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NEW! How We Changed Toronto by John Sewell

Former Mayor John Sewell's new book, How We Changed Toronto ($29.95) has hit the Spacing Store and is featured as the Book of the Issue for the fall edition of Spacing.

From the issue:
Toronto was almost a very different place. The 1960s left the city at a crossroads — city council vouched for unrestricted growth while urban activists fought for restraint. Toronto largely chose the latter. The 1970s saw City Hall adopt progressive stances on issues like housing, neighbourhood preservation, and transportation infrastructure. John Sewell, one of the prime movers of that critical decade, chronicles the influential period in a new book, How We Changed Toronto: the inside story of 12 creative, tumultuous years in civic life.

The account — part autobiography, part history lesson — kicks off with Sewell’s somewhat accidental, and partially reluctant, entrance into civic politics when he began helping residents of Trefann Court protect their homes from demolition and urban renewal projects. Sewell's tale meanders through his time on city council, the mayoralty of David Crombie, and Sewell’s own stint in the city’s top chair.

An inside look at a period with a lasting legacy, How We Changed Toronto is a crash course in how participatory democracy made its way into the corridors of power in Canada’s largest city.
- Nathaniel Basen

Written by Adrienne Comars — October 01, 2015

NEW! Toronto Library Passports

The perfect give for bibliophiles or stay-cation enthusiasts, the Toronto Library Passport ($10) by Noah Ortmann Design is a charming 36-page booklet for recording your visits to all the public libraries across the city. You can pick up yours in person at the Spacing Store.

Written by Mike Bulko — September 29, 2015

End of Summer Sale!

WHAT: End of Summer clearance sale
WHEN: Wed, Aug 19 - Sat, Aug 29
WHERE: In store only!

We're planning a lot of exciting things for the fall and holiday season but in the meantime, we need to start making room! Starting this Wednesday, we will be having our biggest sale yet in store with up to 40% off a huge selection of items. Had your eye on something in our store but worried that it might not be marked down? Don't sweat it, because ALL of our other merchandise is going to be 10% off, so you win either way!



Written by Mike Bulko — August 17, 2015

We're open on Canada Day!

Just a quick note that we are open on Canada Day from 12-6.

Written by Spacing Store — June 30, 2015

Iconic Waterfront T-Shirt Design Contest: Deadline May 27

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WHAT: Spacing Store presents: Iconic Waterfront T-Shirt Design Contest
DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 27th
COST: Free!
SPONSOR: Waterfront Toronto


We challenge Canadian illustrators and graphic designers to create their own original t-shirt design that celebrates Toronto's waterfront. For over a decade, Waterfront Toronto has been transforming the spaces along the lake shore. This contest is an opportunity for artists and graphic designers to express their affection for the city's unique and evolving waterfront.

Here is a list of places and spaces, though you're not limited to these suggestions:

You must register to enter. Send us an email and we will provide you with uploading details (designs can be submitted at any time up until the deadline of Wed. May 27th). EMAIL: waterfronttshirt@spacing.ca


Entries will be judged by a jury of four (two Spacing representatives, one Waterfront Toronto rep, and one independent judge) on quality and appropriateness on Fri. May 29th. Designs submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


Up to five (5) winning entries will be selected with each winning design receiving $750.


  • Who can enter?
 Anyone who lives in Canada.
  • How many designs can I submit?
 As many as you like.
  • What colours can I use in my design? This contest limits you to two (2) spot colours.
  • What colour can my t-shirt be? Any colour. We suggest picking colours from our supplier American Apparel.
  • Are there prizes?
 Yes: $750 for each winning design. A maximum of five winning designs will be selected.
  • When will the winners know if their t-shirt design has won?
 Spacing will email all winners the week of June 1st, 2015 to make sure we have the optimal file for printing, as well as make sure your name is spelled correctly.
  • What if my design is not selected — what happens to the files once the contest is over?
 The artist maintains ownership of the design and Spacing will not use unselected entries in any way, shape or form.
  • Where will the t-shirts be sold? Winning entries will be produced on t-shirts and sold exclusively at the Spacing Store (401 Richmond St. W.).
  • A portion of the proceeds from sales of the t-shirt will be donated to the Toronto organization Park People.
  • What are the terms and conditions of entering? Those are listed below.


  • What do I submit? You will submit two (2) files: 1. Your design placed onto a diagram of a t-shirt (please download and use this template) so we know how you wish to have it displayed; 2. Your design as a stand-alone file (format preferences listed below).
  • Is there a preferred size to the t-shirts?
 Designs should not exceed 12" x 12" (30.5cm x 30.5cm)
  • Can the design be on the back of the t-shirt? Designs should be limited to the front side, though we are happy to accept designs that wrap around the side of the t-shirt. Please remember that the design cannot exceed the size stated above.
  • How many colours can I use in my design?
 To keep production costs affordable we are limiting the amount of colours to two (2) that can be used with any design. But please note a single colour, though, can have multiple shades creating the illusion of numerous colours.
  • What type of file can I submit?
  Photoshop: If you submit a Photoshop file, please make sure it’s saved as a TIFF or as an uncompressed JPG, in CMYK, and has a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Make sure the file is “flattened” so that any fonts or effects are not lost when opened on Spacing’s computers.  Illustrator: If you submit an Illustrator file, please make sure it’s saved as a PDF and in CMYK. We will only accept PDFs in order to maintain the design integrity of your submission. Please note that all fonts need to be converted to outlines and that any photo files embedded in your Illustrator file must be in CMYK and have a resolution of 300dpi. InDesign: Spacing prefers not to receive any InDesign files. If you must submit your entry in this format please save it as a PDF.
  • Where do I upload my files? 
Once you’ve sent an email to Spacing [ waterfronttshirt@spacing.ca ] to notify us of your interest to enter the contest, Spacing will provide you with an entry form and how to share your design with us.
  • How should I name my files?
 Please title your files with your name (ie. “robert-douglas-ford.pdf”). this will make us very happy and it will be easy for us to sort.


Click on this image to download larger file.


The Participants agree to release and hold Spacing Media Inc. and Waterfront Toronto (herewith referred to as the Organizer and the Sponsor) free and harmless of any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, actions, costs and expenses of any kind in connection with the Contest or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, including without limitation to personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy.

By accepting the prize, the winners grants the Organizer and the Sponsor the rights to use the participant’s submission on a variety of types of apparel in perpetuity. By accepting the prize, the winners grants the Organizer and the Sponsor the rights to use the participant’s name for the purpose of publicity, advertising, promotion and/or trade such media the Organizer and Sponsor may choose without prior compensation or notice, and at its sole discretion.

All entrants must declare that the design is their own work and free of any copyright other than their own personal copyright. In submitting to the competition, you agree to grant the Organizer and Sponsor a royalty-free, exclusive license to publish and otherwise use the submitted material in any way that the Organizer and Sponsor require in perpetuity. Designs will not be accepted in the competition if they are deemed inappropriate in nature and that includes, but is not limited to, images that may be offensive, previously published, copyrighted (by somebody other than entrant) or otherwise contrary to the spirit of the Contest or any of the specific rules noted for the Contest.

The Organizer and Sponsor disclaim any liability for inaccurate information, whether caused by the Website, users, or by human or technical errors related to the submission of entries. The Organizer and Sponsor may cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest or these terms and conditions prior to the cessation of the Contest for any reason, including, but not limited to, technical reasons such as computer viruses, bugs, tampering or technical failures. The Organizer and Sponsor reserve the right to amend, revise, supplement, delete, vary or add to these terms and conditions without prior notice at any time and the Participants shall be bound by such changes, amendments, revisions, supplements, deletions, variations or additions. By participating in the Contest, Participants fully and unconditionally agree to be bound by these Contest terms and conditions.

Written by Spacing Store — May 08, 2015

Easter weekend hours


Spacing's Easter holiday hours

Friday, April 3: Closed
Saturday, April 4: 12-6 (regular hours)
Sunday, April 5: Closed
Monday, April 6: Closed

Written by Spacing Store — April 01, 2015

SALE!: 15% off Cleverhood rain capes

WHAT: Cleverhood cycling rain capes
WHEN: March 12 - March 31, 2015WHERE: Online and in store

It's starting to feel a little like spring finally in Toronto, but pretty soon we'll be stuck with April showers. For the rest of March we have marked down our Cleverhood cycling rain capes by 15%!

Available in store and online, discount already included in price.

Written by Mike Bulko — March 12, 2015

Valentine's gift packs at Spacing Store

WHAT: Spacing Valentine's gift packs
WHEN: Now until Valentine's Day
WHERE: Spacing Store, 401 Richmond St W (east entrance, near Peter St)
HOW MUCH: $45 (a $53-$55 value!)

We've done all the work for you. Our pre-packaged sets include items hand picked by Spacing staff.

Toronto Lover's set:
Full Frontal TO by Patrick Cummins and Shawn Micallef
Toronto screenprinted notebook from Kid Icarus
Toronto wooden keychain by Neighborwoods
Vintage 1975 Toronto snapshots booklet

Transit Lover's set:
A set of Spacing's Metro Magnets
Streetcar mug designed by Laurence Lui
Spacing's classic streetcars printed tote bag
"Evolution of the streetcar" 4"x6" print by Rob Croxford

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Cycling Lover's set:
Reductivist's Ringtool, a handy, pocket-sized multitool Hand-printed bicycle tote bag
A pair of bicycle printed shot glasses (please don't drink and ride!)


Looking for more gift ideas? Some more of our favourite items:

Streetcar Valentine's cards, $7

TTC token cufflinks, $60

Wooden Toronto necklace, $35

Vintage Toronto map cocktail apron, $35

Cycling commuter oxford shirts, $125
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Wooden Toronto coasters, set of four $40

Come down to the Spacing Store in person and check out our whole selection (including books, prints, apparel, and our winter clearance items at up to 35% off). Open Monday - Friday 11am-7pm and Saturday 12pm-6pm.

Written by Spacing Store — February 05, 2015

Spacing Store holiday hours

The Spacing Store has been a very exciting venture for us. Opening during the holiday shopping season has made it all the more fun for us.

We have modified store hour for the holidays. We will be closed from Dec. 24-28 and Jan. 1-4, opening again on Mon. Jan. 5th and resume regular hours.

Thanks to all of you who have dropped by and made this new project a roaring success.

Sat. Dec. 20: 12-6
Sun. Dec. 21: 12-6
Mon. Dec. 22: 10-7 (open early!)
Tues. Dec. 23: 10-7 (open early!)
Dec 24-28: closed
Mon. Dec. 29: 11-7
Tues. Dec. 30: 11-7
Wed. Dec: 31: 11-4 (New Year's Eve)
Jan. 1-4: closed
Mon. Jan. 5: 11-7 (regular hours resume)

Written by Spacing Store — December 19, 2014

EARLY BIRD SALE: Spacing + City of Neighbourhoods transit toques

WHAT: Streetcar and Subway toques
WHO: Spacing + City of Neighbourhoods
WHEN: Weds, Nov 5 - Fri, Nov 14

A Spacing exclusive! Spacing has teamed up with City of Neighbourhoods (creators of the great neighbourhood toques) to produce a transit-themed knit cap to keep you warm this winter.

This is an early bird sale before we open our retail store later this month, quantities are limited. Afterwards, these will be exclusively available at our retail store at 401 Richmond St W.

Made of marled yarn and sporting a subway or streetcar icon. Made in Toronto.

Written by Spacing Store — November 05, 2014

Visit the Spacing Store

Spacing Store


401 Richmond St. W.
Ground floor
enter off Richmond St. via northeast corner of building


MON-FRI: 10am-8pm
SAT: 11am-7pm
SUN: 11am-6pm
XMAS EVE: 11am-3pm


416-644-1017 spacingstore@spacing.ca



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