That’s a Little TOO Neighbourly for Me!

by Joey deVilla on November 6, 2009

While biking down to the Hacklab (which I use as a day-to-day workspace) on Dundas Street West this morning, I noticed this ad at the Landsdowne bus stop’s shelter:

Bus shelter featuring the ad "My Neighbour Jerks My Chicken"

“My Neighbour Jerks My Chicken” might sound like the sort of situation that would make for a pleasant freshman year in a dorm, but in this case it refers to the Jamaican style of cooking in which you dry-rub meat with jerk spice. It’s pretty tasty, and I recommend trying it if you’ve got a Jamaican restaurant in your neighbourhood.

Speaking of restaurants in your neighbourhood, that’s what these posters are all about: encouraging you to support your local businesses. There are plenty of great ones around my place – Sweet Flour, My Place, Bloor Meat Market and Crema Coffee come to mind – and I’m sure that there are plenty of businesses in your ‘hood that deserve your business.

If you look closely at the bottom of the poster, you’ll notice that they were sponsored in part by Tabia, the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas:

Closeup of the "My Neighbour Jerks My Chicken" poster

A little farther east on Dundas, I stopped to take a picture of a less racy poster in the series:

Another poster: "My Neighbour Saved My Marriage"

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Margot Lewis November 6, 2009 at 4:34 pm

My stop has the “My neighbour fixed my dog”. Made me stop in my tracks to find out what it was about.

Martin November 6, 2009 at 4:40 pm

I wonder how the neighbour saved their marriage…was it the same guy that ‘jerks’ the chicken? hmm.

Mr. Shiny & New November 6, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Well, on King St. there are a couple of shops next to each other: Blow’n’Go right next to The Jerk Spot. Ok, so one is a hair-stylist and the other is Jamaican food. Still sounds naughty to me.

El Gumbo November 11, 2009 at 10:33 am

I like the one that says my neighbour sells home grown. Looks like the whole collection is available here – – and is meant to be a bit racy

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