Church Conversions and Sunday Drives

While going to church on Sunday is hardly unconventional, my visit to the little white chapel in the Leeburn Valley today was far from ordinary. The historic cathedral built in 1906 sits alone on the low side of a mountainous hill. The church belongs to Robbie Adamson, local cartoonist, artist, party thrower, and friend. He and…

And it all started with one little market…

I arrive just after 8 and the place is already a buzz with activity. I’ve come to meet a friend and do a spin around Sault Ste. Marie’s newest public market at 35 Canal Drive. Instead what ends up happening is four hours of sophisticated loitering. Nothing quite says Saturday morning like a cup of…

Hello Spring at New North Greenhouses

Thought I’d share a few photographs I snapped while I was at New North Greenhouses this past weekend for their annual Hello Spring event. It was a great day for the Art Gallery of Algoma. We were out there making rock gardens with the kids and getting in the mood for Spring planting. Along with…

Live at Café Natura

  Sometimes we get so caught up in our own little institutional spheres that we fail to recognize the grass root movements of social change and betterment that is happening all around us. Working in an art gallery I am constantly frustrated by audience attendance and engagement. It’s always a struggle to get people in our…

A Pint and a Pizza

People who say there’s nothing to do in the Sault are lying. For such a little city, the Sault actually has a very vibrant arts and culture community. Unfortunately, the days are so short and it’s so bloody cold in the winter that attending any of these events is a chore. Luckily I’m starting to feel…

Bellevue Park

So, I’m supposed to be writing a blog about where I live, Sault Ste. Marie and the places I love, which unfortunately in this city are few and far between, but when the sun is shining on a Saturday morning a walk to Bellevue park is enough to make me forget my urban longings and enjoy…

How It’s Made

Last weekend I went on a tour of the Steam Whistle Brewery in the historic John St. Roundhouse in downtown Toronto. The tour was a blast! With two complimentary glasses of pilsner and a bottle of beer pulled straight off the line how could it not be. Yet, as I walked around the spotless factory sipping my cool bottle…

Mill Market in Sault Ste. Marie

Optimism is high in the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, as plans for a new Farmer’s Market in the downtown core take shape. The City has agreed to lease Mill Market Inc. a vacant Municipal Fish Hatchery Building at 35 Canal Drive for the next five years with the expectation that the owners are responsible for remediating the…

Is community building really that easy?

There’s a new little store in town called Shabby Motley. The shop opened up on a Queen St. just a few doors down from the Outspoken Brewery, which is another local business a handsome pair of homegrown entrepreneurs dreamt up and is set to open in the coming year. The knitting shop and cafe has been an instant success,…

Brilliant skylines in Boystown

Skype chats and gmail, FaceTime – Facebook they’re keeping me connected with the people I love the most and then with some others who I probably would have forgotten years ago. Hyper-digi-connectivity is one thing face to face time with a friend you haven’t seen in over a year is another. The two of us,…

It’s a capital city all right

Fall has come and gone. The coloured leaves of September have long been blanketed in snow. I remember that only a few short months ago I was embracing the wild winds and wavy shores of Lake Superior swimming way too late in the season in the greatest Lake I’ve ever known. I forget the days…

Adventures in Fermentation Part III

Tried tested and true. Chad Robertson’s recipe for San Francisco sourdough is pretty much fool proof, as long as you follow the instructions to a T. That means purchasing a Dutch oven, which allows the bread to steam in the first 20-25 minutes of cooking and a kitchen scale, which is essential if you want…