Posts Tagged ‘College St.’

Yesterday, Sunday of the long August weekend, I was sitting on a streetcar after walking around downtown.  I was in no rush; I was enjoying the scenery and the people watching.  The streetcar detoured off route so I didn’t end up where I expected to.  But no problem, I had my camera with me.

very front of a TTC bus at a bus stop with a streetcar turning in front of it, also reflections of turning streetcar. Some people standing on the sidewalk

These photos are glimpses of life in the city as seen through a streetcar window as it passes by.  Most of them were taken through glass…  and often the streetcar was moving…  so please don’t expect technically perfect shots!

hot summer day, people waiting for an arriving TTC streetcar on College Street, woman in a wide brim blue hat and flowery skirt, man in blue Hawaiian shirt with orange and yellow flowers

below: Northeast corner of Spadina and College streets.

northeast corner of Spadina and College streets, people crossing Spadina, low rise old brick building

below: “The Best in Town”for banana boats! cones!  sundaes! shakes!

an ice cream truck on College Street,

a person in orange t shirt and white shorts running to cross intersection of Bay and College

below: Dundas at Bay. Ryerson School of Management, Best Buy, and Canadian Tire.

intersection of Bay and Dundas, westbound traffic and bikes, some pedestrians ready to cross Bay as well.

below: Reflections on Dundas

reflections of a TTC streetcar in the window of a building on Dundas

below: Surfacing from Dundas subway station

people exiting Dundas subway station on the northwest corner of Dundas and Yonge, a couple trying to figure where they are

below: The newest mural near Dundas and Victoria.

large black and white mural on Dundas Street, white car parked in front of it. Mural features portraits of people

below: University buildings at Dundas and Church – and the rebranding of Ryerson as TMU (Toronto Metropolitan University).

corner of Dundas and Church streets, looking northwest, Ryerson University buildings, a man on a bike waiting for a green light

below: Ran out of gas, northeast corner of Dundas and Church

northeast corner of Dundas and College. Old gas station that has pumps and most of buildings removed, overhang structure still in place, taller buildings behind

below: Dundas and Mutual.  An old building put to a modern use.

corner of Dundas and Mutual, two men on bikes, older house on corner with yellowish brick and mansord roof, now a cannabis shop

below: The sign says it all. Every time I pass Filmores I am surprised to still see it standing. I thought that it was supposed to be torn down months (years?) ago.  I was also surprised to see Filmores on sites like Expedia, and  You can’t actually book one of their “straight forward rooms” on these sites, you have to call or email the hotel directly.  If you want to know more than that, you’ll have to do your own research!

front of Filmores Hotel on Dundas Ave., with sign over front entrance that says the rumours of our closing are greatly exaggerated

below: You might be able to stay at Filmores, but you can’t eat at The Love Cafe anymore.

old sign for the love cafe, bent and slightly broken above heart shaped sign, on exterior of the restaurant

below: Christmas wreaths on the doors of Dunhill Electric Co.

Dunhill electric, a very narrow storefront on Dundas

below: Dundas and Ontario Streets, Royal Oak Inn

Dundas and Ontario streets, Royal Oak Inn, Hydra Tattoo

below: Dundas and Parliament, north side

Dundas at Parliament

people sitting on a TTC bus

a young woman in black hajib and white bag walks past closed doors of a bus

Happy trails!

Some new people that I saw in a couple of alleys this week;
Ladies in the Milky Way and gentlemen behind College Street.

below: Six naked women can now be found in the Milky Way

mural street art painting of a naked woman, two pink women holding hands, drawn with purple outlines, on a pink background, with some green plants in the painting too

mural street art painting of a naked woman, three pink women standing together, drawn with purple outlines, on a pink background, with some green plants in the painting too
mural street art painting of a naked woman, pink woman with purple outlines, on a pink background, with some green plants in the painting too

below: And now for the men.  Back in April I posted a few photos from this location, at the end of Cyril Lane and running behind the north side of College Street just east of Borden.  The cartoon like mural on the wall of the Kaisar Guesthouse (to the right) was there then.  The other faces are newer additions.

Two walls covered with street art. One wall has a mural for the Kaisar guest house. The other wall has a man's head and hand that is pointing to an exterior staircase.

mural street art of three men from the waist up. All have short hair, one with green shirt, one with orange shirt and the third with a white shirt,

mural street art of two men's heads, each under a window and each with curly hair. They are bright pink on an orange background


Lovebot takes flight over the city
with a poser bunny tagging along for the ride,

beside 289 College St.

a mural on the upper storey of a two storey building.  Lovebot is flying above a city scene with a light brown poser bunny holding on to him, and flying behind him

Borden Street becomes an alley south of College Street.  It runs along the east side of Kensington Community School, then makes a turn and runs part way along the south side of the school.  All of the garage doors have been painted with pictures and murals.

below:  The most northerly garage door has a sign that indicates that the murals were a gift to the children of Kensington Community School from the Kensington Market Action Committee.  They were painted by a number of different artists.

A large green and black beetle (or a similar insect) painted on a garage door along with words

longer view of part of an alley showing the street art covered garage doors.

Street art piece of a tag in the middle and a face on either top corner.

Graffiti on a garage door.  A face is in the top right corner and she is looking down towards the ground.  Stylized.

Graffiti painting of a hand holding a can of spray paint.

Garage door with a very large round fat yellow mother hen with two little chicks following behind her.

Graffiti painting on a garage door of the words "Hi Def" in rounded fat letters with colours in pinks greens and black squares.

A mural on a garage door, a wispy picture of a man, an owl and a pair of eyes

close up of a man

north end of an alley with garage doors on the right, white chain link fence on the left.   The garage doors are covered with street art and graffiti.

North end of the alley, looking towards College Street.


below:  Hey and Hello, by J. Stanton

 A mural on a garage door, all yellow and black, stylized figures a fish, a bone, a wedge of cheese with a face, two cherries made into little figures with eyes, mouth and legs, a large sandwich with a face on the bun as well as arms and legs, also a lemon with eyes, arms and legs.  personified food,,

below: A painting by lexr in 2012, Hey Markusiel.
The sign on the gate refers to the Yinka Dene Alliance, a coalition of six First Nations groups from northern British Columbia who organized to stop the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline being built through their territory.

Wooden garage door with a painting of a boy with a baseball cap on his head and a breathing mask around his neck and nose.

below: Street art piece by Cam Novak

Purple and blue abstract street art on a garage door.

below: Max and the Wild Things by ACS Murals (Annex Creative Services Murals)

Mural on a garage door of Max and the Wild Things, characters from the children's book "Where the Wild Things Are" .  They are swinging from tree branches.

Close up of a Mural on a garage door of Max and the Wild Things, characters from the children's book "Where the Wild Things Are" .  Two of the wild things are  are swinging from tree branches.

below: Another ACS mural

mural on a garage door in an alley of a marine scene.  A large grey and white shark is swimming along with a yellow and black angel fish.  There is a pink starfish and some coral as well.

Graffiti tag on a garage door in an alley, green tag on blue and orange background.  The tag, or word, says "sighto" or something like that.

Blue graffiti tag on pale orange background on a laneway garage door.  The word 'Suniti' is written in small letters in the top left corner.

below: The next four pictures are from a mural that covers a couple of garages.  From left to right.

colourful graffiti of two bulls

multicoloured street art on a garage door of a boy reaching forward, his hand is foreshortened and is clasest to the viewer.

street art painting on a garage door in a laneway, a woman with open mouth under a row of eyes

colourful graffiti painting of a man's face surrounded by a lot of abstract shapes

In a small alley running behind the south side of College St., west of Bathurst, we discovered a large number of sticker graffiti pieces.


brown brick wall with a window that has been boarded over and painted the same brown colour.  In the window, and on the window frame, are a large number of sticker graffiti pieces.

once it was a window, now it is a canvas of sorts


close up of some of the stickers that are in the window.  One has words on it that asks if you have thanked yourself for persevering.  Another is a red lizard with the words No Pipelines written on it,  and another is a dog that is licking socks.

persevering thank you very much, while the dog licks the socks


A woman wearing a light purple cloth over the lower part of her face is holding a large white sign with the letter A inside a circle on it.   Beside her is a large purple flower.  Both are sticker.

partially obscured with purple and purple flower


An assortment of some of the stickers.  These are the ones that were on the top part of the window.  A person  wearing a balaclava, a black haired girl with the lower part of her face covered in black, an outline drawing of a rabbit,

I did what I could with this photo as it was taken looking upward into the shadows of the window. Strange angle too – being much taller might have helped!


A black and white sticker on a yellow pole.  The words on the sticker say Rad Brad.  It is weird looking two legged creature.

Rad Brad hanging out on a yellow pole