My brother Jeff lived in Canada for all 31 of his years, save a few trips to the United States and Europe. He greatly appreciated this country, and the major cultural centre that is Toronto. I expect this page to fill fairly quickly due to the number of people who knew and loved him, and who had the opportunity to experience him on a more regular basis than the rest of the world.


   

Mel Lastman's Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumper: Kyle Chapman
Photographer: Wai Lau

This is a fairly prominent fountain that was close to home. My friend Wai took the picture and also allowed me to get a ride home in his car while still quite moist.

   

Centre Island Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumpers: Lisa, Xenia, Alexis Dicks
Photographer: Marc

Comment from Alexis: We went to Centre Island on one of Toronto's hottest days, and jumped into this fountain/splash pool with a bunch of kids to beat the heat, while getting plenty of weird looks from the adults watching their kids.
I did not know Jeff, but I was familiar with much of his online work and am sad to hear that he lost his battle at so young an age.

   

Centre Island Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumper: Liz Clayton
Photographer: Oliver Fross

Comment: Jeff and I visited Centre Island together about this time last year after an ill-fated date to go canoeing across the inner harbour. We realized soon after putting in that not only was it too windy to hear one another, and the waves were crashing over the side of the canoe, but that neither of us was the expert canoeist the other thought we were! We returned our canoe and instead ferried to Centre Island for a picnic, a long walk, and a trip to Centreville. We walked past this fountain that day -- one of several beautiful parts of the pristine and surreal 1960s-style landscaping that makes the island so lovely -- and sadly, we didn't go into it. I chose this oasis not only to remember that day, but because it encapsulates all Jeff loved: it's quintessentially Toronto, it's a little bit secret and off the beaten path, it's a gorgeous fountain, and, hey, I'm in it. I miss him so much.

   

Centre Island Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumper: Oliver Fross
Photographer: Liz Clayton

   

Really Grate Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumper: Kym
Photographer: Richard

Comment: this is me in the fountains at dundas square, on yonge street in toronto...it had been a really hot night on the dance floor, and that seemed like the appropriate way to cool off... the fountains are jets of water that come up from grates in the ground to a height of probably about 6 and a half feet, and they're lots of fun :)
the picture was taken by my husband :)

   

Scully's Crab Fountain (Midland, Ontario):
Jumper: Laura Piercey
Photographer: Kyle Chapman

I was a bit desperate to get my friends to go in a fountain and they were really dragging their heels. This was the only fountain we could find in Midland while we were staying there. It's not exactly majestic.
Unfortunately I imagine this is about as daring as I expect Laura to be.

   

Scully's Crab Fountain (Midland, Ontario):
Jumper: Brian Williams
Photographer: Kyle Chapman

I was a bit desperate to get my friends to go in a fountain and they were really dragging their heels. Well, at least Brian knew what he was doing at Scully's Crab Shack's wonderful fountain.

   

CNE Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumper: Andrea Bolton
Photographer: David Bolton

Comment: A beautiful Labour Day at the Ex warranted a quick dip in a medium-good fountain as Jeff's much larger and more fountainous fountain was gated to prevent mass fountain-dipping during the airshow. Both had ominous warning signs announcing that, although beautiful, this was LAKEWATER so do not drink or touch! With a hearty "meh" and a fond memory of frolicking in these fountains with Jeff and some friends one summer in the late 90s, I climbed in anyway. Liz reminded me later that night that I should wash my legs to prevent the weird rashes that would occasionally befall a post-fountainy Jeff. My Dad took this picture, he always liked Jeff and whenever I was going to see him my dad would tell me to say hi, although I would often forget to. He's not your typical "say hi to" kind of guy, so I could tell that he thought Jeff was especially awesome and a father-approved daughter's friend.

   

Centre Island Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumper: Nicole Rodrigues
Photographer: Rob Matthews

Comment: This is the famed Centre Island fountain that I, and a few of my wonderful friends (Bevin, Didi and Aggie) instantly decided needed to serve as our wading pool. They didn't know Jeff, and I knew him far less than I wish I had, but there was no hesitation on their part to participate in a tribute to an amazing person. Love breeds love. Thank you Jeff.

   

Centre Island Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumper: Bevin, Didi, Aggie, and Nicole Rodrigues
Photographer: Rob Matthews

Comment: This is the famed Centre Island fountain that I, and a few of my wonderful friends (Bevin, Didi and Aggie) instantly decided needed to serve as our wading pool. They didn't know Jeff, and I knew him far less than I wish I had, but there was no hesitation on their part to participate in a tribute to an amazing person. Love breeds love. Thank you Jeff.

   

Slime Skatin' Fountain (Ottawa, Ontario):
Jumper: Tyler Speakman

Comment: A random fountain found while wandering (near a building labeled "Portage"). Very roomy. Nice temperature. The severely slime covered bottom, allowed for skating-like movement. Overall, pretty darn good.
It should be noted that the fountain is under surveillance for some reason (minutes after the photograph was taken a security guard appeared and warned against further fountain frolicking... but they did so with a smile, so it wasn't very... "warny"... err, threatening...?).

   

Cascades Casino Fountain (Langley, British Columbia):
Jumpers: Susan Niven and Meggin Carter
Photographer: Andrea Carter

Comment: Megg and I now understand about slime in fountains! Andie took this photo for us after we had all spent the evening donating funds to the Casino Expansion Program, in honour of Andie's 30th birthday. Andie and I have known and loved Jeff since he was about 7 or 8 years old, and Megg has heard all about him & seen lots of photos of him and Jim when they were kids. We were all - photographer & jumpers - very proud to contribute to this most wonderful and appropriate tribute.

   

Volcano Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumpers: Laura Hatcher and Dylan Reid
Photographer: Jason Paré

Laura, Dylan, and Jason are all members of the Toronto Psychogeography Society who accompanied some friends and I for a fountain walk on September 8th, 2005.

   

Grand CNE Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumpers: Nadia Halim
Photographer: Sean Lerner

Nadia is a member of the Toronto Psychogeography Society who accompanied some friends and I for a fountain walk on September 8th, 2005. We spent a lot of time at this particular fountain, at the south end of the CNE grounds... it was very beautiful, roomy, and it had a bench built-in.

Comment: I think the tribute is a wonderful idea. And it has inspired 2 excellent psychogeography walks.

   

Grand CNE Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumpers: Jason Paré
Photographer: Sean Lerner

Jason is a member of the Toronto Psychogeography Society who accompanied some friends and I for a fountain walk on September 8th, 2005.

   

Grand CNE Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumpers: Sean Lerner, Jason Paré, Dylan Reid
Photographer: Nadia Halim

Jason, Dylan and Nadia are members of the Toronto Psychogeography Society who accompanied some friends and I for a fountain walk on September 8th, 2005.

   

Five-Faced Fountain (Quebec City, Quebec):
Jumper: Glosse and his dog?
Photographer: Janet Lau

I was asked to take Wai and Janet's pictures off the site a couple of times, but I've decided to leave this one here temporarily as a shaming gesture and (hopefully) a placeholder.
Although not even being in the shot is about the lamest thing ever, he did have to go in the fountain in the middle of the Eaton Centre to some extent during the Toronto Chase...

   

Cold Toronto Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumper: Adam Passarello
Photographer: Kyle Chapman

Adam and I did a fountain walk of our own on the night of September 19th (Jeff's birthday, actually). One of the first ones we went to was this one. It was actually familiar to us because we'd waited around it for a long time about a year ago because we didn't want to be too early for our friend Jessica's birthday party.
This is the best picture of Adam that has ever, or will ever be taken. The sacrifice of his wallet was not in vain.

   

Big University Avenue Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumper: Steve Denheyer
Photographer: Jennifer Etches

Comment from Steve: Here we are enjoying FountMania Inc's HyperSquirt 8000, located at scenic University & Queen in downtown Toronto. I don't really have a story or anything to go with this. I guess I've just always liked this fountain. It's very public, and pretty well-maintained. No stepping on broken glass or rashes or anything. If you're wondering when in God's name I'm doing, I'm trying to mimic the pose of the statue behind me. Jenn's just loungin'.

   

Big University Avenue Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumper: Jennifer Etches
Photographer: Steve Denheyer

Jenn's just loungin'.

   

Cartier Place Fountain, Guildford Mall (Surrey, British Columbia):
Jumper: Jason Hornischfeger
Photographer: Susanna Hornischfeger

Comment: One of the only public fountains I could find still running in Surrey in late September. Right after these pictures were taken, my kids joined me in the fountain! I had the pleasure of joining Jeff, Terri, and Susanna in the Vancouver Fountain back in 1995 when Jeff came to BC to be my best man at my wedding. He was my best friend and I will miss him immensely.

   

Yorkdale Corner Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumper: Carrie Middleton
Photographer: Liz Clayton

Comment from Liz: I walked past this fountain with Carrie while shopping at Yorkdale and just said to her, "Okay. Get in." She was nervous and thought she had seen a lot of surly security guards, but she put up absolutely no argument and had her shoes and socks off within minutes. This fountain wasn't too cold, and Carrie stayed in long enough for two shots, even though her heart was pounding. Hooray!

Even though Carrie is a bit of a wimp, this is the first indoor fountain shot I've got. Nice!

   

Spirit of Park Hall (Niagara Falls, Ontario):
Jumper: Gail Chapman
Photographer: Kyle Chapman

My parents, Adam and I all went to Niagara Falls on the 29th of September with the exclusive purpose of fountaineering... and it was my parents' idea! I think they wanted to do something significant since they ignored this tribute for nearly six weeks.
Mom did hers first. This fountain has a plaque that reads, "Spirit of Park Hall". If you look carefully through the trees, you can actually see the rapids immediately behind the falls. She got pretty wet, but not as wet as the bronze lady.

   

Dinosaur Golf Fountain (Niagara Falls, Ontario):
Jumper: Don Chapman
Photographer: Kyle Chapman

Which one is the dinosaur? Har har har...
This is in front of a novelty mini-putt by Clifton Hill. There is no plaque to indicate who this fountain was intended to honor, so it has been claimed in Jeff Chapman's name.

   

Fancy Church Fountain (Montreal, Quebec):
Jumper: Bob Kraus

Apparently Bob tried to send me this several weeks ago and I never received it. He gave me permission via Liz to use it though. The location that I wrote there is an educated guess.

   

Casa Loma Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumper: Kimberly May
Photographer: Kevin May

   

Casa Loma Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumper: Kevin May, Ally Calhoun
Photographer: Kimberly May

   

Waterfall of Slime (Peterborough, Ontario):
Jumper: Josh Grant
Photographer: Laura Piercey

Josh set out to improve on the pictures taken at Scully's Crabshack in Midland. He said this is the only fountain he ever remembers seeing in Peterborough, and that it used to be quite well maintained. I guess it isn't anymore: he took a picture of the thick green foam just to demonstrate the extent of his sacrifice.

   

Townhouse Complex (Surrey, British Columbia):
Jumper: Andie Carter
Photographer: Susan Niven

Comment: Hey, Jeff - this one's for you. After all, we were married when we were 10 years old. Will always remember you.

   

Townhouse Complex (Surrey, British Columbia):
Jumper: Tyler and Wes Carter
Photographer: Susan Niven

Comment from Susan Niven: Here is a photo of Jim's two boys - Tyler and Wes (left and right). They are not IN the fountain, in that they didn't get wet ... but they ARE in the fountain, in that the rock they are sitting on is in the water!
The boys didn't meet Jeff, but their father loved him as a true friend.

   

Riverdale Park Drinking Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumper: Mike Higginson
Photographer: Sean Lerner

Comment: Kyle, your brother was a tremendous person. There is so much to say about him. He lived life with passion, and threw himself whole-heartedly into everything he took on. And he took on a lot. He was ethical and good, and believed in and expected goodness from other people. There are so many things I admired about him, but more than any I admired his humour. His delivery was dry. He never needed to call attention to a joke, he just put it out there like a fact. The harder you listened to Jeff, the harder you laughed. I remember one time, maybe 12 or 13 years ago, a bunch of us went out one night, and I made a joke that got a good laugh from the people we were with. I have no idea what the gag was, but I can still remember vividly how proud I was that I had made Jeff laugh -- here was probably the funniest person I had ever met, laughing at something I had said. Over the years I was able to make him laugh many more times, but that feeling of pride and awe never diminished. I feel lucky to have known your brother as well and as long as I did. He was a big influence on me, and I feel like a part of him is a part of me. I will cherish that part for the rest of my life.

   

Logan and Danforth Fountain (Toronto, Ontario):
Jumper: Sean Lerner
Photographer: Mike Higginson

For a good impression of the relationship Sean and Jeff shared (and STiK as well), I recommend you read The Mom.

   

Pretty Angel Fountain (Guelph, Ontario):
Jumpers: Lauren Viret, Tyler Speakman, Adam Passarello, Brian Williams
Photographer: Jenny Giberson

Comment from Brian Williams: After a night of halloweeny partying, we thought the best way to end the night would be a cool and refreshing dip in to this lovely fountain found in downtown Guelph. We all found this fountain so alluring that halfway back to the house, we just had to turn around and jump back in again. So this photo is actually of our second dip in that night. Let’s just say that it was everything we hoped and dreamed it could be, and more.

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