Canada & The Caribbean

Toronto Graffiti and Street Art

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Toronto Graffiti and painted car in Kensington Market

One of the things that I believe defines a city is its street art culture. I always love when New York City introduces one of its temporary street installations. The Orange Gates that straddled the walkways in Central Park back in 2005 and the Cow Parade, years earlier, that lined the avenues made people stop. It made people get outside. It made people wonder. I’m always blown away by what the street artists in Philadelphia are able to do with household junk. In Canada, Toronto has incredible street art, too. If you’ve toured around Trinity-Bellwoods and the Kensington Market, then you’ve seen some of the best Toronto graffiti. Read more

Toronto West: Brunch, Beers, and Bellwoods

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Toronto West Graffiti

 

Toronto West

 

What Williamsburg is to Brooklyn, Trinity-Bellwoods is to Toronto. A couple of decades ago, there wasn’t much of a desire to live or hang out in Williamsburg or Trinity-Bellwoods. Williamsburg had a crime problem and this Toronto West neighborhood was mainly neglected. But the hipsters and artists and young professionals have since moved into BK and TB, which helped to improve the area. Read more

Big Travel in Little Chinatown (and Kensington Market)

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Toronto Chinatown and Kensington Market

Two of my favorite areas of Toronto cling together like conjoined fraternal twins with completely different personalities. Chinatown and Kensington Market, however, are both equally worthy of your time as it is rich in history, food, irony, and self-expression. Read more

Toronto Brewery Stumble

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Steam Whistle Brewery Toronto Brewery

The best way to see a city is sometimes through the haze of beer-glossed eyes. On my last three trips to Toronto, brewery tours have been scheduled into my agenda by outside parties. (No complaints here, mind you.) Each Toronto brewery exposed me to elements of a city that I had not expected on a beer tour: history, humor, innovation, environmental considerations, and, of course, taste. (There’s even a chance that pilsners can make me more intelligent.) Read more

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