Jane' s Walks - Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5, 2019

  • 02 May 2019 10:11 PM
    Message # 7317643
    John Burdett (Administrator)

    Since this is the Jane's Walks weekend, I encourage everyone to visit the Jane's Walk Toronto Walk Listings at https://janeswalk.org/canada/toronto/toronto-walk-listings/ and go on some walks in or near your your neighbourhood, or that you might find interesting. There are a large number of walks, so it may be difficult to choose, but I have never been on an uninteresting Jane's Walk, so it is probably difficult to make a bad choice.  

    If you would like to join me on some walks, I plan on doing the following walks on Friday and Saturday, providing the weather does not get too bad. (Also, if a Lawrence Heights walk shows up in the listing (and they often show up late on Friday), I will do that walk instead of the ones listed below, and will try to send an update if that happens). 

    FRIDAY, MAY 3

    Mid-Century Architecture at Yonge + St. Clair

    Led by Mackenzie Keast with Yonge + St. Clair BIA, and Alex Bozikovic authour and journalist.

    12:00 pm – 1:30 pm| Meet at 1495 Yonge St, Toronto. Walk leaders will have buttons.

    In the middle of the 20th century, Yonge + St. Clair was alive with art and culture. Home of Glenn Gould and a destination for music and fashion, the area also saw the rise of a rich collection of buildings in the definitive mid-century modernist style.

    Join Alex Bozikovic, authour of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide, and architecture critic for the Globe and Mail, for a tour of some of Yonge + St. Clair’s most spectacular architectural landmarks from this era. Learn the stories behind these incredible buildings and people whose legacy has shaped present-day midtown. And, meet some of the current stewards of these structures who are reimagining them for the 21st century.

    Walk ends at 2 St. Clair Avenue East

    and:

    Harbord Village West

    Led Richard Longley,  Former President of the Architectural Conservancy Ontario.

    2:00 pm – 3:45 pm | Meet at 481 Bloor St. W. Toronto ON M5S 1Y2. Richardwill be outside the Brunswick House Rexall drugstore.

    This Walk is a sequel to last year’s Harbord Village East Walk.

    Explore the human and architectural history of one of Toronto’s most interesting downtown neighbourhoods. Walk includes (exteriors only) the Brunswick House, the bank that is now Pauper’s Pub, HotDocs Cinema, Honest Ed’s re-development, the church that is now the Randolph Centre for the Arts, Central Technical School, Hose Station No 8 (now Fire Hall 315) and the church of St Stephen in the Fields. Walk ends at the entrance to Kensington Market.

    Issues will include neighborhood history and architecture, gentrification for and against, heritage conservation districts

    Walk ends at College St at Augusta Ave, entrance to Kensington Market (midway between Spadina and Bathurst).

    SATURDAY, MAY 4

    Going Up | Architecture, History and Elevators

    Led by Joshua Nelson of the Elevator Scene Studio

    11:00 am – 12:30 pm | Meet in front of Union Station where the Walk leader is set up

    Explore elevators and their indispensable role in cities and architecture across Toronto from the turn of the century to the latest advances in the vertical transportation industry.

    This Walk will explore exemplary historical elevators dating as far back as 1894 at the Flat Iron building to panoramic glass elevators overlooking 14 storeys at the Atrium on Bay. Along the way, learn about the role elevators play in modern cities, how we can better think the vertical commute and the technological advances that allow people to live and work closer than ever before.

    Walk ends at Yonge & Dundas Square

    and:

    Sights and Sounds; Eglinton’s Reggae Culture

    Led by York Eglinton BIA, Maria Shchuka Library and co-hosted by Scott Boogie and Michie Mee.

    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm| Meet at 1745 Eglinton Ave W. Look for the ‘Walk With Us’ sign.

    Culture resides here and is reflected not only through the music but the people as well. Admire powerful murals, hear equally powerful stories and experience the infectious, positive spirit of this storied community.

    We will hear stories from business owners and people in the music and entertainment industry, speaking to a time when the Caribbean community here was at it’s height.

    Reggae music had been influential across, cultures, and genres (ie. Hip Hop, Raggaton, Japanese Reggae, revolutionary music etc. etc.) and still woos people in its original form. Experience the sights and sounds of Eglinton West and the culture it influenced.

    Walk ends at 1529 Eglinton Ave W

    I you cannot find me at the start, you can try calling or messaging me at 416-917-8866.


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