Toronto’s glass skyscraper and brutalist apartments make for an austere skyline, and yet beneath thrives a mature city and distinctive urban culture. An intimate and exhaustive Toronto travelogue, Shaw Micallef’s Stroll takes a look at some of the city’s lesser-known enclaves. Micallef borrows from French poet Charles Baudelaire’s concept of the flaneur - a person who roams the streets, communing with them through a detached, observational, and anthropological lens. Fellow Canadian Vikas Adam lends this voyeuristic adventure a fluid and direct voice, his soft, breezy baritone billowing like autumn leaves in Queens Park.
Stroll celebrates Toronto's details at the speed of walking and, in so doing, helps us to better get to know its many neighbourhoods, taking us from well-known spots like the CN Tower and Pearson Airport to the overlooked corners of Scarborough and all the way to the end of the Leslie Street Spit in Lake Ontario.