Collection by Miyoko Ohtake

Touring Toronto, Part 1


Last week I headed north (and quite a ways east) to one of my favorite cities: Toronto. I spend a fair share of my childhood in Toronto visiting family, and I later lived near the Annex neighborhood as an undergraduate architecture student at the University of Toronto. Traveling back to serve on the curatorial committee for the third Twenty+Change exhibition and publication, I was delighted to find the city as vibrant as ever. It continues to surprise me, with its creative forces always at work, interesting and innovative spots always presenting themselves, and endless construction being done. Here's the first part of my tour through Toronto.

Exploring a part of town I haven't visited much in the past, I stayed at the Gladstone Hotel on Queen Street West at...
The Gladstone Hotel is a hub for history, the arts, and evening entertainment.
I stayed in room 413, "Combo Moderna", designed by Kelly Palmer and Melanie Zanker.
One great discovery on this trip was Honey Pie Hive and Herbal's shampoo bar.
I spent Friday on the University of Toronto campus in a meeting with the Twenty+Change curatorial committee, selecting...
My touring took me to the new TIFF Lightbox, which was showing the Museum of Modern Art's Tim Burton retrospective,...
The TIFF Lightbox opened in September 2010 as the new home for the Toronto International Film Festival.
Next up was a trip down Queen Street West between Bathurst and Ossington streets.
Up first on Queen Street was Magic Pony, a store that my sister recommended and that specializes in design toys, books,...
Magic Pony also sells a big selection of stationery, like Regional Assembly of Text's Quiz cards and Chronicle Book's...
Next, it was on to Neat, a nearby modern furniture and products shop.
Neat carries all the lifestyle essentials (Bodum for the kitchen, simplehuman for the bathroom, Kartell for the living...
Now ready for a snack, we went in search of a coffee shop. Along our way, we spotted a strange little window opening.
Then it was time for a bite. *QueenSpecific was located immediately next to a delicious pastry shop called Dufflet.
We also stopped at Made, a shop on Dundas Street West that sells modern Canadian design, created and nearly all...
Inside, Made is filled with beautifully crafted designs.

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