Boards Up, Walls Down in Toronto - Part Two

July 22, 2020

Multiple protests against anti-black racism took place in downtown Toronto on June 6 and 7, 2020.

(iPhone image captured near Lawrence and Avenue Road)

The protests followed in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and many other horrible events that unfolded in the United States, but were also in response to the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet here in Toronto, who died while police were present.

(iPhone image captured the morning of June 6th, 2020)

Out of concern for violent actions taking place during these protests, many businesses in downtown Toronto boarded up their storefronts. Thankfully these fears were misplaced, and no such violence took place.

(iPhone image captured the morning of June 6th, 2020)

In my previous blog post I shared images of a boarded up Toronto that I took with my phone on the morning of Saturday June 6th, 2020.

Aritzia

In this post I share images taken in the late afternoon of Saturday June 6th.

The majority of images in this post were taken with my DSLR (Nikon D750). A few others were taken on my iPhone or on film, and I have indicated this below those images.

Sign outside of Aritzia: "How Does Canada Treat Its Indigenous"

Sign outside of Aritzia: "Canadians Are Racist Too" (iPhone image)

A group of friends read and discuss the signs outside of Aritzia.

Scotiabank

Van Cleef & Arpels (a view of Birks Jewelry Store)

Maison Birks

All Merchandise Has Been Removed

Banana Republic

Sephora

Sephora Sign

Welcome to the Future

Holt Renfrew Men

The Most Reliable Way

Hermes

Beam of Shadow

Royal De Versailles

Dolce & Gabbana

 

While outside Dolce & Gabbana I met Charlene Ashby.

As Charlene was approaching, I heard her expressing her feelings about the stores being boarded, so I started a conversation with her.

Charlene had come downtown to shop and expressed how she's "disgusted" and "disappointed" at the stores being boarded up and closed for the weekend.

I learned that Charlene has lived in Toronto for 25 years, and had appeared on Kenny & Spenny when they came downtown to film for an episode.

Charlene mentioned that "right now I'm trying to set something up with Drake, because Drake knows me" and how Drake's "on Instagram right behind me".  

Alternate portrait of Charlene

(Kodak Gold 200 film, taken with my Canon Sure Shot Look)

I enjoyed meeting Charlene. She carried on her way, and so did I with my photos...

J. Crew

Mulberry

Mulberry sign

Winners / HomeSense

Cartier

Gucci Escada

Bloor - View From Above

Max Mara

Mont Blanc

I crossed the road to the north side of Bloor and headed east...

Louis Vuitton

Tiffany & Co.

I chatted with a security guard* outside Intermix.

She was on a long shift - which saw no violence - and was looking forward to finishing.

(*Unfortunately I misplaced her name, so cannot share it here. I will update this post if I find it.)

Winners / HomeSense

Brooks Brothers

J. Crew

I crossed back to the south side of Bloor for a few moments, as there was something about the light and colours there that caught my eye...

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

(Fujica GS645W camera with expired 120mm Kodak Portra 400 film)

Royal De Versailles

Royal De Versailles

Hermes

Holt Renfrew Men

Holt Renfrew sign

 

I headed north into Yorkville...

lululemon

lululemon sign

lululemon

(Kodak Gold 200 film - taken with my Canon Sure Shot Look camera)

Yes We're Open

Brunello Cucinelli

Versace

Versace

(Fujica GS645W on expired 120mm Kodak Portra 400 film)

Chanel

Christian Louboutin (red store in background)

Yorkville is always great for spotting beautiful cars. The 1958-62 model Corvette - as seen above - is one of my favourite classic cars.

 

I headed back to Bloor and east towards Yonge...

Harry Rosen

Banana Republic Banana Republic sign

Nordstrom Rack

(Kodak Gold 200 film, taken with my Canon Sure Shot Look)

 

I'll end with this image...

Welcome to the Future

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