HIDDEN TORONTO #5 – A CITY THAT’S CONSTANTLY REINVENTING ITSELF AS IT KEEPS ON GROWING

In a city like TORONTO special places are often hiding in plain sight.  A few more of my favourites below . . .

The surviving Roman Catholic Chapel and Central Prison surrounded by condos and townhouses in the Liberty Village neighborhood.

The Bovine Sex Club, known locally as “the real imitation”, 542 Queen Street West, has been “in” since its opening.

Pacific Mall, the largest Hong Kong-style shopping centre in North America, 4300 Steeles Avenue East, established in 1997, https://www.pacificmalltoronto.ca/

Remains of the French Fort Rouillé, 1750, Exhibition Place, west of the Rose Garden

bpNichol Lane, named for poet & small press editor bpNichol (1944-88), one of his poems is drilled into the concrete

Le Paradis, 166 Bedford Road, an authentic French bistro, since 1986, 416-921-0995 <PHOTO – Tatiana>

Interior Old City Hall & Courthouse, 1892, $1.5-million final cost – $1-million over budget

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, books, documents, Galileo to Anne Murray to Leonard Cohen, researchers welcome, 120 St. George St., http://www.library.utoronto.ca/fisher

 Toronto Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, formed in 1908, bar, library, photos, art, illustrious past members, critics, painters, musicians, beautiful auditorium, etc. – https://www.artsandlettersclub.ca/

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