Article first published as Toronto – Distillery District on Technorati.
For the third instalment of my Toronto trip, I would like to share how taken I was with Distillery District. The old red brick buildings are wonderful, and the choice of lovely eating places, events, festivals, interesting galleries and funky shops can keep you busy for quite a few hours. The site was once home to the Gooderham and Worts Distillery, which played a significant role in the development of the city. Nowadays, it is still the largest example of Victorian industrial architecture in the whole of North America.
We had lunch in the Pure Spirits Oyster House, an enjoyable experience with delicious food. The staff was friendly to our party, which included two young children, and we were pleased with the service. The fact that the soup of the day had been replaced with something else than what I had ordered and which I could not eat proved no problem. I ordered something else and did not have to wait long for it to appear on the table.
Of all the places we visited, the one that made the biggest impression on me was Cube Works. The result of an association of artists and graphic architects, the pieces presented are truly breathtaking. One of the ideas is to give another life to the 80’s Rubik’s Cube. The photos illustrating this post gives you an idea of what these talented people came up with, but if you can go and see it for yourself, I highly encourage you to do so. The gallery also offers other objects, and I came out with one of pop artist Romero Britto’s work. Every time I see the “Live” colourful sculpture I bought, it brings a smile to my face. I wish I had had more space left in my suitcase to bring more finds back with me, but then there is always the next time…