A TORONTO EX-PAT, LIVING IN LOS ANGELES FOR 25 YEARS, MISSES OUR ‘BIG SMOKE’

MISSINGYOU1He’s been away from TORONTO for a quarter century, and still can’t get our city out of his system. Below a letter from Brian Wakil to NOW Magazine in the December 17-23 issue.

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YOU CAN ALMOST FEEL THE CHILL IN THESE PHOTOS OF TORONTO’S FIRST CHINATOWN, 1920‘S

CHINATOWN3 <Peddling chickens, Chinatown TORONTO, 1926>  Living and working in TORONTO’s Chinatown (behind today’s New City Hall) wasn’t exactly posh by the looks of these pictures taken in 1923-26. Today this neighbourhood has become multi-cultural with a mix of Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and Thai shops & restaurants.

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THE AWARD-WINNING 2016 CHRISTMAS FLOWER SHOW AT ALLAN GARDENS’ CONSERVATORY

Covering more than 16,000 square feet, the Allan Gardens greenhouses and palm court banish gray skies and add colour to life in the big city. This year the show was named the ‘Garden Event of the Year’ by Canadian Garden Tourism Awards.

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A YOUNG RED TAIL HAWK VISITS DOWNTOWN – PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEVEN EVANS

THEHAWK1 Enjoying the unseasonably warm temperatures, this youngster was spotted in Nathan Phillips Square outside New City Hall on Friday.  Steven Evans: “I was at City Hall to take photos for my client of the new skating pavillion. I was wandering around with my camera when a nice guy pointed out the bird. It was amazing how that bird put up with all the commotion of gathering crowds and pesky photographers.”  Website – http://www.stevenevansphotography.com/

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ROSEDALE’S BLUE CHRISTMAS TREE PRESIDES OVER MIDTOWN FROM THE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAIL BRIDGE

3076331522_1c170cedf8It’s a blue Christmas in ROSEDALE when this 50 foot tree is illuminated on top of the Canadian Pacific Rail Bridge, Yonge Street at Scrivener Square.  This tree enjoys maximum midtown exposure.  <TOP PHOTO – viasov_nik@yahoo.com; BOTTOM – Tony Lea/flickr>

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