TORONTO’s francophone neighbour, MONTREAL, delivers a ‘Canadien’ winter

As winter approaches, thoughts turn to MONTREAL, that snowy metropolis 350 miles (560 kilometres) northeast of TORONTO.  In Canada, that’s practically next door.  It’s a go-to wintertime destination for Torontonians, searching for a change of scene without crossing an international border.  The two cities are roughly the same size, and each offers an abundance of art, music, dining and architectural experiences, nightlife and theatre.  There’s efficient rail, bus and airline service between them.

MONTREAL5<Corner of Peel and Sainte-Catherine, 1948, Montreal, Adrien Hébert>

TORONTOSTREET-HARRIS<Toronto Street, Winter Morning/Lawren Harris, 1920>

St. Andrew’s Market was one of several in TORONTO’s youth

<St. Andrew’s Market and St. Andrew’s Hall, 1921>

St. Andrew’s Market, corner of Maud and Richmond Streets, was one of several marketplaces downtown.  The St. Lawrence (1803), St. Patrick’s (1850) and St. Andrew’s (1837) were three of the largest.  Only the St. Lawrence survives.  The original St. Andrew’s opened in 1837, and was rebuilt twice.   The final version was demolished on January 5, 1932.  It’s now the site of a waterworks building and  TORONTO’s first supervised children’s playground (which opened in 1909).  <PHOTOS – City of Toronto Archives>


The psychological state of waiting for takeoff – “Passengers” by John Schabel

In the 1990’s JOHN SCHABEL set up his camera, equipped with a telephoto lens, on overpasses near New York airports.  Peering into the cabin windows of aircraft awaiting takeoff, he found miniature studies of human beings about to be catapulted into space.  We’ve all been there.  The book is called “Passengers”, from Twin Palm Publishers.