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

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

PODCAST: Spacing Radio 054, Packaged Toronto

To celebrate Spacing‘s latest book, Packaged Toronto: a collection of the city’s historic design, we go deep into the... Read More

Research Road Redux

During the Second World War, my mother, Louise MacCallum, was among the 7,500 employees of Research Enterprises Limited (REL), a... Read More

PACKAGED TORONTO: The type of book for font lovers

Packaged Toronto is the newest book from Spacing — it focuses on the graphic design and packaging of products, pulled form the City of... Read More

How racism in Ontario schools today is connected to a history of segregation

Toronto’s Africentric Alternative School first opened in 2009 after years of advocacy and then months of heated public debates and... Read More

NEW SPACING BOOK: ‘Packaged Toronto’ and the emergence of the city’s design aesthetic

LINK: VISIT THE SPACING STORE TO BUY THIS BOOK Back in 2011, I was brainstorming ideas for future projects with local historian... Read More

EXCERPT FROM ‘UNCLE’: Aunt Jemima in Chicago

Excerpted with permission from Uncle: Race, Nostalgia and the Politics of Loyalty, published this month by Coach House Books... Read More