Thursday Doors – April 5, 2018

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St. Andrew’s Church – Downtown Toronto

We took some time off over the Easter weekend for a mini-vacation trip to one of my other favourite cities in Canada, Toronto.

One thing I love about Toronto is that there’s never any shortage of things to see and do. We went to a show, found lots of cool doors while visiting some interesting neighbourhoods, and we finally got to spend the day with local blog buddy Joanne Sisco from My Life Lived Full.

Joanne and I had tried to schedule a get-together a number of times since meeting here on WordPress, and unfortunately we have had to cancel twice before. This time however we made it happen and had a wonderful fun day together, as you can see from our clowning around here.

But that was another day and deserves its own post, so stay tuned for that including some other really cool pics in an upcoming doors post.

On this day, my wife and I were out exploring King St. West in the theatre district one morning not far from our hotel, and we came across this beauty reflected in the high-rise directly across from it.

Instead of repeating what’s already written here, I’ll just give you a minute or two to read it for yourself. Take your time – I’ll wait…

The morning light was just right so I walked around for a few minutes and captured its beauty from a few different angles

And of course I discovered a number of wonderful doors as well 🙂

Plus this bonus red phone booth door outside the pub across the street.

A pub right across from a church? Yeah that must be a Scottish thing 😉

As always, thanks so much for dropping by 🙂

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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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74 Responses to Thursday Doors – April 5, 2018

  1. Those shadows on the church are so wonderful!

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  2. prior.. says:

    Oh how cool that you were able to connect with JS!
    woo hoo
    and the church is very cool in the reflection picture – it almost looked like a huge iron gate – as if it was captive.
    and laughing at how it was a “scottish thing” to have the pub right across the street.

    and it kind of reminded me of what I read earlier – not sure why – but how Canada is selling a Chagall painting in order to keep a Native painting in the country.

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  3. As we all learned about writing, the intro must hook the reader to be successful and that first image of you and Joanne did the job; I’m waiting for the follow up to those posts!
    Amazing door captures with great lighting; this is a beautiful church!

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  4. Amy says:

    The church is stunning! I must love sandstone. Many of the buildings in Glasgow were sandstone and it just looks so beautiful and give so much character. The doors, windows, and stonework are phenomenal. Gotta love a red phone booth! I caught sight on Instagram that you and Joanne had connected. I can’t wait to read that post as well! 🙂

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  5. Jennie says:

    Stunning, Norm. The photo that shows the reflection of the church is outstanding. Well, they all are. Love the red phone booth!

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  6. beautiful church and doors.

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  7. Fantastic photos, Norm. 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Jennifer. I was thinking about you while we were in TO. One of the reasons we went was to see Come From Away – we LOVED it. I’m already looking forward to seeing it again when they eventually take it on the road, hopefully in Montreal or Ottawa next year.

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      • That is wonderful, Norm, thanks for letting me know. We really enjoyed it when we saw it in Gander, before it got going on Broadway. My sister recently visited her daughter in Toronto and they saw it together. I’d love to see it again at a larger venue like that. 🙂

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  8. Suzanne says:

    Perfect timing for that reflective shot. I love the juxtaposition of old and new in a photo. You captured it beautifully.

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  9. reocochran says:

    I have promised a few people who are both friends and fellow bloggers to meet up “one day” soon! So glad you and Joanne were able to finally be able to do this. Fun post of you two! 😀
    I was excited about your ability to catch the tall skyscraper’s reflection of the beautiful, stately church. Those multiple layers of carved arches for each door were magnificent, Norm.
    On my first honeymoon, we went to Niagara Falls, the pretty gardens and stayed at the Toronto Bay Hilton. (7/8/78). In those silly days we only took photos of each other, saved the pretty postcard from the bedside table. I captured on an instamatic camera, one really elaborate engraving on stone an office or bank building of a long canoe with Native Americans paddling with looming pine and evergreen trees in the background.
    Peace be with you, my friend. 🕊️

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  10. seaangel4444 says:

    Such a beautiful building, Norm! Cher xo

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  11. amoralegria says:

    What a beautiful church, Norm! I hope to visit Toronto (it’s not so far from Chicago!) soon.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks. I had lots of fun capturing it.
      By the way I think the WP spam filter is still flagging my comments on your blog as spam. I commented on your post earlier and it’s not showing up :-/

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  12. Beautiful church, love the reflection in the building windows, and a perfect ending with the red phone booth at the pub! Cheers.

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  13. JT Twissel says:

    I wonder why the church as three doors – one for saints, one for sinners and one for the kids? Love your selfie with Joanne!

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  14. Love the first photo, the reflection. Reminds me of some I took like that in NYC. But the doors themselves of this church are magnificent. They look heavy, as they should be, yet artsy. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. jesh stg says:

    A few off the cuff comments about this post. The reflection of the Romanesque church and the high rise is very unusual. Wow those doors!! Amazing! About the historical description: haha, when are theologians not outspoken:):)
    The photo of the you and Joanne made me smile because this is what it looks like to people watching photographers at work (and have seen so many times when I was painting at Yosemite Nat. park).

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Jesh. It’s true, to those who don’t have an artistic eye it’s not always obvious what those artsy-type folks are up to – the look on the face of fellow behind us was precious 😀

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  16. What a gorgeous church! The picture of it in the reflection is stunning! So glad you got together with Joanne. My husband and I met up with her a couple of years ago when we traveled to Toronto… I wish I had thought to ask her to go on a doorscursion with us. So many doors, so little time…

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  17. Aimer Boyz says:

    That first shot, the church reflected in glass? Stunning, love it 🙂 The next time I’m on King St. I’ll be thinking of your picture 🙂

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  18. Mama Cormier says:

    So glad you finally got together with Joanne. Love the reflection of the church in the building across the street.

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  19. Love the different coloured stone used on the church, Norm. A pub across from a church is also an Irish thing, lol. You might even find a priest pulling pints behind the bar in certain villages here. 😉

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  20. Almost Iowa says:

    What’s that big red booth? Someone said, it is where you go to make cell phone calls.

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  21. marianallen says:

    What a glorious building! Love those doors and that stonework. Like Dan said — pushes all the good buttons. 🙂

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  22. Colline says:

    I always admire this church when I go by it. Such a beautiful building.

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  23. Lynn says:

    I am so happy to hear that you & Joanne were able to meet up & enjoy the day together! Love the picture of the two of you taking a picture & that guy in the background just makes it way more fun! Lovely photos of St. Andrews, such a beautiful church!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Lynn. The puzzled look on that guy’s face is precious 😀
      I’m sure I have walked past St. Andrew’s on previous visits to TO but on this morning it was the first time I really took the time to admire it properly.

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  24. LucciaGray says:

    What a beautiful church and it looks great amongst the skyscrappers 🙂

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  25. Ally Bean says:

    Wowsa! That church has gorgeous doors that you’ve shown off to their best advantage. So distinct and pretty.

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  26. LindaGHill says:

    Beautiful! You’ve got to love the old and the new, side by side. Fantastic reflection shot, Norm!

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  27. joey says:

    Those doors are beautiful! All the details 🙂
    You really did a great job with the light and reflections, that’s marvelous stuff.
    I feel giddy when bloggers meet up, door folks especially. So glad for you and Joanne.

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  28. Dan Antion says:

    Great photos Norm. I love the church shown in reflection. You pushed all my buttons on that one, arches, curves, reflections, stone, wood…. I’m glad you guys got together, and I really like Toronto, so it will be great to see the fruits of your encounter. Have a great weekend.

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  29. Three doors, impressive. I will be posting photos of Mallorcan doors for the next few weeks.

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  30. scooj says:

    You have red phone boxes in Canada?

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  31. Joanne Sisco says:

    I love that photo of us. I’m glad we found that mirror to take it 🙂 … but look at that guy in the background. You can almost hear him thinking ‘what the hell?!’

    St Andrew’s is so pretty and for me, part of the attraction is its setting, framed by the Toronto skyline. You captured it beautifully in the 2nd last photo. However, the photo of the reflection is my favourite.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      That guy in the mirror is precious isn’t he? 😀
      To be honest that complete pic from across the street gave me fits. Trying to expose for the shaded part of the church while there’s direct sunlight in the upper left, plus the reflective flare off of Roy Thomson Hall on the right, while trying to get the whole CN Tower in. Overall I’m still pretty satisfied with how that shot turned out.
      Will email you this weekend to discuss a joint Casa Loma post. Cheers 🙂

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      • Joanne Sisco says:

        hahaha!! I KNOW how difficult that shot is. I have many failed versions of it 🙂. You are a MUCH better photographer!!

        Ok – let’s talk Case Loma. In the meantime, I’ll try to figure out a story angle.

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  32. Great shot of you and Joanne. 🙂 You certainly captured a wonderful reflection shot and some handsome doors. And, I love the red phone booth. Sounds like you had a really good weekend. 🙂

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  33. Hi Norm. I can’t wait to see the joint post with you and Joanne.
    The reflection photo is amazing. Wonderful shot. I love the “triplet” arched doors. All the detail was a feast for the eyes. Hugs.

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  34. Oh yes, this photo of you two says it all. 😀 Great to see that this time it worked.

    I thought I remembered this church from a Joanne’s post and I was right. See if you can find it, it was about two years ago. Right now I compared your doors and they are not completely the same.

    I love all your photos but your reflection is truly stunning. Looking forward to your future posts! How far is Toronto from you?

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Manja. Yes I went back and looked at Joanne’s post and it looks like the main doors were changed or refurbed at some point. Also she got one of the side doors that I didn’t shoot. Sad to say, but there was a homeless person sleeping in front of it and I didn’t want to disturb them.
      Distance from Montreal to Toronto is about 550 kms. About a 5-1/2 or 6 hour drive with no traffic, but as you get close to Toronto there is ALWAYS traffic. So it usually takes me 7+ hours by car. We went by train this time. Downtown to downtown: A little over 5 hours.

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      • Ohh, quite a distance. But I know your land is wide. The one over here is only long(ish).

        This was the first time I took a photo of homeless people (in my Thursday Doors post) and it was from their backs as they were sleeping. I don’t like doing that at all but this time I felt some sort of poetic justice with those eyes on the wall. I can understand how you didn’t want to do it.

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  35. Sherry Felix says:

    Love the church and phone booth too with door. I used to use those red boxes in London as a girl. Put in pennies and thrupenny bits–button A then button B, etc. to make a call. Alsop used to go around checking for coins from those who forgot to push the button to get the change back.

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