Thursday Doors – April 12, 2018

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Kensington Market – Toronto

Just west of downtown Toronto you’ll find the vibrant and culturally diverse neighbourhood of Kensington Market.

Covering an area of about 6 x 2 city blocks Kensington can best be described as an open air market containing an eclectic mix of brightly-decorated shops, clothing stores, and restaurants, mixed in with a number of old Victorian style homes.

Bordering on Chinatown the area has one of the most culturally mixed demographics in North America.

At the beginning of the 20th century it was the starting point in Canada for many Eastern European Jewish immigrants. Then came the Italians. After World War II Spanish and Portuguese newcomers made Kensington their home. In the 70’s and early 80’s the neighbourhood saw an influx of Vietnamese refugees as well as new arrivals from the Caribbean.

Latest census data reveals that the Kensington market area is home to people originating from over 70 different countries.

Each wave of new arrivals brought with them their language, their culture, and most deliciously their cuisine!

The options for restaurants and street food in Kensington market cover pretty much the entire globe.

An abundance of street-art, peaceful cultural diversity, a huge variety of cuisine choices, and an overall bohemian atmosphere are some of the many reasons to check out this accessible neighbourhood the next time you’re in Toronto.

Here’s a few more of the interesting doors we found on our visit.

A sign of the times I guess.

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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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73 Responses to Thursday Doors – April 12, 2018

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  2. reocochran says:

    I really liked the collection of multiculturalism displayed in unique doors, Norm. I particularly liked the second photograph for it’s setting and picturesque scene. It looks like a movie set. . . Happy nearly Thursday Doors again! 😀 ✨

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  3. marianallen says:

    What a fabulous place! I love that tiny door, guarding the skinny pass-through. In another life, I want to live a couple of blocks away from there. Well within walking distance, but away from the thick of it.

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  4. ostendnomadography says:

    I really like the third picture, nice contrasts: street art, and doors in another style. Lovely.

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  5. Leah says:

    This is a very interesting post, Norm. I enjoy learning these little tidbits about communities.

    The doors that are set back very deeply are interesting. I don’t imagine the walls are that thick; I’m curious about that architectural detail.

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  6. those are some neat doors.

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  7. Wow, I want to visit there! So interesting! My favorite is the street art red and yellow swirl. =)

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  8. Aimer Boyz says:

    I’ve lived just north of Toronto for almost 40 yrs. and still haven’t gotten around to Kensington Market 😦
    Loved that Serving Potheads sign. LOL!

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  9. joey says:

    Looks like a fantastic place to spend a day. I saw that narrow door on my IG feed today and made an audible squee to no one, but these are all so interesting. I love the banners. Great personality and variety in the colorful details. That’s the kind of place I’d put on a bucket list if I had one.

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  10. JT Twissel says:

    Reminds me of the Haight Ashbury section of San Francisco – especially the “head” shop.

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  11. jesh stg says:

    Looking around I feel like I’m somewhere in Asia, not in Canada Like the funky garage doors:) Thanks for spying out this neighborhood for us:)

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  12. Ahhh, what a place. If I ever end up over there, this is the first place you’re taking me to. 🙂 And then we’ll sample. And find the red door because it’s all that. As I say in my post, this week we’ve switched: your post looks like one of mine, whereas I’ve got a grand church. 🙂

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  13. nwatkins23 says:

    Thanks Norm for your Kensington Market post. This location is on my list of spots to visit – you have found lots of doors worth capturing.

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  14. Ally Bean says:

    Coolness. So eclectic and intriguing. Great photos. The skinny door is something else entirely.

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  15. Nice collection of eclectic doors from this interesting neighborhood. The space with the skinny door between houses would make a perfect hideaway spot for skinny kids. It looks like anyone bigger than that might get wedged between the buildings. 🙂

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  16. 390 looked good. So did 396. But that narrow quarter door stands out in this collection. Wonderful find.

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  17. Almost Iowa says:

    You gotta love that narrow little door. I have heard of crawl-spaces – but a squeeze space? That I have not heard of. It would take a special (read skinny) kind of person to live there.

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  18. Amy says:

    Those doors sure have a lot of character. It’s interesting to have so much diversity in one place!

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  19. Looks a lot like some of the Buffalo, NY neighborhoods I drive through, although we do not have a door like that last one! That made me laugh out loud.

    (I did put my camera in the car this morning, but it was so cold and I was so tired, I just couldn’t make myself take those door photos. I’ll join you yet.)

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  20. Lynn says:

    What a great neighbourhood to showcase so many fun eclectic doors! Haven’t been to this are in years, perhaps it’s time for a visit over the summer!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      It was a cool and rainy early April day which kinda put a damper on the day. I can imagine on a nice warm sunny this place must really be hopping so I’d say, yeah – go this summer 😉

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  21. susurrus says:

    Was the narrow door as claustrophobic as it looks, I wonder?

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  22. Like others, I like the bright yellow door with the red trim and the very, very skinny door. Sad to see so much graffiti, though. We haven’t been to Toronto for years, but we’ve always loved going there. So much going on.


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  23. Dan Antion says:

    I really like the first photo, Norm, but when I see signs that say “since 1989” I feel old. The street are is fantastic, love the painted glass door. I also like the narrow door in the sapce between buildings, and the yellow and red – that’s so bright!

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  24. Irene says:

    Oh, my! Most interesting doors ever.

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  25. Pistachios says:

    Doors with plenty of character are the best, and these doors look like they’re as eclectic as their owners/inhabitants.
    Funny, though, that the doors with the “Open” sign appear to chained shut…

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Yes, I hadn’t noticed the chain until I uploaded the pics to my computer.
      I’d originally shot this one because of my love for rich wood tones. When I saw the chain and the “Open” sign, I knew for sure I had a winner 😉

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  26. Susi Lovell says:

    Great collection! I’d forgotten what fun it is around there. Time for a visit to TO!

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  27. Corina says:

    The yellow and red are my favorites. Love them.

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  28. Who could not stop by here on Thursday to see what you are going to share with us? This is an amazing history lesson and an eclectic assortment of doors in a variety of sizes and colors. I love the tall skinny one and the Hot Box sign. All this plus great food = good post. Happy Thursday, Norm. 🙂

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  29. Some interesting doors and one really tall one!

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  30. Bohemian Rhapsody indeed.

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  31. Joanne Sisco says:

    The old Victorian homes are themselves a wonder and it kind of pains me to see them in such a dilapidated state … but it is a great place to poke around, have lunch, and people watch on a warm day with a cold drink 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      We thought the same thing about those old homes Joanne, it’s sad.
      Just guessing here but do you think the over-inflated property values and the subsequent higher property taxes are taking a bite out of the ability for owners to spend on proper upkeep?


  32. Vicky says:

    Excellent finds! You must have had great fun delving around Kensington, there is much to see. Love the last one!

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  33. scooj says:

    What a great post and amazing neighbourhood – just the kind of place I love. The very thin door is interesting, fitting the space. Love the tumbledown houses at the top of the post.

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  34. weejars says:

    Love the yellow and red, and skinny wooden doors. Great finds

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