A Perpetual Fascination with Canada’s Metropolis
One of our more persistent photographic intrigues over the years refers to the expansion, beauty, and diversity of our hometown, Toronto.
Few cities - at least in the Americas - have displayed as much infrastructure, residential, and commercial growth as Toronto has in the 21st century. Put simply, its population is exploding, skyline undergoing a dramatic face lift, and with this comes the inherent adaptation its some five million inhabitants must endure. It truly is a unique situation to observe, and we find ourselves constantly rewarded with new discoveries each day. It is for these reasons that we have found ourselves enamored with the intricacies of Canada’s metropolis; Toronto is such a dynamic city in all regards, and we cannot ignore its fast-changing future.
To us, the following portfolio inspects some of the most fundamentally Torontonian characteristics... Plus a few cliches.
We will continue to eagerly look forward to the changing face of Toronto in the coming years, and, in the meantime, we implore all to take a peek at the personality of their own hometown - who knows what one might find.
Robson and David
Home to Canada's banks and investment community, this bustling centre has matured to highlight architectural styles from turn of last century (arc deco base of buildings) to globally designed skyacrapers epitomizing classic designs from virtually every recent decade. In fact, every decade since the '60 finds its place in this dense cluster of towers. The notable towers, in clockwise fashion from the top right, are as follows: TD Tower (731ft), TD Earnst & Young Tower (437ft), Commerce Court West (784ft), Commerce Court North (476ft behind West tower), Scotia Tower (902ft), Bay Adelaide East (643ft tucked in between the Scotia tower and following...), The St. Regis Hotel (previously Trump International Hotel at 908ft), Bay Adelaide West Tower (715ft), First Canadian Place (978ft - Canada's current tallest), and the TD North Tower (600ft). Truly, this group of ten neck-bending pillars of concrete and steel encapsulate the heartbeat of downtown and, broadly, the inspiration of srchitecture itself. So, from the closing of an eventfull decade and to the onset of an optomistic new era, enjoy the image.
A Torontonaian juxtoposition of old and new, aging and youthful, grotty and pristine: facing south along Yonge Street in Toronto's core yields the dramatic transitions between architectures of yesterday and tomorrow, having both grown to define Canada's metropolis. In the foreground, typical to old Yonge Street, numerous restaurants of all ethnicities, bars, clothing stores, nail salons, and other unique businesses form another quintessential Toronto vista. Moving to the background, Toronto's unprecedented period of expansion is shown to conflict with the character of past centuries; 19th century victorian-influenced architecture and the new builds of (in order from front to back) Five Condos, Wellesley On The Park (crane), Karma Condos, and YC (Yonge at College) Condos collide as a startling contrast. In summary, where the old and sometimes decrepit (but always fascinating) meets tomorrow's future, a reflection of the peoples of Toronto is brought to fruition. Best yet, all this derives from the bottom kilometres of a 300 year old street, dubbed the world's longest.