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migrating landscapes exhibit: toronto

photo by: wonderferretWhat: Migrating Landscapes, Ontario Regional Exhibition
When: February 6 thru 24, 2012
Where: Brookfield Place

Exploring how Canadian architects and designers have been influenced by migration and immigration, Migrating Landscapes is a national architecture competition with national winners representing Canada at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture—which takes place August 29 thru November 25, 2012.

Via videotapes and architectural models, this regional exhibit features 26 architects and designers sharing their stories of migration and how those experiences affected them.

The Ontario jury will select winners who will move on to a national exhibition and competition which will take place at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in March/April 2012.

With the videos and models placed into a wooden exhibition infrastructure—representing the act of settling into a new landscape—a national jury will then select Team Canada to represent Canada at the Biennale.

View, experience, and cast a vote for a favorite Ontario entry in the People’s Choice Award.


opening day: queen west toronto

This past Saturday, January 21st, the newest CB2 store opened in Queen West Toronto.

With sincere gratitude, Thank You to everyone who had a hand in getting our orange doors opened—
one of the most challenging, long, and rewarding projects we’ve undertaken.

We’re especially grateful to Trevor at Starbucks Queen West/Bathurst—who kept us caffeinated during the week then welcomed guests with coffee and hot chocolate all opening day long—and to everyone who granted us a photo opportunity with their dog and who braved the elements to say hello. We’re thrilled to meet you and look forward to being neighbors!


our neighborhood: toronto

The history of Toronto began not long after glaciers created the Great Lakes thousands of years ago—including Lake Ontario, the eastern most of the five.

Soon various Indian tribes settled its northwest shore including the Mississaugas, Huron and Iroquois—Toronto is most likely Iroquois ‘tkaronto’ for the ‘place where trees stand in the water’, or a man-made natural corral to easily catch fish.

In the late 1700s, the British monarchy purchased the land from the Mississaugas and Toronto was incorporated as York in 1834. In those many years, British loyalists fled America for Canada as did escaped slaves and immigrants from Ireland during the great famine.

Since then, Toronto has become the largest city in Canada and the capital of Ontario—and with just over 50% of its population native-born, it’s one of the most diverse cities in the world.

By the 1860s the Gooderham and Worts Distillery is said to have become the world’s largest whiskey factory and the industry established the Distillery District. While many significant architectural structures were demolished in the 60s and 70s to make way for modern buildings, the district maintained many of its Victorian era industrial architecture. 

The city has seen its share of natural disasters—most notably the Great Toronto Fire of 1904 and Hurricane Hazel in 1954—which create opportunities to rebuild and modernize.

The distinctive CN Tower was completed in 1974 and is not only a key feature of the city’s skyline, at just over 1,815 feet (553 metres) it’s still the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Thankfully the city’s street car system from 1891 remains—and as renovations of buildings and neighborhoods are done—the mix of the old with new is unique and charming.

Today, the Toronto Public Space Committee protects the city’s many public spaces including city squares and parks and its revitalized waterfront.

Besides its fifty-plus ballet and dance companies, Toronto has been home to the Hockey Hall of Fame since 1958—and the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the original six clubs of the National Hockey League. And since 1995, the Raptors are the only NBA team outside the US.

With the cold winters come inside activities including sports and movies. Home to the first permanent IMAX, the city has been seen on the big screen in Atom Egoyan’s Chloe and David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch and the soon to be released Cosmopolis.

It’s also the home of CB2’s first location in Canada—where many remember theBig Bop music venue—at Queen West and Bathurst. 

Special thanks to darryl, store manager Queen West, for the photograph.


update: toronto

We look forward to joining Toronto’s vibrant design scene with the opening of CB2 Queen West.  We are thrilled to preserve the heritage of the Big Bop and are working to restore the building in a way that honours its significance. Older buildings bring unique and sometimes unexpected challenges, but CB2 remains committed to this historic location and wonderful neighbourhood.

With this in mind, the opening of CB2 Queen West is slated for early 2012.  We look forward to celebrating with you and will be in touch soon with the Grand Opening details!

photo courtesy of Aaron Miller,


CB2 thanks: the drake hotel

photo by: 416style We love to travel and meet new people, see new places—especially when they’re in our next new neighborhood.

Last week—in preparation for the opening of CB2 Toronto—we experienced the Drake Hotel for the first time of many more to come.

Not only is their customer service top notch, the decor full of character—their restaurants are first rate.

Serving fresh local foods deliciously prepared by Chef Anthony and his team, we started our days with the same order everyday—we’re just saying: 4 people, 3 days = 36 eggs.