Category Archives: Cityscapes
IF YOU’RE INTO ART, WITHIN TORONTO’S ‘REGENT PARK’ THERE WILL BE A NEW, NEAT PLACE TO GO.
I’ve been waiting for some time, hopefully getting A TASTE OF TORONTO’S REGENT PARK, and finally my way (or some of it anyway) is almost nearly here. I spent yesterday afternoon walking around FINE ART wherever it happened to be. I understand we were pointed toward a skillful place to enjoy – An “Art Festival” in Regent Park. And that’s what it’s becoming to be. From The Presentation Sponsor came these words – “Love Where You Live”. – And below are several examples of what you might find – Best of Luck with that!
I HAVE DONE MORE TRAVELING FOR MY BLOG – “torontosavvy” – AND THERE’S NOTHING I LIKE BETTER.
Last night we stopped at a Bank and then next door went to the movies to take in “Downton Abbey – A New Era”. This showing took place in the lovely, Kingsway Movie Theatre, which shows black & white, classic reels, foreign films, docs and occasional blockbusters. This feature was a great winner. However without not too much of an audience, but we were there. Toronto’s transit system does well, and our Presto Card allowed us to take a train from Sumach St., then cross town to St. George’s. subway station, and from there an ascent to the cinema itself. No extra charge for either of us; then we had a walk back to the subway for the next train (lots of big noise); got on board; crossed town; and eventually got back home. Line #2 is quite an exciting train. It reminds me of a noisy New York City train roaring through tunnels. Toronto is building even more subway lines right now. On our list for Downtown Halifax itself there are condos and apartment rentals and one spectacular building. There’s The famous Town Clock. There’s The Halifax Public Garden, and . . . . . . . . . “Friday Night Lights.” This afternoon the two of us were waiting for Seafoods from Clearwater in Halifax, to be delivered from Clearwater Seafoods and transported to us from Halifax International Airport itself. What’s available to order? – There’s Lobster, Scallops, Shrimp, Crab and . . . more quality Seafood from Salmon to Tuna, Black Cod, Halibut and all the rest. <Below – a high-rise of Halifax Harbour>
SOON WE’LL BE VISITING NOVA SCOTIA AND HEADING FOR THE CAPITOL – ALSO KNOWN AS HALIFAX, A CITY GROWING RAPIDLY AS A MULTI-CULTURAL HUB.
There appear to be gaps among Air-Canada travelers who want, or need to fly. Each of us have our own needs. The latest census data shows. The visible minority population in Halifax is growing at a rapid rate. Between 2011 and 2016, The Black population of Halifax grew by 10%, and the population of other visible minorities grew by a massive 42% over the same period. My Nova Scotia family of 17 is on the way to our province’s Capitol, fairly close to Canada’s Ocean Playground.<ABOVE – Lonely Planet — The Town Clock> The City also has between 1,000 and 7,000 people with Italian, Polish, Lebanese, Chinese, African, East Indian, American, Norwegian, Spanish, Jewish, and Greek ethnicities, among others. <ABOVE – Halifax Public Transit, Copyright, Stock Photos<><ABOVE – Halifax International Airport – – – – STANFIELD>
WELCOME TO ONTARIO’S FAVOURITE SMALL TOWN – THE STORY OF PORT HOPE – IT’S A BEAUTY.
This can be a way of learning more about the town’s development, and some of its citizens, along with a number of historical buildings. The CAPITOL THEATRE – At a time when money was scarce during the Great Depression, The Capitol Theatre was one of the first buildings to use steel girders. It was one of Canada’s first movie houses for. “talking pictures”. Opening night in 1930 featured “Queen High” starring Ginger Rogers in her first musical. Today, the Capitol is a National Heritage Site, the last fully restored “atmospheric” theatre in Canada, the only one of its kind in Ontario. It resembles a medieval castle courtyard with a twilight sky and forest mural. It closed in 1987 and local citizens became responsible for restoring the theater in the 1990’s to its former glory. It’s now renowned for live productions and technical innovation, drawing tourists to town. The Capitol Theatre, 14 Queen Street, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada. THE DOWNTOWN CORE – Port Hope experienced tremendous economic growth in the 1850’s by exporting lumber, whisky and grain to the United States and Europe. Its’ wealth drove development of large blocks of downtown land. Although the storefronts are different, the upper rooms are in uniform blocks. Many have been subdivided. Fires, although tragic, have led to the restoration of original store fronts not long ago. This worked in co-operation with the ACO (Architectural Conservancy of Ontario). Thus Port Hope’s downtown continues as an example of heritage restoration of original store fronts not long ago. This worked in co-operation with the ACO (Architectural Conservancy of Ontario). Thus Port Hope’s downtown continues as an example of heritage.
THE GANARASKA FOREST – WINTER AND SUMMER – The Story of Port Hope – “100,000 years ago, retreating glaciers formed the landscape of Port Hope. The first inhabitants called this vast area”the meeting place”, referring to the meeting of the River and the Lake. Later, the Hurons named the river Ganaraske, or spawning ground. Interactions between the first Europeans, mainly French fur traders in the 1680’s were sometimes cordial and sometimes hostile. The first treaties gave the First Nations exclusive rights to the North Shore of Lake Ontario, leaving most of the province untouched until after the American Revolution. Fearing the newly formed United States might try to expand northward, the British hurriedly passed the famous Gun Treaty which allowed for settlement on the north shore of Lake Ontario. The British colonization system of the time granted huge land tracks to businessmen, who in turn set up local governments loyal to the Crown. In 1792 they petitioned Governor Simcoe of the First Upper Canada Council for land grants to establish the 5th township of Hope. A year later, they brought 40 families to settle the area. Development here slowed as TORONTO became an industrial centre, the Prairie Bread Basket opened to the West. Our town continued to slowly mature, and the forests were depleted of their timber. Communities courted heavy industries. The Port Hope you see today – is a place where old buildings live contemporary lives. But so much has happened with this City.
THE MEMORIAL PARK BANDSHELL – This historic structure was built in memory of all our armed forces who fought since Confederation in 1867. It was constructed with plans purchased from the Canadian Band Masters’ Association that provided “the most up-to-date scientific principles of sound technology” which makes it a memorable stage for summer concerts, theatre, and and festivals. from the Canadian Band Masters’ Association.
IN JULY WE ENJOYED 3 DAYS IN MONTREAL. SOME IMAGES REMAIN IN THE ARCHIVE – TAKE A LOOK!
“MONTREAL – MONTREAL!” – I CAN’T WAIT FOR YOUR RETURN – SOMEDAY SOON!
Our morning began in a Taxi, driving through Downtown Toronto after arriving at our home and then at 6:00 a.m inside Union Station, for departure at 6:45 a.m.And from there we were off to Montréal, Québec, on board a Canadian VIA Business Modern Train. It was a beauty, rapidly picking up speed, and free breakfasts were served to one and all. Montréal, the city of “joie de vivre” was waiting for those on the way, along with Old Montréal; Parc Jean-Drapeau, Plateau-Mont-Royal; the famous Jacques-Cartier Bridge; Little Italy; The Gay Village; and Chinatown.
Later that day, after unloading luggage we came across a massive construction site close to Downtown. It was fascinating and we checked it out end-to-end. The non-stop noise was non-stopping. That very night we were inundated by a heavy rain storm. Being outside isn’t something to take lightly – but we took it.<ABOVE – THE MONTREAL STREET MIRROR by Ross Winter. Others are by David Moore.> That afternoon, in the atrium of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the cascade of water down the glass was like being under Niagara Falls. Being outside isn’t something to take lightly.
THE CITY OF HAMILTON, ONTARIO – SOMETHING NEW FOR ROSS AND DAVE IN JULY, 2022 – TO DO & SEE.
On June 17th, 2022, the City of Hamilton, Ontario surpassed $1 billion worth of construction since the beginning of the year. That marks the earliest the City has reached a billion-dollar mark in construction value. The milestone was achieving 3,761 building projects in the residential, institutional, commercial, and industrial sectors. With school out for the summer, residents can take advantage of the open municipal golf courses, or a golf tournament at King’s Forest Club and Chedoke Golf Club. Dundurn Castle along with the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology reopened for museum tours last week. The Cooks were excited to get back to demonstrate Victorian recipes in the Historic Kitchen. Hamilton’s Pumphouse was built in 1859 to get clean Lake water to the city. It’s received plenty of attention. Hamilton is home to The Royal Botanical Gardens, The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, The Bruce Trail, McMaster University, Mohawk College and Redeemer University. McMaster University is ranked 4th in Canada. Hamilton has a population of 569,353, and it’s home to “The Hamilton Tiger Cats” The city is 58 kilometers (36 miles) southwest of Toronto in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GTHA).
SCREENING PARTS OF A“PRIDE PARADE” IN MY FORMER HOME TOWN, AMHERST, NOVA SCOTIA. I’M SURPRISED !
That was some time ago when Amherstonians took to the streets and put on a wonderful “Pride Parade”Some details on Amherst’s “Pride Parade”. – The first Pride Parade in Amherst was June 3, 2017. There were also parades on 2018 and 2019. No parades were held in 2020 and 2021, due to Covid. This year Amherst proclaimed June 13th to June 18th as Pride Week. On June 18th, 2022 there will be a vendor market, music and festivities in Victoria Square from 11 am to 4 pm with a Pride Parade at 2 pm.
THERE ARE REASONS FOR VISITING THE CIBC BUILDING AND SQUARE, DURING EARLY STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT
CIBC SQUARE brings you an unparalleled experience in the centre of Toronto. CIBC Square (known during early stages of development as Bay Park Centre) is an office complex under construction in the South Core neighbourhood of Toronto. The complex, located on Bay Street south of Front Street, is a joint development of Ivanhoe Cambridge and Hines – and will become new global headquarters for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) consolidating about 15,000 staff from several CIBC-buildings in Greater Toronto. The complex includes the Union Station Bus Terminal on behalf of Metrolinx for GO Transit and other bus services, connected directly to Union Station. The 2,900,000 square foot complex will consist of two towers. The South Tower (81 Bay Street) is now complete. It includes the Union Station Bus Terminal for regional GO Transit and inter-city bus services, replacing the former terminal on Bay Street. A pedestrian skybridge links the complex to the Scotiabank Arena and Union Station, expanding the PATH walkway system, south of the railway corridor to the One Yonge Street complex and other proposed developments farther east.