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Canada 150 at Beacher Cafe

20 selected images from the Canada in 150 Photos poster series are on exhibition at the Beacher Café, 2162 Queen Street East. Framed and matted prints are available for sale at the Café. Read about the Canada 150 posters here

Drop by the Cafe, have a glass of wine, and buy a print.

 Artist and price list.

Andrew Oliver Group of Seven Country $ 275
Andrew Oliver Leuty Sunset $ 275
Anita Barber Blue Mountain $ 230
Bill Komar Canadian Barn $ 275
Catherine Mackinnon Lake Breeze Farm $ 180
Colleen Pollack Mist and Rainbows $ 200
Doreen Walker Mountain High $ 250
George Socka CN Main Line $ 250
George Socka Calgary Oilfield $ 250
John Wallace Memories of the Past, St. Lunaire $ 285
Karen Johnston Yukon Quest, Dawson $ 250
Kersti Meema On Guard $ 175
Maureen Littlewood Cape Spear Lighthouse at Sunrise $ 350
Michael McAuley Lake Louise $ 250
Michael McAuley Vancouver Harbour $ 250
Patricia McVitty Before the Fog Lifts $ 350
Rick Hayward Fishing Village, Newfoundland $ 100
Selby Shanly Harbour Ice $ 450      AR
Selby Shanly Niagara in Winter $ 450      AR
Susan Lappin In His Father’s Shoes $ 125

AR means the image is framed with Anti Reflective glass

 

2017 Beach Calendar

The Beach Photo Club annual Beach Calendar provides a visual reminder of the beauty of the Beach throughout the seasons. A wonderful gift for Beachers, and those for whom the Beach is only a fleeting memory. Only $18.00

Photo credits
Cover: Crashing Waves – Alex Bruce
January: Rising like Winterfell – John Wallace
February: Dreaming of Spring – Alex Bruce
March: Beaches Library – Andrew Oliver
April: Spring at the Gardener’s Cottage – Selby Shanly
May: The Harris Waterworks – Joanne Kaashoek
June: Garden Welcome – John Wallace
July: End of a Summer Day – Deborah Ryan
August: Beaches Summer – Selby Shanly
September: The 501 – Andrew Oliver
October: Relaxing on the Boardwalk – Deborah Ryan
November: Beach Goes To School – Catherine MacKinnon
December: Brightening a Cold Winter’s Eve – John Wallace
January 2018:    Rings of a Different Season – Alex Bruce

Available at retailers in Eastern Toronto:
The Incurable Collector
Centre 55

Order by email beachphotoclub@gmail.com 

Buy it online with Paypal.




 

South Simcoe Railway

October 18th – 1:00pm to 3:30 – 11:30 @ car rental (Location TBA)

For those who want to carpool, please meet me at the car rental at 11:30 (location TBA closer to the date) otherwise, meeting in the parking lot for 1pm. Train ride starts at 1:30. Combining the fall colours with the history of a 1920’s train. We’ll enjoy a hours ride through forest and fields to see the fall colours. The conductor will be our guide talking about how the railway shaped our country.Please know, Tickets must be bought in advance.

Some choice places to eat close by are; A Taste of FreedomMono Cliffs InnBlack Birch Restaurant and Hockley Valley Resort.

Contact: Sarah Boutilier – sarahjaboutilier@gmail.com – C) 647-297-5782

BPC Members – Free – Show your membership card

Non-Member – $10

PLUS – $14 – adult, $12 – Seniors – 65 and over, $8 – children 3 – 15

PLUS shared rental Vehicle and gas – TBA

*Please let me know a week in advance if you are planning to attend and need a drive so I may book a car, well in advance.*

Stay tuned for fun details and photos

U of T

October 17th, 2015 – 10am to 1pm

Meeting at Queens Park Subway We’ll about the campus taking photos of the architecture against a background of colourful leaves. Again, here is a great opportunity to explore off camera flash especially if we can get inside some of the buildings.

This is a good opportunity to gather some images for our up and coming contest themes, Street Life and Architecture.

Architecture – Images of the buildings designed and built to serve both a human purpose and a pleasing (or not!) aesthetic. Could also include landscape architecture but would not include purely engineering structures.

Street life – People in the urban environment. People behaving (or not!) within the context of their urban surroundings. Images should include both people and their environment.

I suggest 7 West Café to eat at afterwards. 7 Charles St W.

Contact: Sarah Boutilier – sarahjaboutilier@gmail.com – C) 647-297-5782

BPC Members – Free – Show Membership Card
Non Members – $10

Stay tuned for fun details and photos


 

Parkdale Walk

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Parkdale Walk OR Parkdale Alleyways

(photos to come soon)

Sadly, no one was able to answer the question I posed in my outing summery of the Parkdale outing for a free drink. The definition of a gladstone is a suite case with flexible sides on a ridged frame that opens flat into two compartments. Neither Pam nor Joanne won a free drink. Sorry guys. Joanne should, however, get brownie points for doing research on the history of the neighbourhood. Not only did she do the research, but brought a print out in a file folder.

According to Wikipedia Parkdale has a riches to rags story. Some of the most prominent families and what would be founders of Toronto lived here. However, the thing that’s causing so much headache and debate today was the neighbourhoods destruction in 1955. The Gardner Express. What we’re seeing now with condo’s happened then with block apartment buildings. Hundreds of homes were destroyed. And now the neighbourhood is no longer well to-do, but house working class families and new-comers to Canada. Although condos’s and new townhouses in this area are starting to be built up, it will take time for the area to become gentrified again.

 We started a little too far east, but made our way west through side streets but found interesting alley ways that seemed to have the most interesting textures on fences, garages, garage doors and stone walls. I recommend to anyone to keep a folder of textures for any future Photoshop projects.

 Something we’ve noticed was how neat and tidy these alleys were; not an inch of graffiti to be seen. There were however, dilapidated sheds that stuck out like a sore thumb among otherwise pristine properties. There was only one or two sad streets in need of the love and attention for someone to spruce up a house here and there. Parkdale is no longer what it was. It’s come a long way over the years. After I had a call from one of our clients who still believed Parkdale was still populated with druggies, I was even more interested in seeing the neighbourhood. I was quite delighted with it. Nestled in itself behind the train tracks divided from the hustle and bustle of Queen St.

 We went into two vintage stores. One of which Pam was saying went downhill in the past three months. She said it use to be so organized. Now there were items in the isles. There was no rhyme or reason to anything. The second was full of stuff. Though I was disappointed with the lack of frilly dresses. Perhaps they were downstairs with the bolts of fabric I purposefully for another day when I had more time to look.

 For lunch, Pam suggested as Tibetan restaurant. There was one that I ate at twice before called Tibetan House or something like that, but we say a cute little yellow place that served both Indian and Tibetan cuisine, so we decided to try that. We ordered four dishes to try between us. A veggie fried noodle dish, spicy pork, a beef soup, steamed beef dumplings, and our waiter gave us a free dish of rice to sooth the spicy food.

 Every dish was quite different in taste and all very delicious. Our waiter was telling us the traditional meat was Yak. But since there is only one at the Toronto Zoo, and it would be expensive to import otherwise; what dishes would be yak are make with pork instead. I would defiantly eat there again. If you’re looking for something different, try Om Restaurant.

 Although it was cold and blustery, and starting to rain, we decided to check out a lush community garden and another alley. One so different from the others we came from; it was an extension of Graffiti Alley, but further west at Roncesvalles. There were a few fantastic sections, my favorite, a wall painted in multiple shades of green with vines hanging over it. I’d call it the Hanging Garden, but the feeling was nothing like the movie. These graffiti artists are amazing!

 On the way home there was much debate about going to Nuit Blanch that night. I don’t think anyone of us made it. We’ve endured the chill of the days wind, but I we shivered at the thought of how cold it would be that night.

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 October 3rd, 2015 – 10am to 1pm

 Meeting at the Gladstone Hotel, probably the most noted landmark in Parkdale. A free beer or coffee to anyone who can give me the definition of “gladstone”. No cheating! We’ll decide weather or not we want to walk north or south, but regardless taking side streets and ally ways.

This will be a good opportunity to gather some images for our up and coming contest themes, Street Life and Architecture.

Architecture – Images of the buildings designed and built to serve both a human purpose and a pleasing (or not!) aesthetic. Could also include landscape architecture but would not include purely engineering structures.

Street life – People in the urban environment. People behaving (or not!) within the context of their urban surroundings. Images should include both people and their environment.

OMG there are too many places to eat.
http://www.smalltownbar.com/
http://www.cadillaclounge.com/
http://stonesplace.ca/
Tibet Kitchen – No website, but the food is awesome and not too out of this world for those of you who are meat and potato people. The Patio is awesome and hopefully it will still be patio weather at this time.
AND SO MANY MORE TO CHOOSE FROM!

Contact: Sarah Boutilier – sarahjaboutilier@gmail.com – C) 647-297-5782

BPC Members – Free – Show Membership Card
Non Members – $10

Stay tuned for fun details and photos

Kensington Market

September 19th, 2015 – 9am to 1pm

Meeting everyone at Don’t Call Me Cupcake at 160 Baldwin St. for 9am. We’ll walk around Kensington Market, one of the funkiest area in Toronto, located just west of Spadina’s Chinatown.  With an eclectic mix that is hard to describe the place has the feeling of a neatly laid-out souk. Most of the stretch on Kensington Avenue, south of St. Andrews, is chock-full of vintage clothing stores with candy-colour façades. After a morning of shooting we can hit up one of the many restaurants in the area, The Dirty Bird at 79 Kensington Ave. Afterwards we can walk down Spadina and photograph Chinatown and maybe head over to Graffitt Alley south of Queen St.

This is a good opportunity to gather some images for our up and coming contest themes, Street Life and Architecture.

Architecture – Images of the buildings designed and built to serve both a human purpose and a pleasing (or not!) aesthetic. Could also include landscape architecture but would not include purely engineering structures.

Street Life People in the urban environment. People behaving (or not!) within the context of their urban surroundings. Images should include both people and their environment.

Contact: Jeniffer Vieira – Vieira.j.76@gmail.com – C) 647-281-7340

BPC Members – Free – Show you member ship card 

Non Member – $10

Stay tuned for fun details and photos.

Junction Walk

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There were four of us on the first outing of the Beach Photo Club season; Catherine, Joanne, Pam and myself. It rained on and off all day, but that didn’t deter us as it was but a mist, not getting any worse than a drizzle. People had suggested more outings to be with in the city, and through I put them on the calendar, I was a little disappointed with the lack of interest this day but hope it was only the weather that kept people snug and warm.

As it happened we went on a little side adventure. After meeting at Keele Subway Station as planned, we went south instead of north to an ally way that ran parallel to the subway line. When the train comes up from underground to the station, you can see a stretch of buildings with beautiful graffiti. We must have spent an hour or more there finding other nook and crannies with beautiful container gardens on balconies. There was a garden by a Hockey store that made its fence from broken hockey sticks. It was beautiful cherry tomato’s ( I wonder if they were growing them in lieu of Don Cherry. That would be cute), zucchini and another type of tomato growing.

When we finally did go north, we headed west onto Dundas. I was surprised at how beautiful this part of Dundas was. There are still old buildings on this corner and along this stretch that reminded me of the main drags of smaller towns through out Southern Ontario. Pam , our local guide for the walk, commented on some black and white images she found of the junction and how she was still able to recognize the area. And building in relation to where she lives now. It’s nice to know a neighborhood can still have its character in tact.

What was really great about this neighbourhood was all the wonderful salvage shops. The first one we went into was Post + Beam Reclamation Ltd. It’s chalk full with old windows, doors, tools, mantel pieces. Once of which had crackled paint of a beautiful blue. We all agreed that if we were to purchase it, we would preserve the paint as is. To do otherwise would be sacrilegious. They also had two claw foot tubs (I’ve always wanted a claw foot tub!) and so much more. I asked if we could take photos and they said yes. All of the shops we went in to were very obliging in this respect.

In SMASH, I bought a pair of deer antlers that were cut to a smaller size from the full rack. Ever since I took the photos of Amanda last weekend, I had in my head the Vogue fashion photos of models wearing antlers. Now, I just have to figure out how to affix them to a headband sturdy enough to stay on the models head.

For Lunch, in between salvage shops, we went to lunch at Indi Ale House. Pam had suggested this as an outing, but seeing how small the back room was with the copper kettles, I don’t think there would have been enough room to shoot. Even if we didn’t plan any outings, there’s always a good excuse to go back. Three of us had the Breakfast Porter, a creamy dark beer with a smooth caramel woody flavor. Porters are considered to be a strong beer, almost a stout, but it’s very hard to find one in a Toronto restaurant. I know only one other place who has it and they too make it themselves. It’s the place where I first discovered porter, Black Creek Village. To eat I had the special, a grilled chicken club sandwich on a pretzel bun with Caesar dressing, crispy kale, cheese, and tomato. It was so large, I wondered if I could fit my mouth around it, but it squished down to a more palatable size. I told the waiter it was the best club sandwich ever. I only said that once before at Shanghai Cowgirl on Bathurst. When the table behind us heard, they asked to see it, but I asked them not to be fooled by its sorry state.

One of the last shops we went to was Mjolk, http://store.mjolk.ca, a mix of Scandinavian and Japanese furniture with an air of vintage all about it. In one corner was a high-end record player. I turned around to the clerk asking, “Can you hear the difference between vinyl and digital?” “Oh yes. I can hear it.” We all listened to the warm classic 1940’s jazz as we watched the vinyl spinning, the needle gliding over it. I would love to have a turntable again. I wonder if there’s still one in my parents basement. Hmmmmm…… But how to get it up here is the question.

I had a revelation that day. I discovered the Junction might be a neighbourhood I would consider moving to because of all the nostalgic reclamation stores. But to bee so far away form the water, is unthinkable. People say West is Best, but you know me, the East Coast girl.

 


September 12th – 10am to 1pm

This was one of the many suggestions from one of the club members. We’ll meet at Keele Subway station outside at front and walk north to the southern border to Annette. From there we can zig zag through side streets and alley ways finding who knows what. I have the hopes of finding some wonderful last century architecture and rusty old cars. 

This is a good opportunity to gather images for the up and coming contest themes, Street Life and Architecture.

Architecture – Images of the buildings designed and built to serve both a human purpose and a pleasing (or not!) aesthetic. Could also include landscape architecture but would not include purely engineering structures.

Street life – People in the urban environment. People behaving (or not!) within the context of their urban surroundings. Images should include both people and their environment.

There are plenty of places to eat, but I’ve recently heard Mad Mexican is in this neighbourhood. They have killer guacamole. But if Mexican is not to everyone’s taste, there’s lots of other places to chose from.

Contact: Sarah Boutilier – sarahjaboutilier@gmail.com – C) 647-297-5782

BPC Members – Free – Show you member ship card
Non Members – $10

 

The Beach Calendar 2016 – Exhibition of Images

2016 CalendarThe Beach Photo Club has just published its wonderful annual photo calendar for 2016. The images for the calendar, featuring dramatic Beach scenes throughout the year, are on display at Beach United Church from July 2015 until January 2016.

Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave, Toronto, Ontario M4E2T4

 

 Photo credits:

Month Title Maker
Cover Snow over Leuty Deborah Ryan
January Leuty Winter Alex Bruce
February Winterstaton Fun John Wallace
March Kew Bowling Green Selby Shanly
April Gardener’s Cottage Andrew Oliver
May Toronto’s Painted Ladies John Wallace
June R.C. Harris Waterworks Pam Richards
July Raining Light Alex Bruce
August Summer at the Beach Selby Shanly
September Morning Kayak Michael McAuley
October Kew Gardens – Fall Michael McAuley
November Boardwalk Blues Margus Kask
December Misty Morning Marley Adams

 

Susan Lappin images from Hawaii

We spent almost a month in Oahu, Kauai and Maui (most of April and part of May) and every-where you turned Mother Nature out did herself. It was amazing. Susan Lappin — Photographic Artist www.free-to-be-photography.com

12 Dresses – by Sarah Boutilier

My sewing teacher and Friend Marianne, wanted to have a ball with the new English Country Dancing group she joined a year ago. Her excuse to have the ball was to cel-ebrate 55 years in Canada. To get people involved she decided to make 12 dresses and 8 vests for some of the hard core members of the group. I made my own dress.

When she first told me of the idea I volunteered to do portraits of people all lovely and dressed up. Here was my chance to try to recreate painted portraits with a modern tool, and yet still make them have all the charm a regency portrait painting would.

I had asked a good Friend to assist me on the day. What a huge help he was. Suggesting to people how they should sit, asking them to take off watches and glasses that looked too modern. He had set up the lighting and even moved the table from one side of the set to the oth-er.

For my purpose, I had borrowed from Rob a mottled brown back drop that completely fit the bill along with a backdrop stand, and a 20 prime lens. How I LOVE the 20. I almost bought one at Christmas, but I had to pay up front and they had to order it from the Canon warehouse, maybe next Christmas bo-nus. For now I’m lucky to be able to borrow Robs.

Along with the back drop I brought some props. Books, teacups and saucers, a makeshift table cloth and another to contrast over that. This would give people a choice of things to hold onto so they may feel more comfortable. Some didn’t because I think it may have looked too contrived. But those touch-es come out very well in the photos.

Originally was going to borrow Rob’s 400 Alien Bees, but when I thought of even more things to carry to the venue, I decided to go with two speed lights with soft boxes over them instead. They worked quite well until the batteries started to run low. I tried to push the speed lights until they were nearly dead, which was a bad idea because when I went to edit them, I realized I had lost detail I wasn’t able to bring back.