Across the street from the Honest Ed’s hole, the first houses on Markham Ave are coming down. Most’ll survive, but these are making way for a new park.
The stairwell at Campbell House draped in the names of the Canadians who died in the First World War. Tens of thousands of them. Every little white mark an indescribable loss. At @warflowersexpo.
The @warflowersexpo at Campbell House also includes art by @markraynesroberts — WWI frozen in crystal.
Trench whistles from the First World War. The piercing sound of imminent death. (@warflowersexpo at Campbell House.)
One of the most powerful things about the @warflowersexpo: scents recreating olfactory scenes from the First World War.
Actual poppies from Flanders, sent home to Montreal during WWI. “Dear wee Celia — with much love from Daddy. At the Front, Flanders, 1916.” She was just 1 year old when her father went off to war. (@warflowersexpo at Campbell House.)
“Dear wee Celia, from the trenches and shell holes with much love from Daddy. Flanders at the Front, June 1916.” Day after day in WWI, George Stephen Cantlie would find a flower to pick & send it back to his daughter in Montreal. (The @warflowersexpo, Campbell House.)
At Campbell House today for WAR Flowers, a unique & powerful exhibit — the old 1822 mansion is filled the letters & pressed flowers a Canadian soldier sent home to his daughter from the trenches of WWI, plus scents, crystal art, portraits, and other artifacts: @warflowersexpo.
The last stand.
Goodbye @thebalconies! It’s a cliche, but it really does feel like the end of an era: been going to see them & write about them & take photos of them for like a decade now, since back in the old SoundProof days & then with the Little Red Umbrella too. Saw them play their final Toronto show last night. So sad to see them go, but so so glad for the time they spent as one of the most amazing live bands in the city.