What we’ve lost

September 1, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Toronto’s Pages Books & Magazines closed its doors for the last time yesterday, 30 years to the day after it opened at the corner of Queen St. West and John St. Blog TO does a good job of summing up what the iconic indie bookseller’s disappearance means for the city:

The end of Pages is, ultimately, the end of the pre-digital counterculture that thrived on Queen West, before the chain stores and sushi joints, when good book and record stores were vital to the city’s loose but thriving Bohemia – the place where you went during the day, before the bars and bands and after-hour booze cans. As [proprietor Marc] Glassman talks about what he’s about to lose, it’s obvious that one of the things he’ll miss most of all is being a compere and matchmaker to that unruly community of writers, artists, designers, musicians, filmmakers, and journalists.

“I can’t tell you how many fantastic, beautiful, brilliant women I introduced to so many pretty okay guys,” he says with a grin.

For those Toronto denizens who face the prospect of being tossed to the maw of the Big Blue Monster with a kind of Beckettian resignation, there is one last blowout for Pages scheduled for September 8 at the Gladstone Hotel. It’s called The Afterword, which is appropriate, somehow.


One Response to “What we’ve lost”
  1. Mark Medley says:

    I wandered over to Pages on Monday with a friend. It was depressing as hell.