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: transit, Christie Pits, Bathurst, Jollibee, King, Galleria Mall

  • At Spacing, John Lorinc notes that mayor John Tory is allowing waterfront transit plans to get delayed.
  • blogTO notes that there is apparently controversy over the correct spelling of Christie Pits.
  • CBC Toronto profiles the humble apartment at Bathurst and St. Clair that was home to Ernest Hemingway.
  • These photos of stackt, at Bathurst and Front, look amazing. Retail Insider has them.
  • blogTO notes that three new Jollibee locations are scheduled to open in 2020, including one downtown at Yonge and Gould.
  • Making the King Street pilot project permanent is at least a small victory for Toronto. CBC reports.
  • Urban Toronto shares the remarkable plans for the transformation of the Galleria Mall.

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: Downsview Park, Christie Pits, Queen Video, public art, Joanna Luo

  • A formal inquest into the stage collapse that killed one person at a Radiohead concert at Downsview Park in 2012 is only now taking off. CBC reports.
  • The May opening of a new exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe’s work at the Olga Korper Gallery, reported by NOW Toronto, is very exciting.
  • blogTO notes a new graphic novel to be put out by Dirty Water Comics dealing with the anti-Semitic Christie Pits Riot of 1933.
  • Queen Video’s last location, in the Annex, is finally closing, with plenty of its titles now available to be bought before it shutters its doors at the end of April. Global News reports.
  • NOW Toronto reports on Museum II, a show part of the Myseum Intersections Festival looking at the impact of war and trauma on spaces.
  • Karon Liu, writing at the Toronto Star, explores with WeChat influencer Joanna Luo a whole universe of Chinese restaurants and social networking that was almost unknown to many Torontonians like myself.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Toronto Museum, First Nations, Ford, vacant lots, rent strikes

  • John Lorinc at Spacing considers what is next for the Toronto Museum slated for Old City Hall, here.
  • Will Toronto see an indigenous business district set up, perhaps near Allan Gardens or Christie Pits? NOW Toronto reports.
  • Shawn Micallef considers what will happen to the few vacant lots left in downtown Toronto, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Matt Elliott notes that the main legacy of the Doug Ford mayoralty in Toronto is a set of cautionary tales, over at Metro Toronto.
  • Are rent strikes protesting rising rents going to become a big thing in Toronto, expanding from hard-pressed tenants in Parkdale? The Toronto Star considers.

[URBAN NOTE] Four blog links about Toronto: Metrolinx, Christie Pits riots, Scarborough, parkettes

  • Steve Munro evaluates the next plans for Metrolinx for regional transit.
  • Evan Balgord at Torontoist looks back at the anti-Nazi Christie Pits riots of 1933.
  • Cheryl Thompson at Spacing looks at the extent to which gun violence in Scarborough is a symptom of deepening poverty.
  • Nikhil Sharma at Torontoist notes that private parkettes are an imperfect substitute for public parks.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm

[PHOTO] Field of dreams, Christie Pit

Field of dreams #toronto #christiepit #seatonvillage #night #lights #baseball

I love the glow of the powerful lights illuminating Christie Pit’s baseball field for night games.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 22, 2017 at 7:30 am

[PHOTO] Looking south at the Dominico Field baseball diamond, Christie Pit

Looking south at the Dominico Field baseball diamond, Christie Pit #toronto #christiepit #parks #baseball #evening

Dominico Field, in the northeast of Christie Pit, can look rather impressive when seen from the northern lip of the park on Barton.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 19, 2017 at 6:45 am

[PHOTO] Five photos from the Choir! Choir! Choir! celebration of Leonard Cohen in Christie Pit

Last night, I went to the Choir! Choir! Choir! celebration of the life and music of Leonard Cohen, held last night at 9 o’clock in the man-made amphitheatre that is Christie Pit.

Assembled for Cohen #toronto #christiepit #leonardcohen #choirchoirchoir

Assembled for Cohen, 2 #toronto #christiepit #leonardcohen #choirchoirchoir

Assembled for Cohen, 3 #toronto #christiepit #leonardcohen #choirchoirchoir

Assembled for Cohen, 4 #toronto #christiepit #leonardcohen #choirchoirchoir

Assembled for Cohen, 4 #toronto #christiepit #leonardcohen #choirchoirchoir

Break #toronto #christiepit #leonardcohen #choirchoirchoir

The sound on my recording of “Suzanne” is not the best, but I think you might be able to get something of the power of the event, of the hundreds upon hundreds of people gathered together.

I liked the Toronto Star report of the event by Alicja Siekierska.

The outpouring of love for Leonard Cohen continued in Toronto on Wednesday, as hundreds of mourners gathered in Christie Pitts Park to sing some of the legendary singer-poet’s greatest hits.

Led by Choir Choir Choir, they began with “Bird on a Wire,” belted “Hey That’s No Way to Say Goodby”e and, of course, performed an emotional rendition of Cohen’s best known song “Hallelujah.”

It was an emotional evening for many, but despite the sombre goodbye, it was a joyful event truly celebrating the work and life of Cohen.

“I want everyone in Montreal to hear us from here,” Choir Choir Choir co-founder Daveed Goldman exclaimed to the crowd, just before launching a boisterous version of “So Long Marianne.”

Clad in warm clothing, gatherers young and old began tricking in an hour before the event started. By 9 p.m., the hill in the park was packed, flickering candles lighting up singing faces.

Written by Randy McDonald

November 17, 2016 at 10:03 am

[VIDEO] “Bloor shuttlebus from Dufferin Street east to Bathurst Station”

I learned from the Transit Toronto blog that there would be no subway service on the Bloor-Danforth line between Jane and Bathurst stations this weekend. This makes my commutes to and from work fraught, especially since the Dupont bus keeps disappearing on me as it approaches from the east.

This afternoon, I did at least get the chance to film the streetscape on Bloor, from Dufferin Street east to Bathurst station, on my ride. I like filming these streetscape clips; I’ll be doing more of them.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 10, 2016 at 7:01 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • blogTO notes that Conrad Black’s mansion is up for sale, and looks inside the climbing gym that replaced Koreatown’s Metro Theatre.
  • Centauri Dreams notes a new telescope optimized for detecting, among other things, Kuiper Belt objects.
  • Dangerous Minds shares a video of South African cyclists chased by an ostrich.
  • Far Outliers notes the existence of a Second World War prisoner of war camp in Hawai’i that sought to detect dissidents among the Japanese prisoners.
  • Joe. My. God. notes Caitlyn Jenner’s dislike of Hillary.
  • Language Hat and Language Log report on the crowdsource-legitimized Italian word “petaloso”.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the lasting effects of segregation in the South and a href=”http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2016/03/why-are-our-cities-segregated”>in cities.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes the unpopularity of Trump in Mexico has progressed to the point that the president made a statement criticizing the man.
  • Torontoist has an essay about Toronto parks that features a photo of mine of Christie Pits.