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CHATTER: India-sourced, Annex-available rugs (Aug. 2021)

September 8th, 2021 · Comments Off on CHATTER: India-sourced, Annex-available rugs (Aug. 2021)

Rose Garden and Rain patterned rugs by Annex-based Mark Krebs get hand washed in Mirzapur, India. Designer Davin Cowper works with about 40 people in the state of Uttar Pradesh for each production run of his all-natural, handmade rugs.
COURTESY MARK KREBS

When Davin Cowper launched a rug company out of his apartment at Harbord and Bathurst in January, 2020, he wanted to appeal to millennials ready to upgrade from mass-produced products and “actually do something with their interiors.”


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ON THE COVER: Horn on the Cob (July 2021)

August 16th, 2021 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER: Horn on the Cob (July 2021)

Horn on the Cob performed their 120th porch concert on July 21 before taking their summer break. Featuring special guests Tania Gill on Accordion and Dave Clark on drums, the 15-person band opened with Odessa Bulgar, a lively Klezmer tune. “They’re a treasure to the neighbourhood,” said local resident Susan Starkman. Horn on the Cob looks forward to playing again but doesn’t have a set schedule. “We all love making music together and sharing it with the neighbourhood!” said director Adam Seelig. NICOLE STOFFMAN/GLEANER NEWS

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NEWS: The race to preserve Annex heritage (July 2021)

August 16th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: The race to preserve Annex heritage (July 2021)

ARA, city, seek to find ways to accommodate growth

(From left) Jessica Bisson (project administrator and survey technician), Kristina Martens (lead cultural heritage specialist), Meredith Stewart (researcher and survey coordinator) and Rebecca Sciarra (principal-in-charge, not pictured) of ASI Heritage consultants will be surveying the West Annex’s 1,007 properties from September to November as part of the West Annex Heritage Project. ARA project lead, Sandra Shaul (right), hopes the research will convince the city to declare the West Annex a Heritage Conservation District.
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By Nicole Stoffman


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CHATTER: Patio pioneer passes (July 2021)

August 16th, 2021 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Patio pioneer passes (July 2021)

Fans of Italy’s national soccer team fill the Diplomatico Café’s patio in Little Italy during the Euro Cup. Little Italy exploded with joyous fans after Italy defeated England in penalties. COURTESY CAFÉ DIPLOMATICO

When Rocco Mastrangelo Sr. and his younger brother Paul established Café Diplomatico in 1968 under its original name, Bar Diplomatico, patio dining was unheard of in Toronto. With the help of two city councillors, it took the brothers a year to convince Toronto Public Health that it was safe for customers to eat outdoors, and that vehicles driving by would not contaminate food. 

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CHATTER: Tarragon offers a pay-what-you-can plan (July 2021)

August 16th, 2021 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Tarragon offers a pay-what-you-can plan (July 2021)

Budget-conscious theatre buffs rejoice: The Tarragon Theatre is offering a pay-what-you-can 2021-22 subscription season. Artistic Director Richard Rose wants to make the shared experience of theatre broadly accessible after a pandemic year that has kept audiences and actors apart. 

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ON THE COVER: Vaccine Pow Wow at Varsity Stadium (June 2021)

July 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER: Vaccine Pow Wow at Varsity Stadium (June 2021)

Dancer Miryan Rutledge performs at a Vaccine Pow Wow on Jun. 19 at Varsity Stadium. The event was hosted by Aduzhe Mino Nesewinong, a First Nations COVID-19 response program. “We’ve been experiencing a little hesitancy among our community members,” said Steve Teekens, Executive Director of Na-Me-Res. “In February, all our clinics were full, but in June we had a dip, so we’re raising awareness.” Indigenous peoples can contact appointments@healthybreathing.com or call 416-654-4184 to book a vaccine. Walk-ins are welcome.
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NEWS: Mural reveals eco-anxiety (June 2021)

July 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: Mural reveals eco-anxiety (June 2021)

Musician Scott Helman’s song Evergreen is basis for images

The Scott Helman Mural by Kaya Buium explores climate anxiety from a youthful, Gen Z perspective. NICOLE STOFFMAN/GLEANER NEWS

By Nicole Stoffman

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CHATTER: Annex Residents’ Association holds virtual AGM (June 2021)

July 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Annex Residents’ Association holds virtual AGM (June 2021)

Over 40 people were in virtual attendance at the Annex Residents’ Association’s (ARA) Annual General Meeting on April 22. Because of the pandemic, it was the first AGM in two years, but participation was up thanks to Zoom. 

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NEWS: Brunny Rexall to shutter (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: Brunny Rexall to shutter (May 2021)

Closing comes as a surprise after only 3 years in operation

On June 11, as many patios and retailers reopened, Rexall’s sign came down. NEILAND BRISSENDEN/GLEANER NEWS

By Nicole Stoffman

Rexall Pharmacy in the former Brunswick House is closing after only three years, on June 11. Employees will be re-assigned by the corporately-owned store, but the future of management is uncertain, according to an employee. 

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CHATTER: Farmer’s Market returns to the Annex (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Farmer’s Market returns to the Annex (May 2021)

Cameron and Shaylynn from Sun Ray Orchards in Beamsville, Ontario were happy to be serving customers at the first Bloor-Borden Farmer’s Market of the season. NICOLE STOFFMAN/GLEANER NEWS

The Farmer’s Market returns for a 14th season with 16 organic food vendors, which is the same number found there during pre-pandemic times.

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

May 12th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: Tenants at risk of eviction (Apr. 2021)

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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CHATTER: Tarragon’s Reinvention (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Tarragon’s Reinvention (Apr. 2021)

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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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: “On the road to a roof over his head” (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · Comments Off on LETTER TO THE EDITOR: “On the road to a roof over his head” (Apr. 2021)

Things are looking up for Jeff Reid, who has finally found a home

Jeff Reid can now afford the market rent at his new home, thanks to a provincial subsidy called the Toronto Transitional Housing Allowance Program: Homeless Stream. In his letter to the Gleaner, he shares a few suggestions for making the shelter system more welcoming to Toronto’s homeless population. NICOLE STOFFMAN/GLEANER NEWS

Hi! It’s me, the guy on page 7 of the [March edition] of the Gleaner! I have received so many comments about the article, it’s unbelievable. Instead of walking by me like I don’t exist, more people are treating me like I’m actually real or something! So happy!

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