This house in Toronto’s Annex was purchased by St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto in 1920 and still serves as student housing. I wanted to sketch it because of it’s Hogwarts feeling and the unique brick buttresses under the upper storey tower room. These days it is connected to two additional houses on the block that collectively house about 70 students in double and single rooms. The Annex was Toronto’s first subdivision and is now a mixed neighbourhood of mansions, frat houses, rooming houses and houses converted into multi-unit dwellings.
This is the Cheese Magic shop in Toronto’s Kensington Market neighbourhood. A predominately Jewish owned shop location in the 1950’s and 60’s, it has welcomed numerous waves of immigrant shop owners and now is an iconic tourist destination.
It was also the setting for a much-loved CBC sitcom “King of Kensington”.
I was drawing from a photograph in this sketch and working only in markers.
I have been taking a course in using markers and I think I’m getting the hang of these new techniques but. . . really missing my water colour box.
This month was voting day in Ontario and our polling station was at the Metropolitan United Church on Church Street in Toronto. There’s a couple of blocks of Church between old Toronto and the Church/Wellesley village where things get a bit seedy and there’s a concentration of pawn shops, loan outfits and nail salons. As I looked at this colourful block early in June, I noticed upstairs windows papered over and empty stores. I suspect this block is going to be developed soon. Probably they’ll keep at least the older storefronts.
When I got my first job in Toronto about 20 years ago, the staff at the theatre took me out to lunch at the Bombay Palace where they had a great Indian lunch buffet. Over the years I’ve seen it have boom times and bust times but it keeps hanging on. It’s a bit off the beaten track tucked away on an unfashionable end of Jarvis Street but just across from the lovely St. James Park.