6 December — Isn’t it always the way? You set out to discover one thing, and in the process fall across something else entirely.
The Tuesday Walking Society wanted to find “Ricki’s garage” — well, not legally hers, but the one she urged us to go see at Dupont & Spadina. Which seemed reason enough to take the subway ‘way west to Bloor & Jane, and then walk our way back east.
We found the garage, yes we did, but before we got there, a side-trip on the walk led us to…
Lots & Lots of Faces
For example, Mr. Toronto.
Mostly Phyllis and I are walking straight east on Bloor St. West, but between Dundas West & Lansdowne we see steps up to the West Toronto Railpath — and we take them. Phase I of the WTR opened a few years ago, first chunk of what will be a bike/pedestrian track on abandoned railway beds from this neighbourhood, The Junction, down through other neighbourhoods into the city core.
This particular bit parallels the tracks used by the GO (Government of Ontario) commuter rail service, and has a good half-kilometre or so of hoarding along the chain link fence between those tracks and the railpath.
I have a flashback to that long fence bordering one side of narrow little Craven Rd. (19 November post). Here, too, there is art.
But very different art. With a whole different vibe.
This fence specializes in faces. They’re by a variety of artists, in a whole range of styles, and in one case — only one, that I notice – in a different medium. That girl on the far left is photo-montage.
This next face displays more whimsy than artistry, I think, but the caption is fun.
We catch a few references to other places. Not just this one, with its Calgary signature, but elsewhere a list of names and a “Toronto Detroit” ID underneath. (Rereading, I’m not sure that does say “Calgary.” I can’t think what else it might spell, but that may just be my old-Calgarian status kicking in.)
Then there’s M. Beret…
… and the red-headed woman…
.Just as we’re nearing the north end of the hoarding, a woman walking the other way points her thumb back over her shoulder and says: “There’s a witch up there.”
There sure is.
She is the grand finale. We are now at the end of the hoardings, so we loop off to a side street, then eventually back down to Bloor and on east.
Which in due course leads to…
A Couple of Places
Both of them garages. One of them the “Ricki garage” that helped set course for this walk.
Ricki had only told me it was on Dupont near Spadina Rd. “Will we miss it?” Phyllis and I mildly fretted to each other.
Um, not likely.
I’m not all that taken by the tagging on the side — not very interesting, is it? — but I do like the sway back.
And I really, really like the garage door.
The second garage is a wee bit of a cheat, in that I didn’t see it on this walk; I’d seen it in Cabbagetown the previous week.
I’m including it here anyway because it too was brought to my attention by a friend, and because I saw it very recently so the timelines almost fit, and… and because I want to.
So please say hello to Kay’s garage. (As is the case with Ricki, it’s Kay’s garage by appreciation only, not legally.)
You’ll find it in Jeffreys Lane, which runs E/W just north of Amelia St.
Remember Monica? As in, monicaonthemoon?
I discovered her wonderful murals during a walk on Danforth last month and showed them to you in my “Danforth” post of 15 November. Her work was (I think) always commissioned, it was always signed… and it never gave a website. Nor could I discover one online.
Here Monica is again, on Dupont just east of Christie, along the side wall of a shop called Pimlico.
I’m guessing this too is commissioned work, making it all the more surprising (and frustrating) that the artist seems so unfindable online.
Oh well, let’s just enjoy the art.