Last 100 Days Photo Project: Day 48 – Lovers in a dangerous time

By Thom Hamilton, Last 100 Days Photo Project

August 14th 2003 45 million people on the eastern seaboard of North America had their lives go dark. Everyone has a slightly different way to remember that day, I tend to have very fond memories.

Never in my life have I seen community come together like it did that night, neighbors talking on the street, hundreds of people in parks simply laying down looking up at the stars, giving strangers rides home, checking on elders. All of this with out instruction or the use of mass media, it came natural.

Last night there was a small celebration to mark the 5 year anniversary of the date on Ossington Ave.

HiMY SYeD – Toronto City of Labyrinths Project

Sometimes I do wonder how much more we would connect if every once in a while the power did just go out?

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Ossington Avenue Blackout Party – Walk a Luminaria Candlelight Labyrinth


As part of the ongoing Toronto City of Labyrinths Project, you are invited to walk a Giant Candlelight Luminaria Labyrinth slightly hidden somewhere along Ossington Avenue.

If you discover the secret location early enough, you can help light up the many many many many candles.

Blackout Party – Friday August 14, 2009

28 venues from Queen to Dundas on Ossington Avenue, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

No lights, no mics, no amps, no lack of good food, drink, music and conversation.

Re-live the great time Toronto had the night of the blackout of 2003. Share memories, make new ones. Read More »

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Sand drawn labyrinth washes away at Woodbine Beach


Today was our first real summer day, heat and humidity wise, yet I hadn’t created any labyrinths on the beach this season.

At Woodbine Beach, using a fallen branch as my brush of choice, I drew a three lane, four circuit classic labyrinth. Read More »

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Prairie Drive Park / Warden Woods Labyrinth as glimpsed through eastbound TTC subway train window


Growing up in Toronto, one invariably will travel the subway system. For years, just east of the Victoria Park station, I would spot this wading pool in the park officially known as Prairie Drive Park but most people think of it as the south end of Warden Woods.

I always thought of the many thousands of people who look through the window of the subway train, and see this empty circle of concrete.

In May 2007, I finally got around to painting a labyrinth there. The circuits are white and I used a thin paint brush. Those choices made it less easy to identify from the distance of a speeding train what it is than I would have liked. Read More »

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Bellevue Square Park Labyrinth painting in progress in Kensington Market


Following creating the labyrinth in the wading pool in Christie Pits Park over the weekend, I found myself thinking about creating a more permanent labyrinth in the Kensington Market neighbourhood.

I have been painting labyrinths for most of the Pedestrian Sundays for the past 6 years, but they are on the streets. With wear and tear from vehicle traffic, they don’t have the permanence that a car-free location can have.

Wading pool still being top of mind, I biked to the Market, eyed the wading pool there and spent time dowsing around where the entrance might be. I did my usual step measuring by shoe length and oddly realized both the Bellevue Square and Christie Pits Park wading pools are about the same size.

The above photo is from earlier in the day, on Simcoe Day Holiday Monday. I was quite beat from the day before and spent triple the time simply chalking out the design.

Shortly before I began to paint, Dylan, from spacing popped by to check out the progress in person. He was rather amazed to learn the length in and then out of the labyrinth verges on walking a kilometer and a half. Read More »

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Christie Pits Park Wading Pool Labyrinth painting almost done


The Christie Pits Park Wading Pool Splash Pad Labyrinth is now done.

The circuits are painted in azure blue and royal purple with 10 undefined rectangular spots for future artwork, designs, secret messages or whatever. I doubt I will do anything more with this one, so hopefully someone will fill in the empty spots with some wonderful unexpectedness. Read More »

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Christie Pits Park Wading Pool Splash Pad Labyrinth


This is the first labyrinth I had painted since before the TOStrike began near the end of June. The Christie Pits Park wading pool was renovated just in time to coincide with the beginning of the TOStrike.

A new splash pad feature has been installed by the private park contractor. It’s a red button thing that kids can press, and for anywhere from 30 seconds to three minutes in length, like magic, water gushes into the air from the four or five hidden water jets.

A new green metal designed water fountain also replaces the old school pebble design. It sorta matches the metallicness of the splash pad red button thing.

The above photo shows the labyrinth painting in progress from Saturday afternoon.

Elsewhere in the Park, the garbage was being removed from the ice rink. The rink had served as a temporary garbage drop-off and open air landfill. The Friends of Christie Pits Park had opposed the use of any part of the park as a temporary dump site. Read More »

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Adrian & Dan from Clinton Street play Hacky Sack atop Christie Pits Park Labyrinth in Downtown Toronto

Adrian & Dan from Clinton Street play Hacky Sack atop Christie Pits Park Labyrinth in Downtown Toronto

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Kensington Pedestrian Sundays kick off – HiMY SYeD’s famous Labyrinths

Pedestrian Sunday in Kensington Market

HiMY SYeD’s famous Labyrinths

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Central Technical School CTS Labyrinth — Problem Child

Ping, a grade 12 student in her final semester at Central Technical School, walks the Central Tech Labyrinth.
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LAB-KARE-NTH Labyrinth – Chinese Knotwork Labyrinth for Karen Sun

lab-kare-nth-chinese-knotwork-labyrinth-key-circuitsI want to make you a labyrinth.


What kind of design would you like incorporated in it?

I don’t know….hmmmm…let me think about it…
I have always liked chinese knotwork, how ’bout that?

Okay. It’ll do. Chinese knotwork labyrinth it is.

What’cha gonna call it?

How about “lab-karen-th”.

Okay. Read More »

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Emma TeRrA Labyrinth


Pedestrian Sundays Kensington Market
Earth! Global Harvest Traditions
Toronto Ontario Canada, Sunday September 28 2008

I love the Emma TeRa labyrinth at the intersection of Baldwin and Augusta. The square design and the beautiful straight lines makes me think of a traditional maze they used to build in Europe, with the high hedges.

The yellow and orange colours emphasize the design and make it look so pretty, The Egyptian-like hieroglyphics in the middle must have a mystical meaning, I think something to do with 2 different times coming together, as depicted by the egg timer-like shapes And the repeating star shape at the top has a vibrating merkaba look, maybe it means that if we walk this labyrinth we will be transported to a better time.

I hope so.

Thank you Himy for creating this memory for Emma. She lived on this street and would absolutely love it too.

She was a person who loved people and wanted to find a way for them to come together with art as a theme.

With this beautiful cube-like design on this busy intersection, where people come together all the time, you have helped make her wish come true.

The day you worked so hard to design, paint and create this labyrinth, I walked through this puzzle and when I arrived in the centre, a woman and her daughter approached me and told me I should now give thanks for everything I am grateful for, and then I should walk out the same way as I had walked in.

On the way in I should have some intention or question on my mind and on the way out I should have the answer.

This woman told me she was a shaman.

The fact that I met her in the centre where she gave me guidance was magical in itself. I took the answer to be that my daughter Emma is still here and involved with life.

Thank you HiMY for your kindness and artistry, I’m sure you make a lot of people happy with your labyrinths all over the city.

Edwina Frankford

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Pedestrian Sunday Kensington Market – Streams of Consciousness Water Labyrinth

For this Streams of Consciousness themed Pedestrian Sunday in Kensington Market, an aqua flavoured labyrinth integrated sewer grates in the design.

Parents were given a break as their young ones walked and ran around and around and around the Water Labyrinth.

It proved quite popular throughout this mild bustling September afternoon.

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Pigeon Labyrinth – Gwendolyn MacEwen Park, Walmer Road Traffic Island

Most days, I short-cut through this little park, Gwendolyn MacEwen Park, in The Annex neighbourhood in downtown Toronto.

People however, aren’t the only ones who enjoy the park…
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High Park Labyrinth – Hawk Hill

High Park Labyrinth -- Hawk Hill

The Labyrinth Community Network is best known for their efforts in animating the green space in Trinity Square Park with The Toronto Public Labyrinth.

The LCN is less known for their first success, The High Park Labyrinth. It was initiated in 2001 by Sylvia Senensky.

Located in the secluded dip just north of Hawk Hill, The High Park Labyrinth has been enjoyed by those in the know for years.

Those who don’t know are usually patrons of the Grenadier Cafe and Tea House or people parking their cars in the lot just a stone’s throw away. Read More »

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