COVID-19 in Toronto

When the global pandemic from COVID-19 hit, many cities and towns became almost unrecognizable due to people not only working from home (or not at all), but also spending most of their free time at home as a safety measure. Aside from the barren streets, there were lineups to get into the stores that were deemed essential and allowed to open. Masks were mandatory indoors and people were asked to keep 6 feet distance from one another. And of course, signs could be seen everywhere praising our front-line workers for their hard work and offering moral support for everyone else experiencing difficulty with the major changes being faced by each and every resident of our city.

Like many photographers/videographers that were now out of work due to restrictions, the urge to capture the very different looking city in the abundance of free time was a no-brainer. While I’m mainly a photographer with little videography experience, I took this opportunity to learn new skills and capture Toronto in a bigger way that I normally would.

The following video was recorded in late March & April of 2020. And of course, a few photographs were taken in the process.

Yonge-Dundas Square during Covid-19 in Toronto
Aerial view of Billy Bishop airport with many grounded planes during the Covid-19 pandemic in Toronto
An empty street in front of the Scotiabank Area during the Covid-19 pandemic in Toronto
A 'closed due to covid-19' sign for High Park in Toronto during the pandemic
Hotel-X with XOTO made up of rooms with lights on during the Covid-19 pandemic in Toronto
A shot looking up at the CN Tower with hearts around the lower pod during the Covid-19 pandemic in Toronto
A heart is seen from hotel room lights on at Sheraton Centre and Hilton Hotels in Toronto during the Covid-19 pandemic
Aerial view of Lake Shore Boulevard at sunrise with a heart seen at Hotel X. Photographed in Toronto during the Covid-19 pandemic
A pedestrian crosses an empty Dundas Street West in Toronto during sunrise
A woman walks in an empty Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza in front of Union Station during the Covid-19 pandemic in Toronto
A low angle view of a set of stairs next to an empty Bay Street looking up at the skyscrapers on King Street during the covid-19 pandemic in toronto
A empty Toronto Eaton Centre is seen during the Covid-19 pandemic
A man makes his way toward the exit in an empty Toronto Eaton Centre during the Covid-19 pandemic
An empty Yonge-Dundas Square is seen with media screens showing thanks to frontline heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic in Toronto
Inside an empty subway on the Yonge line in Toronto during the covid-19 pandemic
An empty drop off area at Pearson Airport during the covid-19 pandemic
A near empty terminal is seen at Pearson Airport during the covid-19 pandemic in Toronto
An empty area of seating within a departure lounge at Pearson Airport during the covid-19 pandemic in toronto
A near empty departure board at Pearson Airport in Toronto during the covid-19 pandemic
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