Artists in this Issue
Syd Danger is a graphic designer and illustrator who's not afraid to spill a little ink. She enjoys mixing traditional and digital mediums. She also puts Geist together. Janieta Eyre is a photographer whose work has been shown widely, including in Italy, Germany, Spain, Iceland, Eastern Europe, Korea, the United States and Canada. She lives in Toronto.
David Leventi is an American photographer, recognized for his ability to capture architectural interiors. Leventi is best known for his acclaimed series OPERA, which has been exhibited internationally and appears on pp. 41–46. Stephen Osborne was publisher of Geist for its first twenty-five years. He is the award winning writer of Ice & Fire: Dispatches from the New World and dozens of shorter works in anthologies and periodicals. Read more of his work at geist.com. Dear Anne,
Thanks for your note and commitment to toponymical accuracy!
There is a spot, close to 18th Avenue and just before (whilst heading south) the Victoria Drive Diversion, where there is indeed a Commercial Street, just off of Commercial Drive. It’s funny that you mention this, as several of our proofreaders spotted this thinking it was an error as well! Thank goodness for intrepid fact checkers and attentive readers!
Still unafraid of Canadian place-names,
I'm glad your proofreaders were alert (though wrong, like me). I'm surprised you haven't heard from more readers.
I checked a map and now I'm totally confused. I don't remember a Victoria Drive Diversion. I remember a Commercial Drive Diversion—a dead-end after the traffic from Commercial Drive gets funneled onto Victoria. But this map I'm consulting would put the “Commercial Div.” (which I assume means “Commercial Diversion”) between Georgia and Venables!? My map shows that, indeed, there is a Commercial Street, after the Victoria Div., that does not dead-end but goes on as far as 54th Avenue! Now, I might have thought the Commercial Diversion dead-ended a few blocks south of Broadway because it does not connect directly with Commercial Street, but I have a distinct memory of this stump of the Drive—south of Broadway, nowhere near Venables—being labelled "Commercial Diversion" on the street sign over forty years ago. So, either I’m going dotty or something’s been renamed.
So, my apologies to Stephen Osborne, given that there is, indeed, a Commercial Street, in sight of the Skytrain track, where he evidently lived in a leaky condo.