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New Life for an Old Space on King and Spadina

Taken over by a tech company, the former Global Village Backpackers building gets a heritage-conscious revamp.

Rendering courtesy of Konrad Group.

The Konrad Group, a multi-city technology innovation company, is taking over the iconic historical building at the northwest corner of King and Spadina with BrainStation, a digital-technology education business. Originally opened in 1875 as the Richardson House hotel, the building’s most recent incarnation was as the Global Village Backpackers hostel. Now the iconic hotel reveals a superficial facelift (bye-bye, blue paint!) and an open concept interior.

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Vandalist: Buff Monster

A monstrous gift from south of the border.

buff monster

BY: Buff Monster
LOCATION: Queen and Dufferin
FIELD NOTES: We love it when visiting graffiti artists give back to Toronto with their work. Not only does it validate the fact that Toronto is a world class city for graffiti and street art, it’s a lovely gesture. We’re particularly appreciative of this mural by American artist Buff Monster. Buff Monster is living the dream. His brightly-coloured graffiti has expanded into publications, gallery shows around the world, and a slew of merchandise and collectables. And even with all this success, he’s still rooted in graffiti.

Once a week, Vandalist features some of the most interesting street art and graffiti from around Toronto. Find something great? Email