I grew up on the outskirts of Toronto, but attended a high school in the city, so the Toronto I am familiar with is a Toronto of my high school days, mostly near the subway lines, and revolving around bubble tea shops, used CD stores, and kitschy little stores around school. So even though I'm technically "from" Toronto, I don't feel like I really know Toronto well, and as a result, whenever I'm back, it's always a treat for me to explore the city and new neighbourhoods - or new to me, anyway.
This two week stint in Toronto was probably the longest I've been in Toronto in a while - which meant I had time to go back to places more than once and let these new areas to me become a little more familiar, including the Leslieville area, where the wonderful Wonderpens is located!
I know the sweet couple behind Wonderpens from university days, when Liz and I were both studying education... and look at us now! Haha. Totally not in that field.
Liz invited me to come in to do some chalk-lettering on their oh so amazing chalk WALL, and to do a few modern calligraphy workshops, all of which I so so enjoyed doing, and loved that I got a chance to do some calligraphy in Toronto!
They were so sweet as to make a video of the chalk mural piece in progress! It's so so incredibly rare that I get to watch myself work (but does anybody, really?), so it's also such a treat for me to see this, especially fast-forwarded, because in reality this took waaaay longer than thirty seconds.
I so loved being at Wonderpens for those two weeks in June. Thanks to Liz and Jon for hosting me, and giving me such free reign! Now if only they'd get one over here in Vancouver...
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