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I love this photography series so much. Have a look at these portraits of auto mechanics in the style of renaissance paintings by Freddy Fabris found here.

The coolhunter.com has a list of amazing places that just makes me what to hop on a plane and visit any one of the places listed here.

I read Ai Weiwei’s post on Instagram on Friday about how Lego refused to sell him their plastic blocks because his art was too political. Has it ever snowballed! BMWs full of lego? Have a read about it here.

Does what a brand stands for influence your spending habits? If it does then REI the giant outdoor chain in the States may be your new favourite store. They are calling it #optoutside and are refusing to open on Black Friday after American Thanksgiving but employees will still be paid. Read about it here.

These knit meals and food by Jessica Dance are wonderful, whimsical  and hilarious see them here. I think the hotdog is my favourite.

We searched for ages in June before we found Shakespeare and Co. in Paris. Yes, we used the GPS on my phone, an app and a good old fashioned guide book and it still took us a good long while. Apparently now when you find that elusive bookstore you can also go next door for a coffee. I find it a little disappointing and commercial but read all about it here.

Wow, poor old NSCAD. Will it survive the move when enrolment is so low already? Read about the move out of Historic Properties here.

Kensington Market – great reads

Kensington graffiti

Kensington Market is a truly unique neighbourhood in Toronto. One of the oldest areas, it is the definition of urban multiculturalism. You’ll find Caribbean patties, Mexican tacos, spices, vegetables, fish, cheese and great cafes. Not just food, though, the area has the best vintage shopping in the city and a large selection of contemporary crafts shops. The neighbourhood is congested, noisy, smelly and lively. You’ll see great graffiti and people from every walk of life.

The colourful history and heritage of Kensington Market is a rich vein for literary mining. One of the oldest areas of Toronto, Kensington started out as a neighbourhood for newly arrived immigrants fresh off the boat.

Two books that use Kensington as the primary setting are:

The Gnomes Eye by Anna Kerz

and

The Market Wedding by Cary Fagan illustrated by Regolo Ricci

http://www.goodreads.com/places/7107-kensington-market

Both are available at amazon.ca