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[PHOTO] Three views from the fifth floor, Toronto Reference Library, looking north, east and west

The location of the Toronto Reference Library north and east of Yonge and Bloor, directly east of Yorkville and directly south of Rosedale, means that well-positioned photographers can take advantage of some excellent views. The first two photos are of Rosedale, green with trees and dense with houses, while the third is a photo of a Yorkville well into its condoization.

North past Church Street #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #rosedale #churchstreet #skyline

East along Church Street #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #rosedale #churchstreet #skyline

Yorkville transforming, west of Yonge #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #yorkville #yongestreet #condos #evening

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Written by Randy McDonald

August 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm

[PHOTO] Three photos from the inside of the Toronto Reference Library

Teddy bear with deerstalker and pipe #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #teddybear #deerstalkerhat #arthurconandoylecollection

I like a friend’s suggestion that this teddy bear, on display in the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at the Toronto Reference Library, should bear the name of Bearlock Holmes.

Looking down from the fifth floor #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #architecture

Two by two, looking down #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #architecture

Stepping outside the collection, on the fifth floor of the Reference Library, and looking down to the ground floor in the vast interior, the impressive scale of the edifice becomes clear.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 18, 2017 at 11:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: the Toronto Public Library, Hanlan’s, parks, and Montréal laneways

  • blogTO notes that the Toronto Reference Library will be holding a huge sale again next week.
  • Inside Toronto profiles Sephora Hussein, new collection head of the Merril Collection.
  • Michael Lyons writes about the importance of the newly-reopened Hanlan’s beach on the Toronto Islands.
  • Jake Tobin Garrett argues at Torontoist for the importance of the proposed Rail Deck Park.
  • Emily Macrae argues at Torontoist there is much Toronto can learn from the green–literally–laneways of Montréal.

[PHOTO] Looking north towards Rosedale from the Toronto Reference Library

Looking north towards Rosedale from the Toronto Reference Library

The Toronto Reference Library is a wonderfully designed building, its architecture full of sensuous curves, but almost as good as the building are the views it offers of the neighbourhoods adjoining it. Looking north, the trees and towers of Rosedale stretch out far beyond Church Street.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 28, 2017 at 6:30 am

[PHOTO] Ten photos from TCAF 2017 (#tcaf)

This morning, I headed over to Yonge and Bloor in order to take part in this year’s latest incarnation of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

Cover #toronto #tcaf #comics

TCAF is a big event, spilling over from the Toronto Reference Library into the conference rooms of the Marriott Bloor Yorkville hotel to the east and north into the Masonic Temple.

Welcome to TCAF! #toronto #tcaf #comics

(We actually got to see the fifth-floor conference room in the Masonic Temple, a chamber that looked uncanilly like the Canadian Senate.)

Entering fifth floor, Masonic Temple #toronto #tcaf #masonictemple

Whiteboard #toronto #tcaf #masonictemple #whiteboard

The Reference Library was packed. By mid-afternoon, the temperature was still comfortable, but the milling crowds will surely change that.

Crowded #toronto #tcaf #torontoreferencelibrary

Ascending #toronto #tcaf #torontoreferencelibrary #elevator

Looking down #toronto #tcaf #torontoreferencelibrary

From the fourth floor #toronto #tcaf #torontoreferencelibrary

Bram and Bluma Appel Salon #toronto #tcaf #torontoreferencelibrary #bramandblumaappelsalon

I ended up coming away lightly, buying only Toronto Comics Mini #1. This, one of the latest entries in the successful Toronto Comics Line, is a must-have.

Toronto Comics Mini #1, acquired #toronto #tcaf #torontoreferencelibrary #torontocomics #books

Written by Randy McDonald

May 13, 2017 at 8:02 pm

[URBAN NOTE] The Art of Cartography, Toronto Reference Library

A mention at the Map Room Blog of The Art of Cartography, an exhibition of maps at the Toronto Reference Library in the TD Gallery. Some of the maps are quite old.

Star chart of Orion, 30 000 BCE #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #maps #tdgallery #orion

Others date back only centuries. The Toronto Star‘s Christopher Reynolds listed some of his favourite maps. My three favourite are below. This map of New France after Samuel de Champlain caught my eye.

Carte de la Nouvelle France #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #maps #tdgallery #samueldechamplain #newfrance

So too did this map of early 19th century Upper Canada.

From West Canada, John Rapkin #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #maps #tdgallery #canadawest #uppercanada #ontario

I was particularly interested by this map of Toronto, highlighting how the Leslie Spit once extended to the Toronto Islands and made Toronto’s harbour accessible only from the west.

Plan of York Harbour #toronto #torontoreferencelibrary #maps #tdgallery #york #toronto #torontoharbour #torontoislands

The Art of Cartography has all kinds of maps in all kinds of formats. If you’re in Toronto, do go see it.

[PHOTO] Seen from the fifth floor of the Toronto Reference Library

Standing yesterday on the fifth floor of the Toronto Reference Library, I decided to take advantage of the view. The view north, into wooded Rosedale, was only partly blocked by condos. The view south, into Yorkville, was entirely urban.

Towards Rosedale #toronto #rosedale #torontoreferencelibrary #torontopubliclibrary

Towards Cumberland Terrace #toronto #yorkville #torontopubliclibrary #torontoreferencelibrary #cumberlandterrace

Written by Randy McDonald

September 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm