wall covered in graffiti

Graffiti, street art and the City of Toronto

In the last three years, St. Luke’s United Church on Sherbourne and Carlton streets has spent around $1,000 annually to remove graffiti. The church even needed to buy an $800 power-washer.  St. Luke’s would remove graffiti once every couple of years. Now, that happens about twice a year. Joanne Mastrotucci is the church administrator at St. Luke’s. She […]

Insects might be sushi of the future

At her street food outlet near Kensington Market, Cookie Martinez prepares empanadas each work day. There is chicken and beef for the empanadas.

But sometimes, in the bread part of the empanadas, she adds mealworm powder in the dough, cricket salt, and whole crickets in the filling.

Her customers can plainly see the torsos and heads of the crickets.

At Martinez’s outlet, Gustavo Holloway, 26, from Chile, held a whole cricket between his fingers. Holloway ordered “cricket snax,” a little box filled with insects.

“This is like the movie Lion King. Hakuna matata,” Holloway said.

VIDEO: reaction to news that Loblaws will move into Toronto’s iconic Kensington Market

Kensington Market’s newest neighbour is a Loblaws Superstore. The grocery store giant has announced it will open a new store in the Toronto neighbourhood as part of a mixed-use condo project located on College Street and Spadina Avenue. Toronto Observer’s Brittany Campbell went to Kensington to hear from residents. )