Tonight I went to “Walk on Water”, a recital of saxophone/cello music put on by Contact Contemporary Music. This isn’t a review of the concert (tomorrow’s post!), except to say that it was really good and I’m really glad I got off my butt and went. Which is good, because I biked all the way across town to go.
You may not know this, but one of the stranger effects pregnancy has on the human body is to make your sense of smell better. Seriously, I feel I could give Gus a run for his money in the sniffing department. So as I biked along Dundas from the Beaches to Sorauren, I noticed a wide variety of scents and odours, part of the rich olfactory landscape of our city.
Here are the ones I remembered enough to write down before the concert started:
Dundas and Coxwell: the lake with a faint undertone of sewage
Dundas and Pape: dust; a sort of powdery chemical smell, like when an airbag goes off
Dundas over the DVP: exhaust, vegetation, water
Dundas and Yonge: more exhaust, hot dogs, despair
Dundas and Spadina: fish, teriyaki, an unmistakable but fleeting whiff of body odour
Dundas and Euclid: lumber
Dundas and Bellwoods: barbecue sauce
Trinity Bellwoods Park: pollen
Dundas and Ossington: inexplicably, paper
Dundas and Dovercourt: sewage, quite strongly
Dundas and Landsdowne/over the bridge to Sorauren: you’d think CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE, because of the factory, but tonight nothing but clean night air.
Tomorrow I will try to make a Google Maps mash-up of this – if I can figure it out, I’ll post it here.
Edited to add: I did make a Google Map of this. Here it is!