Friday, December 14, 2018

Let's Play

This float was sponsored by Tim Hortons which is a Canadian institution being the largest fast food chain in the country. It is most famous for its coffee and donuts and the float features little Timbits playing a variety of sports. Timbits are the tiny donut balls made from the holes of regular donuts and kids love them! The baseball player has a broken arm here which they later fixed before the parade began.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Off We Go!

I liked this float showing the gingerbread people heading off on a trip with all of their colourful luggage. I hope they were heading somewhere warm as we Canadians like to escape from winter for a bit if we can. Apparently the CIBC is the official bank of Toronto Pearson airport, hence the travel theme.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Kids Love Hotdogs

This float at the Santa Claus Parade was sponsored by Maple Leaf Foods which is a large company producing meat products. Kids love hotdogs so I bet this was a popular float with the dancing sausages and the happy bacon.  
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Great Stories

This float from the Santa Claus Parade was sponsored by the TD Bank and celebrates the joy of reading with its depiction of various characters jumping from the pages of a book. The bank sponsored a summer reading program at the Toronto Public Library and 2 kids from the program road on the float during the parade, one dressed as an astronaut and the other as a pirate. That bright phoenix certainly stands out on a dull day!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Candy Jar

I'm interrupting the Santa Claus Parade pics to take part in Monday Murals showing another mural from the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood. This painted utility box sports a nice big jar of candies and if you look closely towards the bottom you will find a couple of the famous Trinity Bellwoods white squirrels. The artist for this one is Rosalie Lam.  
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Ready For Flight

This is Mother Goose around 30 minutes after yesterday's pic. She has wings and is ready to lead off the Santa Claus Parade. During the parade there will be little kids sitting on those small stools which you can see along the float but with 3 hours to go until the start the kids are kept warm inside a nearby community centre until takeoff. I also like the little tea party taking place at the back of the float with bird friends.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Can't Fly

This was the 114th annual Santa Claus Parade here and the Mother Goose float is the traditional first float every year. She is too wide with her wings to make it from the secret parade assembly location to Bloor St so her wings are attached after she arrives. This is the first attempt at assembly but they have the wrong wing for this side so had to do a quick  switch. I'll show you her all ready to go in tomorrow's post.  
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Reserved Seating

I couldn't resist one more pic of the seating along Bloor St for the Santa Claus Parade. These colourful little chairs were placed in front of a child care centre on the street so it is safe to assume that they are reserved for some of the kids who attend the centre during the week. Once again you can see how polite everyone is - the chairs are there and no one touches them. I'll start to show some of the parade floats tomorrow.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Prepared To Wait

This is another shot of people positioned to watch the Santa Claus Parade along Bloor St and since the parade was still over 3 hours away they had come prepared. Not only did they bring a small tent but it looks as if that might be a small heater of some kind on the ground by the curb. I hung around the floats for a couple of hours and was really cold by the time I left, partly because I kept removing gloves to take pics!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Ready And Waiting

Our Santa Claus Parade took place a couple of weeks ago and the floats line up along Bloor St near Christie St during the night and the parade begins from there at 12:30 pm. I go down early every year to get up close to the floats and take pics. The floats are not the only things that line up along Bloor St in Koreatown. This pic was taken at around 9 am with the temperature around 0˚C. People come out early to claim a good spot and set up chairs with sleeping bags, blankets, etc and then return later to take their spot and view the parade passing by. There is a strong honour system to not interfere with anyone's space.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Lovely Semis

I'm still in the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood to show these classy looking semi-detached homes. The black trim looks so good against the bricks and the whole look of an Ontario Gothic Revival cottage is wonderful. And to top it off these homes back onto the park itself!

Monday, December 3, 2018

White Squirrel

Yesterday I showed a wonderful house from the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood, an area that surrounds Trinity Bellwoods Park on the north side of Queen St W. The park is extremely popular and has ball diamonds, tennis courts, a dog off-leash area, etc but one its most famous attributes is the colony of white squirrels that live there. You can occasionally spot them in the area outside the park but the park is home base. I spotted this mural on the back of a bakery which is beside the park and while I was taking it a black squirrel ran by me with a pink macaron in its mouth - too fast to catch a pic!  
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Another Victorian Beauty

Last weekend I was wandering around by Trinity Bellwoods Park on Queen St W admiring all of the lovely Victorian homes. This beauty was built in the 1890s and looks like it has been lovingly restored. I always love a nice balcony looking out onto the street like these ones. The estimated value of this house is over $4.5 million so I won't be sitting on those balconies soon!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

December Theme Day: "Joy"

The December theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is "Joy" and when I saw this float at our Santa Claus Parade a couple of weeks ago it reminded me of the joy of tobogganing each winter as a kid. Doesn't that little guy look thrilled? I also liked the creatures on the float looking up at the action and in particular check out the wee squirrel who is hanging onto the scarf! I'll show more from the parade later in the month.
Taking part in the December theme. Click HERE to see more examples of Joy from around the world.  
Also taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Through The Tunnel

In this pic we have left yesterday's quadrangle at Hart House and are heading back down the tunnel to the entrance I showed you on Wednesday. I love the arched ceiling.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Hart House Quadrangle

This pic was taken from the middle of the Hart House Quadrangle looking back towards where we entered in yesterday's pic. It is a lovely calm space and is often used for wedding receptions in the summer. That is the Soldiers Tower peeking over the wall from the left - I'll show you pic of that in the next few days.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A Hart House Entrance

I showed you a couple of interior pics of Hart House at U of Toronto last week and thought I would show you a couple more pics, this time of the exterior. The beaux arts Gothic Revival building was constructed in 1919 as a student activity centre (which meant only men until 1972) and continues to be until this day. This is the west entrance to Hart House which leads to some common rooms and out into the centre quadrangle. I'll show a bit of the quadrangle tomorrow.  
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A Solid Door

When I was wandering around in Hart House at U of Toronto I spotted this lovely wooden door in one of the hallways. There was no indication of what might be behind it but whatever it is is certainly safe. I love the door surround too.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Ladies

I spotted this painted utility box on College St on the U of Toronto campus. The artist for this one is Keight MacLean, a recent art school graduate whose work shows where "historical influences meet modern techniques". It does remind one a bit of the old masters - not what you expect to find in such a location.   
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Stylish Stairs

I was wandering around the downtown U of Toronto campus a couple of weeks ago and took this pic inside Hart House showing some of its Gothic Revival charm. Hart House is a student activity centre which was completed in 1919 and continues to be a vital part of the university.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Sneaking Around

This black squirrel took advantage of all of the flags at the Veterans Centre at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to scurry around the grounds like a stealth creature. He seemed to keep low and never poked his head up the whole time that I watched him!  
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Flags

During the night before Remembrance Day on November 11 volunteers placed over 47,000 Canadian flags at the Veterans Centre at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre. The flags surrounded the centre and ran throughout the gardens so that when the vets got up in the morning this is the kind of sight they saw.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Entrance Detail

This is a closeup of the carvings found on the columns in yesterdays pic of the entrance to the Royal Conservatory of Music. I love the craftsmanship that you find on older buildings, something that is rare today.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Conservatory

This is the entrance to the historic hall of the Royal Conservatory of Music on Bloor St. This part of the conservatory was built in 1881 as McMaster Hall and renamed Ihnatowycz Hall in 2005. There has been a wonderful renovation and restoration of the building as you can see from the condition of the brickwork around this entrance. I'll show a bit of detail tomorrow.  
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

In The Pink

I found this great doorway on an old factory building which now houses studios, at least for a little while until a condo probably pops up here. It would be hard to miss the entrance.

Monday, November 19, 2018

From The Other Side

This is the other side of the painted Bell Telephone utility box which I showed you yesterday. I can't help thinking how nice these bright colours will seem as we approach the dull colourless days of winter. Once again this was found along College St in the Little Italy neighbourhood.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Painted Utility

This painted Bell Telephone utility box was spotted along College St in the Little Italy neighbourhood.  What a difference it makes to see these boxes painted up like this. I'll show you the other side tomorrow.  
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Just Hanging Around

I spotted this grey squirrel at the Veterans Centre at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He was happily hanging on with no intention to leave until that feeder was empty!  
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Buried Creek

I was trying out the panorama setting on my camera and took this pic from high up the hill looking down into Bickford Park which is just south of Bloor St and west of Bathurst St. You wouldn't know it to see this view but a long buried creek runs below here. Garrison Creek starts just north of Davenport Rd and runs about 8 km to Lake Ontario through the west end of downtown. The whole creek has been buried since the 1920s and the only sign of it now is the ravines that have been left and which are the location for several parks along the route. There is a move afoot to open the creek up in areas but that seems doubtful.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Little Art Deco Fence

I spotted this little fence in the Annex neighbourhood and liked the fact they went to the trouble of making it a little unusual. And one can never have too much Art Deco flavour around.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Pho Anyone?

This Vietnamese restaurant is found in Chinatown along Spadina Ave. In this front view Anh Dao looks very narrow but we must assume that it widens out when you get inside. I've never been in but it seems to have good reviews especially for the pho.  
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Last For Now

This is the last of the murals painted on the Old Mill subway station supports by First Nation artist Philip Cote, at least for a week or two. The are a couple I couldn't get to because of muddy and wet conditions but I may try to get back there soon with some rubber boots to get them. This seems like a fine place to end off for now - right by the parking lot for walkers using the trail along the Humber River.  
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Monday, November 12, 2018

More Beauty At The Old Mill Subway

I think this may be my favourite of the murals painted on the supports of the Old Mill subway station by First Nation artist Philip Cote. The imagery is so wonderful. I will have one more of these murals tomorrow.  
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Golden Street

We have had a lot of rainy days which means that people haven't been able to rake their leaves and the leaves have stuck to the roadways and sidewalks. When I turned the corner onto this street I was struck by how beautiful it all looked even on a wet day.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Pumpkin Eater

A lot of people left their pumpkins out on their porches after Halloween and the squirrels had a grand time chewing on them. This black squirrel was keeping one eye on me but never stopped chewing and you can see where he had already been attacking the eye and mouth of this poor Jack.
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Colour At The Park

This is a pic I took a couple of weeks ago before we had days and days of rain which knocked a lot of the leaves off the trees. This year the trees seem to be turning to really intense colours. I'm not sure if it is something to do with the hot & dry summer we had but it has been spectacular.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

A Laneway Find

I was wandering down a laneway behind Dundas St W way out from downtown when I spotted this little funky oasis. It just shows you that you can make your own little getaway spot anywhere. That is a small deck up behind the wooden wall. All of this is behind just a regular commercial building.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

#Unignorable

I don't tweet but this sign from the United Way certainly grabbed my attention as I walked past. As part of their fundraising campaign this fork really gets the message across to "Help Make Hunger Unignorable". I think it is brilliant.   
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A Fine Entrance

I was wandering around downtown in the King St W area and spotted this fine entrance along Adelaide St. The building was finished in 1915 and had been built for the Hugh MacLean Publications Company. That is a fine carved sandstone surround and the upper window is for the stairwell. I actually posted a pic of the side wall back in 2012 (HERE) showing the ghost sign that is there. There is still no condo next door - just a parking lot so the ghost sign is still visible.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Otter

This next mural from the supports of the old Mill subway station is this wonderful diving otter. First Nation artist Philip Cote seems to have captured the essence of the creature in this one.  
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Next Mural From The Old Mill

This is the next mural painted by First Nation artist Philip Cote on the supports of the Old Mill subway station along the Humber River trail. It is a continuation of the Anishnaabe creation story that he has been telling through these murals. Once more his colours and images are wonderful.  You can see the previous murals by clicking the Old Mill label below.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Surprising Sight

I spotted this Pileated Woodpecker in the gardens at the Veterans Centre at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre as it bounced all around the trunk of this tree. The pic was taken through a window and the bird was about 150 ft away and moving so much that I didn't get the camera focused but I'm still thrilled to get this pic. These are really large woodpeckers and I haven't seen one in many years and didn't expect to see him in the city.   
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Down the Side

I dropped into St Clement's Anglican Church last week when I saw their sign out saying they were open for prayer. It was quite lovely inside but there was something going on in the main part of the church so I contented myself with this pic down one of the side aisles with the cross over the main altar peeking through. I must go back another day.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November Theme Day: Friend

The November theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is "Friend" and for this theme I present my oldest friend, my dad, who is 97. I took this pic a couple of weeks ago as he was working out in the gym - doing weights, pedaling, etc. The wheelchair is just to make sure he doesn't fall.  
Taking part in the November theme, "Friend". Click HERE to see more pics of friends from around the world.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Boo!

I spotted this very tall ghost glowing in the sunlight and had to pull over for a pic. Several of the homes around it were decorated but he took the prize for the most effective. He will be a hit tonight!  
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Next Old Mill Mural

This is the next wonderful mural by artist Philip Cote painted on the supports of the Old Mill subway station down in the Humber ravine. Each of these pieces is a masterpiece and to see them all in one location is astounding as they tell the Anishnaabe story of creation.  There are still more to come over the next couple of weeks.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Monday, October 29, 2018

More From The Old Mill Station

This is the mural found on the next support along in the pic I showed you last week of the Old Mill subway station supports and the wonderful murals painted on them. Artist Philip Cote has created wonderful images and hopefully if there is a tour done by him one day I can attend and learn more about the meanings. I'll show you another one tomorrow.  
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Enter If You Dare!

There are a lot of inflatable Halloween decorations around this year but this is one of the most unique ones that I have seen. The eye on the right is rotating and the little kiddies have to walk into the mouth of this beast to get treats. It will be scary for the tiny ones!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Cold Winter Ahead?

Judging by how chubby this grey squirrel looks we could be in for a cold winter. I hope that is not the case but just in case he/she was busy eating as many acorns as possible.  
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Jacks

I spotted this sculpture of a giant game of Jacks out front of an apartment building in the Annex. It is a game I hadn't thought about in years - I wonder if it is still played and if kids would even know what these things are?