Spotlight is a short film series I created for Toronto’s 24-hour blogging festival that features the interesting and notable people responsible for Toronto’s many blogs. In this video I talked to Toronto historian Jamie Bradburn, who writes JB’s Warehouse and Curio Emporium, and contributes to The Torontoist as one of the blog’s “Historicists”.
I’ve always had an active interest in history, which I also sensed in Jamie. One of the especially interesting things about Jamie is that he finds interesting stories from seemingly banal things. For instance, old newspaper and magazine ads can form the basis for a long piece chronicling an industry, or changing social norms. Even something as obscure as heated competition between rival Jamaica patty joints can become a compelling story. And since all these stories have an effect on the present, they’re given even greater weight.