"The optimist says this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears he is right." -- J. Robert Oppenheimer

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Drumshop













I know I've shown you a photo of this African Drum shop before, but it's the coolest place ever, so I thought I'd share another one.

If you're ever near Kensington Market, stop in: Dundas just east of Dennison. The vibe is amazing!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Forest Hill Manor











One of my favourite art deco apartment buildings in Toronto, this beauty at Eglinton and Bathurst is currently owned by the City and used as public housing.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Another Interesting Sign?















I don't know how well martial arts and dentistry mix, but I'm hoping that Drs. Belman and Belman know what they're doing...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Specific Prohibition













It was clear that the injunction only applied to canines; neighbourhood cats wondered if by implication felines were allowed. Surely the rule of contra proferentem applied.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Johnnie Jet Fuel Does His Thing













Sunday morning at the Jet Fuel Cafe

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Cappuccino with the Papers

The Jet Fuel still makes the best espresso in Hogtown!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Nadya and Mookie


Mookie's a rescue from Ohio - seems someone lost their home to the mortgage debacle down there and just abandonned everything, including pets.

I can't imagine how anyone could do that.

Thank goodness for kind-hearted people like Nadya and her partner for giving animals like Mookie a chance for a happy life!

One meets the nicest people in Kensington...

Friday, September 19, 2008

'Boarding in the Market

The weather forecast is for a brilliant late-summer weekend, so I hope you all get out there and enjoy - we certainly will!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ecstacy

Dancer at the Green Culture Festival, Kensington Market, Toronto.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Breakin'


These kids call themselves "Explosive" (I don't know if that's the right spelling), and they're amazing. They did the Green Culture Festival on the weekend. This was well after their performance was over. They were just fooling around and having a good time.

Obviously for them, breakdancing is more than just something they do on stage, it's a lifestyle, and it's great to see them having fun with it!

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Facepainter


Kensington Market hosted the Green Culture Festival yesterday. My partner and I were "official photographers" of the event, where we came across this lovely young lady, preparing for her day of facepainting at the fair.

[shameless plug to follow]

The whole thing was organized by Christine the Hempress, and things went off without a hitch: everyone (including yours truly) had a great time - even the weather co-operated, the rains holding off until about 6pm!

This is the first edition of what will become an annual event, so look for it this time next year.

Friday, September 12, 2008

A Cheval of a Different Colour













I hadn't actually intended a car theme to emerge this week, but sometimes things happen.

The French make cars like no one else - or at least they used to. This is a Citroen 2CV - the 2CV standing for deux cheval, so named because the original version had a two horsepower engine. That's right, two (2) horsepower! They're still slow, but I think they've managed to squeeze a bit more power out of that little motor.

Something of a counterpoint to the Lambo and the 'Vette shown in previous days, given my druthers I think I'd take the Citroen as my daily transportation. It certainly is a funky little fellow, no?

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The True American Sports Car













Another one seen in Yorkville during the Toronto International Film Festival.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Curvy Italian













Lambo, recently spotted in Toronto's Yorkville district.

Friday, September 05, 2008

What About Me?

Inspired by Elliot Erwitt who had a penchant for dogs at their level, especially (it seems) small dogs

This little fellow with the quizzical face was spotted at an outdoor cafe about a block from our apartment near Yonge and Eglinton, Toronto.

I know I said earlier in the week that I'd have Kensington Market photos for several days, but unfortunately I forgot my CF card at home which was loaded with what was intended to be today's photos. Maybe next week...

Speaking of which, have a great weekend. The Vegetarian Food Fair is at Harbourfront in Toronto - check it out if you're in the area!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Singing Love Ballads?

Nasty Kensington Market punk band - the complete opposite of the incredible vibe in yesterday's post.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Drums in the Market

We had a great time at Car-Free Sunday in Toronto's Kensington Market, so in upcoming days you'll be seeing quite a few photos taken at that event.

On Dundas between Augusta and Denison one finds the African Drum Shop. We popped in to do some business and encountered some amazing sights and sounds, including an impromptu drum session that, shortly after this photo was taken, grew to be a small drumming circle. It's hard to describe the feeling of community and healing when the vibe gets going!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Hector

Sunday was the last car-free day in Kensington Market until next summer, so it seemed a great day for us to go down there.

The Mexican Store (I don't know if that's it's real name, that's what we call it) is a compulsory stop, not just because they have the best prices on bulk foods in town, but because they have the most amazing churros. Hector, the storekeeper, offers one in this photo.

Always ready with smile and a good word, it's a pleasure to enter his shop.

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