Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday Finds

1. Starts with  K
2. Week's Favorite

The first two will be the same, except we’ll work our way through the alphabet. The second can be a favorite image or activity from the week. The third will be different each time.

September 2016 - Toronto ON

Starts with K - Kensington Market


Globe with flying goods is known as "To Market, To Market".

Generations of cats have been born in the market. "Home Again, Home Again" the cat and the kitchen chair evoke memories of the comforts of home.

The Market is an older neighbourhood and one of the city's most well-known. In November 2006, it was designated a National Historic Site of Canada. Robert Fulford wrote in 1999 that "Kensington today is as much a legend as a district. The (partly) outdoor market has probably been photographed more often than any other site in Toronto."

I think I would disagree with that comment now, I would say the CN Tower is the most photographed Toronto icon.


Its approximate borders are College St. on the north, Spadina Ave. on the east, Dundas St. W. to the south, and Bathurst St. to the west. Most of the neighbourhood's eclectic shops, cafes, and other attractions are located along Augusta Ave. and neighbouring Nassau St., Baldwin St., and Kensington Ave.In addition to the Market, the neighbourhood features many Victorian homes, the Kensington Community School and Toronto Western Hospital.


During the early twentieth century, Kensington became populated by eastern European Jewish immigrants and some Italians, who occupied "The Ward", an overcrowded immigrant-reception area between Yonge Street and University Avenue. It became a cluster of densely packed houses and was one of the poorer areas of the city. It became known as "the Jewish Market". Jewish merchants operated small shops as tailors, furriers and bakers. Around 60,000 Jews lived in and around Kensington Market during the 1920s and 1930s, worshipping at over 30 local synagogues. From the beginning, the market sold items imported from the homelands of many immigrant communities.

After the Second World War, most of the Jewish population moved north to more prosperous neighbourhoods uptown or in the suburbs. During the 1950s, a large number of immigrants from the Azores, fleeing political conflict with the regime of António de Oliveira Salazar, moved into the area and further west along Dundas Street. The arrival of new waves of immigrants from the Caribbean and East Asia changed the community, making it even more diverse as the century wore on. The Vietnam War brought a number of American political refugees to the neighbourhood, and particularly to nearby Baldwin Village, adding a unique utopian flavour to local politics. As Chinatown is located just east of Kensington, the Chinese are now the largest ethnic element. During the 1980s and 1990s, identifiable groups of immigrants came from Central America, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Iran, Vietnam, Chile and other global trouble spots.

Globe on a kitchen chair. In “Piggity Big”, the globe once again represents the immigrant population, and the chair is symbolic of home. The final message: “I’m an immigrant, and I’m at home here.”


WEEK'S FAVOURITE - so many to choose from I finally selected a sunset John took. I just like the colours. Sunsets this week have been amazing.

And this one I took.



  1. The Market is such an eclectic, lively area. I haven't been there in years. The cat on the chair's my favourite of these shots.

  2. Wow, Kensington Market sure is the place to be! Thanks for showing me the sights.

  3. Thanks, Jackie, for more Torronto touring. The Market looks like a nice visiting place. At the southern tip of N Amarica, at Key West, Florida, is another cat haven. They and chickens are all over the Isle. Chickens protected fowl species and cat claim kin to Hemmingway's cats.

  4. Thanks for the walk down memory lane - I used to love shopping at Kensington Market. I really love your shot of the sunflower from the CNE. I hope you'll do a post on the Royal later this fall - that would be another treat for me to see!

  5. Awesome shots. Haven't been there, but do enjoy taking a tour. Those houses are wonderful! And I love the little history lesson also! Have a great week!

  6. I found Kensington fascinating! I love the history lesson of all the immigrants to the area. You really make me want to visit Toronto sometime. The sunsets are stunning! Beautiful flower. Thanks so much for joining in Friday's Hunt. Hope you have a great week!

  7. very well done

    Key words.

  8. I'd like to visit Kensington. It looks a fun place to wander and explore. For some reason (maybe the buildings), the place reminds me of parts of Cleveland when I visited it in the late 1980s.

  9. Lovely K ...I don't it ofcourse

    .and the purple fences are gorgeous

    Have a nice ABC-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (ABC-team)

  10. All good but I LOVE the 1st Kensington sign!


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