A previous reviewer has given many accolades to the Toronto Urban Adventures Tour and in particular the tour guide Jason. I agree with reviewer "02retired" comments. Jason is student of street art and is very knowledgable about graffiti. We usually view graffit as a negative defacing work on some poor soul's buildings but he explained and showed us the difference between graffiti art and "tagging" graffiti. The graffiti artist is serious about their creation and it is very creative and uses high quality spray paints, often imported from Europe. Whereas the tag graffiti is often in the bubble style and was painted using lower quality spray paints. It was interesting to learn that the street code is that a tagger should not spray a graffiti artist's paintings.There are sometimes notes from one painter to another about their reactions to each others paintings.
Although we had one of the coldest and wet days in Toronto this month, 10 of us were avid followers and listeners as we followed Jason through back lanes and small streets that we would be very unlikely to visit on our own. He took us into interesting shops and restaurants and coffee houses. This is a neighbourhood that rejects any attempt by Starbucks or other food chains to move in, so the local business have a unique and distinct appeal.
Chinatown in this area is still growing and it is authentic and reminded me of Hong Kong in the 1970's. Jason recommend a number of places to eat, ranging from Vietnamese to Chinese and Thai. He pointed out the location of the Blues Club that inspired Dan Akroyd to write the Blues Brothers act.
Overall this is an entertaining and educational tour of a part of Toronto we all thought we knew well but we have never seen the details that Jason showed to us.
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