Toronto’s Birdman doesn’t lurk in the shadows, nor is he former film superhero Riggan Thomson. Canada’s Birdman doesn’t have a daughter played by Emma Stone, and he certainly doesn’t fly. Birdman, our Birdman, is living quite a simple life.
His name is Ross Ward, and for the past five years, he’s been sitting at the corner of Queen St. W and Univerity Ave, carving and sanding miniature birds. It’s something that started small, but has now become an activity he does year-round. He’s approaching retirement, and his hearing is going, but he finds the experience quite positive.
“I’ve heard people always say that Torontonians are very polite, and trust me they are,” he told CTV News. This, of course, being quite different from how other provinces stereotypically view the city.
Ward says it takes an hour to finish each bird, for a very reasonable price of $10. That’s $10 an hour, for parts and labour. We think he could charge much more, but perhaps this is just part of his quiet kindness (we still recommend tipping the gent).
To learn more about this kind old man, who makes birds for those who want them, watch the video above to see his interview.