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FOCUS: Ring Music shuttered (Dec. 2020)

December 21st, 2020 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Ring Music shuttered (Dec. 2020)

A deeper look reveals a storied past

Bruce Dowd (L) and Bill Wager (R), 1974 or 1975. COURTESY MICHAEL MCLUHAN/RING MUSIC

By Nicole Stoffman

Ring Music, the guitar shop at 90 Harbord St., whose customers included Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Cockburn, and Lenny Breau, has closed after 51 years in business.

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Tags: Annex · Arts · Life

NEW IN BUSINESS: Get your fix of dumplings and wontons (Dec. 2020)

December 21st, 2020 · Comments Off on NEW IN BUSINESS: Get your fix of dumplings and wontons (Dec. 2020)

Brave entrepreneurs open a restaurant during COVID

Serine Shi amd Nigel Schwartz, seen here in front of their College Street location, have opened a new spot on Bloor Street just west of Spadina Road. The couple have enjoyed much success despite COVID-19 restrictions. MARY AN/GLEANER NEWS

By Mary An

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Tags: Annex · News · Life

FOCUS: Pivoting from the pulpit with new technology (Dec. 2020)

December 21st, 2020 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Pivoting from the pulpit with new technology (Dec. 2020)

Churches and synagogues ready for on-line services

By Mary An

Nine months into the global pandemic, religious communities have shifted their pulpits onto digital platforms. With Christmas coming, churches seem to be taking the social isolation mandates that limit their ability to connect physically with congregants in stride, while enjoying expanded audiences and in some cases, even surprisingly  intimate connections.

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Tags: Annex · Life

NEWS: Fairy doors “magically appear” (Nov. 2020)

December 4th, 2020 · Comments Off on NEWS: Fairy doors “magically appear” (Nov. 2020)

Though their origin is a mystery, they are being mapped

Martha Davis and Daniel Levine created fairies to go along with the doors as a way to help contribute and keep the community spirit up in Seaton Village. Who built the doors remains a mystery. MARY AN/GLEANER NEWS

By Mary An 

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FOCUS: Park set for eco-restoration (Nov. 2020)

December 4th, 2020 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Park set for eco-restoration (Nov. 2020)

A team of Indigenous workers are bringing Paul Martel Park back to life

Paul Richard (left) and Joseph Sagaj, part of a team of Indigenous gardeners, have been working tirelessly to bring Paul Martel Park (located on Madison Avenue, north of Bloor Street) back to its original vision. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

By Tanya Ielyseieva

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FOCUS: A literary trailblazer (Oct. 2020)

November 2nd, 2020 · Comments Off on FOCUS: A literary trailblazer (Oct. 2020)

Jay Macpherson paved way for next generation of female professors

A young Jean Jay Macpherson during her teaching years. COURTESY VICTORIA UNIVERSITY

Correction: On page 11 of the August 2020 issue of the Annex Gleaner, in the annual Grading our Greenspace section, Jay Macpherson was misidentified as “he”. This error was brought to our attention by Alexandra F. Johnston, professor emerita, Department of English, Victoria College, University of Toronto. The Gleaner regrets the error.

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LIFE: Paying homage to local characters (Oct. 2020)

November 2nd, 2020 · Comments Off on LIFE: Paying homage to local characters (Oct. 2020)

Vibrant mural meant to appeal to children

MARY AN/GLEANER NEWS

By Mary An

At the intersection of Bloor Street West and Major Street, the Annex has welcomed a new mural. With help from the City of Toronto’s StreetARToronto grant, the Bloor Annex Business Improvement Area (BIA)  held a competition last year to fill the wall in a way that would best represent the neighbourhood. 

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NEW IN BUSINESS: New restaurant opens mid-pandemic (Oct. 2020)

November 2nd, 2020 · Comments Off on NEW IN BUSINESS: New restaurant opens mid-pandemic (Oct. 2020)

Entrepreneur invests in community on a wing and a prayer

Inder Singh, owner of the new Wild Wings in the Annex, took the brave step forward of opening up a restaurant in hopes of supporting his new community. MARY AN/GLEANER NEWS

By Mary An

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GRADING OUR GREENSPACE: Grading the green (August 2020)

September 9th, 2020 · Comments Off on GRADING OUR GREENSPACE: Grading the green (August 2020)

Park it here

In this year’s installment of evaluating park spaces within the Gleaner’s catchment area, our observers noted the impressive revival of Queen’s Park North showing what a great city can do when it focuses its imagination and resources. The neglected Euclid Avenue Park, near Koreatown, shows what happens when these resources are withheld. Compiled by Mary An, Tanya Ielyseieva, and Nicole Stoffman.

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Tags: Annex · Life

LIFE: Tulip Fairies surprise (July 2020)

August 7th, 2020 · Comments Off on LIFE: Tulip Fairies surprise (July 2020)

Neighbourly love abounds in Seaton Village

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Tags: Annex · Life