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003: The grey spaces of the city

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The next issue of Spacing, due out in mid-April, will focus on Toronto’s “grey spaces” — those places that feel public but aren’t, and as such, come with strings attached that can limit one’s ability to explore, use, or develop them. We explore these areas further in the third episode of Spacing Radio.

First, Spacing senior editor Shawn Micallef takes host David Michael Lamb to Yonge-Dundas Square for an examination of the rules of engagement for Toronto’s grey spaces.

Then, DML and Wavelength co-founder Jonny Dovercourt discuss the cultural importance of independent book and record shops as hubs and rallying points for the city’s arts communities.

And reporter Megan Hall takes us through the struggles of an architect who is trying to build a house in a laneway in Parkdale, but is running into all kinds of roadblocks at the City’s Works department.

All this, plus music by Gentleman Reg — who’s new album, Jet Black, was just released on Arts+Crafts.

Links to stuff from Spacing Radio 003



  1. As usual, great episode guys! I never knew about Murmur Toronto – what an awesome idea. I’ll definitely have to keep my eye open for more of the green ears around town. Funny how I never noticed them before on my many walks around the city.

    Keep up the great work! I’m looking forward to the next issue of the podcast, and of course, the next issue of Spacing.