Simon Lewsen, The Walrus

Simon Lewsen

The Walrus

Toronto, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Simon:

Blood and Honey: In Defence of the Winnie-the-Pooh Slasher Flick

Rhys Frake-Waterfield’s horror film might ruin your childhood, but it’s a win for creative freedom → Read More

What Canada’s Largest Art Heist Reveals about the Art World’s Shady Side

The stolen masterpieces have never turned up—and nobody’s really looking for them → Read More

A gentle touch-up for an Erickson original

Plant Architect takes a restrained approach to updating a suite in the iconic King’s Landing on Toronto’s waterfront → Read More

Orville Peck Rides Again: How the Singer Nods to Queer Country History

Some may reckon that Peck is subverting the genre. Instead, he’s highlighting themes that have always been part of it → Read More

Inside the Mental Health Crisis Facing College and University Students

Campuses are offering more wellness programming than ever before, so why are rates of student mental illness on the rise? → Read More

Rebuilt farmhouse blends modernism and Southern Ontario rural vernacular

The owners did much of the construction themselves, operating from nearby Airbnbs or tents on the property — an experience that was at times maddening → Read More

What Happens to Our Brains When We Get Depressed?

The human brain, in all its complexity, is nearly impossible to model. One neuroscientist is trying anyway → Read More

Upcoming purpose-built, modular residences in Beaverton, Ont. give hope to the homeless

Montgomery Sisam Architects is using prefab construction to meet rigid time and cost limits at its Beaverton housing project → Read More

A house with curve appeal in Edmonton’s Old Strathcona neighbourhood

An Edmonton engineer puts a twist on the Prairie aesthetic, with irregular shapes and some Art Nouveau flourishes → Read More

The Spanish Flu Rewrote History. Will This Pandemic Do the Same?

Disease magnifies inequality, brings social turmoil, and offers a shot at meaningful change → Read More

Social Distancing Is Impossible in Prisons. Why Are They Still Full?

Bail courts have gone virtual and trials are suspended. But prisons, which pose a severe public health risk, are still open → Read More

The Terrifying, Techno-Dystopian Visions of Grimes's New Album

The singer's new album explores a dark truth: the most dangerous social forces are also the ones that fascinate us → Read More

Thoughtful design makes the most out of this Toronto condo’s tricky layout

Creative Union studio has a talent for making the most out of tight, haphazard interiors → Read More

Design-driven Scarborough home stands out for its irregular spatial arrangement

The usual investment property calculations do not include an architect. Vahid Derakhashan made the leap → Read More

A city home that brings outdoors in for the love of nature

Inside the home of architects Rick Galezowski and Maggie Bennedsen reflects full moodiness of the outdoors in this Toronto neighbourhood → Read More

Aren't Public Parks for Everybody?

After complaints of partying and loud music, one Toronto park became nearly impossible to access. Inside the fight to take it back → Read More

Edmonton homeowners double as stewards of building’s arts and crafts heritage

Sarah Wilkinson and David Locky have maintained a home that is an exemplar of a style that celebrates beauty in the rough materials of daily life → Read More

Creating a village on an island in Muskoka, one block at a time

Lake of Bays cabins by architect Brian MacKay-Lyons are all about the relationship between structures → Read More

How to Make Opera Cool

As interest in traditional performance declines, upstart indie companies are fighting to keep the art form alive → Read More

A Montreal duplex proves to be a thoroughly adaptable home for a modern couple

A modern redesign fits the seemingly conflicting needs of a couple who wanted both togetherness and solitude → Read More