Toronto’s History Gets Sticky

Image c/o the Torontoist.

Due to its concrete jungle of skyscrapers and plethora of gentrified neighbourhoods, it is easy to forget that Toronto is actually a city rich in history. In an attempt to showcase these often forgotten events, enthusiast Adam Bunch has begun the “Toronto Dreams Project,” a project which has created quite a stir amongst tourists and Toronto residents alike.

The purpose of the project is to inform the public of significant events that occurred in particular spots in Toronto. To do this, Bunch has created what he calls “sticky plaques”- or, postcard-sized stickers containing QR codes which may be scanned using a smart phone device.

Once scanned, the codes forward readers to either blog sites such as the Torontoist or Bunch’s own site; both of which explain the significance of that particular spot in Toronto.

For example, if you scan the plaque posted across from Sidney Smith Hall at the University of Toronto campus, you will be led to an article about William Hincks- or, the “Adulterous fox”. The article explains that in 1853, when the University of Toronto was looking to hire the chair of their new natural history department, a brilliant scholar named T.H Huxley, who was second only to Darwin as the most influential scientists in history, became a front runner for the position.

That is, until William Hincks came along- a scientist whose questionable and often bizarre theories were “negligent at best and harmful at worst.” Despite his lack of scientific merit, Hincks apprehended the position. Why? Because his brother, Francis Hincks, was the Premier of Ontario at the time.

Many of the historical stories chosen by Bunch are similar to this in that they are full of irony, humour, and charm. Told in a sarcastic and casual tone, the tales are an easy and interesting read, appealing to Torontonians of all ages.

There are now about 24 different sticky plaques posted throughout Toronto, but Bunch hopes to increase this to 100 by the end of the summer. These plaques not only add a unique quirkiness to the city, but also pose as a reminder that Toronto was not always the dizzying corporate core that it is today.

Not sure where to find these plaques? The map below indicates where most of them are located:


For more information on the Toronto Dreams Project or the historical events themselves, visit Bunch’s website at or scan one of the QR codes themselves!

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Toronto’s Latest Pop-Up Project

Chances are that unless you’ve been out of town or just haven’t left the house in the past week, you’ve probably noticed a brightly coloured piano or two on our city’s sidewalks. Perhaps you’ve even been fortunate enough to stumble upon an impromptu concert by one of Toronto’s hidden maestros. So, what’s the story behind one of Toronto’s latest pop-up projects? Read on to find out!

Play Me, I’m Yours

Outside Koerner Hall. Image c/o The Globe and Mail.

Touring internationally since 2008, the Play Me, I’m Yours project is an art installation curated by British artist Luke Jerram. Jerram is a multi-disciplinary artist who creates sculpture, installation art, and live art works. Jerram’s overarching goal with the Play Me project is to “provoke people into engaging, activating, and claiming ownership of their urban landscape.”

Since the commission of the exhibit by the French Minister of Culture in Paris and Mayor Bloomberg of New York City, the project has travelled to 26 countries across the globe. The Toronto edition of the project was launched with a free concert at David Pecaut Square on July 10th in anticipation of the three-year countdown to the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, which Toronto will host in 2015.

The 41 pianos represent the 41 countries that will send athletes to the Games. Each country’s piano has been painted by an artist who calls the country home. While the artists were asked to reflect the culture and spirit of their home country, they were not given any overarching themes from which to work. The idea behind the Toronto exhibition is to celebrate the diversity of cultures within the Pan American sphere.

The pianos will be donated to local schools and community groups on July 31st, so consult the list of locations we recommend checking out before you miss your chance to play a tune for your city!

Some Prime Locations for Piano Scouting

At the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Image c/o The Globe and Mail.


Royal Ontario Museum
Condos Nearby: 1 Bedford, Exhibit, Museum House, the Prince Arthur

Yorkville Parkette on Cumberland
Condos Nearby: 18 Yorkville, 36 Hazelton, The Four Seasons, Yorkville Plaza


Maple Leaf Square
Condos Nearby: 300 Front, Infinity, Pinnacle, Maple Leaf Square

Toronto Music Garden
Condos Nearby: Cityplace, Pier27, Ten York, West Harbour City


Berczy Park
Condos Nearby: 25 The Esplanade, Backstage, The Berczy, L Tower

Distillery District
Condos Nearby: Clear Spirit, Glasshouse, Mozo, The St. James


TIFF Bell Lightbox
Condos Nearby: Charlie, Cinema Tower, Festival Tower, M5V

Trinity Bellwoods Park
Condos Nearby: Bohemian Embassy, DNA, Liberty Village, Minto 775 King West

After you’ve visited the pianos that appeal to you the most, we encourage you to leave your comments here, as we’d love to hear about your experience, but also to the visit the official website and leave your comments and media there as well.


Stroll City is Back

Image c/o

Stroll City is an interactive media-art project running from June 4th to June 24th, 2012. In charge of the project is Shawn Micallef, the author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto. He is known for being a wanderer and commentator on the city landscape, having studied Toronto’s streets for a decade.

So how does the project work? Just share your observations via twitter @StrollCity and watch it appear on TTC platform screens at over 60 subway stations throughout the city. Shawn Micallef will be tweeting his discoveries and insights, so those in the twittersphere can respond.

 ‘I hope people who read the tweets will simply get excited about the city and start paying attention to it in whatever way they want,’ said Micallef, ‘When we’re in our routines, especially on transit, where we’re often late for work or thinking about where we’re going, we tend not to pay attention to what’s around us. Hopefully this gets people looking and thinking.’

So, when wandering around the city these next few weeks, don’t forget to tweet about your adventures!

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It’s Burger Week in Toronto!

Image c/o The GridTO

Starting Wednesday, May 30th, The GridTO will be hosting Burger Week in Toronto. The Grid has teamed up with some of Toronto’s best restaurants to celebrate the amazing joy that burgers have brought to people over the years. Restaurants will be offering either a special $5 burger or, at premium restaurants, a one-time-only featured burger creation.

Murrays Sandwich Emporium, located at 671 Queen Street West, just steps away from Six50 King condos is one of the restaurants participating in Burger Week. Their specialty is The Burgster. This is a 6 ounce patty on an Ace Bakery Roll with white cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and special Murray’s mayo on top. This delicious burger is their $5 Burger Week Special.

The Drake Hotel, located just east of the Bohemian Embassy Flats and Lofts, is also participating in Burger Week. However, as a premium restaurant, they are featuring a special burger for two to share. Their featured burger will be The One-Pounder, which contains naturally raised chuck and shirt rib with Grand Chevalier cheese, arugula, red onion, and tomatoes, and onion rings for $28. This is definitely not your typical burger.

For people who live closer to the downtown core, by Charlie Condos or M5V, Brassaii on King has the perfect burger special. Their specialty by burger boss Chris Kalisperas, is a $15 lamb burger with wild-leek aioli, heirloom tomato, house-made pickles, and feta cheese piled onto an Ace Bakery bun and served with fries.

Another great option is E11even, which is named after the 11 points on a Canadian Maple Leaf. This restaurant is located at 15 York Street, just down the road from Ten York condos. Their burger specialty this week is the California Burger. It features a prime shoulder chunk with lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, mayo and mustard, topped with jalapeno havarti and sliced avocado. It comes served on an egg bun with a choice of fries or salad for $23.

This event will culminate on Sunday, June 3rd, at the Artscape Wychwood Barns. This will not be a vegetarian event, so vegetarians should approach with caution. Commencing at 11:30 a.m., the best burger-meisters inToronto will come together to cook sliders. Other items on the menu will include brisket, lamb, and haggis. Entry to this event will be $5 and sliders will be $3 each.

Burger Week Facebook Page

Posted May 28, 2012