Toronto Signs and Scenes

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I saw 15 films at the Toronto International Film Festival (reviews to follow, eventually), but still managed to take more than a few walks (and pix) throughout the city. First, the signs: our tour begins heading north up Yonge Street from the Eaton Chelsea hotel (where I stayed). Above, the most turquoise-y psychic’s sign I’ve ever seen.

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This sign has possibly the worst font I’ve ever seen (or at least the worst “o”).

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“Boil that dough, slurp it up, you are the dum-pling queeeeeen.”

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I guess this is a thing in Canada (actually, there are just two locations)–perhaps this is an apology for the Double Down?

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Further up Yonge into Rosedale: The Concert Hall, originally a Masonic Temple.

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This furniture store closed in 2011, and there are plans to redevelop the site; I hope they keep the sign.

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Heading west to Dupont Street, a dilapidated but cool remnant from a time when “hamburgers” were far more common than “burgers”.

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Uh, how do you pronounce that again? (Or, a spelling bee contestant’s worst nightmare). As seen on the front of the public library system’s Spadina Road branch. Click here for an explanation…

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We’ve reached Bloor Street West. Uh, what’s the name of this hardware store again?

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Across from Wiener’s, a truck that made me giggle if only because my catholic grade school was called St. Helen’s (and I can’t keep my mind out of the gutter).

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Over to Queen Street West, which has no lack of cool signs. I think Boston could really use an Original Penguin store like this.

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I wish I’d been here at night to see this neon all lit up.

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Steve and I actually dined at Milagro’s other location on Mercer Street (this one was only open for dinner).

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On our last night in town, we did venture back to Queen Street West–not as far up as Perla, but far enough to catch this creatively-named boutique.

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Now, a few scenes. Architecturally, Downtown Toronto is a little boring (apart from Old Toronto, where I did not take many photos due to rain). Still, I spotted this very NYC West Village-esque urban oasis.

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From my hotel room’s balcony: a sea of concrete and glass overlooking Yonge and Ryerson University.

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Also from the balcony: Ryerson’s new Student Learning Centre, which really does stand out from its nondescript surroundings (well, apart from the Yonge Street strip joints).

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Just a few Yorkville skyscrapers.

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Further up Yonge in Summerhill: a former Canadian Pacific Railway station, now a liquor store.

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Spadina Road facing south towards Downtown.

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I could not go without including a pic of the CN Tower (or the city’s skyline). Still to come: pix of two Toronto gardens.

Still to come: pix of two Toronto Gardens.

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