Neighbourhoods | June 15, 2009

If you haven’t heard of it, then you’re pretty out of touch with all that Toronto has to offer.

Every year, the St. Lawrence Market plays host to “Woofstock” where the dogs are in charge.

In case you missed it, here are a few choice photos from the canine festival in the best neighborhood in the downtown core…


I don’t want to gush, but I really, truly, absolutely LOVE living in the St. Lawerence Market neighborhood!

There is always something happening, especially during the summer.

This past weekend, we played host to “Woofstock” which happens every year in June.  I usually have brunch every Sunday on Front Street, and yesterday was a treat to have a couple of hours to walk around and take in all the goings-on…


The sidewalks on the west side of Jarvis Street and the north side of Front are home to the St. Lawrence Flea Market every Sunday morning and afternoon.


I actually heard this dog’s owner say, “…and he’s really good with children!”  Yeah sure, I guess that’s why he’s wearing that muzzle…


Imagine the thought process involved in dying your dog’s fur pink to match the leash and your own shoes (not pictured).  Thankfully, this owner’s blue suede shoes were at the cleaners…


How the heck did they get a leopard to mate with a dog?  I’ve never seen THAT on the nature channel!


On the left is my foot, on the right is a dog that is “almost fully grown” says the owner.  Wow, so are we making genetically altered dogs now just so they can be that much more cute?


Here is an opportunity to easily spend a few hundred dollars on food for which your dog won’t notice the difference.  And if the dog did taste the difference, would it turn up its nose at Pedigree from Costco?


This family-band were rocking out between the tents, and I really felt for the two kids and what they were going through.  It reminds me of 1986 when my father pulled my little brother and I out of school and made us tour west Ukraine as professional jugglers for a whole yearPlease don’t ask me about it; I’ve long-since suppressed most of those memories…


Probably a bad day to be living at 80 Front Street East.  I think this officer was calling for back-up…


I had eaten about four or five of these incredible cookies before the kind lady at the counter informed me that they were actually dog treats!  It’s not my fault – how was I to know that people spend $5 on gourmet cookies for their dogs?


This is just ridiculous.  Remember when we actually walked our dogs?  Now we carry them around like they’re babies; like they don’t actually have FOUR legs and like it’s not in their nature to walk on their own!


I know what you’re thinking, and yes, this exhibit actually existed, as did the product it was promoting…


Let me know when we’ve begun to spoil our pets, okay?  Because, if I had a dollar for every time I took my dog yachting and wished I could make him more buoyant, I’d probably have the $80 to buy this doggie life-vest…


I’ve had this advertisement for almost a full year and there has not been ONE single moustache (or anything else…) drawn on my face!  Am I not moustachable?


There’s nothing quite like paying $150 for a nice lunch at Le Papillion on Front Street and having dogs piss and sh!t right next to you for an hour…


I’ve always loved the Flat Iron building on Front/Church (pictured right).  In the background to the left, you can see the new condominium London on The Esplanade at 38 The Esplanade.  It’s pricey, but a great building!


In the background you can see 39 Jarvis Street, one of my favorite buildings!  Look at the staggered terraces and all the green trees the owners have!  I would imagine it’s quite the view of the St. Lawrence Market from those terraces!


And I finished the day by getting my car washed by this group of nice young ladies because……um……”it was for a good cause.”  Yeah, well that, and because the all-nude male car-wash was closed…

So there you have it!

One hour in the St. Lawrence Market neighborhood, and look how much there is to do and see!

Next month is Buskerfest where Front Street will trade in the doggie-treats for some of the best food you’ll eat off a stick in the downtown area!

Last year, my girlfriend and I went from tent to tent eating various foods; also known as “every girl’s dream date.”  Imagine eating jerk-chicken, pork souvlaki, gyro’s, chocolate-banana crepes, and then polishing it off with a freshly-squeezed mango-kiwi shake!

And when there’s nothing happening; no special events planned for the St. Lawrence Market neighborhood, the silver lining is: you still have the St. Lawrence Market itself…

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  1. Calico Cate

    at 11:11 am

    What a vibrant, active neighbourhood. Do you think you could find me a condo in your building?

  2. Rufus

    at 11:43 am

    all-nude male car wash!?!?!
    dude you are truly one of a kind!

  3. fidel

    at 12:01 pm

    I actually heard this dog’s owner say, “…and he’s really good with children!” Yeah sure, I guess that’s why he’s wearing that muzzle…

    No, he’s wearing a muzzle cuz that failed political loser decided to make a law requiring muzzles for dogs of a certain breed (based on no evidence may I add)

  4. Mark

    at 12:55 pm

    haha…loved this post…i was there. woofstock makes no sense to me. We treat dogs better people than we treat other people in the world

  5. Mindy

    at 9:55 am

    So listening to the Dean Blundell show this morning (big fan of the morning show) and Todd Shapiro was talking about how he was at Woofstock this weekend and saw a guy going around “pretending” to take photos of dogs when in fact he was talking pictures of hot girls.

    I have to admit, my first thought was this blog post and the photos… could it be? was Dave the guy that Todd was referrring to???? I am quite tempted to email Todd the link to this blog to see… you cant argue the fact that its all rather coincidential with the last photo you included of your car being washed by a bunch of girls

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