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A Walk Through Leslieville

It was a sunny day for my Leslieville photowalk. I started my ramblings on the corner of Dundas Street East and Broadview Avenue, then slowly worked my way further east, then south, to Queen Street East. I called it a day when I reached Leslie Street then caught the streetcar home.

Leslieville is great for photography and offers so many quirky opportunities. I know I certainly enjoyed the day.

Mini Mural
Corner of Dundas Street East and Broadview Avenue
On the side of SEED Alternative Secondary School, 885 Dundas Street East
House With Character
948 Dundas Street East
Under the Railroad Tracks
Dundas Street East, near Logan Avenue
Can I give you a hand?
Seen in someone’s front yard on Dundas Street East
“The Giant Storybook Project”
Created by the artist Herakut in 2012. Located at 1135 Dundas Street East.
“The Signature Marker” by Pierre Poussin
Located in Carlaw Dundas Park, on the corner of Dundas Street East and Carlaw Avenue. Pierre Poussin’s Brick Obelisk is a three-sided pyramid which responds to the shape of the Carlaw Dundas Park where it is erected. It is 9.2 metres high, ensuring that all traffic – pedestrian, bicycle or car – will be able to see it as they enter and explore the neighbourhood. The obelisk is made with corten steel onto which historic maps of the neighbourhood, spanning from 1851 to 2016, are etched. The structure is illuminated from within by LED lights so that details of the etched steel are visible at night.
Building the Railroad Bridge
Enlarged photo in Carlaw Dundas Park, on corner of Dundas Street East and Carlaw Avenue
Welcome to Leslieville
1130 Queen Street East
1137 Queen Street East
“Leslieville Is Beautiful”
Queen Street East
“Leslieville” Mural
Mural by Elicser and Sight, 2016. Corner of Queen Street East and Jones Avenue.
Utility Box
Northeast corner of Queen Street East and Jones Avenue, Leslieville
Vintage Stove
Reggie’s Queen East Appliance Centre, 1180 Queen Street East
The Duke
1225 Queen Street East
Mural on side of The Duke
1225 Queen Street East
Nice Schnozz
Gio Rana’s Really, Really Nice Restaurant, 1220 Queen Street East
Dave’s Hot Chicken
1130 Queen Street East, corner of Bertmount Avenue and Queen Street East
Kristapsons Smoked Salmon
1095 Queen Street East
Anvil Jewellery
Nice paint job! 1015 Queen Street East.
Mural on side of Cask Music
1054 Queen Street East, corner of Queen Street East and Pape Avenue
Queen Street East Presbyterian Church
947 Queen Street East
Dr. R.J. Black, D.V.S.
923 Queen Street East
“Life Is Sweet”
Northeast corner of Logan Avenue and Queen Street East. This interactive mural is a creative placemaking collaboration between Contemporary Canadian Artist Benny Bing, Paulina O’Kieffe-Anthony, Craig’s Cookies and 908QSE Inc., integrating arts and culture in community development and rejuvenating the Queen Street East and Logan Avenue streetscape.
Mural on the side of Cannoe Cannabis
698 Queen Street East, corner of Boulton Avenue
Queen Garden Centre
771 Queen Street East
Cool storefront on “Civilian House of Cannabis”
745 Queen Street East
Paper Mache Bunny
Queen Street East

A Broadview Walk

COVID-19 was raging in the middle of 2020 when I took these shots. For this photowalk I did a mini-tour of Broadview Avenue from the Danforth up to Mortimer Avenue, then back again. The street was deserted – I didn’t encounter a soul on this little jaunt; definitely a sign of the times.

Empty Streetcars
Broadview TTC Station
894 Broadview Avenue
Tony’s Barber Shop
910 Broadview Avenue

On the side of the Rosicrucian Regional Cultural Centre
835 Broadview Avenue

Definitely Retro
850 Broadview Avenue
Decrepit Doorway
Somewhere on Broadview Avenue

Untitled Murals on Broadview Avenue

BikeShare Toronto
On Broadview Avenue

The Toronto Chinese Archway

Opposite Bridgepoint Health Centre (now Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital) , near the intersection of Gerrard Street East and Broadview Avenue, there stands the Zhong Hua Men gate, aka Toronto Chinese Archway. The gate serves as an entrance-way to the Chinese community in this neighbourhood.

The Archway’s official construction began in late 2008 and opened to the public, with a ceremony by then-Mayor David Miller, on September 12, 2009. The creation of the Archway came about in large part due to the efforts of Valerie Mah, as a member of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of East Toronto, together with Councillor Paula Fletcher.

The two stone lions, each weighing 3 tons, sitting at the base of the Archway are a gift from the People’s Republic of China. The project cost roughly $900,000.00, of which the City of Toronto contributed $415,000.

Ten years in the making, the Archway was the brainchild of Dale Cheung, President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce (East Toronto) and Bernard Loh, the group’s Vice-President, as well as a small group of past and present members. The group dreamed up the project, back in the day, while having Dim Sum with the area’s former City Councillor, Jack Layton.

In keeping with the traditional Chinese Paifeng style of commemorating the great achievements of ones ancestors, the Zhong Hua Men Archway is engraved with messages of goodwill and wisdom.

The Archway and parking lot next to it has since won a prestigious international award in 2012 for Best Design/Implementation of a Surface Parking Lot.

The lions are lifted into place, 2009
This photo courtesy of The Toronto Star

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