Virtual City Walk – Art Deco Buffalo

  • 31 May 2020
  • 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Anywhere you have Internet access

Please join us for a Virtual City Walk, via video conferencing. The Zoom video conference will start at 9:45 AM on Sunday, and we will begin the virtual walk at about 10:10 AM. If you are not already on my Virtual City Walk email list, please send an email to letting me know who you are, and asking to be added the list. If you are on the list, I will email you the link to join the conference (probably by Saturday evening).

(Please note that I have been experiencing some difficulty with email, so if I have trouble emailing the Zoom information, I will post it on the website, here in the Calendar announcement.)

Since we are now no longer constrained to visit places that we can actually get to for a walk, we are able to go to all sorts of exotic locations, not just the Toronto area. So, this week, I have decided we will visit Buffalo, New York. It has a large number of Art Deco buildings, as well as some historic and otherwise interesting locations.

I will share my screen, and using Google Maps, Street View, and other websites, will provide a simulation of the real walks that TBN does during the fall and winter. We will start at a location, and move around to various other places. I will provide some commentary, and will have some screens of information to share along the way.

Please join early to enjoy a few minutes of chatting with your friends before we set out. I expect the walk will last about an hour. We can also have a chat at the end, if anyone is interested.

When you connect, you will be placed in the “waiting room”, and I will then admit you to the actual video conference. If you are late joining us, or get dropped and rejoin, I may not notice you in the “waiting room”, so please:

  • ·         message my cell at 416-917-8866, if that is not successful,
  • ·         call my cell at 416-917-8866, if that is not successful,
  • ·         call my home at 905-881-9259,

and I will let you into the video conference.

Zoom allows you to control your microphone and camera. You can mute your microphone so that no one can hear you, and you can start or stop your video feed, so that people can either see you or not. I will initially let everyone control their own microphone, so we can have discussions, but if there are too many people, or if it gets too chaotic, I will mute all microphones. There is a “raise hand” feature that will allow people to request permission to speak. Zoom also includes a chat feature which allows you to send text messages to everyone in the conference, or privately to one other individual. Zoom is very easy to use, but you might want to download the free app before the meeting, and play with it a bit to get used to using it.

If you have any questions, email me at

John Burdett - City Walks Coordinator

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