Crazy Joe’s Flea Market.Toronto 1983
Eaton Centre, Toronto 1980
Gerrard and Jarvis, Toronto 1980
Kensington Market, Toronto 1983
Queen and Bathurst, Toronto 1984
Yonge and Elm, Toronto 1982
I moved to Toronto in September 1980 to study photography at Ryerson. I lived downtown from 1980 – 1987 and did some street photography during that time as well as paying portrait and editorial jobs. I grew up in rural Nova Scotia, so living in downtown Toronto was quite a novelty for me. In a sense I was seeing the city with fresh eyes, and from a country perspective. I’m 57 now with many years of experience behind me, but this is how I saw Toronto in my early twenties.
These days I live in rural Nova Scotia–back where I started. Living in Toronto for twenty years had such a big impact on me, and if nothing else, these photos demonstrate my close connection to, and affection for, this wonderful city.
See more of Avard’s Toronto in the 80s images here
His page on Photo Vogue