Spacing Books

SPACING BOOKS

Since 2016, Spacing has been publishing books to complement our quarterly magazine. Our aim with Spacing Books is to provide both visitors and residents of Toronto with a deeper understanding of the city’s rich history. In fact, local history is often overlooked to the detriment of our cultural heritage. With each new publication, the editors at Spacing hope we’re turning readers into local know-it-alls that are passing along meaningful stories and legends about our unique city.


Remnants of Mid-Century Toronto

Photos by Vik Pahwa, edited by Matthew Blackett

Remnants of Mid-Century Toronto is a collection of photos by Vik Pahwa — interspersed with short essays and features by local architects — documenting the sometimes beautiful, sometimes neglected collection of mid-century structures that still stand today, dotting Toronto’s urban landscape.

In this unique book edited by Spacing’s creative director Matthew Blackett, readers are not taken on a journey of “best of mid-century architecture.” Instead, the book focuses on the buildings that we see in our everyday activities that often blend into the background of collective memories of the city. These buildings were built with the ethos of a different generation — seeing them in a contemporary setting allows us to reflect on the legacy of what we’ve inherited as a city.

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COST: $25  /  PAGES: 124  /  SIZE: 5.5″ x 8″
TYPE: Paperback, full-colour, perfect bound


The Beautiful Mess of Toronto Laneways

By Matthew Blackett

Spacing‘s publisher and creative director, Matthew Blackett, documents the city’s most overlooked architectural asset in his first photography book, The Beautiful Mess of Toronto Laneways.

In this unique collection of images, Blackett visually explores the condition of Toronto’s laneways, where century-old garages and former workshops are locked in a constant battle with modernity, graffiti, and nature itself. Many of Toronto’s laneways are dilapidated, overgrown, hazardous… and also strikingly beautiful. The distinct structures featured in this book not only shed a light on those who used these spaces before us, but reveal so much more about ourselves than our prim-and-proper front yards.

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COST: $25  /  PAGES: 96  /  SIZE: 5.5″ x 8″
TYPE: Paperback, full-colour, perfect bound


Toronto 2033

AUTHORS: Zainab Amadahy,  Madeline Ashby, Al Donato, Kristyn Dunnion, Elyse Friedman, Paul Hong, Elan Mastai, Mari Ramsawakh, Karl Schroeder, Peter Watts
EDITOR: Jim Munroe ILLUSTRATOR: Mathew Borrett CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Matthew Blackett

Toronto 2033 is a collection of ten short fiction stories from a wide range of local sci-fi authors. Led by editor Jim Munroe, our authors speculate how the city and its residents will deal with numerous challenges: heat waves and rising lake water, gated neighbourhoods and suspicious neighbours, and memories of a global pandemic that tinge everyday interactions. Digital artist Mathew Borrett brings to life each story with ten remarkable illustrations of a future Toronto.

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COST: $22  /  PAGES: 108  /  SIZE: 8″ x 8″, 20.32cm x 20.32cm
TYPE: Paperback, full-colour, perfect bound


50 Toronto Hidden Gems & Curiosities

Edited by Dylan Reid & Matthew Blackett

Often it’s the grand buildings and large public spaces that capture the public’s imagination about a city. But the character of a city is more often reflected in the under-appreciated and overlooked elements that dot the urban landscape. Toronto has a fantastic collection of these elements: from fully intact bridges buried underground to a cemetery enclosed in a highway off-ramp; from mid-century houses that hide electrical transformers to Cold War-era air raid sirens still installed in parks. We solve lingering mysteries and uncover forgotten urban treasures that reveal the true charm of Toronto and its neighbourhoods.

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COST: $15  /  PAGES: 116  /  SIZE: 5″ x 3.75″
TYPE: Paperback, full-colour, perfect bound


25 Toronto Transit Secrets

Edited by Dylan Reid & Matthew Blackett

Ask any Torontonian and they will tell you about their love-hate relationship with the city’s public transit system. But lurking behind the stories of no-show streetcars and subways stuck in tunnels are little known secrets and tales: a never-used LRT platform built into a subway station, a bullet-proof streetcar loaded with cash toiling through the streets, and a beaver who dispensed safety tips to children. Discover the legends in 25 Toronto Transit Secrets.

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COST: $15  /  PAGES: 116  /  SIZE: 5″ x 3.75″
TYPE: Paperback, full-colour, perfect bound


25 Days That Changed Toronto

Edited by Dylan Reid & Matthew BlacketT

The future of a city can change in an instant, a fate Toronto has experienced many times over.  It may come from the stroke of a pen (amalgamation in 1998) or from a spark (the Great Fire of 1904). In a quest to understand how Toronto has arrived at this point in time, the editors and contributors of Spacing magazine have compiled 25 dates that altered the course of the city’s history.

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COST: $15  /  PAGES: 116  /  SIZE: 5″ x 3.75″
TYPE: Paperback, full-colour, perfect bound


Toronto Public Etiquette Guide

By Dylan Reid
COST: $15  /  PAGES: 116  /  SIZE: 5″ x 3.75″
TYPE: Paperback, full-colour, perfect bound

The Toronto Public Etiquette Guide is Spacing’s second book and tackles one of the city’s top issues: how to behave in public. Over the course of seven years Spacing editors have been compiling a comprehensive list of the public etiquette nuances of Torontonians. The book is a cheeky yet useful look at the social intricacies of “Toronto The Good” — it reflects on who we are and how we coexist in the spaces we share with each other.

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50 Objects That Define Toronto

By Matthew Blackett and Jamie Bradburn
COST: $15  /  PAGES: 116  /  SIZE: 5″ x 3.75″
TYPE: Paperback, full-colour, perfect bound

“A beautiful object itself, Spacing’s 50 Objects That Define Toronto is an eye-opening and sometimes heartbreaking survey of 12,000 years of human habitation on the shores of Lake Ontario.”

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