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Posts Filed Under: Photos


A Portrait of Homelessness

An upcoming photo exhibit tells the stories of homeless people from the downtown east side.

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Photo by Monica Gupta

People in Parks

City Hall (100 Queen Street West)

January 29–30

There’s been a big chill in Toronto lately. The first few weeks of 2015 have seen a rash of deaths from people freezing outdoors, and the City has taken notice. Discussion of how Toronto supports its homeless population and accompanying infrastructure has grown, and the proposed City budget includes increased funding for shelters. These are important issues to address, but it seems Toronto only does so when it’s -20° C and shelters are beyond capacity.

Enter Monica Gupta and her photography project, People in Parks, which will be on display at City Hall on January 29 and 30.

Keep reading: A Portrait of Homelessness


Scene: Polar Bear Dip

Hardy souls took the frigid plunge for the annual Polar Bear Dip.

WHERE: Sunnyside Beach

WHEN: Thursday, January 1, 12:00 p.m.

WHAT: The 10th annual Toronto Polar Bear Dip saw 600 hardy people start their new year with a really quick run into Lake Ontario, followed by a much longer time trying to get warm. While many people wore their swimsuits or underwear for the occasion, others dressed as bears or sailors in order to get into the spirit of things. The event raised $70,000 for the charity Habitat for Humanity, adding to the $200,000 the Toronto Polar Bear Club has raised since 2005.



Historicist: The View From the Top

Toronto through the years, as seen from above.

Coming in for a landing on a clear day, we can pick out landmarks from the window of an airplane, identify streets filled with toy cars, and spot buildings that look miniature from that distance and vantage point. Seeing the city from above—from an airplane window, the top floor of an office tower, or the once-tallest structure in the world—is so commonplace today that we take it for granted.

Keep reading: Historicist: The View From the Top



Star Gives Library More Than One Million Vintage Photographs

Images spanning the last century will soon be available to the public.

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The Toronto Public Library’s special collections department has just received a sizeable donation: more than one million photographs, which represent the complete photographic archive of the Toronto Star for the years 1900–1999.

“This photo archive is believed to be the only complete archive of Canadian news photographs spanning the entire 20th century and we are proud that we can now make this freely available at the library,” said Jane Pyper, city librarian.

Keep reading: Star Gives Library More Than One Million Vintage Photographs