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Moose in Toronto
A few years ago the streets of Toronto were filled with 326 magnificent moose scultures. The moose have left the city now, as they were all auctioned off, but a few of them still remain in the city :-)
Unfortunately I haven't seen the moose during the major event in 2000, they all look so crazy and so much fun. but I was happy to find this one moose sculpture in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It is the Global Moose by artist Fraser Paterson.
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West Simcoe Park Worker Monument
The next sculpture is actually only a few steps away from the Glenn Gould sculpture. It is the West Simcoe Park Worker Monument which honours the memory of Ontario workers who have lost their lives as a result of workplace injury or disease.
The monument has two parts :
The first part is '100 workers' by John Scott, it is a series of 100 bronze plaques topping a granite wall. Each plaque represents a year between 1901 and 2000. The first 99 are each engraved with the name and cause of death of one worker who died that year. The year 2000 plaque is blank.....
The blank plaque is kind of creepy as it makes you think what tragedy will claim its next victim. It's not a monument that makes you smile, but it does make you think. The plaques say things like, fell off a building, crushed by a train....
While I was reading this some teenagers tried to use the wall for their skateboards to do some stunts..... the teenagers were so alive, so cheerful, having a whole life in front of them..... When I looked down again at the monument, a rememberance of death, pain, lives gone by..... such a contradiction.... I didn't know what to do with it.... confusing.... life and death so close....
It also made me wonder... does anyone ever read this? does anyone ever think what happened to these people? Why did they to die such a seemingly unnessacery death.... why...
The second part is 'Anonymity of Prevention' by Derek Lo and Lana Winkler. This is a life-size sculpture (see photo) that depicts a construction worker wearing proper safety equipment chiseling a message on the granite wall: "Remembering our past…building a safe future."
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Steam Whistle Brewery
Steam Whistle brewery is located right across the street from the CN tower, toward the lake. I haven't been in the brewery itself yet, but I would love to go one day.
The major beer brands in Ontario are "Molson Canadian" and "Labatts Blue", which are the typical "lighter" American beers. But luckely Ontario has lots of more tastefull beers as well. There are many micro breweries in Ontario, like Steam Whistle, that offer a good beer with lots of flavour. I can't comment on Steam Whistle because I don't know this beer so very well, but I can recommend you another beer (my favourite) called "Ricards Red".
Tours and tastings at Steam Whistle Brewery
Tours and tastings offer the public a chance to experience, firsthand, the process of creating a craft brew. Beginning with the story of Steam Whistle - its founding, the people, and the history of The Roundhouse - the tour winds through our brewhouse, the fermentation vessels and the bottle-shop will provide a close-up look at how Steam Whistle Pilsner is made. The tour ends with a sampling and informal chat at the tasting bar.
Tours run daily and take approximately 30 minutes. The basic tour costs $4 per person and includes a taste of our Pilsner and a souvenir glass or a bottle opener. Or, take the tour but select from other souvenir choices: $6 for the Pint Glass tour; $7 for the whistle tour; $10 for the Ball Cap tour; and $16 for the T-shirt tour. Tours begin daily at 1pm and run every hour. The last tour runs 1 hour before closing. Reservations are required for tours after 4pm and anytime for groups of 10 or more.
The Original Speaker's Corner
For many years in Canada, the Speaker's Corner booth on Queen street, in front of Muchmusic, was the only Speaker's Corner area in all of Canada. Fortunately, that's no longer the case, and most major cities have several of these booths around.
When you're in the area, check out the booth, and leave an opinion on some topic. If you're lucky, they may just put your clip on Much Music, Canada's music station.
Mom, why is that cow coming out of the wall?
Wander along King St west of University Avenue ... and see some of the amazing things decorating the outside walls of some of the restaurants.
N'Awlins has a player (or at least an upright) piano and Kit Kat has 2 halves of a cow going in and out of the wall.
Across the street at the corner of John and King St. is a Sports Collectibles store and there are some very stiff and unmoving sports shirts.
This is a great area of Toronto, and it's relatively safe if you are walking around by yourself. All kinds of shops to go into, and sometimes you'll see street performers.
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Last Sunday downtown reminded me of a ghost town - empty streets everywhere, some cars with rolled up windows...aftershocks of SARS....
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