Cross Street: Kensington Avenue and St. Andrew
Patrick Cummins and Shawn Micallef’s Full Frontal T.O. isn’t the only book in 2012 to look at the street level city. Illustrator Michael Cho’s Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes (Drawn & Quarterly) also hit bookshelves this spring.
Michael Cho began creating drawings of the back alleys near his Toronto home in 2008. With his book, he has amassed a collection that speaks to the beauty of the urban landscape: sometimes grittily citified, sometimes unexpectedly pastoral, and always bewitching. Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes meanders through the city, functioning as a sort of caught-on-paper psychogeographical Jane’s Walk.
Coincidentally, Coach House has found one storefront that’s featured in both books: the Kensington Variety convenience store.
Check out the two versions of the Kensington Variety at 56 Kensington Avenue.
To find out more about Michael Cho’s Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes visit the Drawn & Quarterly website.