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The Humber River is so underused these days

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Junction Craft Brewing Grand Opening Party set for April 7th.

Junction Craft Brewing is pleased to invite the public to a Grand Opening Party on Saturday April 7th, 2018 in their new facility in The Destructor at 150 Symes Road.
Radio station Indie88 will be broadcasting live with host Matt Hart from noon to 4pm, and popular Toronto band The Elwins will be performing at 9pm in the Brewhouse. 


In addition to a full slate of Junction Craft beer available to enjoy in The Taproom or purchase to take home from their Brewery Store, the day will feature brewery tours, a popup brunch by When the Pig Came Home and the TOBEN food truck will also be there from 4 to 11 pm.

Tickets for The Elwins are $20 plus fees. Brewery tour tickets are $15 plus fees, and include a post-tour flight and a brewery souvenir. Both are now available at
Junction Craft’s landmark 16,000 square foot Art Deco home was built by the City of Toronto as a garbage incinerator and opened in 1934. It is a rare survivor of the early 20th century’s industrial era in the former Ontario Stockyards area.

Junction Craft Brewing was established in Toronto’s historic west end Junction neighbourhood in 2011. Their mission is to create balanced, flavourful versions of diverse beer styles, while sharing a passion for their enjoyment with a wide range of beer drinkers. 
Junction Craft Brewing101-90 Cawthra Avenue, Toronto, ON M6N 3C2

Ellis Apartments High Park photo, 1894

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The Ellis Apartments at High Park Ave and Bloor St. W. are contructed of DON VALLEY BRICK WORKS Bricks. The Designers were Hunt Stanford and Son, the owners and builders were Godson Building Company ltd.

The structure loads bearing element is Don Valley Brick Hollow Tile. Imaged below.

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Train Platform site, Pre-Application Meeting for 2946-2968 Dundas St W

Pre-Application Meeting for 2946-2968 Dundas St W 
On Thursday, April 5, 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the West Toronto Baptist Church (3049 Dundas St W), the proponents, Oldstonehenge Development Corp, for 2946-2986 Dundas St W (the property including Junction Train Platform), will be hosting a development pre-application meeting for a proposal that has not yet been submitted to the City. Doors open at 6:30 pm, presentation at 7 pm. The proposed mixed-use development seeks to redevelop the site with commercial and residential uses. V

Brian Harvey Keele St and Dundas St. W. Painting


The Baby Point Gates BIA 2018

The Baby Point Gates BIA

2018 Operating Budget was approved at its meeting of the BIA’s Board of Management on November 22, 2017 and its general membership on January 30, 2018. The BIA completed an artistic bike rack project and had two successful signature events


“SummerFest” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside”,

in 2017. The BIA’s 2018 goals include expanding its

signature events, and hiringa part time position

to support the BIA’s initiatives.

The2018 budget includes increased administrative

expenditures of $13,380 for the staff costs of

a new part time position, maintenance

expenditures of $24,008for

Baby Point Gardens

upkeep andgeneral maintenance,

marketing expenditures of $2,000 and festival expenditures of $18,000 for the BIA’s two signature events, “Summer Fest” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.

The BIA has proposed a levy of $60,000 with an appeal provision surplus of $2,842. It is recommended the Baby Point Gates BIA’ s

budget of expenditures totalling $62,842

and a BIA levy of $60,000 be


West Toronto Junction Historical Society streets page.

Organic Garage featured in Toronto Sun newspaper.

Quick fact, Organic Garage geared towards healthier eatingToronto SunThere are Organic Garage locations throughout the GTA including Liberty Village, Leaside and Thornhill. The one in the Junction was a wonderful surprise nestled in an area I had not visited before. – ORGANIC GARAGE JUNCTION, 43 Junction Rd. (near Keele St., and Dundas St. W.), 416 761-1500, …

Link to story here.

Safe Rail DRAFT Rail Emergency Preparedness Toolkit March 10 th Meeting

We have a Toolkit for you!

Safe Rail Communities (@safe_rail) is pleased to present a DRAFT Rail Emergency Preparedness Toolkit, funded in part by Transport Canada, as part of its Rail Safety Improvement Program (Education & Awareness). In response to requests for information from concerned residents after an August 2016 derailment in Toronto’s west end, we realized that there was a gap in knowledge that could significantly impact residents like ourselves who live close to rail lines. In collaboration with Disaster & Emergency Management specialists, we have pulled together a number of resources that can inform and prepare residents for a rail emergency. Please contact us ( if you would like to review a copy of the toolkit. On Saturday, March 10, 2018 (10 am – noon), we invite you to share your feedback on the content we have prepared. This Community Focus Group will be facilitated by a Disaster & Emergency Management specialist, and supported by Safe Rail Communities


Tuesday, March 20th, from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm, Steve Patterson will be hosting a fundraiser for Safe Rail Communities at 3030 Dundas St.

The Views Are Different Here showcases the works of 29 artists

TheViewsAre DifferentHere 

a collaborative exhibit made possible by the University of Toronto Master of Museum Studies Graduate Capstone Project, the John B. Aird Gallery, and the City of Toronto and the Art Connections Program 

Exhibition Dates: March 6 to April 6, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday March 8, 6 to 8 p.m. 

TORONTO, ON – On March 6th, 2018, the John B. Aird Gallery will be launching their new exhibition which will run from March 6th – April 6th, 2018. This exhibition, Toronto: The Views Are Different Here, was curated by students Amanda McNeil and Nikita Lorenzo from the University of Toronto’s Masters of Museum Studies Program, in collaboration with the City of Toronto Art Connections Program, as part of their final capstone project.

The Views Are Different Here is the first exhibition that McNeil and Lorenzo have worked on in the role of curator. They both decided to create an exhibition that would speak to the people of Toronto; something that had depth while remaining familiar. Yet, every time they thought of typical images of Toronto, all that came to mind was the CN Tower or the city skyline. These images are not representative of what Toronto means for either of them, and it made them wonder how those living here think of their own city.

Toronto: The Views Are Different Here showcases the works of 29 artists (Christian Andrabado; Michael Barlas; Aisha Chiguichon; David Chinyama; Nic Cooper; Frances Cordero de Bolaños; Rob Croxford; Mahmoud Fahmi; Janny Fraser; Cassandra Fullerton; Janet Gallo; Nellys Garcia; Florin Hategan; Kayla Jaques; David Johns; Andre Kan; Anna Khokhlova; Sangmin Lee; Karin McLean; Rob Niezan; Addae Nurse; Shannon O’Toole; Jamileh Salek Ostadtaqi; Walter Segers; Maheen Siddiqui; Natalia Starikova-Abud; Leah Tomlinson; Diane Walton; Shelley Wildeman) who have lived, or are currently living, within the city.  This exhibition features paintings, sculpture and photography to convey the individual realities of Toronto’s most important asset: its people. 

An opening reception will be held on March 8th, 2018, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the John B. Aird Gallery.


Parkdale Village BIA is looking for volunteers to lend a friendly hand during our outdoor Festival on Saturday May 12th, 2018 – in Parkdale!


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The Parkdale Village BIA is looking for volunteers to lend a friendly hand during our outdoor Festival on Saturday May 12th, 2018 – in Parkdale!

If you love Parkdale, are friendly and excited to support the community and local businesses, please fill out our Volunteers Application Form and email it to along with your resume and list any relevant past volunteer experience.

Up to 30 Volunteer positions and a few paid positions are available for a series of three (3) to six (6+) hour shifts, scheduled between 8:00am & 11:00pm.

Duties may include:

  • Night Market support
  • Photo Booth Assistant
  • Sound Equipment Support
  • Driver
  • Booth set up and tear down (must be able to lift 40 pounds)
  • Helium Tank/Balloon Operator
  • Cotton Candy Operator
  • Craft Workshops
  • Face Painting
  • Cleanup/hospitality crew
  • Survey Outreach

Volunteers/Staff may be required to participate in an orientation session.

As the north east corner of Dundas St.W. And Pacific Ave are about to be developed, should the community consider demanding pubic space.


Click here to download the concept site plan

14 second view of the Junction CPR roundtable show its wasted condition

Park People Public space, last Wednesday I started looking for a distressed space in the city to revitalize as a public space, and now the Park People org has a competition for the same idea.