Moss Park Historical Tours

Banner photo is of Queen and Sherbourne, looking NW, on July 3, 1923.  Courtesy of the City of Toronto Archives. Hello all! I’m very pleased to announce that Amazing Moss Park – a wonderful community group made up of residents and business owners – has invited me to lead two historic tours of the neighbourhood […]

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Gifford Street

Banner image is of Toronto General Hospital on Gerrard St.  From A History of Toronto General Hospital, 1913. Tucked away between Sackville and Sumach, running north from Gerrard, is a short street with a rather unique history. If you were to look it up, you would find that Gifford St is most notable for its […]

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Window Dressing

Banner image is of the Murray Kay Co store windows.  From the Dry Goods Review, 1912. In 1890, with very little fanfare (i.e. none), a man named George Cole, who worked at Simpson’s department store, became the very first person in Toronto to claim the title of “window dresser.” Sadly, beyond the fact that he lived […]

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The Fourth Man

Banner image is of the Don Roadway looking north by Riverdale Park in 1910.  Courtesy of the Toronto Public Library. Wednesday, May 11th, 1887 dawned a perfect spring day in Toronto.  Warm and dry, it was as good a day as any if working outdoors was your lot.   And for one labourer, digging a garden […]

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Perth Avenue

Banner photo is of Perth Avenue Church, taken circa 1898.  Courtesy of Toronto Public Library. When railroad fever really ramped up in the 1880s, and numerous lines began to cut west of the city, they brought first interest and then industry to the sparsely populated hinterlands.  Much of this new activity was concentrated in the Dundas and Keele area where a young developer named […]

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Britain Street

Banner photo is of the Knox Presbyterian Mission on Stonecutter’s Lane and Richmond, circa 1890s.  Courtesy of Toronto Public Library.   Nestled between Queen and Richmond is a short street with a big name: Britain St.  Running east from George to Sherbourne, it’s really just a block long but believe me, it’s no less interesting […]

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Confectioneries

Banner photo is of the Loblaws Candy Department, October 19th, 1926.  From the City of Toronto Archives. The story of Toronto’s sweet tooth stretches all the way back to the colonists who washed ashore in the first decades of the 19th century.  For those new immigrants who came for the lush, fertile land promised them […]

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