Bloor-Yorkville Icefest 2019

It had been four years since I’d photographed the annual Bloor-Yorkville Icefest. The weather finally cooperated this year and gave us below freezing temperatures which preserved the beautiful sculptures of the ice artists (unlike the last couple of years, when “Icefest” became more like “Dripfest” due to very warm temperatures). It didn’t hurt that the organizers finally moved the event to early February this year instead of the customary late February.

This year’s theme was “Hollywood North”, inspired by the success of the film industry in Toronto and Yorkville. Some of the sculptures included an Icefest Cinema facade, paparazzi, a giant box of popcorn, a projector and an iconic Oscar. There was also an “Icefest Lounge” featuring some smooth sounds with DJ’s from Bellosound.

Shots taken February 9, 2019.

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Christmas Windows

I’d been meaning to capture The Bay’s Christmas window displays at night for quite a while now so I took a little spin down to Yonge and Queen last night to see this year’s offerings.

The windows are quite good this year but, sadly, not nearly as extensive as they were prior to the merger of Saks Fifth Avenue in the same building. Prior to Saks, the Christmas windows continued all along Queen Street East and rounded the corner on to Yonge Street. Nevertheless, it was fun to shoot these charming displays:

Land’s End, U.K.

Land’s End is literally the end of the land in England, the very south-west tip. There is no more land west of here until you hit Newfoundland. The scenery here is quite dramatic, to say the least.

I took these shots on September 28, 2018, during my photo tour of Cornwall in the U.K.:

An Old Safe

I was running some errands downtown last weekend and had to make a stop in 80 Spadina Avenue (above King St.). This building at one point in time was an old Toronto warehouse which has been converted into artist spaces, studios and photo reproduction companies, among other things. I spotted an old-fashioned, decommissioned safe in the building’s hallway and found it interesting; I have a penchant for historic items such as this.

I love the not-too-subtle message about employees caught tampering with the combination…

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A Danforth Photowalk

On August 18th of this year I took a photowalk along Danforth Avenue. I started at Broadview Ave. and finished at Greenwood Ave., at which point I crossed the street and returned to Broadview, snapping all the way.

Here’s a few shots from that day:

Entering Greektown

Mopeds In The Window

Alexander The Great Parkette

Alexander The Great Parkette

Abandoned Store Near Greenwood Avenue

Madinah Masjid Islamic Centre

Chalk Artist Outside Carrot Common

Holy Name RC Church

Love Gone To Seed

Patios

Church Of The Holy Name

Colours

I like this shot. There’s something interesting about the colours, shades and textures of the dresses in the picture.

I took this shot at the Cabbagetown Festival this past September.

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Yorkville Mini-Photo Walk

It was a rainy, wet, cold and generally miserable day yesterday. During my usual Saturday errand-running I took a few shots with my phone of the journey home via Yorkville and Avenue Road:

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I was *horrified* to see these in the window of Structube on Avenue Road. Please tell me crappy plastic flowers with cheap pots on flimsy tripod stands are *NOT* making a comeback! I had enough of those in the ’70s, thanks. Sooooooo tacky…

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I saw these just outside the Galerie de Bellefeuille at 87 Avenue Road. Interesting…

… And, I saw these little guys in the window of Galerie de Bellefeuille. Very, very cute.

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I passed the Gardiner Museum near Queen’s Park as the sun was going down…

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Before getting on the subway at the Museum stop I grabbed this image. I really love what the TTC has done with this subway platform. It’s incredibly innovative and brilliant, quite unlike anything one would expect from the TTC…

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Outside Queen’s Park subway station. Not to exploit the homeless here, but I thought this guy’s sign was brilliant. I admire chutzpah in the face of adversity.

Lights At Pearson

Earlier this year I headed to the UK for a photo tour of Cornwall (which was amazing, but that’s another story for another time). I had a lot of time to kill prior to my flight’s departure at Toronto’s Pearson International, so I walked around the terminal a bit. I saw these cool lights which caught my eye due to their dramatic shapes:

Cool Light Fixtures

Cool Light Fixture