One of my favourite things to do while I’m working in Toronto is to go for walks through different neighbourhoods. I’ve been to cool areas, eaten at great restaurants, and shopped at some of the best stores. (If you want directions to a store that sells $10 plaid shirts, I’m your girl.) But as many people who love to wander through cities have experienced, I have ended up in some areas that you would not want directions to. I’ve turned a street too early or wandered a bit too far, and quite frankly, I have ended up in some areas that one should actively avoid.
In addition to some colourful characters – a homeless man around the St. Lawrence Market took to me, so I had to avoid the area for a while – I’ve come across colourful walls. With that, I bring you my urban art and graffiti tour of Toronto.
The above photos are from the Kensington Market area from a day when I had a few hours to walk around before I met up with a friend.
This is one of my favourite walls in Toronto, backing onto a parking lot by OCAD.
I happened upon this beautiful mural when I got lost a few weeks ago. It was late afternoon on a Friday, and I encountered interesting locals along my journey. I’m not sure what’s more surprising, the number of people I saw drinking around churches, or the fact that they didn’t seem to want me to join them. As much as I love the art, my friends and family have kindly requested that I do not return to the area, regardless of whether or not I’m invited to join the whisky sipping multitudes around the local Presbyterian church.
Journey safely my friends.
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