New Thing #352: Mel Lastman Square

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I’ll start by saying this: I don’t get up to North York very often. Actually I go there exactly twice a year unless I have a cavity.

That’s because my dentist is in the North York Centre, and although I’ve been going there for over a decade, I had no idea it was literally attached to Mel Lastman Square.

In my defense, I take the subway and I never really go outside when I’m getting for a cleaning. So when I was looking for something to do before leaving for my appointment I was surprised to see Mel Lastman Square show up on Google Maps.

All these years I’ve thought it was this huge place where people congregated to see bands, attend festivals and ring in the new year. But it’s tiny. Really, really tiny. I guess that’s fitting with its namesake and all, but it was surprising none the less.

All in all it’s an odd town square. The skating rink seems well maintained and they even have their own Zamboni. But the stage is minuscule, there’s a weird pagoda overlooking things and more stairs than places to stand.

It’s certainly an not what I was expecting in the heart of what amounts to a foreign city to me.

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