{DESIGN: vintage type in your neighbourhood}

I’ve been living in Toronto for 14 year now. I’ve covered the whole compass – living in the North, East, West, mid-town and now in the South. On my commutes to the North end of the city I go through some more established neighbourhoods with many old apartment buildings. These buildings have great names and architectural features, some maintained better than others. What I’ve been admiring all these years is their original signs. Being a graphic designer & vintage lover I was immediately in love with all the old type. Sadly many of the buildings have replaced the beautiful original signs with flat, non-original 2D printed signs but there’s still a handful around. I’ve wanted to do a mini-photo series for years and finally got around to it. Don’t you think they have wayyyyy more character than all the new condos that are going up with gimmicky names like ‘Young & Rich’. ‘Celebrity Place’, ‘Be Bloor’. 


{local love: Pedestrian Sunday in Kensington Market}

I live in the vibrant and diverse neighbourhood of Toronto known as Kensington Market. I moved here almost 5 years ago and still love it. For those visiting Toronto it’s hard to describe the ‘hood in few words. It has an interesting history with roots as a Jewish market, slowly turning into more of a hub for Portuguese immigrants and today is diverse with influences from all over the world. You are guaranteed to see a few characters if you sit with your coffee and people watch on a Saturday afternoon and there’s no shortage of shopping from food markets, vintage shops, ethnic restaurants, spice shops, paper shops, art galleries and a bunch of places to sit and have a cold beer. The Market is bustling most weekends but the most popular are the Pedestrian Sundays at the end of each month from May – October. The streets are closed to cars and fill up with live music, buskers, street games, dancers, food vendors and more. 

“By regularly reclaiming our streets from the mess of traffic and parking, our neighbourhood enjoys the opportunity to express its character. It’s simple, we remove the automobile and the streets become a cultural playground – an expression of our community’s diverse ethnicity, age and interests.” – pskensington.ca

This Sunday I brought my camera with me to capture a few moments. If you’re in Toronto or not far, make it a day trip on the last Sunday of the month. See you there!

Some kids with serious style and serious dance moves. 

Lots of characters, and lots of interesting fashion. 

The food! This is about 1% of what you can find to eat in the market. Come with an empty belly. (wood burning oven cooked bagels from Nu Bagel)

Leave a pair, buy a pair. Lots of vintage shopping to help you stay cool.

The well known ladies that watch over Courage my Love.

{handmade: city of craft}

Need some plans this weekend? If you’re going to be in Toronto, plan to get your CRAFT ON at the Spring City of Craft show  on Saturday. This show just keeps getting better and better since it’s first in 2007. Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll find. It’s a perfect opportunity to pick up a gift for Mother’s Day. Ok, and maybe a little something for yourself.

If you don’t live in Toronto but see something you like, most of these crafty people are also on Etsy, see links below. 

Oh and how beautiful is the City of Craft illustration! That’s the work of talented illustrator Kristen McCrea, who will also be at the show.