Photo Series: My Toronto


Part One: The Distillery District

This entry on 'ol Bloggy McBloggerson marks the first in a photo series called "My Toronto" or "I really should use that digital camera for more than taking cute pictures of the cats". There are so many amazing architectural spaces in our great city (not as many as their could be, but I think we're working on that) that make living here special. The Distillery is one of my favourites.

Founded in 1832 by brothers-in-law William Gooderham and James Worts, the Gooderham and Worts Distillery eventually became the largest distillery in the British Empire. Set on 13 acres in downtown Toronto, the forty plus buildings constitute the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture in North America.

The Distillery is now a pedestrian-only village entirely dedicated to arts, culture and entertainment. Internationally acclaimed galleries, artists' studios and workshops, restaurants, bars and cafes, as well as live music, all form part of this new landmark cultural centre. The Distillery, preserved as it is, has been the location for over 800 film and television productions in the past decade, including Chicago and The Hurricane.

I've experienced the Distillery a few different ways and it's always enjoyable to spend time there whether you are at a fancy art opening with your boss from CSIS, grabbing coffee on a Saturday morning at Balzac's with Zee Noixy, taking in the Jazz fest with your Robeau or the shops with your mom. My favourite way to spend time at the Distillery is quietly and alone on a weeknight and in the Autumn. There is something about the gloom of an early evening in October that suits the place and its history completely. I took these pictures last night in an attempt to capture the mood of one of my favourite Toronto places.

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