Diversions Toronto

Tourist in my home town – Grange Park

NOTE: I took these pictures in October 2019. I thought they would be good to share now during physical distancing so we can remember what’s waiting for us all when we’re done.

Tucked away behind the Art Gallery of Ontario and OCAD University is the most lovely little oasis.

At one time it was basically the back yard for The Grange (which was the original home of the AGO and has it’s own long history) and now it’s a lovely spot to wander, listen to kids playing on the playground, or water gurgling through the splash pad (in summer) or from the fountain:

(there was a person who was obviously quite fond of the fountain hanging around it and every time I went to take a picture would try and move into the shot. I’m not sure if they wanted to be in the picture or just stop me from taking it but I eventually got this photo)

I really love the way Toronto can pull off nature in the middle of the city!

And of course, the love affair with Henry Moore continues:

Large Two Forms - Henry Moore
Large Two Forms – Henry Moore

The Henry Moore Sculpture Centre in the AGO is the largest public collection of Henry Moore’s work – and he gave most of it to the gallery.

Diversions Toronto

Being a tourist in my home town – Visiting the AGO

Now that the weather isn’t so unbearably hot and humid for me I thought I’d try and go out for a walk during my lunch break every once in a while. The Art Gallery of Ontario is just around the corner from my office so I figured that’s a great place to start.

In September I went and saw a photography exhibit called “women in focus.” It was lovely.

Here are some of my favourite photos:

This one is from Lotte Jacobi – I love the way the movement is captured. I keep expecting the dancer to keep going!

I just want to know what she’s thinking! This is called “Sea of Ice (Genevieve)” from 1935.

This is a print from Violet Keene Perinchief – originally from England but moved to Ontario and “found commercial success as the manager of the Eaton’s photography studio” before setting up her own shop. The eyes. Really, that’s it. Just the eyes.

Taking pictures of photos behind glass isn’t a strength of mine obviously. Here’s a better version of the above photo:

More from the AGO in the future that’s for sure, especially because now I have a membership.


Playing tourist at home

Quentin is getting older now and I think will really enjoy doing more than maybe just playing in the park on Saturdays. My folks are great and take him places on Sunday afternoons too – gives me time to get my long runs in – but I thought he and I could really start to play tourist at home now. Toronto in general, our new home in Riverdale more specifically…

from wikipedia

And what better way to start than close to home? This Saturday (Sunday too for the art walk) are two events: the Eats & Beats in Riverside and the Riverdale Art Walk – both are along Queen St East in our end of town. The Art Walk starts at 11 am and the Eat & Beats not until 1 pm. Q usually starts his nap around 12:30 – 1 pm though we’ve got a piano repair guy coming by for 1 pm so it sort of makes sense for Q and me to head down to Queen East.


Oh and the fact that the Riverdale Historical Society is having a lawn sale in the park Saturday morning? The icing on the cake.