Our visits of “small town” Ontario continued to St. Catherines, Ontario.
The official nickname of St. Catharines is “The Garden City” due to its 1,000+ acres of parks, gardens and trails.
As a way to erase St. Catharines’ graffiti problem, local businesses Fulton Fitness and Mahtay Café teamed up to showcase the work of dozens of graffiti artists from across the province. The alleyway in between James Street and the parallel Garden Park is now a dedicated area for serious artists to spend days straight on their pieces without having to worry about policing. Every year since 2003 there has been a convergence of artists during the Garden Park Urban Art Festival Graffiti Jam where artists are encouraged to let their creative flair free. (source)
W. Ryan Dodge spends his days as the Royal Ontario Museum’s Digital Engagement Coordinator focused on digital content creation, campaign and community management, as well as building digital capacity within the institution. Experienced in building content and digital strategies that have value for communities, Ryan is particularly interested in how best to connect the physical and digital and provide visitors onsite and online with the best possible experience.
Stacey May Fowles is a Toronto-based award-winning writer. Her recent book, Baseball Life Advice, is a collection of essays that looks at everything from bat flips to the politics of booing and everything in between. Fowles currently writes about books for The Globe and Mail, baseball for Jays Nation and The Athletic, and is author of the popular weekly Baseball Life Advice e-newsletter.
Mariah Owen is a Toronto-based actor, writer and producer. She is also an accomplished athlete, becoming a world champion with Team Canada Cheerleading as well as doing both Alpine Ski Racing and Synchronized swimming at the provincial level.
Earlier this spring we took a day trip to St. Marys, Ontario for a mini baseball tournament on the fields of Canada’s Baseball Hall of Fame. I had never been to the CBHOF. I was amazed at how small the actual Hall is.
The Hall (and Museum) is located in a former home on a parcel of land donated to the Hall by the St. Marys Cement Company.
While the home may be small, there is so much on display on the main floor and even more stored away on the second floor.
I remember watching this game in my parents living room. George Bell was, and always has been, my favourite baseball player.
Toronto once tried to acquire the Giants baseball team. They even had stationary made!
Yes, the Babe played in Canada before his MLB career began.
If you live in Toronto you know by now that Underpass Park was created in 2012 under a highway overpass at Eastern Avenue just west of the Don Valley Parkway. The park features basketball nets, a playground, and a skateboard park.
There is also a massive graffiti installation that will stop you in your tracks. If you’re not in a hurry.
Conversation with the hosts of the IWCC (Independent Web Creators of Canada) podcast, Creatortown, Dan Speerin and Vince Kesavamoorthy. Also joining us is world champion cheerleader and Toronto-based actor, producer and writer Mariah Owen.