Bitter Grounds Magazine

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Written by catpaw

May 02, 2015

Lurking on McCaul Street where even the graffiti is cool

Beautiful day to look at wall art & graffiti in Toronto. Finally, a few days of sustained warmth and sunshine. I’ve been lurking down around Queen and McCaul in the downtown area. Wonderful place to sit and enjoy the sideshow called humanity.  Canadians can’t make up their minds about what to wear. But here’s a tip – if it’s warm enough to put on shorts, then leave the mukluks and parkas at home.

I was over at Above Ground Art Supplies for their Big Tent sale fondling the art supplies. It’s always fun. And yes, I do drool over pencils and paper stock. Didn’t pick anything up this time, seemed like an awful lot of effort would be needed to decide what to buy. Ended up wandering along the street taking random photos of random stuff. Just finished looking at them and well, let’s just say, it’s a good thing I don’t have to pay to develop pictures.  I think for every 100 photos I take, about 3 are worth keeping.

Photo of a wall covered in pages from a magazine

A long read

Anyway, I like McCaul – it’s a bit grotty at times, but Above Ground is there. So is OCAD and the AGO on the corner. Just down the road is a quick step to good cafes on Queen.  There is some fun wall art along McCaul, and some great graffiti.  Like Moter at the top of the page. Found it pasted on a door frame.  No idea what it’s about, but it looked poster-worthy to me.

Wall art McCaul St. Toronto reading Patterns Magazine - the apathy issue

The Apathy Issue

If you go down, you can linger along the Brinks Building (60 McCaul St.) and read the Apathy Issue magazine.  Bit of a mad genius effect along the wall. Don’t forget to watch people as they walk along the wall. Some stop to look; others avert their eyes and rush along as if they don’t want to be caught looking at the wall.   When you finish, slide down to Queen St for a crepe and sit and have a latte in the sun. Makes up a little for the crappy winter we had.

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