Archive for June, 2011

Littlefish opens at 10am this weekend



Locomotive coffee bake and sandwich cafe… open Sat the blog is told




CPR maintenance of way train in west Toronto yard north of Junction





Another Urban farming idea

A person by the name of Steve Turner, owner of Wangara Horticultural Supplies has invented these film grade poly very strong planter bags with handles, it seems primarily for tree farmers. yet they seem like a great idea for urban framing in backyards or condo balconies. Growing in some small yards in west Toronto yardsis daunting when attempting to plot out some space to grow, and have enough space to use the yard for child play, eating and entertaining.

These bags would allow the movement of plantings of veg and herbs around as needed.

These bags are from Australia and I do not think they are available in Canada, but they do not look difficult to cut and sew up.

Link to manufacture web site

Design helps with urban farming

As Toronto inches its way to an acceptance to urban farming. This author began to think about the different needs of urban farmers, such the ability to not annoy your neighbors with smells, noises, general sundry issues such as disposing of waste, bringing in food, for animals such as chickens.

And then I came across this a wonderful chicken and egg design, it would likely even be great on a condo balcony.

The nogg chicken coop is a modern chicken house that has been designed in the shape of an egg. It has been designed to house from 2-4 chickens and is to encourage domestic farming while adding a touch of playful elegance. The nogg sits beautifully in any garden, urban or rural environment and is designed to enhance and compliment it’s surroundings. The nogg aids and advocates the provenance of homegrown foods.

Volunteers for 2011 Junction Arts Festival



The Junction Arts Festival is looking for enthusiastic and friendly individuals to volunteer their time to help make this year’s festival a great success.  Volunteers need to be able to commit to at least one 5 hour shift during the weekend of September 10 -11, 2011.  Volunteers are an integral part of the festival and we must be able to rely on your commitment.  If you would like to be a part of event please download the PDF below and fillit out  then e-mail this application to

Everyone can contribute their time, skills and knowledge through volunteeing, and their combined efforts can be a significant force for achieving  this years goal of making the festival a community owed event.


□       Set up and take down              □       Clean-up crew      □       Information Guides

□       Runners                                   □       Technical support          □       Face Painting

□       Facilitators of Kid Activities   □       Stage Crew                    □       Entertainment Assistance

□        if you have a particular interest in Volunteering  for particular just let us know

Link to  volunteer application  PDF



Park meeting plans park showing Wed July 6th Vine Parkette



6:30 and 8pm on Wednesday July 6th Vine Parkette

e parks manager,

Little Fish Opens at 9:00 am Sundays now



Little fish Opens at 9:00 am Sundays now, 3080 Dundas St W

Hopefully this note reminds this author of the time  so i don’t have to call them every weekend



Junction Arts Festival 2011, in its traditional footprint as usual now as a community organized event

hey everyone,

Just to let everyone know the Junction Arts Festival 2011, in its traditional footprint as usual now as a community organized event is happening.

Everyone is welcome to have input,  help plan or simply email a suggestion in.

2011 greater Junction (Toronto) Arts Festival September 5 th to 14th

Whats different this year?  The festival is not affiliated with the local  BIA nor is the BIA a sponsor of the festival this year.

And it addition to the traditional footprint we will have satellite sites throughout the greater Junction area – in the Upper Junction, Junction Triangle, and other places around the Junction.

Why? for two reasons… it called the Junction Arts Festival.. so it’s now all areas Junction.

Also so we can bang things into the ground and tie down larger works, a big problem for years as the city does not allow for the harming of the roadway.

The off-road locations will also allow artist over two weeks to build their works.

from the festival site.

New model artist model general details .

1. The festival will accept applications for 10  large sculptures, paintings, photographs works and offer 1000.00  to each artist, and the obtaining of materials and sundry issues such as materials transport, insurance etc.

1.b  large (ie we want them to bigger than a car, in any axis, on any plain, using square meters up to 750.

Until we get the complete info up you can email submissions up to

2011 greater Junction (Toronto) Arts Festival September 5 th to 14th









Vine Parkette Baseball diamond backdrop pull down video

Many thanks to a blog reader who sent in this video he took of the Vine Parkette Baseball diamond backdrop pull down.

This pull down is the start of reworking of the parkette in the old diamonds area of the park, read the related posts here.