Dandyhorse Vol. 3 Issue 2 Launch Party – Thursday, October 7, 2010

Can’t wait until October 7th to get the latest issue… here’s some good news:

Be the first to grab a copy this Sunday, September 26 at Word on the Street, Queen’s Park, Toronto!

Our latest issue features original art and illustrations by some of Toronto’s top artists and photographers, including Elicser and John Lee. In preparation for Toronto’s upcoming mayoral election, we feature a mayoral cheat sheet and profiles of the city’s top mayoral candidates. We also take it to the streets and interview regular people about why they love riding in the city and what they’d like the next mayor to do for cyclists. We also have a fashion photo feature,  advice from our Polite Pedallers and a stunning new comic by artist Chimo Chan. And don’t forget to check out our new feature section, Clipped In, for the first of  a series of provocative pedal stories: this time, renowned writer Richard Poplak takes us for a ride.

Via Dandyhorse

Covet: The reCYCLEr Gilbert Vanden Heuvel at ShopGirls

Discarded bicycle parts become functional everyday items like salt and pepper shakers and serving trays when placed in the hands of Ontario artist Gilbert Vanden Heuvel.

On display and for sale at ShopGirls in Parkdale, these designs allow you to bring your bicycle love indoors, without worrying about getting grease stains on everything.

More items and designs at The reCYCLEr
Or head over to ShopGirls at 1342 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON

Toronto Bike Life: Queen Street Part 3

The Dufferin Jog – Gladstone to Dovercourt

Culture ShockTrain bridges are marvels of engineering. The weight they must support is incredible. It’s no wonder that train bridges inspire us and scare us and change the landscape wherever they are built.

The Dufferin Jog, long since separated, is in its final days. Dufferin will once again connect at Queen Street.

Yet, Queen Street is still disconnected by the physical sensation of passing under these bridges. Parkdale ends in the east at the Jog, on the other side, West Queen West is taking on a new shape, sometimes good, sometimes bad. Bike life here remains a constant, even as the scenery changes almost daily.

Removing the Jog

Under the Bridge

Construction Zone Ends; Does it Really?

Pure Pwnage


Drake Parking

The Mall


Great Hall

Toronto Bike Life: Queen Street Part 2
Toronto Bike Life: Queen Street Part 1

Toronto Bike Life: Queen Street Part 2

Queen Street West and Jameson Avenue – Parkdale Continued

Queen JamesonPart 1 of the Toronto Bike Life tour of Queen Street took us from the intersection of King, Queen, Roncesvalles and the Queensway into the heart of Parkdale.

Part 2 explores the depth of Parkdale and the rapid transformation of the area as you begin to approach the Dufferin Jog.

Super Savings Bicycle


Happy Time




Wire Cage

Best Convenience

For Sale

Garage Sale


Toronto Bike Life: Queen Street Part 1

Toronto Bike Life: Queen Street Part 1

The intersection of Queen Street West, King Street West, Roncesvalles and the Queensway

Queen King Roncesvalles Queensway

With the early arrival of summer weather, Toronto’s streets are flooded again with cyclists. Perhaps it’s because there’s more light and perhaps it’s because you want to see them, but bicycles and the people who ride them are always apart of the city scene, they just seem to stand out in the sunshine.

In this series of photo posts I’m going to start on a major Toronto street and travel from end to end, documenting the bicycles and people who use these paved routes for work, school, play and life.

I’m starting with Queen Street. Home to the world’s longest streetcar route, thriving and struggling neighbourhoods and a vibrant cross-section of the people who are Toronto, Queen Street connects east to west even though the outer limits may seem worlds apart.

Part 1 begins where Queen Street West ends, at the intersection of King, Queen, Roncesvalles and the Queensway.

The Street Scene

To the south of this intersection you’ll find a bridge that can take you down to the waterfront. On a quiet morning this bridge seems to see more traffic than the intersections nearby:

Gateway to Lake Ontario

While there is plenty of street parking here, bicycles are the transportation of choice for Easy Rider patrons:

Easy Rider

Bike Bike Couch


Hipster Shirt


Parkdale Bike Rack TTC

Rack and Bike

Parkdale Parking



New retail is proposed, an ugly building that wouldn’t look out of place in a strip mall. How does this mix with the existing neighbourhood?

Vision vs Reality

Vintage vs Reality

Passion for Bikes

Wait and Go

The Wait

Toronto Bike Life: Queen Street Part 2 Queen Street West and Jameson Avenue – Parkdale Continued

Cycling is an Inspiration for Toronto Author

Via Toronto Star:

Cycling around Toronto helped author recreate childhood

One writer’s own private T.O.

As a child growing up near Bathurst St. and Davenport Rd., Kirshner says she stuttered so badly she rarely spoke. Speech therapy eventually cured her but for a long time she found talking embarrassing.

“It’s a strange sensation,” she recalls. “The words are in your mouth but not coming out.”

To compensate she used her eyes – “like little computers storing stuff” – a visual orientation that led to her research-by-bicycle method.

As she rode, Kirshner also picked up smells. Gliding south on Gladstone Ave. from College St., she sensed the Cadbury chocolate factory from its aromas and worked those into the book.

“You don’t really smell things if you’re walking slowly,” Kirshner says. “I don’t know if it’s true but scent seems to travel at the exact speed as a bicycle. It’s like the wind is carrying it into your face or something.”

Near the chocolate factory, she also saw “a house where I want to make something wonderful happen,” she says. For her next book, her eyes filed it away.

Full article here

Jameson Avenue Impressions

From Jameson Avenue Impressions

What gives a bicycle personality? What gives a neighbourhood its charm?

The answer is simple; it’s you and me, the people who power cities and bikes.
Within the apartment buildings lining Jameson Avenue you’ll find a diverse cross-section of the world in the people who live there.
Jameson Avenue Impressions is a series of portraits on ceramic tile presenting the people and places of Parkdale to those who may not venture into the homes and shops of this area.

From Jameson Avenue Impressions

“I think of Jameson as this launching pad, people come here and you have different languages and cultures. So why not try to capture those kind of people and do a passport-style idea?”
Jameson Avenue Impressions artist, Jim Bravo

From Jameson Avenue Impressions

Many of the neighbourhood residents use bicycles daily. Parking can be a problem as many buildings often prohibit bicycle parking along their fenced front entrances. There are almost no post and ring racks to be found here either.

From Jameson Avenue Impressions

From Jameson Avenue Impressions

From Jameson Avenue Impressions

From Jameson Avenue Impressions

From Jameson Avenue Impressions

The artists behind the project, Jim Bravo and photographer Kate Young:

The artists with their street gallery

For more information visit Mural Routes

Quote from InsideToronto
Final photo via Flickr

Why Do Guys Like Girls Like That?

Hot Chicks On Bikes Montage

Monkey Warfare | MySpace Video

Monkey Warfare | MySpace Video

Sorry about the title of the above video. But, that’s what it’s called on the Monkey Warfare MySpace page.

Released in 2006, Monkey Warfare is the story of two ex-revolutionaries living “off-the-radar” in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood. The couple salvage collectable garbage and sell it online to make a living and then spend the rest of their days on bikes. The above montage shows Don McKellar’s character checking out the “sights” while biking in Toronto.
More info on Monkey Warfare here. You can rent this film at most video stores.