payphone toronto

This mysterious phone just popped up in Toronto

Who doesn't love an anxiety-inducing public reminder that the end of the world is nigh? 

A public payphone has popped up at the southeast corner of bustling Queen and Spadina—and it wants you to know that life on earth is fleeting and there's nothing you can do about it.  

Offering many problems and zero solutions (other than believing in Jesus), the rotary phone's actually a fake: you can't even lift it off the handle. Not very helpful during this time of crisis. 

Linguists might enjoy it, though, since the phone box also teaches you how to write "Out of time" in a bunch of languages like French, Chinese, Portuguese, and Vietnamese, since doom and gloom is universal. 

Taped to the side of the box—eureka! A sign, with solutions! Just kidding, it's a piece of paper with a picture of a dove and this illuminating message: "The world is on the verge of stupendous crisis." 

Whoever's art project this is, I need them to come forward and take accountability for worsening my climate anxiety by tenfold. 

Lead photo by

Tanya Mok


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in City

Toronto obsessed with black and white squirrel that's more rare than the Bellwoods ones

This creek-side trail is the lesser-known route near the East Don Parkland in Toronto

Downtown Toronto just got a breathtaking new community centre and education campus

The history of the Baby Point neighbourhood in Toronto

These are the types of fish people are catching and eating from Toronto's waterfront

Toronto woman dies after being stranded on BC mountain overnight

Mississauga family invents brilliant inflatable lawn decorations for Ramadan

Peel police dog finds suspect hiding under a pile of laundry