Our first ART TOUR!
Before that, last week:
Another wonderful day of Doors Open Toronto, on record. The weather cooperated and the three places we chose to visit were interesting and even eye-opening. The day was far longer than I had planned, so thanks to all who joined us for one, two, all three building visits, and then even a late patio gastropub lunch at The Irv! (Way beyond the call of duty, but we managed!) What a completely satisfying day! Check out the photos and see what you think. And… yes, we’ll go again next year. How could we not? (There are still at least 100 sites we haven’t seen yet!)
Rosalyn & Skylar at great new mural College/Augusta (stay tuned for artist(s))
Our Building Visit #1: Daniels Architecture bldg – from west side. We’ve been watching this amazing renovation. The inside, in combining the old and the new, does not disappoint!
Daniels bldg south side – old main entryway. The gorgeous new landscaped north entryway is not yet complete. Watch for it!
Daniels Architecture bldg U of T – nifty vertical hall fixtures
Daniels Architecture bldg U of T – looking up to the next level, not yet complete
Daniels Architecture bldg U of T – renovation maquette in hall, so we had an idea of how this will all look, when complete.
Daniels Architecture bldg U of T – student project maquettes (because… what would a university building be like without some inspiring student work?).
Daniels Architecture bldg U of T – glorious old windows.
Daniels Architecture bldg U of T – Anna’s reflection and a much-loved older staircase
Daniels Architecture bldg U of T – beautiful old rosette window just needs a little polish!
Daniels Architecture bldg U of T – original iron structural elements left in place! Beautiful!
Daniels Architecture bldg U of T – stairs and some amphitheatre seating. If you get a chance, do go visit. The contemporary parts of the building are smart! (And the older details are so charming.)
Daniels Architecture bldg U of T – stairs
Daniels Architecture bldg U of T – the old south front – all beautified and restored. Looked beautiful in the sunshine.
Our Building Visit #2: Native Child & Family services – green rooftop sweat lodge, with a medicinal plant garden, young painters at work, and an amazing view of the city, too.
Native Child & Family services – a mom and daughter check out sweat lodge
Native Child & Family Services bldg – looking into longhouse in lobby
Helena and Anna in the longhouse
Native Child & Family Services bldg – beautiful longhouse floor
Native Child & Family Services bldg – cool longhouse light fixtures
Native Child & Family Services bldg – more glass etching
Native Child & Family Services bldg – dog and prints on glass
Native Child & Family Services bldg – orig drawing and its resulting poster
Our Building Visit #3: Bridgepoint Health Services (L) & the old Don Jail (now Bridgepoint’s Admin offices)
original Don Jail doorway
tiny windows in the staircases of the former Don Jail
Helena with some of the Sorel Etrog sculptures in the lobby (lots!! and a few outside, too)
more small Etrog sculptures at Bridgepoint/old Don Jail bldg
former Don Jail atrium, now Bridgepoint admin bldg – looking up
more of the former Don Jail balconies
iron balcony brackets are dragons!
Helena, through the bars at the former Don Jail
old pipes in the Don holding cell area
cell doors now all open
the atrium glass floor, from the basement (old Don Jail)
old Don Jail escape attempts info
more lovely iron dragon brackets
a great Don Jail history animatrix – excellent story about the Boyd Gang
colourful Bill Lishman sculptures on the west deck of Bridgepoint
view of downtown TO from Bridgepoint deck
Yes, we walked through Riverdale Farm, too! 🙂
Helena and I had a patio lunch at “The Irv” on Carlton – great! gastropub!
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Sunday, June 04, 2017:
Meet at the Y at 10:00! Don’t worry if you’re a few minutes late: we’ll wait. (If you’ll be later, text or call me that morning and we’ll figure out where/when to meet.)
We going on an Art Tour! Anna suggested this excellent plan, inspired by Toronto’s West End Art Collective. We’ll have a good walk, and see some beautiful art work, too. Sounds like the perfect Sunday morning. I’ve printed a map, chosen a few options, and we’ll create our own walk. Then maybe we can convene to discuss it all, over a Bloor West coffee and snack?
COMING RIGHT UP:
When walking last week, we talked about afternoon tea at Toronto’s various historic houses. Let’s go to one of those! And some outdoor theatre. And a picnic. It looks like we may not get to the Island this year, but we’ll talk about what might take the place (temporarily) of our visit to the Strawberry Tea.
Then, more outdoor art, more parks, more rivers. And maybe a donut fest! 😉
Please feel free to bring a friend along to share our walks.
We’ll see you soon.
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Welcome. Let’s walk!
See you on Sunday!
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