Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Day 5

On the Lookout

Just under 340 feet up, four Gargoyles watch over Toronto from Old City Hall.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Day 6

Lets's go Buffalo!

Having been a fan of the Bills as long as I can remember, one of my childhood dreams was to see a game in Orchard park at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Yesterday that dream came true, and it was just how I imagined it, and better.

The game it self was a bit of a dud, but really it was secondary to the tailgate party. The smells, sounds, energy of 74 thousand people was simply unbelievable.

Day 6

Love and Marriage

Good friends Adrian and Sue made it official and tied the knot on Saturday. It was a great wedding from start to finish. I was both happy and honoured I was chosen to capture it for them.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Day 7

Beauty and the beast

Whether you get to Dundas and McCaul from; the west- through the hustle and bustle of Chinatown, the east- the concrete jungle of University Ave, the south- Queen west and the Grange Park, or the north- the serenity of Baldwin street, you end up at two of Toronto's newer landmark buildings that perfectly contradict yet compliment each other.


I don't think the debate will ever be settled.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Day 8

Funny Man in the Gardens

Got to spend the evening with one of my favourite masters of the mic Louis CK. The setting was gorgeous, it was in the upper portion of the last functioning double decker theatre in North America, Elgin Theatre in the Winter Gardens.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Day 9

Osgoode Hall

A Toronto landmark since 1829, Osgoode Hall is home to Ontario Court of Appeal, the Superior Court of Justice, and the headquarters of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Day 10

Mind the Gap

The rush of stale air from deep within the tunnel, rumbling noise that builds to a furry, then the pleasant, ding ding diiiiiinnng, inviting you on board. You can probably tell that I don't have to regularly commute on the subway, that alone allows me to still romanticize the form of transportation.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Day 11

Purple Haze

For a moment Yonge street was mine. Summer has ended, fall brought us our first rain in three weeks. Is it tomorrow, or just the end of time?

'scuse me while I kiss the sky

Monday, September 21, 2009

Crawl in the Park

A young girl doesn't seem overly impressed with the happy art waving back her way. She may have been the exception to the rule as most other enjoyed Bellwoods transformation during the West Queen West arr crawl.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Day 13

Twenty Days

While it was a very wet summer early on, we have gone 20 full days, the entire month of September without a single drop.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Day 14

Colour Fades Away

While catching an early afternoon break it became apparent that the wind has picked up a bit of bite. The tree's are showing that they are getting tired and ready for the long winter sleep as the colour fades from their leaves. Two weeks, that's all that is left, what a journey this has been.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Day 15

R&R Island Style

After a crazy couple days that saw me go from Keswick to Montreal, a little rest and relaxation was in order. The best way to do it in the city is to hop on the bike, jump on the ferry and make it once again to the island.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Day 16

Double Decker

Half cut atop a double decker bus, traveling 140km hour at 1am, through a crazy "tron-like' tunnel out of Montreal, with two guests beside me losing it for the first time of many during their Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds trip home....

Like sand through the hour glass, these are the days of my life.
Day 17

Club Soda with a Shot of Awesome

Shaken not stirred please fine sir...

A crazy 18 hour trip to Montreal was peaked by a stellar performance by dj Champion. Yes I was in one of the most beautiful cities in North America, yes I had my camera gear with me, yes Champion was my photo of the day last Thursday, no I didn't take any shots but of the show. I've got the sickness.
Day 18

Always look at the Sunny Side of life.

A fixture to the western Toronto Lakeshore Sunny Side Pavilion has been hosting Torontarians for close to a century.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Day 19

The Good Times are Killing Me.

I got to enjoy my first cottage weekend. What a fun get away from the city; good friends, tasty beer, best burger ever, fantastic lake... nobody warned me how much it hurts when you have to return to the city on Sunday evening though.

Day 20

Stoke the Fire

Mr Phillipe Boutang did his best to get the fire going in what was an epic weekend up in Keswick. Happy 30th Tyler!

Day 21

Members of the Board

Three hundred and seventeen long boarders gathered and Yonge and St Claire, took over the road and made their way through downtown. Eventually ending in Kensington Market for the annual Board Meeting.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Day 22

Red Carpet Champion

Tiff (Toronto International Film Festival) launched last night as part of the opening they held a free show of one of my favourite groups, Dj Champion et ses G-Strings. What a fun way to spend a night dancing like a fool on the red carpet in public while most others stood around and watched.

Measha Brueggergosman joined the band on stage and joined in for a stunning opening to No Heaven.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Day 23

Sitting on the Dock in the Bay

I rode down t the western lakeshore with the intention of shooting Sunny Side Pavilion. Nestled in right behind the grand building is a really nice stretch of beach that includes this dock. I simply could not have asked for a better sunset.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Day 24

Crystal Cathedral of Commerce

Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava the Brookfield Place, Allen Lambert Galleria is quite an impressive structure in the financial district of Toronto.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Day 25

The Long Road Home

There you have it, the sun setting on the Labour Day weekend. While not officially the end to summer, symbolically it is a turning point in preparation for my move. Everything has become more real, turns out it may be much more difficult to leave this city than I had thought.

Thanks to all of you that have been keeping up with the project, your comments really help keep it going. Already 75% done
Day 26

Hot and Spicy

A slight breeze from the lake, playful patterned sky, a bright red harvest moon, a great group of friends topped with a little Louisiana brass and soul...

Now that is a fun way to enjoy a late summers evening down at Harbourfront.

Day 27

Flying High

The end of summer can't be missed here in Toronto if you are with in the city limits. Even if you haven't looked at a calendar for weeks, the sound of wars planes ripping through the city sky marks the final days.

This is a shot of the Blue Angels taken from the roof of my studio.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Day 28

Higher Learning

It seems like downtown Toronto is comprised of mainly hospitals and universities. This evening I rode over to U of T and visited Hart House. Quite amazing stone work.

Day 29

DeGrassi Dog Days

Summer arrived a little late for us this year, but I'm not going to turn it away at the door.

I think one of the initial reason I felt so at home in Toronto when I first moved here was the amount of time I spent watching the original DeGrassi series. My love for the show border lines on sickness.

Two of the highlights of my last 9 year;, 1 was having the honour to shoot Snake for the 25th anniversary DeGrassi doc. And 2 was getting to party at a Spike and Caitlin 80's night to celebrate my 30th.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Day 30

Lets go to the Ex

From the calm and serenity of the Island to the hustle and bustle of the midway. Got my annual fix of Tiny Tom Donuts and corn dog at this year Canadian national Exhibition.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Day 31

This island love, it breaks me.

Oh Toronto Island how do I love thee. For a mere $6.50 you offer yourself as a complete get away from the daily grind of the big city. You allow me in a city of 5 million to find a secluded beach to catch my thought. You are the place that no cars go. And ducks, lots and lots of friendly ducks.

Toronto Island I think I love you.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Day 32

"this river I step in is not the river I stand in"

Cooler weather saw a short ride turn into a longer journey as I made a rare appearance to Queen East. As you cross the Don river there is a bridge along Queen Street, atop that bridge the saying "this river I step in is not the river I stand in" .

I found this route to much more efficient to get to my final destination of Tommy Thompson to catch the sun dive below the horizon for its rest for the day.