Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Post No Bills


May 2023 - Toronto ON

We dropped into the Toronto Reference Library yesterday. They always have interesting displays in their gallery.

Post No Bills: Toronto Street Posters from the 1950s to 1990s

Get an up-close look at visually-striking street posters from TPL's archives. For the first time ever, we're showcasing our decades-spanning set of Toronto street posters in person. These rarities reflect trends in graphic design as well as in our city's shifting politics, businesses and cultures.

The exhibit takes you back to when activists and business owners had to hit the streets of Toronto with stacks of posters to get the word out. There was no internet or social media. It was an era when utility poles, newspaper boxes and construction sites were the billboards of the people.

Collected by father-and-son duo Alan and Thomas Suddon, the posters are preserved as part of TPL's Baldwin Collection of Canadiana.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Tuesday Treasures

  Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

May 2023 - Toronto ON

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (May 6, 1937 – April 20, 2014) was an American-Canadian middleweight boxer, wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for murder, until released following a petition of habeas corpus after almost 20 years in prison.

Click here if the video link doesn't work.

In 1966, Carter, and his co-accused, John Artis, were arrested for a triple homicide that was committed at the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson, New Jersey, United States. Shortly after the killings at 2:30 am, a car, carrying Carter, Artis, and a third man, was stopped by police outside the bar while its occupants were on their way home from a nearby nightclub. They were allowed to go on their way but, after dropping off the third man, Carter and Artis were stopped and arrested while they were passing the bar a second time, 45 minutes later.

Carter and Artis were interrogated for 17 hours, released, then re-arrested weeks later. In 1967, they were convicted of all three murders, and given life sentences, to be served in Rahway State Prison; a retrial in 1976 upheld their sentences, but they were overturned in 1985. Prosecutors appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, but declined to try the case a third time after the appeal failed.

Carter's autobiography, titled The Sixteenth Round, written while he was in prison, was published in 1974 by Viking Press. The story inspired the 1975 Bob Dylan song "Hurricane" and the 1999 film The Hurricane, starring Denzel Washington as Carter.

Upon his release, Carter moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, into the home of the group that had worked to free him.
 From 1993 to 2005, Carter served as executive director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (later rebranded as Innocence Canada).

His office was in this historic block of buildings.


Wordless Wednesday Wordless Be There 2day

May 2023 - Toronto ON

There are always food trucks on Queen St. W in front of City Hall.

Sunday, May 28, 2023


 One Word Sunday

Crazy Horse South Dakota 

The Nature Gates are iron gates that Korczak and Ziolkowski children decorated with the silhouettes of 219 animals (past and present) indigenous to South Dakota.

Saturday, May 27, 2023

RC Coffee

 Linking up with Marg at The Intrepid Reader

May 2023 - Toronto ON


John's golf photos from last week at Wooden Sticks.

Dinner included.

Saturday John made French toast to use up the rest of the bread I had made during the week.

The morning was rainy and foggy so we dressed for the weather. We grabbed an Uber to the Rogers Centre (Skydome) for a Blue Jays game against the Baltimore Orioles.

The roof was closed.

It's a long week, Victoria Day, the official start of summer.

They decide to open the roof.

Land acknowledgment.

Leaving the game, we walked to Union Station to get the subway. Next time we will walk over to Spadina and take the streetcar to the subway, more efficient and less crowded.

Sunday John declared a do-nothing day.

Monday Mural was from Yonge St. It's on my list to try.

Monday was a holiday but we were up before 7 as John was golfing early. I met a friend for lunch at a French bakery on Queen St. West, Aux Merveilleux de Fred.

I took the Spadina streetcar and subway home.

Contractor came and painted the kitchen and other bits and pieces! 

Wednesday John gave a friend his unwanted tools (in the locker since forever). He had his weekly golf game.
A turtle relaxing on the golf course.

I headed out for a haircut under dull skies. The sun soon came out and I decided to walk to the market. I haven't been there in ages. 
A few stops on the way.

The block

Afrophilia is a love letter to Black people. This work is inspired by the generation of young Black people who are driving a shift in self-perception and changing our global consciousness of Blackness to appreciate its immense value, diversity, and beauty. These sculptures in their vibrant orange and red reflect the energy and attitude of these revolutionary people, heroes that are deserving of this commemoration. 

Frantz Brent-Harris is a Jamaican sculptor based in Toronto. His work is predominantly figurative and explores the complexities of outward-projection spectator perception for black people. His work tries to portray in a tangible form the constant tension of double consciousness and cognitive dissonance that corrupts the psyche of Black, African and Caribbean people when encountering the barrage of negativity from a white supremacist society.

The replacement market of the northside St. Lawrence Market is coming along.

I popped into the Market Gallery for a free exhibit.
60 Works / 60 Years: Toronto Outdoor Art Fair at 60 exhibit celebrates the history of the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair and features 60 artworks from the City of Toronto Art Collection acquired from the fair over the years.

Good Will by Susan Gale

Ice Cream Sensation - George Boyer


The OG location of Buster's Sea Cove

There is ground emu, rabbit, beef cheeks, crocodile, duck liver, guinea hen, beef tongue.

Crocodile or water buffalo sliders, bison sausages, a variety of British sausages, black pudding and boudin noir.

I've never seen or heard of these mushrooms.

I stopped at a favourite store and went to A&W for lunch.

I picked up tzatziki and feta cheese for dinner. I had forgotten how much fun it is to shop here.

This came to $15.25 but the cashier said "for you, $14". 

I took the 1:45 bus home.

Thursday we went to lunch with our financial advisor at Chotto Matte which serves a fusion cooking of Japanese Peruvians popularized by Nobu Matsuhisa, for whom Chotto founder Kurt Zdesar once worked. Chotto Matte (”wait a second” in Japanese).
It is located in Brookfield Place.

We all had this box, except John had the chicken, and I had the salmon. The BBQ salmon and rice were exceptionally good. If we went again, we agreed that we would go with the a la carte menu.

When we got home our first Wagjag order was delivered. Wagjag is a "deals" site featuring all kinds of promotions.
The meat was from The Butcher Shop that we had checked out a couple of weeks ago before placing an order. They cater to hotels like the Ritz Carlton and St. Regis as well as some expensive restaurants.
$55 for 10 lbs of Chicken Wings (a $80 Value)
$59 for 6 x 10oz AA/AAA Angus Ribeye Steaks (a $108 Value
$59.99 for 10 x 7oz New York Hand-Cut AA/AAA Choice Striploin Steaks (a $100 Value)

Friday John used the golf simulator and I caught up on laundry! He also did a grocery trip to Metro and got some decent deals.


Saturday new to us - chevaps - bought frozen from Highland Farms, available also at Longo's. Served on gluten-free pita with tomatoes, red onions, and tzatziki (from Adonis - great!)
The casing-less Balkan sausages known as or cevapi, cevaps, or cevapcici found their way into Eastern Europe via the Ottoman Empire, which in turn picked them up from Arabic traditions. Today, there are different versions of these fresh, unsmoked sausages throughout Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Macedonia.

Monday repeat of Saturday's chevaps, John finished for his lunch on Wednesday.

Tuesday steak and fries - wanted quick and easy/was lazy

Wednesday lamb and spinach spanakopita. While I was looking at recipes, I found one that used a spring pan, and that worked really well.

Thursday leftover spanakopita

Friday 7 oz steak (too thin for us) asparagus fries and cilantro


Jeopardy Masters is over!

Faithfully Yours is a 2022 Dutch thriller film. Using each other as alibis, two women friends sneak off to indulge in secret affairs — but their elaborate web of lies unravels when one of them goes missing.

Rough Diamonds is a Belgian television series set in the Orthodox Jewish diamond dealing community of Antwerp.

Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway is a 2023 Indian Hindi-language legal drama film. It is inspired by the real-life story of an Indian couple whose children were taken away by Norwegian authorities in 2011. Click here for an interesting article discussing the movie and what really occurred.

We rewatched Ambulance, a good bank heist/escape movie.

I watched the Irish series Normal People, based on the 2018 book by Sally Rooney. I don't remember that much sex in the book!
The novel follows the complex friendship and relationship between two teenagers, Connell and Marianne, who both attend the same secondary school in County Sligo, Ireland and, later, Trinity College Dublin (TCD). It is set during the post-2008 Irish economic downturn, from 2011 through 2015.

I started The Ex-Wife, a British drama thriller television miniseries. easy watching while in the kitchen.


I couldn't get through Our Missing Hearts, although I didn't really give it much of a chance, quitting after a couple of chapters. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for it, but it was just too slow-paced for me. 

All the Dangerous Things is pulling me in.