Back on Aug 4th, 2010 I (along with the cast from Full Frame, the Social Photography Podcast), arranged for a small photowalk in the downtown core along Queen St. West.
Slated to meet at the Duke of Richmond (20 queen St. West) for 6pm, we all arrived relatively on time. An amazing group of people, we had what some would call…“the best photowalk EVER!”
There were a few issues that I learned, this being the first time I’ve ever attempted something like this. The first was to give more time than a month to spread the word about the photowalk. Next was the time factor. Starting a photowalk @6pm, you probably shouldn’t start at the pub LOL. And if you are going to start with meeting at the pub….DON’T GET COMFORTABLE!
That being said it was an awesome time! It turned into more of meet n greet than a photowalk, and everyone was okay with that. We spend several hours just yapping about photography, getting to know each other. It was good times!
Photo Shot or Beer Chaser?
I finally made it! This is the Distillery District located in Downtown Toronto. I was amazed at the size of the place, I mean I’ve driven by a hundred times before, but I really had no idea just how big it really was .
The Distillery District is a national Historic Site with an incredibly rich history. The site was once The Gooderham and Worts Distillery, and represents the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture in North America. In its time, The Gooderham and Worts Distillery played an important role in the growth and wealth of both the city and nation. In addition to various involvements in real estate and banking, the company at one time contributed more to Federal coffers than any other enterprise in the country. – thedistillerydistrict.com
Founded in approx. 1832, the distillery is set amongst some 40 other buildings and spans 13 acres. With shops,condos, and restaurants etc; it really makes for its own village and a beautiful one at that!
Interested in the opportunity to to some photoshoots in the area, I inquired into the the legalities of photography within the district itself. The management company states that you must have a permit in order to shoot wedding photos on the property and the cost is $180 per day with bookings of 4 hour slots. But it doesn’t mention anything about non-wedding shoots….interesting. They also have a very decent policy that says while they do not offer refunds for inclimate weather, they will offer the opportunity to rescheduled time/day for the shoot.
Just an amazing place full of art, culture,entertainment and history. I would strongly recommend that if you haven’t been there before, go check it out. You will not be disappointed 🙂
For more information, please go to www.thedistillerydistrict.com where you can find more information regarding events,shops and detailed history on the property.