BRYAN & ALAN HIKED A LITTLE-KNOWN BEACH, EAST OF THE R.C. HARRIS WATER PLANT

Scampering down a hill on a sunny afternoon, through a gate and the Beach was their’s.BRYAN had this to say: “It took about 40 minutes of hiking to go one way. So beautiful and peaceful, like we were walking alongside an ocean.”  Said ALAN –  “Best of all . . . there were no other people.” <PHOTOS by Bryan Blenkin, May/2021>

TORONTO’S UP&COMING REALLY BIG SHOW – AS YONGE ST. DOWNTOWN IS TRANSFORMED

City Council has approved YongeTOmorrow and a monumental transformation of our city’s main street from College to Queen will be taking place. Over the next four years two lanes of traffic will disappear, replaced by bikes, sidewalk patios, planters, street vendors and pedestrians.  <photo above – City of Toronto>Local condo dwellers will no doubt enjoy the brand new Yonge. The city expects downtown Toronto to double its population in the next 20 years.  <Rendering City of Toronto>From Spacing Magazine – “This proposal is largely triggered by the fact that one of Toronto’s oldest watermains, located underneath this part of Yonge Street, requires urgent renewal. Since the street will be torn up and put back together, there is a ‘build back better’ opportunity that will not come for another generation. This is a no-brainer that should have no opposition.” So there’s a good reason for doing it and City Council has approved 21 to 5 – first time in more than 100 years.

OVERACTIVE MEDIA, PARTLY OWNED BY ‘THE WEEKND’. THINKS LIVE ENTERTAINMENT CAN RETURN TO THE CORE

You won’t see this $500-million sports, media and entertainment venue at Toronto’s Exhibition Place until its’ opening in 2025. Location – four acres on the north side of Lake Shore Boulevard, across from the lands of Ontario Place. Besides providing a future meeting place for sports, media and entertainment, the project is expected to host over 200 events a year, primarily music and entertainment, but also conventions, corporate occasions, tournaments, product launches, award shows – and lots more. The big numbers – $500-million stadium; 7,000 seat hall; 400-room hotelPresident of Overactive Media – CHRIS OVERHOLT, who launched The Air Canada Centre, one of Toronto’s biggest venues.

TORONTO ISN’T A CITY DULL & GRAY – IT’S A CITY OF COLOUR, & BRIGHTENS UP OUR DAY

These images have been collected over 10 years of ‘torontosavvy’. Some are recognizable, and others are just imaginative. Altogether this photo group shows off Toronto, a city in colour. <F.Y.I. – this is a Cabbagetown sparrow begging for a muffin . . . photo by George Pyron>