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Historicist: Lawren Harris Transcends

“We lived in a continuous blaze of enthusiasm…above all we loved this country and loved exploring and painting it.” – Lawren Harris, 1970.

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Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson aboard the government supply ship Beothic, 1930. Library and Archives Canada

Born in Brantford in 1885, to the family who owned the Harris agricultural equipment empire, Lawren Harris first came to Toronto to study at St. Andrew’s College. When he enrolled at University of Toronto, his mathematics professor persuaded him to focus on painting.

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Thanks for the Memories (Even If They Weren’t So Great): Brunswick House May See its End

The infamous Annex bar is possibly closing to make way for, um ... a Boston Pizza?

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Photo courtesy of the Brunswick House.

If your idea of a good night out means a trip to the Brunswick House, you might want to make the most of the next few weeks.

The Brunswick and Bloor venue, founded in 1876 and currently infamous as the site of many a sloppy student bender, has had its lease terminated. Starting Dec. 31, the bar will be operating on a month-to-month basis.

The announcement, seen in a post on the Harbord Village Residents’ Association website, also includes word of a potential new occupant—Boston Pizza. The post invites neighbourhood residents to a public meeting on Monday to discuss the possibility of the chain moving into the space, and opening up a patio to do so. Ahead of the meeting, Torontonians are taking to Reddit and Twitter to voice their opinions on the matter, and share memories (at least, the ones they can recall).