Saturday, October 26, 2019

Mug Shot

October 2019

Yorkville Toronto ON

Saturday and John golfed while I wandered Yorkville.

I've shown these murals here and here but there was another addition today.

"It's a kind of a reference to my childhood growing up in Florida," said Xray, whose real name is Bryan Lanier.
"So it's a combination of the fresh citrus fruit that the state is known for and another childhood memory of going to Disney."

Behind a gate, this wasn't quite finished the last time I was here. By Mathieu Bories, also known as Mateo, it is his first piece in the city.

Old and new, the ever changing skyline.

Popped into Toronto Reference Library.

New costume store on Bloor St. West.

Photos taken by John, on the golf course.

Lasagna for dinner.

The Scotiabank Marathon took place on Sunday morning resulting in traffic chaos as roads were closed around us.

The Lake Shore was closed at this ramp below us, which is one way. These drivers still thought they could take it, resulting in idiots backing back down, or even reversing and heading into oncoming traffic.

We didn't care as we took a bus and subway ride to Christie then a stroll south on Christie to Harbord and over to the lane running along side Art Eggleton Park.

WOW! Gorgeous.
Nick Sweetman organized the third annual butterfly laneway project with support from the city of Toronto and the David Suzuki Foundation. I will just give you a taste here, you'll have to wait for a future Monday Mural post to see them up close.

Some doors in the lane.

Back on Harbord on our way to our second destination, and found these.

Designed and painted by Nick Sweetman, in partnership with StreetART Toronto on the wall of Guan's Auto Service, an auto repair shop in Toronto. The Bears and the Bees (2016), Aerosol on brick, 15 x 35 feet.

What the heck??? I had just used a recent photo of this for One Word Sunday "Dilapidated"!  And now it has a fancy new paint job!

Alan Powell Lane was our next stop for more murals.

Wall Expressions had done a laneway project in 2017 and recently completed another one.

Some Spud bombs.

Some of Emily May Rose's raccoons.

You'll have to look in on Monday for the Elicser that we found.

Time for a coffee in the Annex Hotel.

Nick Sweetman, again, third time mentioned in this post!

As the notice below explains, the Bloor-Annex BIA has announced plans to build four parkettes and make streetscape improvements along Bloor between Spadina and Bathurst. The parkettes will be built on open part-lots, typically covered in asphalt now, where Bloor intersects Robert Street, Major Street, Brunswick Avenue and Howland Avenue.

A construction PITA (pain in the a$$) as the 142 year old watermains are being replaced.

John decided it would be more fun to take the streetcar home, so we walked along Bloor to Bathurst subway station and took the streetcar south to Queen.

HMMM waiting and waiting for the Queen St. streetcar, a bus comes along, packed. Then we read the notice, no streetcars on Queen due to the marathon. SIGH, walk to King or streetcar back to Bloor? We walk to King and it turns out our streetcar had been diverted to King so we were on our way.

Roast beef, roast potatoes, Brussels sprouts and gravy for dinner.

We didn't do much on Monday, I went to Bulk Barn to get some gluten free graham crackers crumbs and John golfed. We even had leftover lasagna for dinner.

Tuesday we met John's son for dinner at August 8, our favourite AYCE dim sum/sushi spot. A couple of new plates for us. The white fish is butterfish, new to me, I thought it was good.

Deep fried deliciousness.

Hand rolls.

Wednesday I had a coffee date with a friend.

We headed downtown.
Hey! Another shake my head this week!

What happened to the Village Idiot? It's now the Village Genius, as of yesterday!

John got a good shot of this new Birdo mural that went up a month or so ago.

John had decided that he'd like to see the Early Rubens exhibit at the AGO that I had seen a couple of weeks ago.

So I got tickets for 4 PM. John did enjoy it.

This was a copy of

The Gallery of Cornelis van der Geest -  1628
Oil on panel, 100 x 130 cm
Rubenshuis, Antwerp

In 1628 Willem van Haecht portrayed the art gallery of his employer Cornelis van der Geest, a wealthy Antwerp merchant. A grand chamber is populated with important people admiring important art. It records the 1615 visit of Archduke Albert (r. 1599-1621) and Archduchess Isabella (r. 1599-1633), co-regents of the Spanish Low Countries, to Van der Geest's townhouse adjacent to the river Scheldt. The picture pretends to be accurate, even if some of the assembled guests were absent that day and not all of the art was displayed in this single room. Nevertheless, the comprehensive collection encompassed everything from copies of famous ancient sculptures up to contemporary paintings by Rubens.

About four years ago, by his own guess, James Carl experienced a significant creative epiphany. "I found a venetian blind in the garbage," Carl recalled recently. "It was just one of those moments. I couldn't leave it there."

Of course not. Not if you're James Carl, who has built a considerable artistic reputation creating work placed directly at the intersection between consumer junk and his own playful, meticulous, highly ordered craftsmanship.

As we walk to the bus.

On the way home we stop in Chinatown for some vegetables and I pick up something for a friend.
Dinner was our new favourite Chinese curry chicken.

Thursday, another gorgeous day for John to golf.

And our windows got cleaned!

I picked up some things at the $ store and three sweaters for John at Winners.

Homemade hoisin sauce for moo shu pork wraps - new recipes to me. I used ground pork and I wouldn't bother marinating the meat before hand.

Friday and I decided to stay at home while John had a lunch date and picked up what we needed.

I put a big pot of bones and frozen vegetable leftovers on to make stock. Did some laundry, read and just enjoyed home.

I made a triple batch of these gluten free chocolate cookies with rum!


Indigo Book Store Bloor St. W Toronto

Finally! A book I couldn't put down, Beautiful Bad is a wickedly good read.

And another great read this week, Close To Home.

Beth hosts Weekend Cooking where you can post anything food related.
Sunday Salon
Say Cheese
Monday Walks
Monday Morning Blog Club


  1. Love the shot from the Toronto Reference Library -- love the flying pages. You always find such terrific street art. I can't even pick a favorite this week.

    Annnnnd, so happy I haven't worked on my meal plan yet because you've given me a craving for lasagna. Yum!

    Hurray for a great book. I'll add it to my list.

  2. Love the "mug Shot"-
    It looks like another fun filled week. Although I enjoy looking at all the great street art, it's all about the food for me. The sum-sushi looks yummy! Looking forward to next week's adventures!!

  3. Interesting murals and street art (my favorite is the bears). Am now hungry for those hand rolls. :)

  4. The murals are quite something to see!

  5. It's been a while since I've been to Yorkville.

    Isn't Toronto great for graffiti and decorated garage doors?

    I was in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon ... I walked 5km briskly.

    We went to the AGO and the Village Idiot in the spring. It's the first time I'd been to the AGO but not the first time at the Village Idiot.

  6. Sure hope your mug coffe, injoyed your murals.
    Coffee is on

  7. It is just so wrong to make people lives so hard by closing down major roads and diverting public transport for 'fun runs'. The street car photo is a madness of reflections.

  8. So many things to see and to do - I must say I love all the murals. The first one should be here in Florida!

  9. So glad you had not one but two great reads this week! I hate it when I am not into a good book.

    Do you think the fish and chips owner saw your post about dilapidation? Lol.

    I'm fascinated with the murals on the garage doors. They have taken a blank space that everyone has and they have made it beautiful.

    Have a great week!

  10. Wow, your lasagna looks so good- my husband would love it!

  11. Those murals as amazing.
    And now I want lasagna and fish and chips!

  12. Your weeks are so amazing! I feel like I’d be lucky to do as much in a month or ten! Especially to see that much beautiful art! The joys of living in a truly big City! And believe me, yours is high on my (ever-growing) wish list! Sigh, so many places ..... Also thanks for the recipe links! I’m going there now.

  13. Beautiful murals. I like the way the alley garage doors were painted. But not sure I would like mine to be. - Margy

  14. The coffee clock cup - I need one!:) The store fronts done by Matheo are remarkable. I makes a store front so much friendlier:) Would like to spend some time in the costume shop! Envious you could see the Rubens exhibit. Hope you liked it!
    Had to smile at the name of the gallery: Cornelis van der Gesst is such an authentic (old-fashioned) Dutch name:) (in the past Belgium was a part of the Netherlands, but Belgium became independent later). Sorry so late with responding. We were out of electricity and wifi since last Saturday - it came on half an hour ago.! Fire prevention, since high winds were blowing, and as of now 6 fires are burning in California.


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