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A small bird

Sheila made this mosaic “sketch” while watching the house sparrows in our back yard. It’s just over 16 inches tip to tail. You can see many of the mosaics we have made here at 27th Street on our mosaics page. We create a variety of custom mosaic projects including birds, butterflies and benches, on a commission basis. Each mosaic is unique.

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Oneohtrix Point Never – a bonus mini-episode of The Agency

We have a special mini-episode of The Agency up, all about the film Uncut Gems. Check it out here or find it on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Google Play, TuneIn or Spotify. We had lots of fun recording this one! Please check it out – and don’t forget to subscribe to here all our podcasts.

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The Tulip

The Tulip, a Toronto diner/steakhouse which has been around for 90 years, has closed. They posted the following on Facebook: “Unfortunately, business conditions have changed regarding our lease agreement in ways we can no longer accommodate, and we have been left with no choice.”

I used to work in that east-end neighbourhood some years ago, and had quite a few steak sandwiches at The Tulip back in the day. Not so long ago, I dropped in for lunch with my friend Hobie. We had been on a nature walk at near-by Ashbridges Bay, and when we considered where to get a bite to eat, I remembered the Tulip. It was pretty much as I remembered it. I’m glad we had a chance to lunch there before they closed.

I wonder what happened? Has condo-fever reached that area? If so, there will be a lot of small businesses in trouble in the area in the next few years.

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Manifestoes R Us

The latest episode of The Agency Podcast is called Manifestoes R Us. You can listen to it here or find us on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Google Play, TuneIn and now also Spotify.

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Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems is a roller-coaster gold-rush of a film by the Sadfie Brothers, anchored by a really great performance by Adam Sandler (yes, I said great!). Sandler’s character, a NY jeweler, knows no comfort as he juggles his entire crazy life throughout the film, seeking the big score. The more trouble he gets in, the greater the risks he takes on.

I think Candy Minx and I will be talking about this one on The Agency podcast in the very near future.

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An evening with old friends at Agio

We enjoyed a lovely dinner and an evening of stories and great conversation tonight in our old neighbourhood – at Agio, on St. Clair, with our old friends Claude and Ardis Breeze. We’ve known them since the early 80s, when Claude was one of our painting instructors at York University.

Agio is a really good hole in the wall Italian eatery. It’s run by a South Korean fellow who lived and cooked in Italy for years. I think his Italian is better than his English! We loved both the vibe and the great food at this place. Dinner was cooked with care and beautiful fresh ingredients. Sheila and I recommend it for an excellent mid-priced Italian dinner in a really relaxed atmosphere. Chef Marino came out and chatted with us for a while as we were finishing dinner. He’s a most interesting fellow with a great positive spirit and a fine sense of humour.

Agio is located on the south side of St. Clair, just west of Lansdowne.