Within the past week or so, the fences around the new Canary District have come down. Toronto’s newest development is now open to the public so I thought I would check it out.
I started my walk from the streetcar stop at King and Sumach. Walking down Sumach Street I passed the metal fence that separates the school property from the street. This stone building was built in 1887 as Sackville Street School and it has been used as a school ever since. At the moment it is home to Inglenook Community School. The fence with it’s double layer of metal – rusted in the back and shiny in the front – is interesting in the daytime but even more so at night when it is lit with a series of lights located between the layers and near the base of the fence.
When I took the above picture I was standing on the new streetcar tracks that run south from King Street. The tracks are ready and the wires have been installed. Streetcars will begin servicing the route in June as part of route 514. No map or schedule appears on the TTC website yet but apparently this route will run between the Dufferin Gate Loop and the new loop on Cherry Street via King Street
below: Looking north from Eastern Avenue at the new streetcar tracks on Sumach Street.
At Eastern Avenue, Sumach Street becomes Cherry Street. The new Cherry Street YMCA is on the east side of the street. The sidewalk is wide but at the moment the branches of the young trees are at face level and you have to be careful where you walk.
below: The bright red detailing on the YMCA building continues over the entry way. Part of the new residences for George Brown College peak out from behind.
Front Street now has wide sidewalks. None of the businesses have moved into the ground level retail spaces yet but the signs in the windows suggest that a number of cafes, restaurants, and food stores will soon be opening. A couple of public art pieces are also on the sidewalk.
below: ‘Lampposts’ by Tadashi Kawabata
below: Looking up from underneath the artwork.
below: ‘The Water Guardians’ stand over a soft squishy playpad.
It was designed by Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins.
below: There are a lot of little design elements that have been incorporated into the this development including what I think is a bench. With a light underneath?
below: The sidewalk around the trees is made from two colours of brick. The opening for the tree is just the right size to collect garbage. Whether or not these traps get cleaned out remains to be seen.
below: The Canary District is not yet finished as this sign clearly states.
below: The sculpture ‘No Shoes’ by Mark di Suvero is now accessible. The artwork was completed in 1967 and originally installed in High Park. In 2013 it was renovated and moved to Corktown Common.
below: The pavillion at Corktown Commons in the distance.
below: The Bala Pedestrian Underpass, aka the south exit from Corktown Commons, goes under the railway tracks and merges with the Don Landing part of the Lower Don Valley trail. The artwork was designed by Rolande Souliere and is part of the StreetARToronto initiative. A yellow Lovebot and a happy orange monster have been added to the scene too!
below: Nature in the city. Birds of a different feather. On the Don River, just south of Corktown Common a pair of swans is nesting. One of the swans was swimming a short distance away while the other was sitting on the nest. Cars pass by on the Don Valley Parkway unaware of the domestic scene below them.