Food For Our Future

I had the opportunity and pleasure to attend “Recipe For Change” last evening.  This is Food Share’s annual fund raising dinner. Food Share is a non-profit food co-op that has been in existence since 1985.

IMGP6393 IMGP6390 IMGP6388The work Food Share does is primarily in the education of JK to grade 12s teaching food literacy.  How to grow, cook and compost fresh and healthy food. This fundraiser helps those efforts directly.

DSC_0292 IMGP6395 DSC_0217 DSC_0238Schools were well represented as well, Eastdale C.I. , Bendale C.I. George Brown College. The other participants read like the who’s who of fine dining in Toronto.

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Armed only with a wine glass, a linen napkin and a fork I was unleashed into a cornucopia of delights from all corners of the earth.

DSC_0190 DSC_0196 DSC_0195 DSC_0194From the simple pleasure of a freshly shucked B.C. oyster to some of the finest culinary treats I have ever had the pleasure to taste, this event was a gastronomical delight.

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What I did notice was the pride and joy that these artists took in their work. Happy to explain each dish to each and every person that asked.

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The big and happy smiles on the faces of these chefs as each person took that bite and relished that dish were confirmation that these artisans really put a lot of love into their work.

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There was also a silent auction of some really great items including bicycles, a stainless steel range, train trip with via and lots of neat smaller items as well. Unfortunately that no.3 blue sweater wasn’t getting the attention it might have at other times.

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ll in all a wonderful evening. Thanks to fro sending me and many thanks to Food Share for putting the event on! Please look them up, they are a very important piece of our city, our schools and for all of those that need their help.
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And yes I had the garlic and pepper infused marshmallow. It was great!

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Enjoy Toronto


Ice Fest, 2015, Yorkville, Toronto

I had the opportunity to take a walk through Yorkville to enjoy the 15th annual Ice Fest.

DSC_0119 DSC_0117 DSC_0111 DSC_0109 DSC_0104The theme was “Frozen In Time”  and full of wonderful mythical creatures. It was a very well attended event.

DSC_0102 DSC_0100 DSC_0099 DSC_0093 DSC_0091The craftsmanship of these pieces was quite something and although the main competion had ended yesterday it was a pleasure to see some of these artists still working on pieces. Mostly a large fascinating Taj Mahal.

DSC_0089 DSC_0087 DSC_0085 DSC_0082 DSC_0077There must have been many thousand pictures taken and I have never seen so many selfies taken in one day.

DSC_0075 DSC_0072 DSC_0070 DSC_0067 DSC_0064All in all a very enjoyable, free event that lots of people took advantage of.

DSC_0059 DSC_0053 DSC_0051 DSC_0050 DSC_0048All in all it is amazing what can be done with 20,000 pounds of ice!DSC_0045 DSC_0043Enjoy Toronto………..


The Art Of The Phone

introductionRecently, thanks to a good friend, I had the opportunity to take a small trip into history. He has been in the phone business for years. While still actively in the phone business, his place has become a museum of sorts. He kindly gave me the opportunity to wander through it with my camera and I must say a lot of it brought back a lot of memories for me. There was no “prep” for this so all the dust you see is real and honest.DSC_0874IMGP6371 DSC_0875DSC_0869Needless to say the invention of the phone changed the course of history. How we connected, talked, did business .

IMGP6363In my neighborhood every house had a small alcove just inside the front door that was the phone room. We had to run to answer it and run to get Mom or Dad .

I enjoyed my trip back. Back to a time when things rang and clang. Lights went on, flickering when on hold.

IMGP6365 IMGP6376Things were connected, harnessed, coupled, strung. A phone call would set of a series of events in several places.

DSC_0903 DSC_0905 DSC_0894Ships placed thousands of miles of cable across oceans and from coast to coast.

DSC_0898 DSC_0896 DSC_0900Things were measured in Amperes rather than Gigs. DSC_0902 DSC_0906At a time this switchboard would have been a bustling work station with a hard working highly trained operator working feverishly to connect the incoming with their intended targets.

IMGP6353 IMGP6353-001As things progressed the phone became colourful to match a decor. People would shop for hours to pick just the right one.

IMGP6369 IMGP6355 IMGP6368Even businesses had a plethora of colour and style choices. DSC_0870 IMGP6381 DSC_0893Buttons replaced dials. Styles got fancier but we all loved our phones. DSC_0880 DSC_0879Some of these units still work, my friend is still in the business of supplying parts and technology to fix these things.

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But most of them sit quietly, gathering dust, reminding us of a time when we were “hard-wired” . When “bundling” was a physical activity and to hook up, you had to plug in.

IMGP6362 DSC_0884 DSC_0883In reflection, it seems that the faster and more instant our connections are. The further our satellite bouncing reach gets, maybe what we did as people was disconnect. Now go answer the phone

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The Farm

I recently had the chance to go through some pics I took a few years ago. My apologies for being off topic but these shots were not taken in Toronto. Every now and then I get the opportunity to take a road trip on a weekend. This one was a pleasant late summer, early fall trip to a farm with one of my sons and two dogs. As I went through the pics I got to take a little warm journey of remembering that weekend.

DSC_0955 DSC_0962 I got the chance to spend a few quiet hours not only viewing but feeling the land. Out standing in a field. Breathing a very different tasting air , hearing different sounds or no sounds at all.


listening to the wind across the rolling hillside. Cattle feeding in the distance.

DSC_0925 DSC_0921DSC_0957Time seems to stand still for a moment.Physically and in a historic sense. These images could have been taken at any time in history and wouldn’t look much different.

DSC_0929DSC_0926buildings that have stood there starkly and quietly for many years. Unchanged except for maybe the odd coat of paint.

DSC_0924 DSC_0931 DSC_0930 DSC_0932 DSC_0934The dogs loved the weekend and the chance to run until tired. No restraints, no boundaries.

DSC_0937 DSC_0936 DSC_0938Time seems rather meaningless in such circumstance and in the end surely these few buildings will still stand for quite a time.

DSC_0946 DSC_0947 DSC_0952 DSC_0951In the middle of nowhere, at no particular time and of no real importance to any but a few. But a weekend well worth the moment to sit and observe and keep as a nice warm memory on an otherwise grey winter day.

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Street Art

While it’s easy to walk by and ignore it’s impossible to not see it. Toronto is covered in art .When I was first introduced to it (many years ago) it was felt to be an egregious crime ranking up there with things like treason. These young criminals were running roughshod over the rules and society.

june10m june10g DSC_0347  They were flagrantly posting art where it was not supposed to be. We even had a member of our own city council that decided she was empowered to decide what was art and what was to be removed.

DSC_0348 DSC_0342 DSC_0310 Attitudes have changed over the years and street art has become mainstream and even to some quite profitable.

DSC_0479 (2) The quality of some of the work speaks for itself. Some of these walls are epic pieces and maybe in the future deserve the same historic consideration and care as the buildings they are on.DSC_0327DSC_0843DSC_0338DSC_0014some pieces speak of epic struggles and the sense of community , some speak of crumbling relations .

DSC_0519Other pieces are tributes to beauty and some exceptional people. Perhaps even an exceptional moustache.

DSC_0616 DSC_0615 DSC_0700Businesses have embraced street art to colourfully bring attention to their locations. Often in very fun and whimsical ways.

DSC_0163 DSC_0325 DSC_0162 DSC_0055Sometimes these pieces are just fun and make you smile. For obvious reasons I had to not show the exact address of the secret den. Wouldn’t want to get into the Ninja’s bad books.

DSC_0160 DSC_0239 DSC_0153DSC_1075DSC_1076DSC_1064DSC_1061DSC_1038DSC_1036DSC_1029But in the end, like all good art, it will make you stop and think. Sometimes happily . Sometimes philosophically.

DSC_0033 (2)-001and sometimes the message might try to rip your heart out.

DSC_0839 Next time you have the chance to walk through Toronto take the time to look up(and down) and appreciate the art of it all. To the artists whose work is shown here thanks for making my city a brighter more colourful place, keep it up!