Ossington: mural hub!

This week, we’ll be tourists!

But first, about last week:

When I read about Love Letters to the Great Lakes mural project, I knew we had to visit all three sites. But first, how did I even learn about this project? Well, it was just good timing. Walking home from a family dinner, rather late one night, I noticed someone on a scaffold, on a small sidestreet just north of Queen, with a couple of friends holding bright lights! What on earth… ? I wondered. I discovered that this was Bruno Smoky, whose work we’ve enjoyed before, a few times. He was running just a little late in finishing his huge mural contribution to this conservation- and ecology-themed initiative. The idea was to finish that day. Around 3 p.m. Various administrative details had held up his progress. It was 10 p.m. and he still had a fair bit to finish! So I certainly was not going to interrupt him! But the next time I walked by, a couple of days later, this wonderful comment on our lakes (and their potential demise) was complete.

Smoky’s full-building mural was our first destination, but we passed other neighbourhood favourites and sought out the other specific pieces listed on the Love Letter site, painted for this area’s part of the mural series. We easily found and admired several of them, but definitely missed three (one of which I found later, after another family dinner. So, a photo for that one is here, too. We’ll visit the other two another time.). And we saw plenty more. A couple of themed murals (a bunch of Jims, Jimis and Jimmys for Jimmy’s Coffee, a tobacco field for a cigar manufacturer, and a wild city scape on a tiny hot-dog stand/container). Then we walked a bit more in the very hot day, sticking to the shady side! We really enjoyed our cold drink break on a cool, shady, muraled tiny downtown patio. A nifty morning. Thanks to all who walked along!

Click on any image for larger files, in carousel slide-show. (Easier to read “tour guide” chat there, too!)

A nice afterthought to that mural walk: there are two other sites to explore: the mouth of the Don River and Queen and Spadina. We certainly will!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

We’ll meet at the Y at 9:00. We’re walking over to University Avenue for a formal tour of the Queen’s Park Ontario Legislature Building, and to see some of the outdoor sculptures and exterior building details, too. Now, of course, some of us have already done this. Fifty years ago, or whatever! And we’ve walked over to Queen’s Park together on several occasions. But this is an official tour. With real info! (You know: from someone who knows whereof they speak!) Nice to have a refresher course.

The weather is mighty hot, so this destination is intentionally not too distant. And part of the visit will be indoors. I’d say bring water, hat and shades anyway, just in case! So far, the forecast says cloudy. But even if any of this week’s promised rain shows up on Sunday (or, frankly, ever!), I think we’ll probably enjoy that. So, we’re walking and touring, rain or shine. This two-part tour (indoor/outdoor) starts at Queen’s Park, at 10:00. If you’ll meet us there, please be on time so you won’t miss a thing.

Coming right up:

Next week, Glen Stewart Ravine. We’ve been talking about that for a year, so let’s go! Then, later, the BeltLine. On a cooler day: The Spit. A different Humber wander. A Don Valley Ravine walk (we’ll see more of the Love Letters murals!). A bit of downtown (Julie may guide us around the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, and Skylar suggests we include a look at the Antique Market there, that day – excellent!). And uptown (you know me and murals: wait until you see this new one!). And maybe we’ll drive or bus just a little bit of out-of-town for a walk and picnic. (A couple of us have talked about a day trip to a conservation area. We hope you’ll join us for that hike!) Great walks, just ahead.

See you soon!

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