Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Older And Newer

Picking up where I left off, the Four Seasons Centre For The Performing Arts is home to the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada. I passed by it walking back towards the City Hall area. Posters for upcoming productions were on a wall.

I came back to Nathan Phillips Square, the space out on the south part of the Toronto City Hall complex. From here I photographed Old City Hall from a different angle, with the reflecting pool at left. The square is named for a former mayor of the city (and may such an honour never be bestowed upon the late crack smoking boozehound former mayor of the city, Rob Ford, who at last report was burning in hell, complaining about the lack of crack, prostitutes, and booze).

Then I moved a few metres further and photographed New City Hall with the Toronto sign. No doubt this same view is photographed millions of times in a given year. 

There's a stage set up in the square. A couple of performers were on it while I was here. There were a good more people in the square than this shot might let on.

I still vastly prefer Old City Hall. The architecture is more appealing. There's more of a sense of history to this building, of grandeur. A ghost story or two lying within certainly adds to all that.

A war memorial stands out on the south side of the building commemorating those who have fallen in war and in military service.

Some of the details in the architecture are astonishing. Have a look at those faces up near the top of this shot.

Back in the Eaton Centre, this shirt in a shop caught my eye.

And in a nearby subway station, bas relief carvings were on the walls. Tomorrow we have a look inside the Church Of The Holy Trinity.


  1. Having just bought my opera tickets for the season I was very interested in the start of your post. Lovely scenes in your photos.

  2. Excellent post. You are "promoting" a great tourist destination. :)
    The city welcomed 43 million visitors in 2017.

  3. Great architecture! (That mayor, though... bummer.)

  4. Me too, I prefer by far the old city hall. If you only look at glass boxes you don't know in what city of the world you are ! They have all become "Little Dubai" !

  5. That ciyy hall looks so out of place among the high building surrounding it. I doubt the people who built it ever envisaged it would look like that.

  6. ...I hope that they always maintain the old, but I sure like the TORONTO sign!

  7. It is always a mix of old and new in the old towns nowadays. You have to expand sometimes.

  8. I agree the old buildings have more sense of history and they appeal to me more also, but wow! Some of the new architecture is pretty spectacular William!

  9. Hello, wonderful views of the city. The old and new buildings are beautiful. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy week ahead!

  10. Did you know that the architect of Old City Hall, E.J.Lennox, didn't get paid for some of his work so he took revenge by caricaturing some of the city's councillors in those gargoyles. He even included his own face over the main entrance.

  11. It is definitely a beautiful city. I wondered how in the world Rob Ford was ever elected mayor.

  12. @Denise: it's quite an impressive building. It replaced a previous one for the company.

    @Catarina: that's a lot of tourists.

    @Iris: the day he died, I was pleased.

    @Joan: I agree.

    @Gattina: true.

    @Bill: definitely.

    @Tom: it stands out.

    @Marianne: that's true.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Grace: I thought so.

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Shammickite: at some point I've heard that.

    @DJan: and what's worse is his idiot brother is the premier of this province, just as despicable and stupid as he was. A year into his term and he's proving to be as inept as he was in a city councilor role with his brother, and losing badly in the polls. I expect his party is going to force him out.

  13. What great shots which show the contrast well between old and solid and picturesque and new and shiny and maybe even transient.

  14. I like the square with it’s mix of old and new.

  15. I quite like some modern architecture but can't understand why it has to be devoid of interesting details. Possibly they don't want anything to detract from the commercial advertising that usually overtakes the ground level. I rather like the old building which demands that you spend time investigating its varied surfaces.

  16. Needless to say , you didn't like Rob Ford! The city hall was a very ornate building.

  17. The Old City Hall has a presence no modern style building can ever have.

  18. @Barbara: thanks!

    @Janey: it's an interesting plaza.

    @John: some new buildings can be surprising.

    @Red: I can honestly say I hated the man, and was glad when I heard he died.

    @Maywyn: that is quite true.

  19. I like the old buildings better too.

  20. You made quite a tour around Toronto while you were there.

  21. Lovely photos of the beautiful buildings ^_^

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  22. Beautiful buildings. That shirt sure catches eyes hahaha :-)

  23. I adore Ontario's big town and have happy memories! Yes, the old city hall is splendid.

  24. The old city hall is beautiful, I prefer it compared to the new one but the new one is nice too.
    The t-shirt is pretty cool. :)

  25. I love the Old City Hall. Truly beautiful. Yes, I prefer it too. Lovely details.

  26. @Happyone: they suit me well.

    @Sharon: I got some walking in.

    @Carol: thanks.

    @Tamago: I should have bought it!

    @RedPat: so did I.

    @Cloudia: thanks!

    @Bill: thank you!

    @Marleen: quite so.

    @Jeanie: it's a beauty.

  27. i always enjoy it when bloggers think to get a shot through the different seasons to see how it looks different each one ... i never think to do that .. fun to do so. ( ;

  28. Something about the old calls to me. Tweeted.

  29. Wish I could take my granddaughters to those productions.

  30. The old architecture is preferable to the new, to this old lady. Any further information on the meaning of the bias relief?

  31. William - for just a moment, I missed living in a big city with all its cultural attractions. And then I remembered crowds of people and traffic and - well, I am glad to be able to visit through your blog. Terrific pictures - I felt that I was right beside you! Enjoy the rest of your week.

  32. @Beth: thanks!

    @Mari: it stands out.

    @Marie: my mother would have loved them.

    @Joanne: I didn't see a plaque, but this one and several others in the station had the feeling of city commuters of all backgrounds.

    @Angie: thank you!

  33. Love all your city hall shots.

  34. Great photos, the buildings are wonderful:)

  35. I like ghost stories! My city is so much more than the Fords!

  36. T-shirt with menu for bears is the best!

    1. The next time I see that shirt, I should buy it. I've seen it here.