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Toronto…its New York, without all the stuff

In Canada, Design, Fashion, Food, Government, It's About School People, Me Myself & I, Money, The Junction, The World Comes To Toronto, Toronto on August 16, 2011 at 09:21

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A tip of the hat from New York Magazine’s David Sax.

Cheers although a tad cheeky.

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The full article can be found here http://nymag.com/travel/features/toronto-2011-8/ “The architectural boom has yielded new downtown museums, opera houses, and hotels like the Ritz, Thompson, and soon-to-open Shangri-La (with two Momofukus) while gentrifying far-flung areas like the Junction with requisite coffee shops, pop-up galleries, and poutine-slinging restaurants. Of course, all that growth has come with acute growing pains, including some god-awful traffic; a dearth of affordable housing in a sea of new condominiums; and a polarizing, conservative mayor who has, to many a Torontonian’s chagrin, scuttled proposed rapid-transit lines, eliminated bike lanes, and refused to attend this summer’s gay-pride parade. “

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Always nice to have the Junction in the news

In G8 & G20, Media, The Junction, The Review, Toronto, YouTube on July 6, 2010 at 08:42

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I guess this is what the government was talking about when it comes to making Toronto look cool.  After the G20 you’d be surprised to hear anything nice being said about Toronto.  Thanks Miami!

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You can read Alexander Besant’s full article in the Miami Herald here

Oh, Canada, when did you get so cool?

THE JUNCTION

Being cool means staying ahead of the curve. Most Torontonians have scarcely heard of the Junction neighborhood on the city’s northwest frontier, yet the post-industrial hood is soon to be the city’s “next big thing.”

Once a railway factory town — a home to foundries, mills and meat packers — the Junction fell into decline after the Great Depression. Though still an area in transition, adventurous visitors might want to make the journey to watch the city transform before their eyes.

Axis Gallery and Grill (3048 Dundas St. West) is a local favorite for live music and reasonably priced brew. If it seems wrong to eat a tepid meal that is entirely raw and vegan in cold Canada, Rawlicious (3092 Dundas St. West) serves versions of spaghetti Bolognese and pad thai that might change your mind.

Lovers of used books and records should head to Pandemonium (2862 Dundas St. West), the store that kicked off the Junction’s trendy rebirth. Though the immediate neighborhood has yet to develop an active nightlife, Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas St. West), just south of the neighborhood has a dedicated clientele and live music on most nights ofthe week.

There’s even a Canadian Band named after us.  The Junction!

The Junction has made CONTACT

In Canada, Pictures, The Junction, The World Comes To Toronto on May 13, 2010 at 07:39

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King & Queen Street usually gets all the glory and attention.  But if you’re looking for the best street to view this year’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, why not make the trek to the west end.  Between Quebec Ave and Keele Street on Dundas West in the Junction.  This years theme is Pervasive Influence.  Exploring the social and political consequences of the medium of photography, in a world devoted to the image.  Kind of heavy, but never boring.

Here’s what you can see in the Junction

67 ~ The Junction: A Study Through Portraits
Vanessa Phillips
Open Exhibition
Junction – Bending Spoons Gallery at Vesuvio
3010 Dundas St W
Toronto, M6P 1Z3
April 26–May 30, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
69 ~ Coffee Colour
Michael Mahovlich
Open Exhibition
Junction – Crema Coffee Company
3079 Dundas St W
Toronto, M6P 1Z9
May 1–31, 2010
OPENING – May 6, 6:00–9:00 pm
84 ~ At Rest
Chris Hutcheson
Open Exhibition
Junction – The Sweet Potato
2995 Dundas St W
Toronto, M6P 1Z4
May 1–31, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
65 ~ Barns of Wellington County
Jim Roche
Open Exhibition
Junction – Agora Cafe
3015 Dundas St W
Toronto, M6P 1Z4
May 1–31, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
86 ~ Beaujolais Villages
Jim Blomfield
Open Exhibition
Junction – West Toronto Paint
2975 Dundas St W
Toronto, M6P 1Z2
May 1–31, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
81 ~ Bedlam: Beauty and The Beast
Rob Doda
Open Exhibition
Junction – Studio Cycle Group
2923 Dundas St W
Toronto, M6P 1Z1
May 1–31, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
66 ~ Colours of the World
Yeshwanth Babu
Open Exhibition
Junction – AXIS Gallery and Grill
3048 Dundas St W
Toronto, M6P 1Z3
May 1–31, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
70 ~ Haiti: Redux
Stephen J. Edgar
Open Exhibition
Junction – Delight Organic Fair Trade Chocolate
3040 Dundas St West
Toronto, M6P 1Z3
May 1–31, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
79 ~ Kaleidoscope Eyes
Janis Rees
Open Exhibition
Junction – Kaleidoscope Photography
2990 Dundas St W
Toronto, M6P 1Z3
May 1–31, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
80 ~ Latimer & Caines
Cliff Caines, Christine Lucy Latimer
Open Exhibition
Junction – SMASH
2880 Dundas St W
Toronto, M6P 1Y8
May 1–31, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
77 ~ paper and light
Phillipa C.
Open Exhibition
Junction – Phillipa C. Photography
3063 Dundas St W
Toronto, M6P 1Z5
May 1–31, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
74 ~ Parallel Adaptations

Brian Anderson, Gary Carr, Tammy Hoy, Steve Jacobs
Open Exhibition
Junction – Latitude 44 Gallery Framing Decor
2900 Dundas St W
Toronto, M6P 1Y8
May 1–31, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
83 ~ Pervasive Influence
Fabienne Good
Open Exhibition
Junction – The Hair Lounge
2940 Dundas St W
Toronto, M6P 1Y8
May 1–31, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
82 ~ Saw you First
Tonia Zappia
Open Exhibition
Junction – The Beet
2945 Dundas St W
Toronto, M6P 1Z2
May 1–31, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
70 ~ The Apothecary’s Assistant

Olena Sullivan
Open Exhibition
Junction – Post and Beam Reclamation
2869 Dundas St W
Toronto, M6P 1Y9
May 1–31, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
64 ~ The Human Figure: Dynamic Opposites
Penelope Edgar, Joseph Michael Howarth, Erika Jacobs, Don Michie, Lindsay Murrell
Open Exhibition
Junction – Academy of Realist Art
2968 Dundas St W, Ste 200
Toronto, M6P 1Y8
May 1–31, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
76 ~ The Justice League of Gawkamerica
Jes Sachse
Open Exhibition
Junction – Pandemonium New & Used Books & Discs
2862 Dundas St W
Toronto, M6P 1Y9
May 1–30, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
72 ~ This is Our Farmhouse
Emma Davidson
Open Exhibition
Junction – Forever Interiors
2903 Dundas St W
Toronto, M6P 1Z1
May 1–31, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
75 ~ Untitled
Per Kristiansen
Open Exhibition
Junction – Mjölk
2959 Dundas St W
Toronto, M6P 1Z2
May 1–31, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
85 ~ Coexisting in a Half Second (With Music Notes)
Bobbie Fumiko Inoue
Open Exhibition
Junction – The Hole In The Wall (New Location)
2867A Dundas St W
Toronto, M6P 1Y9
May 5–31, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
68 ~ True-False
Chiara Caprese
Open Exhibition
Junction – Code Revolt
3067 Dundas St W
Toronto, M6P 1Z5
May 8–31, 2010
OPENING – May 8, 6:00–9:00 pm
To find out more about Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival go here

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You can read Nicole Baute’s full article in the Toronto Star here

Jes Sachse doesn’t have the body type you would expect to find in an American Apparel ad.

The Trent University student has a rare genetic disorder called Freeman-Sheldon syndrome — and more chutzpah than the average 25-year-old.

She’s four-foot-nine, her spine is curved and her right leg is shorter than her left. She has limited mobility in her hands, particularly her right, which a friend recently called her “dice-rolling hand.”

That won’t stop the eloquent Sachse from showing off her body in TTC stations on May 6, 11, 22 and 31, in a series of American Able photographs taken by her friend Holly Norris.

In fact, that’s why she’s doing it.

The Junction expands and in the same breathe is forgotten

In Business, Food, Me Myself & I, The Junction, Toronto on January 28, 2010 at 10:49

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Toronto Life reported in their Daily Dish section that the Junction’s own Creama Coffee Company will be expanding it awesome java spark to the Bloor Street East neighborhood.  If you live in the Junction and haven’t experienced Creama, shame on you.  If you don’t live within the Junction’s cross hairs, make the trek to 3079 Dundas St. W. (at Quebec Ave.)  In the same section they have a top five list of Toronto’s Best Pizza.  Now I don’t want to boast but where the heck is Vesuvio’s Pizza
!!! By far the best Pizza in Toronto.  What pizza can you not live with?

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Mary Liz Mejia’s Toronto Life article on Crema can be read here

Toronto Life article on Toronto’s five best pizza can be read here

The Junction gets it’s own version of IKEA..but cooler

In Canada, Design, Me Myself & I, The Junction, Toronto on January 21, 2010 at 18:45

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With Toronto’s first ever International Design Week upon us, (Now Magazine gives a great preview what to see and where to see it Here), The National Post’s blog Posted give a walk through of a new Junction must visit retail and design space called mjölk.  I’ll have to take a look myself on the weekend.  A preview of the article is below and you can read it all on Post Toronto.

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Retail Therapy: Mjolk, the Junction’s latest design destination

by Nathalie Atkinson

In the Junction’s burgeoning shopscape, the new kid on the block is Mjölk (at 2959 Dundas St. W., 416-551-9853). You can probably tell from the umlaut that owners Juli Daoust and John Baker are Scandino-philes (the word ‘mjölk’ is Swedish for milk). But no Ikea jokes, please – the couple’s already heard them all and Mjölk stocks anything but mass-produced products. With the exception of items from Japan, everything comes from Scandinavia and showcases a certain sensibility: the beauty of simplicity married with function. It’s everything the couple loves and wants for themselves “and often we do take one of them home!” says Daoust. “We started with thrifting and mid-century modern,” she explains, “and a lot of that ends up being Scandinavian that’s very appealing. It’s timeless. It’s simple. It’s easy on the eyes. It’s beautiful and attracts your attention but doesn’t command your attention, like something ugly that takes up so much space might.”

Read more: http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/toronto/archive/2010/01/21/retail-therapy-mj-246-lk-the-junction-s-latest-design-destination.aspx#ixzz0dHdttyPx
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They’ve got all 3 of them. Did you really think you would get away with this?

In Coppers, Law & Order, Loss of Life, The Junction, Toronto on January 15, 2010 at 15:44

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From the National Post’s Posted Toronto here

Justice will be served Kenneth.  Justice will be served.

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By Matthew Coutts, National Post

Toronto police announced this morning the third arrest in the murder of Kenneth Mark, a community activist who has been described as a hero in his west-end Junction neighbourhood.

Homicide Det. Hank Idsinga said on Friday the suspect, a 16-year-old boy, was arrested by police in the streets of Ottawa and transferred to Toronto last night for processing. He was the third suspect arrested in the death of Mr. Mark, described by police as a calculated and “cowardly” attack.

Mr. Mark was shot dead outside a pizza place on Dundas Street West, near Runnymede Road, the evening of Dec. 29 as he was walking to work at a local Walmart.
Police allege one of the three men snuck up behind him as he was listening to music and shot him in the back of the head. The other two, Det. Hank Idsinga alleged, were also involved in the planned attack.

“It’s a very cowardly murder the way it happened,” he said at a press conference this morning. “There was a good community response to it, so obviously people don’t want to put up with that type of behavior in their neighbourhood. And they stood up and did something about it, just as Kenneth Mark did in the past.”

In 2008, Mr. Mark was shot in the back as he shielded a woman and young child from fire. He testified in a trial, but the suspect in that case was acquitted and release from prison on Dec. 17.

Det. Idsinga said he could not comment on whether that incident played a role in Mark’s death, but said it was part of their investigation.

“We could not find any other reason anyone would want to kill Mr. Mark,” he said.

Lamar Skeete, 19, and two 16-year-old boys have each been charged with first-degree murder.

Did you really think you would get away with this?

In Coppers, Law & Order, Loss of Life, The Junction on January 14, 2010 at 16:07

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It’s early but it looks like the police have charged at least 2 teens with the murder of  Kenneth Mark.   More info to follow here at the National Post and here at CBC.ca

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By Matthew Coutts, National Post

Toronto police arrested two young men in the shooting death of Kenneth Mark, an anti-violence activist shot in the back of the head last month. A third suspect remains outstanding.

Homicide Det. Hank Idsinga confirmed police surrounded the two suspects, a 16-year-old and a 19-year-old, in a public area today not far from where Mark was shot on Dec. 29.
He said the two were taken into custody without incident and charged with first degree murder this morning. A third suspect, also aged 16, is also wanted for first-degree murder in connected to the shooting.

“Warrant in the first instance were obtained for three individuals yesterday,” Det. Idsinga said. “All are charged with first-degree murder.”

A 16-year-old boy and Lamar Skeete, 19, have been charged with first-degree-murder.

His name was Kenneth Mark…RIP

In Coppers, Law & Order, Loss of Life, The Junction, Them Kids, Toronto on January 1, 2010 at 14:15

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Heroes in this day and age don’t usually come with a cape,  mask or utility belt.  Nope they’re usually just a regular guy or girl who does something that they feel will make a difference for someone else.  Kenneth, I didn’t know you, but from what I’ve read about who you were and what you were doing in this community, you seem like someone I would have enjoyed meeting.  Now that you’re in a better place, make sure to keep on looking over us.  I’m sure your presence will be missed but your memory will continue on strong.

If you have any information please call Police or Crime Stoppers

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Junction murder victim, 29, stood up to thugs, family says

Robyn Doolittle

December 31, 2009

Kenneth Mark likely never knew his life was in danger when he walked outside a Junction pizzeria Tuesday night.

The 29-year-old had grabbed a snack before his night shift at the local Wal-Mart. Around 10 p.m. he stepped outside, where two men were waiting for him. He was putting on a pair of headphones when the fatal bullet struck the back of his head.

“He was ambushed,” said Det. Hank Idsinga, standing outside the corner pizza and wings shop. “He probably didn’t hear them coming. He probably didn’t see them coming.”

Homicide No. 62 has all the markings of a run-of-the-mill gang hit. But police say Mark was the furthest thing from a criminal. He had no record. And he was a hard-working, honest guy who liked to play basketball and DJ at community events.

His friends and family say his death was retribution for Mark standing up to some local thugs.

Continue Reading at The Star.com

Gunmen likely targeted store manager because he helped police, investigators say

By Rebecca Ryall, National Post, December 30th, 2009

A 29-year-old man shot in the back of the head in the Junction last night may have been targeted because he was a police community liaison, investigators said today.

Kenneth Mark was found on Gilmour Avenue just north of Dundas Street West; he had stopped for pizza en route to a nearby Wal-Mart, where he was night manager. Police said he was wearing headphones and likely didn’t hear anyone as he was approached from behind.

Paramedics performed CPR for 20 minutes before taking him to hospital, where he later died.

‘‘He was the salt of the earth,’’ said Detective Hank Idsinga, the homicide officer in charge of the investigation, who said Mr. Mark had no criminal record and had done ‘‘some community work,’’ for police in the neighbourhood.

Continue Reading at The National Post

Toronto’s 62nd Murder a bit to close to home

In Coppers, Law & Order, Loss of Life, Me Myself & I, The Junction, Toronto on December 30, 2009 at 09:10

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Not the news you want to wake up to in the morning. You can read the full article at The Toronto Star.

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Man Shot Dead in Junction

Toronto Star

By Jaspreet Tambar, December 30th, 2009


A man is dead after being shot in the head in the Junction on Tuesday night leaving police in search of two male suspects.

A passing TTC bus driver heard three gunshots in the area of Dundas St. W. and Gilmour Ave. near Runnymede Rd. around 9:40 p.m. and called police.

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/crime/article/744054–man-shot-dead-in-junction

The TTC doesn’t seem to care

In Cars, Me Myself & I, Money, The Junction, Toronto, Transportation on November 18, 2009 at 10:25

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So it looks like they voted to increase the cost of a ride on the Red Rocket!  This is going to hurt a lot of people, but for some reason the TTC would rather loose almost 11 million rides than try to increase ridership buy keeping the cost of a token/metreopass at the same level or lowering the cost all together.  Last week I decided to write to Councillor Giambrone and ask him to explain the TTC’s thought process.

This is what I wrote

TTC Fare Increase..are you joking?


LBJ <myonlinelifenow@gmail.com> Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 1:34 PM
To: councillor_giambrone@toronto.ca
Dear Councillor Giambrone, Please give me a proper breakdown of why the TTC feels my Metropass should be jacked up from $109.00 to $126.00?  Shouldn’t the TTC consider dropping the price so that more people start using the system.  Honestly the TTC is great and I use at least 2 of the 3 services.  Subway and Streetcar 6 times a week.  I don’t complain when the Streetcars are running late or when the Subways are jammed packed.  It’s so much better than driving..BUT at $126 x 2 (for my wife and I), it makes more sense to drive.  With parking and gas, we’ll probably save almost $40 a month.  Thats a lot of money that we just can’t give up to the TTC.  Please reconsider bumping up the prices across the board.  Honestly you’ll have so many more people taking “The Better Way” if prices drop.  Heck drop them for a month just to allow people to see how good the system really is and then see if the added ridership makes up for the lower cost.  I’m not a betting man but I think you would be very surprised of the results. Thanks for you time, Lanrick — This digital correspondence is from Lanrick Bennett Jr. C: 416.569.4899 Please consider the environment before printing the email

This was his response was

TTC Fare Increase..are you joking?


Councillor Giambrone <councillor_giambrone@toronto.ca> Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 12:07 PM
To: LBJ <myonlinelifenow@gmail.com>
Thank you for your email regarding the proposed 2010 TTC fare increase. The TTC’s Operating Budget, which includes costs such as fuel, receives only 29% of its funding from all levels of government, advertising, commuter parking lots fees and other sources of revenue.  71% of this budget comes entirely from fares.  The TTC receives the smallest proportion of government funding of any transit system in North America.  Most major city transit systems receive government subsidies at about the 70% mark. Also, TTC managed to avoid a fare increase in 2009, when usually fares increase annually. As a result of these factors, staff have recommended to the Commission that the TTC raise fares in 2010.  The proposed change would see adult fares increase by $.25 cents, students and seniors would increase by $.15 cents, and children’s fares would go up by $.05 cents.  Passes would also be affected by the fare increase. Staff are proposing to increase Weekly passes from $32.25 to $36.00; Metropasses from $109 to $126. Please also note that these proposed increases will prevent the TTC from reducing services, but help to ensure that service levels will continue at the same rate for 2010. The Commission will vote on whether to adopt staff’s recommendations at its November 17 meeting. Thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.  If you have any additional comments or questions regarding this or other matters, please feel free to contact me again. Yours truly, Adam Giambrone Toronto City Councillor Ward 18 Davenport Chair, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Toronto City Hall, SuiteC42 100 Queen Street West Toronto ON  M5H 2N2 (416) 392-7012 www.adamgiambrone.ca

What are your thoughts?  Why don’t you put finger to keyboard and blast of a quick email and see what Mr. Giambrone says to you. OCC