At the end of my street in Toronto is a really cool place – the Artscape Wychwood Barns. The barns used to house streetcars for the TTC back in the day. In 2008 Artscape had completed their renovations and my neighbourhood was instantly rejuvenated.
The barns have several functions for the communtity. One area was converted into artists lofts – both studio and live/work spaces. One barn was converted into an incredible event space. The original brick is still intact and gorgeous skylights were installed. Events from cake shows to weddings are held here. (If you are planning on having your wedding there, please please hire me to photograph it! I am dying to shoot there!)
My favourite part of the Wychwood Barns is the market on Saturdays. During the more chilly months, the market is housed inside but once it is warm, vendors spill out everywhere. Since I am usually busy photographing weddings and portraits on Saturdays, I am not often able to visit the market. But when I am available, I make sure to head down. The market has everything you could possibly want. I absolutely love buying fresh food from people who actually grew/made it. Healthy food means healthy body. 🙂
At the Wychwood Barns there is also a great dog park that seems to always be filled with dogs of all kinds. There is also a beach volleyball pit and even a giant chess board.
My niece LOVES the playground at the Barns. There is a great normal playground that includes the usual slides and swings and a sand pit, complete with a running tap to make awesome mud. There is also a cool water feature that is a definite hit with the little ones in the summer months. I may or may have let my niece run through it in her clothes a couple of times. 🙂
What amazes me every time I visit the Wychwood Barns is the number of people that spend time there. Literally hundreds of people pour over on the weekends. Parents with coffee in hand, kids running around, artists creating. I love it. I have lived in this area of Toronto for eight years and I have never seen it so vibrant before. This neighbourhood was just crying out for a great space like this.
The last time that I visited the Saturday Market, I was not in any real need for specific foods. But I did manage to pick up these delicious pizzas and some fresh pasta (that I added snow peas, zucchini and Alfredo to).