The Terminator arrived at the Manulife Centre Indigo sans sunglasses and leather gloves shortly after 12 pm, telling the ecstatic crowd he just came from visiting his "good friend" Michael Budman at Roots. "But when I left," Schwarzenegger said, cracking a smile, "I told him 'I'll Be Back.'"
Glad Day is also experiencing new life. In January, the bookstore's fate was bleak. Thanks to 22 new co-owners who took over in February, the world's oldest LGBTQ bookstore launched in a new direction. These days, the store is fostering a community space with its new third floor programming room, formerly occupied by another tenant.
But in more recent times, Toronto has also served as a literary canvas, with some of Canada's most well-known novels set in our city - including those by Margaret Atwood, Robertson Davies, Timothy Findley, and Michael Ondaatje.
Local illustrator Michael Cho has been documenting this particular aspect of Toronto's urban form since 2006, which has culminated in the recently released collection Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes. Featuring pared down drawings and paintings, the images that make up this book capture the untidy subject matter just about perfectly.