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Why we chose it: In some cases, blatant colour manipulation really pays off. We love the use of black-and-white in the peek-a-boo image through the vaulted archway of the Soldier’s Tower on the U of T campus. It really brings focus to the intricate stonework. And it’s a great choice to let the archway itself take up most of the image. An excellent example of how shooting from a different perspective can paint something you see everyday in an entirely different light—literally and figuratively! (more…)
Brooks Brothers, popularized by presidents and actors alike, is now targeting a younger demographic with its new Flatiron Shop. A concept store that made its debut in New York City earlier this year, the Toronto version is located within the vicinity of the University of Toronto, and features modern updates of signature looks such as Oxford shirts in extra-slim fits and rugby-shirt dresses. Open daily. 262 Bloor St. W., 416-925-5878.
U of T's ivy-covered campus is home to numerous historic buildings (photo by Alistair Edmondson)
I’m not a bridezilla. Really. I haven’t been planning my wedding since I was 12. I don’t have a dress picked out. And not everything has to be done my way. My wishes are simple: I just want a summer wedding and amazing photography.
My summer-wedding wish was granted fairly early in the planning process. So I was able to get straight to work on ensuring my fiancé and I would have top-notch photographs. For that I needed to find an amazing setting.
I wanted our photos to be backdropped by some classic, European-style architecture. Big columns, grand arches, rotundas, the works—like the Pantheon in Paris, or, even better, Rome’s Coliseum! I thought it would be poetic to pick an Italian-inspired building. My fiancé and I both have a trip to Italy on our respective bucket lists, our favourite movie is The Godfather, and our very first conversation happened to uncover a mutual love for Italian soccer. How cool would it be if our wedding pictures were shot in Italy? Of course, travelling to Rome would put us slightly over budget.
Thus, we looked to Toronto’s underrated stock of heritage buildings. Forget the high-rise towers and the edgy ROM and the artistic AGO. They’re nice and all, but they faded to the background of my thoughts as I rediscovered the city’s gorgeous Old World–influenced architecture. (more…)
There’s so much to see and do in this city, but after a while, admission fees, restaurant bills and shopping sprees start to add up. Where Toronto helps you get the most out of your trip without burning a hole in your pocket. Check back each week for our thrifty tips on discounted tickets, exclusive sales, free events and more.
View colourful quilts and more with Wednesday-evening PWYC admission to the Textile Museum of Canada.
PWYC Admission to the Textile Museum
Pay-What-You-Can admission at the Textile Museum is in effect every Wednesday between 5 and 8 p.m.
The Textile Museum of Canada showcases more than 1,200 cloth-based artifacts and works of art from around the world, from traditional East Asian garments and Danish tablecloths to feminist embroidery and evocative tapestries. General museum admission ($12) won’t break the bank, but frugal types will want to visit on Wednesday evenings, when you pay-what-you-can to get in. Check out Kaleidoscope: Antique Quilts from the collection of Carole and Howard Tanenbaum, examine South American fabric fragments in In Touch: Connecting Cloth, Culture + Art, and try different kinds of looms in the fibrespace hands-on gallery, all on the cheap.
Track down Toronto's many bronze businessmen (photo by Jenelle DaSilva-Rupchand).
See “Businessman” Sculptures for Free
If you’re an art fan but your PWYC budget is closer to $0? Then go on a cost-free sculpture scavenger hunt to find the Businessman. Renowned sculptor William Hodd McElcheran created a number of bronze sculptures of a portly man in an overcoat, tie and fedora. A selection of these famed pieces from the 1980s were placed around Toronto, some fittingly located in the Financial District. Find the Businessman at Brookfield Place standing tall with hat and portfolio in hand, in mid-stride in the Commerce Court East building, bareback on a horse between Brennan Hall and Emsley Hall on the University of Toronto campus, and at other spots. A variety of works by McElcheran are also available for purchase at Yorkville’s Kinsman Robinson Galleries.