toronto rooftopping

Charges dropped against Toronto rooftoppers

Rooftopping has become increasingly popular over the last five years, with many Toronto photographers grabbing international attention for their vertigo-inspiring images of the city below. That's why it wasn't so surprising that the arrest of three local rooftoppers last February made major headlines. At the time, news stories showed spreads of spectacular photos alongside mugshots.

Fast forward six months and all the charges have been dropped against Jaswinder Brar, Eric Do, and (former blogTO photo editor) Tom Ryaboi. The cases against each photographer and their ultimate exoneration seems to have hinged on the legal definition of "breaking and entering," which requires an intent to commit an indictable offence.

Taking photos didn't prove to meet this criteria in these cases.

toronto rooftopping

Over the course of the legal proceedings the memory card from Ryaboi's camera was held as evidence. Released on Monday, he's now shared the photos with us. The three men were arrested at the top of Commerce Court, which appears swept with snow in these images.

It's become a highly desirable spot for rooftoppers to access, though one wonders if future photographers will be deterred by the increased awareness that police have of their activities.

Take a look at the rest of photos taken that day below.

toronto rooftopping


toronto rooftoppingtoronto rooftoppingtoronto rooftopping

All images by Tom Ryaboi


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in City

Someone in Toronto set up a cafe for dogs on their front lawn

Toronto now has loading platforms in bike lanes and here's how they work

You can now sanitize your phone for free on GO Transit using a UV light

Toronto community pays tribute to activist tortured in Egyptian prison

Ontario wants to fine people $25K for sharing videos of online eviction hearings

Park in one of Toronto's wealthiest areas overrun with signs protesting lockdown

Canada could invoke Federal Emergencies Act to aid Ontario with vaccines and sick pay

Here's how to book the AstraZeneca vaccine in Ontario if you're 40 or over