Monday, September 25, 2017

Forest Utility Box

I spotted this beautiful utility box in the Forest Hill neighbourhood. Rather than being painted on the box it looks like it is a vinyl covering. I really like it and it adds a bit of something to the streetscape which is not the usual thing for these boxes. 
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Exhibition Place Lion

This is one of several cast cement lions that are found outside of the Liberty Grand building at Exhibition Place. I've shown you a few shots of the building in the last few days. The lions look quite stately don't you think?

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bathtime

I spotted these Sparrows have a bath in one of the waterfalls in the gardens at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. It was on one of the warm days we have been having this week and they were making the most of it!
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Details

This shot shows some of the details found above the door in yesterday's post. Since the building was originally built to showcase Ontario provincial exhibits it looks as if these panels are depicting types of industry found in the province. The one on the left looks like the lumber industry, the middle one is mining while the one on the right is a mystery to me. I couldn't figure it out at all. I do like this type of carving though.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Side Entrance

This is the entrance to one of the wings of the Liberty Grand building which I showed you yesterday giving you more of an idea of the wonderful exterior decorations. I'll show you a detail shot of the carvings over the door tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Grandeur At The Exhibition

This is the Ontario Government building found on the Exhibition grounds. It was built in 1926 to provide space for provincial government displays during the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) but since 2000 it has been used as the Liberty Grand, an event and banquet space. The Beaux Arts building underwent extensive restoration in 2001 and is beautiful inside. I'll show you some more of it tomorrow.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Meet Me At The Fountain"

This fountain in the Exhibition grounds is the traditional meeting place during the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) that takes place here from the middle of August until Labour Day every year. The fountain is called the Princess Margaret Fountain and the Princess attended the opening of the fountain in 1958 when it replaced the original one that had been there since 1911. That domed building behind it was built in 1907 as the Horticulture building but it now serves as a night club and event venue.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Three Sisters Mural

I showed you a mural a couple of weeks ago done by the Chilean artists Tikay & Aner and they also did this one at the same time just down the block on Dundas St W. It is titled Three Sisters which refers to the crops maize, climbing beans, and squash, a name given by various First Nations groups to these foods that were a major source of nutrition for them. In the mural you can see one of the three crops beside each of the three women. 
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Tranquility At Lake Ontario

This is an early Sunday morning pic of the lakeshore taken from the Exhibition grounds downtown. There was not a whiff of wind and even though it was only 10˚C it was beautiful down there. I'll have more pics from the grounds in the days to come.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Camouflaged

The Chipmunk and the female Cardinal really blend into their background of fallen seeds from the bird feeder above them. These two seemed to get along quite well and continued to eat side by side for quite awhile. 
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Infill In The Junction

This odd shaped building has been fairly recently constructed in the Junction neighbourhood on a triangle-shaped piece of property behind the stores on Dundas St. I rather like it. And the area is one of the more interesting ones in the city with lots of small independent shops, restaurants, and craft breweries.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Another Lawrence Park Porch

I seem to have developed a thing about gorgeous porches and couldn't resist this beauty found in the Lawrence Park neighbourhood. The house itself is beautiful and it is the porch that makes it special don't you think?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Royal Cinema Revisited

I first showed you the Royal Cinema in Little Italy back in 2011 (HERE) and was down on College St for a Sunday brunch recently and took another pic. There have been a few changes such as the marquee being redone but overall it still retains its 1939 Art Deco glory. And it is still functioning as a movie theatre!  
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rose Mallow

This Rose Mallow flower has to have been 8" across and gorgeous! Apparently they are perennial Hibiscus that even survive the winters up here and flower from mid June until the frost finally hits them. I may have to try growing one of these!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Cheerful Whimsy

This is another mural that I found along Dundas St W that was comprised of wooden cut-outs. This one is along a fence leading into a community housing complex and I 'm thinking that the kids who live there must really like it. Even the colour is cheerful!  
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Dundas St W Streetscape

This is an early Sunday morning pic of the streetscape along Dundas St W in the Brockton neighbourhood. It is very typical of the commercial areas along the main streets in downtown Toronto with many little independent businesses on the main floor and apartments above.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Full Cheeks

As fall approaches the chipmunks are busy gathering food to store a way for winter and this guy was spending the day trying to empty this bird feeder. Just look at the size of those cheeks! He would fill up and then leave for a few minutes and then return for another load - he definitely won't go hungry this winter.  
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Oldie But Goodie

This is the original Bank of Commerce building found in the Commerce Court complex in the Financial District. It is now surrounded by modern additions but it outshines them all!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Accessory

Just what every pink car needs - a little Spiderman to protect the rear bumper!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Star

This sign for Star Sheet Metal has been on this building along Dundas St W for many years as you can tell. The building was sold several years ago and was gutted and totally modernized but they left the sign intact which is a great thing. Star Sheet Metal was run and owned by a wonderful man, Jack Sheiner, who was a holocaust survivor and a really nice guy. He did some crazy projects for me and never complained but would just shake his head and then get it done. I was so happy to see his sign still there!  
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Big Lovbot

I haven't shown you a Lovbot for quite awhile even though they pop up all over the city. This big one was found beside the building from yesterday's post and is one of the largest ones I've seen. To find out more about the Lovbots click on my label below.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Violetta

This mural was the one being protected by the dog in Saturday's post. Found on the side of a building along Dundas St W it was done by Chilean artists Tikay & Aner and was just completed this summer. The mural depicts Violetta Parrea, a Chilean singer/songwriter, artist, advocate and more. For more info about the mural & her click HERE.  
Taking part in Monday Murals. To see more murals from around the world click HERE.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Another Tardis

I showed you a Tardis Little Library back in March (HERE) and a couple of weeks ago I discovered another one. This one is even larger inside than the first one. Dr Who would approve I think!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Protector

I was shooting a pic of a mural on the side of a wall when this guy came staring over the top at me. He did not seem to be amused that I would be looking at his building and I was glad he was way up there and not down with me! I'll show you the mural on Monday.
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, September 1, 2017

September Theme: Photographing The Photographer

The September theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is "Photographing The Photographer" and I offer this pic taken along the stairway leading up to Casa Loma. Not only is the guy taking a pic of the young woman but their friend is taking a pic of them both on her device. The location is a bit unusual since most people take a pic from the other side of this landing in order to get the CN Tower in the background rather than the trees which will be in this one.
Taking part in the theme. Click HERE to see more photraphers from around the world.