Raffles Burgers, Dundas East and Bond, Toronto, 1981

Raffles Burgers, Dundas East and Bond, Toronto, 1981

During my time at Ryerson I ordered french fries, and sometimes a burger, from Raffles more times than I can remember. They were friendly people, and the food was oh, so tasty. It was also just steps away from the … Continue reading

Yonge and Dundas, Toronto, 1985

Yonge and Dundas, Toronto, 1985

I’ve been interested in self portraits since I first saw some Lee Friedlander selfies in 1978. I like how he placed himself in the photo with a kind of deadpan humour and the way he used various reflections and shadows. … Continue reading

Stare at this photo for ten seconds and think kind thoughts

Stare at this photo for ten seconds and think kind thoughts

With all of the bad things going on in the world, there are also plenty of good things happening. I’m trying my best to be optimistic and stay positive. Many of us flip through hundreds of photos a day, giving … Continue reading

Rio Theatre, Yonge Street, Toronto, 1981

Rio Theatre, Yonge Street, Toronto, 1981

Rio Theatre, Yonge Street, Toronto, 1981 – from the book Toronto Days Available through Blurb Books and Amazon: http://www.blurb.ca/b/8537132-toronto-days  https://www.amazon.com/Toronto-Days-Avard-Woolaver/dp/1388830213/

Toronto Star Feature

Toronto Star Feature

I’m really happy to be featured in the Toronto Star. Many thanks to writer Shawn Micallef, who’s always an astute observer and eloquent chronicler of urban life. (Check out his great book about Toronto, Frontier City!) Photographs taken between 1980 … Continue reading

Toronto Days: photographs by Avard Woolaver

Toronto Days: photographs by Avard Woolaver

I’m excited about the exhibition in March. I hope those of you in the Toronto area can come out! Toronto Days: photographs by Avard Woolaver Gallery 310, Ryerson School of Image Arts 122 Bond Street, Toronto, ON March 5 – … Continue reading

Toronto (1980-1986)

Toronto (1980-1986)

A feature on All Cities Are Beautiful featuring a selection of Toronto photos from the series: Toronto Flashback (1980-1986) and No Money Down (1980-1986). http://allcitiesarebeautiful.com/avard-woolaver-toronto/ “Travel back in time and explore Canada’s Toronto of the early 1980s: Avard Woolaver allows … Continue reading