Bay St. Flag. Image via bphennessy.com
Last year, Brendan Hennessey began designing flags for Toronto’s main streets as a way to explore his adopted city. The Ottawa native and flag enthusiast decided to take his passion and use it to create distinct shapes and colours to represent the historical, geographical and cultural make-up of Toronto’s main thoroughfares. To date, Hennessey has created 22 flags, 13 of which were revealed in winter’s issue of Spacing Magazine.
Notable flags include Bay Street, composed of a green clover to represent the Clover Hill resident of Upper Canada’s Chief Justice John Elmsley and blue waves for Toronto’s Harbour.Ossington Ave. Flag. Image via bphennessy.com
Hennessey chose white and burgundy based on the colours of the Ossington subway station. The star is for the Denison family, after whom the street is named.
Queen St.Flag. Image via bphennessy.com
Queen Street’s flag includes St. Edward’s gold crown atop the colour blue to represent the lake at Humber Bay and the Beaches. The gold and green denote the popularity and businessness of the street’s downtown strip and the many parks along it’s entire route.High Park Blvd. Flag. Image via bphennessy.com
Meanwhile, the flag for High Park Boulevard is very simple, a green background stands for the park itself, where as a pink circle denotes serenity and the park’s cherry blossoms (which, coincidentally, are due to bloom any day now).