The Poetry of Being There: The Distillery District


This is my first post for The Poetry of Being There, aimed to share interactive 360 panoramic views of art exhibitions, artists’ studios and places you might like to visit. If you haven’t used an interactive 360 panorama before, please see here for instructions.


The Distillery District, Toronto  |  November 2013

Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 2.23.22 PMI love the Distillery District. It’s where I went on my first date with Rick in 2008. We went to Balzac’s Coffee and then hopped around to a few galleries. It’s a terribly romantic place now, but it wasn’t always like this. I remember shooting films here in the early 90’s because it looked so rundown. Goooderham&Wort’s was a defunct distillery that Artscape worked to restore and preserve the Victorian industrial architecture. Now there are lots of artisan and designer furnishing shops, and great places to eat like Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill. In the summer, a trek to the Distillery is a great way to get out of the city without getting out of the city. The area hosts regular summer and winter holiday art markets and there are usually wedding photos being taken on any given weekend –a busy place indeed.

If you go, be sure to stop by SOMA Chocolatemaker and try the chocolate covered almonds (among other things). Delicious! Also, the Fluevog Soes flagship store is there – be careful though – the shoes are irresistible! I’m addicted.¬† BTW, that’s my partner Rick in the big black coat. He might have new shoes in that shopping bag …or chocolate …or both. We go back every year on Novemebr 2nd for our anniversary.

Other places of note while there: Jane Corkin Gallery, Pikto, Julie M Gallery,

If you go, or if you’ve been leave me a comment and let me know which places you like best so I can check it out the next time I’m there.

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