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ON THE COVER: The white elephant (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · No Comments

The white elephant in the neighbourhood: for over 17 years this life-sized Indian elephant sculpture has watched over Seaton Village from its home at 77 Yarmouth Rd. The 9 foot tall plaster sculpture was created by Matt Donovan in 1999 as part of his student thesis at the Ontario College of Art and Design and has lived on Yarmouth since 2003. NEILAND BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS

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NEWS: Geary goes green (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · No Comments

Construction on first Green Line initiative set for 2022

Widening sidewalks for better accessibility and pedestrian safety surrounding Geary Avenue Parkette is being discussed. COURTESY DTAH

By Mary An

One of the first initiatives within the Green Line is underway. As chronicled in the Annex Gleaner’s February edition, the Green Line will be a five kilometre-long park running along the hydro-electric corridor north of Dupont Street. 

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NEWS: Tenants at risk of eviction (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · No Comments

Critics see government’s “protections” as toothless 

By Nicole Stoffman

Seven percent of Ontario tenants, or 98,000 families, can’t pay their full rent because of pandemic-related job loss. They are accumulating rent arrears that many will never be able to repay, according to the Federation of Rental Providers of Ontario (FRPO). In the Annex alone, 16 eviction applications have been made since November. 

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NEWS: Light sculptures appear on Bloor (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · No Comments

BIA pays homage to its many food establishments during COVID

The colourful strainers and colanders catch the eye during the day and vibrate unique mandela effects during the night. This cylinder artwork can be found lighting up the new parkette on Brunswick Avenue at Bloor Street West MARY AN/GLEANER NEWS

By Mary An 

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CHATTER: The pivot to the mask trade (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · No Comments

Stores like David Dunkley Fine Millinery at 974 Bathurst St. have successfully re-tooled to make protective masks for their customers.
BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

Rainbows, sparkles and onesies, it turns out, are no match for a global pandemic. That’s what Lien Nguyen and her business partner found out after COVID-19 forced numerous strategic pivots just to stay alive. Their enterprise, the Unicorn Café, opened up in January of 2020 at 561 Bloor Street W., and attempted to continue running via Uber Eats. Like many businesses, the Unicorn Café entered the mask trade and in that, found some hope.


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CHATTER: Tarragon’s Reinvention (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · No Comments

Fans of original Canadian theatre will be pleased to know that the Tarragon is not gone. On offer in May are audio dramas Scorched and Come Home-The Legend of Daddy Hall. Visit tickets.tarragontheatre.com. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

The Tarragon Theatre has stayed afloat through the third wave of this pandemic by bringing theatre lovers a full season of audio dramas. This art form enjoyed its golden age in the 40s and had been enjoying a rebirth which has boomed with the pandemic. Theatres have been discovering its usefulness as a cheaper and more reliable way to deliver shows than filmed productions or Zoom plays. Actors record their parts remotely, which are combined by the producers who then add in the sound design.

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FOCUS: New park imbued with nostalgia (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · No Comments

Interactive green space to accompany development at Bloor and Bathurst

COURTESY CITY OF TORONTO/WESTBANK CORP.

By Nabahat Hussain 

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FOCUS: Another legal weed shop heading to Bloor Street (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · No Comments

Value Buds to open where Aroma Coffee operated

Value Buds is moving into the former home of Aroma Coffee at 500 Bloor St. W. LUCA TATULLI/GLEANER NEWS

By Luca Tatulli 

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ON THE COVER (Mar. 2021)

March 26th, 2021 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER (Mar. 2021)

The Bloor Annex BIA, in partnership with STEPS Public Art and local artists Chris Foster and Layne Hinton, has transformed three of their new parkettes into lighting spectacles. These kinetic installations use bright light sources that slowly pass through a long column of common kitchen colanders. The patterns create dynamic projections that shift as the light passes through in a gesture to the diversity of restaurants that are a staple of the Annex. On site along Bloor St. at Robert St., Major St., and Brunswick Ave. until May 31. COURTESY MELANIE RAMSAY, BLOOR ANNEX BIA

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NEWS: Bike lane refresh for Davenport (Mar. 2021)

March 26th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: Bike lane refresh for Davenport (Mar. 2021)

Updates would mirror protected bike lanes on Danforth

By Luca Tatulli

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