This week, a Jarvis Street walk
But first, about last week:
A long, long Toronto tradition, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition changed its name (“Exhibition” became “Fair”), but the astounding number of very good artists and makers was still there. We enjoyed the visit and the look-about. We split up on arrival, so we could each linger over things that interested us. Then we met up afterwards to talk a bit about what we’d seen. Mind you, the very hot morning, walking around on concrete, meant that we lost one walker on the way over (she knew her limits), and one right after looking around for a while (we were mostly overheated, and had additional plans). And so it goes, with summer walks. Sometimes, enough is enough! But we did enjoy it.
Elizabeth and I decided to have lunch after our Fair visit, so we walked west and enjoyed a cool, spot, out of the sunshine, and caught up on life. Then, I wanted to see the performance of Calibrate (Karen Kaeja’s choreographed pas de deux with very long scarf), on the steps of City Hall’s amphitheatre, so I walked back to Nathan Phillips Square. I enjoyed every second of the performance, an excellent addition to an art-viewing day. I was pleased at the location, too: in the slightly shaded beer garden area. I had a cool red iced tea!
What an excellent morning.
About this walk’s photos: I didn’t feel keen about taking photos of artists’ booths, so my solution was a couple of “sea of tents” shot, and lots of the dance performance. Some of my favourite artists were exhibiting at the show, so I had long and short visits at a number of booths. It’s tough to convey the pleasure of that in a small online photo, but you can scroll through the show’s website. Artists are all listed, with mini-slide shows of their works.
Sunday, July 15, 2018:
A MUCH LATER START, this week:
Meet at the West End Y at NOON!
We will take transit to Allan Gardens to see a wonderful, huge, high mural in progress near there, and visit the greenhouses. Then, a short jaunt to meet a ROM WALK, concentrating on the history of Jarvis Street. That part of the walk is about 90 minutes. Wear comfy shoes, and be prepared for weather, rain or shine! I think it’s going to be an amazing early afternoon. If you wish to speed things up, you can take transit home, too. (It looks like the ROM Walk will end back at Allan Gardens.)
If you prefer to meet us at the ROM walk, arrive at BLOOR and CHURCH Streets, and look for the Purple ROM umbrella. That specific part of our walk begins at 2:00 p.m. No cost, no registration.
COMING RIGHT UP:
Next week, another walk of historical interest, and with a slightly later start: Women of the Ward, based on stories and histories of women living and working in St. John’s Ward, the area where City Hall now stands. We’ve considered that area before, so this should be fascinating.
The following week, I won’t plan a walk (July 29th), as I’ll be away for the day. But I hope you will walk anyway. More on that, when it gets closer.
We’ll celebrate the fifth anniversary of the West End YMCA Walking Club (WestWalking, to you!) on the following week’s walk. Hmmmm, where shall we go? Stay tuned!
Feel free to bring a friend along to share our walks around Toronto.
We’ll see you soon for another great Sunday morning.
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See you Sunday!