This song centres around the wonderful and peculiar Niagara street which begins at the gates of Trinity Bellwoods Park at Queen and curves its way down to meet Bathurst where it meets the Lakeshore.

The sweeping curve of Niagara stands out on a map of the city, its geometry in clear contrast to the rectilinear order of the concession road grid. As with similar instances around the city this comes as a result of the natural topography imprinting itself on the street system through years of development. In this case the street follows the line of Garrison Creek which ran from north of where St. Clair now is, down beside Fort York where it met the lake. The creek is now mostly buried but its trace is still very legible in the shape of the city and in various plaques commemorating its path.


Lay with me
Down on the hallowed street
Where Tecumseh's lionized

Stay with me
Stay in the amber light
Don't let the headlights catch your eyes

You don't feel it,
Still it runs right beneath us baby
You don't feel it,

Ten years gone and I
Still remember that look you gave me
from your icy third floor window

I guess some things are better off denying
I know I'd never amount to much
I'm just afraid I won't die trying


from Queen City: Volume Two, released July 21, 2015



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