T-Time

11 October 2018 – T-Time, not as in fine china & scones.

T-Time, as in YYZ; as in 43.6532°N  79.3832° W.

T-Time, as in … Toronto.

Here I am.

With luck, there will be wonderful autumn colour. With certainty, there are wonderful friends, and that is quite enough already.

A first walk-about, with assorted friends, and there’s the city, amusing me as I go.

In front of a construction site at Bathurst & Bloor, for example …

with my tummy already warm with a Green Beanery latte, so this is a bonus.

Later, down in the financial district, I look up at this play of black-on-white.

The black is one edge of one building in the cluster of buildings that make up the Toronto-Dominion Centre, designed by Mies van der Rohe in the 1960s.

I’m not there for those knife edges, however, not even for how they play out in geometric shadows on the ground, at precisely 2:13 p.m. on a sunny October afternoon.

I’m there for what I know lies through that arch, over by those luminous trees. Something I have loved (and visited) in every season of the year. Something I want to visit again.

The PastureJoe Fafard‘s wonderful pasture of seven life-size bronze cows, at peace and at home in the courtyard of the TD Centre.

Later yet again, Phyllis (yes! co-founder of the Tuesday Walking Society!) and I are taking a pedestrian overpass across the Yonge Street subway line, between Eglinton & Davisville.

I’ve had cows, now I get racoons. A distinctly less classy setting than a Mies van der Rohe architectural design, but perhaps better suited to the animal in question. Or, at least, showing him in one of his typical urban habitats.

Down an alley.

There’s the guy in the garbage pail, claiming the pizza box …

and the guy navigating a ladder …

and it’s all so Toronto I am giggling my silly head off.

Please, raise your glass to T-Time.

 

After the Tease. (And off-topic)

31 August 2016 – I promise: my very next post will follow through on The Tease (previous post). But meanwhile, there was a Tuesday, wasn’t there? So the Tuesday Walking Society was out & about, wasn’t it?

Phyllis & I cover a little more than 11 km., weaving our way through mid-town, with urban din — road repair, water main work, ambulances & fire trucks, leaf blowers, excavations — pounding our ears. I catch a headline in a local paper, claiming the city is so noisy that songbirds can no loner easily locate each other by sound. I sympathize.

But there are escapist moments. In the gardens & grounds of the Spadina Museum, for example.

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Wouldn’t you think you were in Tuscany, perhaps, not downtown Toronto?

Some noise here too, but enjoyable noise — day camp kiddies being led in competing teams on a puzzle/treasure hunt through the gardens. The staff & volunteers guide them to the chosen area …

day camp, Spadina House

and remind them to write down each animal they see, but not to tell the other, competing teams.

Sssshhh! Keep it secret!

one of the animal discoveries

Needless to say, delighted kiddies shout their discoveries at full force, dance little gigs of joy.

Off we go, PHyllis & I, down the Baldwin Steps next to Casa Loma …

Casa Loma, from top of Baldwin Steps

and near the foot of the steps are rewarded with this very colourful truck, covered with street art.

Well, half-covered. Only this side is painted.

truck below Casa Loma

But it does include, I swear, a salute to the Sydney Opera House.

the Sydney Opera House??

Right? Am I not right?

Into the Yorkville neighbourhood next, where, amid the classy art galleries, we meet a couple of horses.

Right there on Hazelton Avenue.

On this side, ladies & gentlemen, in front of Miriam Shiell Fine Arts, a Mountie cuddling his horse …

Hazelton Av., in front of Miriam Shiell

and across the way, in front of Heffel Fine Arts, artist Emily Carr leaning against her horse (courtesy of sculptor Joe Fafard).

Emily Carr sculpture, artist Joe Fafard, Hazelton Av.

Heat & humidity as we go, what else this summer in Toronto, but we walk the shady side of Tranby Av., with its calm & cool-looking doorways.

doorway on Tranby Av.

More shady tranquility in Town Hall Square, a park slivered into Yorkville Av. just west of Yonge Street.

Town Hall Square

And yet more tranquility — after the earlier cacophony, we are so grateful — in the Toronto Reference Library on Yonge.

It is an extraordinarily beautiful building, the work of Toronto architect Raymond Moriyama, later revitalized by his subsequent firm, Moriyama & Teshima.

Toronto Reference Library

We’re here to tour the Art of Cartography exhibit, in the library’s TD Gallery.

Phyllis & I both play with the high-tech, interactive map jigsaw puzzle on the way in, but after that we focus on the old stuff. I am particularly amused by a 1600s map of Iceland …

"Islandia"

which, even then, knew all about Hekla.

And what she does.

detail, Islandia map, shwoing Hekla

Namely, erupt.

 

Blocks of granite, explained

In my early-August post about High Park (The Poetry Walk. Almost), I admired one of the park’s sculptures …

a sculpture in High Park

and bemoaned its lack of artist credit. Maureen Scott Harris has been kind enough to send me a comment of explanation. It makes poignant reading:

I’m sorry you missed our poetry walk, but thanks for the glimpses of the other things going on that day. Regarding the anonymous granite sculpture you wondered about, it dates from a sculpture competition in 1967. The chunks of granite were delivered but the sculptor who was to carve them had a nervous breakdown and the piece was never made. Here’s a link to information about the competition and the sculptures: http://www.highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=Explore.SculptureHill.

Thank you, Maureen.

 

 

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