How to collect oral histories about cities in the age of COVID-19, Part I

This is the first of a four-part series on urban oral history. Do you want to learn about a city by talking to people who have been... Read More

The Tranzac Club: “Toronto’s Living Room”

As Toronto begins the process or re-opening the economy for the summer, Spacing will occasionally look at businesses and venues that... Read More

Mapping Indigenous history on the TTC

June has begun, marking the start of Indigenous History Month. The recent discovery of an unmarked grave of 215 Indigenous children at... Read More

Sleuthing a ghost sign on River Street

Ghost signs: The slowly fading hand-painted advertisements that cling to the sides of older buildings, redundantly promoting... Read More

Chinatown: Uncovering the future in the past, and the present in the future

The new issue of Spacing includes an article by Paula Tran, “What will happen to Toronto’s Chinatown?” In... Read More

Cartographically Speaking – Vancouver’s District Lots

For a larger image click here. Any aspiring urban historian or property owner looking to renovate will quickly encounter the confusing... Read More

Recording Hart Massey’s Factory and Concert Hall

In 1986, I photographed the historic, sprawling Massey Ferguson farm machinery plant in Toronto just as demolition work was getting... Read More

EXCERPT: Indigenous Toronto, Stories That Carry This Place

This essay is excerpted with permission from Indigenous Toronto: Stories That Carry This Place (Coach House Books, 2021). NOW THAT WE... Read More

Book Review – Glorious Birds: A Celebratory Homage to Harold and Maude

Author: Heidi Greco (Anvil Press, 2021) During the early 1970s, Hollywood experienced a transformation of thematic motives and ideas... Read More

Video Vancouver: A Short History of Sen̓áḵw, 1869 – 1966

Via Michael Gordon In what is now central Vancouver, Canada, an Indian Reserve [now referred to as  Sen̓áḵw] was established in 1869... Read More