Archive for August, 2009

…see the green – say goodbye

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St Clair Ave West. Is about to lose the large green verge along side the north side of Home Depot. This green area is a pleasant addition to the avenue that will be missed. Placed there at the time of the stock yards conversion to big box retail now the poles have been cut and new poles moved back towards the Home Depot store.

A look at the new planned streetscape drawing indicates there will be no large volume of grass area.

The loss of the green space can be used to highlight a the rapid and massive changes taking place one again the north Junction area   àASIDE: is their a name the local community puts to the area around St Clair Ave West and Weston rd, if anyone knows would they please let the blog know.

McBride building site open house Sept 16th 2009

From The Ruins by x3nomik Site of the former McBride Cycle... now a vacant lot filled with broken masonry

From The Ruins by x3nomik Site of the former McBride Cycle... now a vacant lot filled with broken masonry

Photo credit – x3nomik Site
A meeting with Gord Perks and a  city planner at Indian Road Public School on 9/16/2009 @ 7.00.



the Proposed Car Wash @

2803 Dundas Street West

(at the old McBride site)

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

7 – 9 pm

Indian Road Crescent Public School

285 Indian Road Crescent (at Humberside)

Should you have any questions, please contact Meri Newton at 416-338-5178, by email at



E-mail: Website:

Come out and

• Hear from the developer and the architect

• Talk with City Planner Chris Dunn about this


• Share your thoughts on this development.

…post submitted by Jay and Martin L


2803 Dundas Street West (at the old McBride site)

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009   7 – 9 pm

WHERE                                                                   Mr Perks, Poster Link

Indian Road Crescent Public School 285 Indian Road Crescent (at Humberside)

Should you have any questions, please contact Meri Newton at 416-338-5178, by email at


E-mail: Website:

Come out and • Hear from the developer and the architect • Talk with City Planner Chris Dunn about this proposal

• Share your thoughts on this development.

post submitted by Jay and Martin L

Between Roncesvalles and Landsdowne, a neighbourhood in search of a name

Mimicofest Sunday, August 30, 2009 from 3pm to 8pm

mimicofest 2009

Theatre of Change will present its second annual presentation of Mimicofest, a community event showcasing local artists. Conceived by Artistic Director, Arturo Fresolone, Mimicofest not only offers food for the soul like, musical bands, dance troupes, theatre and children’s activities, but also a farmers market. Food and refreshments will also be available to take care of the body . Admission to the event is free and all are welcome. Please find attached a poster for the event and a press release for the event.

The event takes places this Sunday, August 30, 2009 from 3pm to 8pm at Amos Waites Park at the foot of Mimico Ave. and Lakeshore Blvd. W.

If you could please post this information online, that would be great!

For additional information, please contact Theatre of Change at: 416-503-4129

Junction BIA input on the High Park Ave and Dundas St West traffic lights

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We asked the Local  BIA about their opinion on the new lights , they have provided their view which details  an astute view of the intersection that was missed in the original post – that of safety.

their comments…unedited

Safety First!

I am so very glad to see that stop lights are going up at the very
dangerous intesection of Dundas Street West and High Park Ave. It is a
horrific sound and sad event when I hear from my office the sound of
metal crashing together and then rushing to see if my assistance is
needed. Anyone who has driven north on High Park and turned west onto
Dundas St.knows that it is often very difficult to see oncoming
traffic and this seems to be when most accidents occur. Too many
accidents have happened and the lights will certainly make this a much
safer intersection for cars, pedestrians and of course dogs being
taken on walks! A safe Junction is a great Junction.

Anna-Louise Richardson
Executive Director
The Junction BIA

Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show & Sale August 28 – 30, 2009


Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show & Sale
August 28 – 30, 2009

Friday from 6 p.m. Opening Reception

Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Show & Sale | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Art Soirée;
free admission
Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Show & Sale Continue; free admission
@ Sunnyside Pavilion
1755 Lake Shore Blvd., Toronto
The inaugural Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show & Sale is a three-day
fine art event that takes place in the historic Sunnyside Pavilion on
Toronto*s waterfront from August 28-30, 2009. It provides a showcase
for approximately 70 dynamic emerging and established artists, and
features painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fashion, and
jewelry, alongside live music and art performances. So, join us! Meet
the artists, support their practice, and purchase high-quality juried
works, all at the spectacular Sunnyside Pavilion. Free admission. Rain
or shine.

Opening Reception
Don*t miss our Opening Reception which kicks off the event on Friday,
August 28, from 6 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person, and include:
– A preview of the artworks and selection of award winners: First Place
Award for Outstanding Artist and Second Place Spotlight Award,
generously sponsored by South Beach Condos + Lofts, as well as the
Grazyna and Martin Kabat Award.
– The prize winners selection jury includes: David Angelo * Art
Collector, Member of the Advisory Board for the Museum of Contemporary
Canadian Art in Toronto, Betty Chee – Art Collector, Architect, Kelly
McCray – Artist, Art Collector, Curator for Edward Day Gallery, Krystyna
Mularczyk – Artist, Community Liaison, and Camilla Singh – Artist,
Independent Art Curator
– A live music performance by jazz singer Mars Horodyski
– Enjoy a martini bar, delicious drinks, fabulous hors d*oeuvres, and
fantastic conversation in the stunning grounds of the Sunnyside

Please RSVP by August 26 2009
Monies collected will go towards supporting the Art Show.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please get in touch with

500 and 530 Keele St ramps and raised roadbed to be resurfaced

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The ramps (at rear, not visible from Keele St) and raised roadways are to be resurfaced this year according to the site staff of the industrial unit rental site.

This is a much welcomed contribution to the upkeep of the only “modern” built industrial building in the Junction. The building was planned and  built by the CPR Railroad to bridge the gap between rail and road haulage. It  was perfectly maintained during their ownership. In the past few years maintenance levels have declined. This may have to do with the new owners having to run the property at a much lower rental rate than the rail road.

Fuzzy Boundaries discussion about neighbourhood identities


This image features the many faces of our community past and present.


While those in the pictures may know each other by name, many aren’t sure what to call the neighbourhood.

A residents’ group called Fuzzy Boundaries has initiated a naming process for the area. You are invited to our second lively discussion about neighbourhood identities on Tuesday, September 15 at 7 p.m. at St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church (110 Franklin Avenue). Urban affairs specialist, CBC broadcaster and National Director of the annual Jane Jacobs Walk, Jane Farrow will discuss the naming experience of the West Queen West community group Active 18. Fuzzy Boundaries member Chris Kwaczek will also speak about neighbourhood demographics.

A Q & A will follow. All are welcome to attend this free event.

For details call Kevin at 416-537-1128 or visit where discussions about our great neighbourhood take place online.


Colour photo by Vic Gedris, black & white photo City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Subseries 52, Item 665

Many thanks to our generous sponsors – realtors who are investing in the community where they work:
Chander Chaddah, Joseph (Joe) Russo and Grace Soares, Anita Merlo

Fenwick Automotive Product a big part of their site is for lease

Aug 16th 2009 002In 2008 top employers of Toronto  Fenco Products was listed in the group of 1,000-2,499 people employed business at their plant located at 1100 Caledonia Rd. deeper classification identified them as  a Mfr-mtr vehicle parts 3363 All Other Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing.

Now much of their manufacturing plant sits empty awaiting a renter. It appears the company still has a head office at this location and manufacturing plants elsewhere.

Hoipefully this large industrial tract will remain industrial.

Sweet Celebrations

One of the few things that the Junction is missing is a really decadent bakeshop. 

Just a short jaunt west on Dundas past the Humber River @ 4158 Dundas, is a new cupcake shop called Swirls.  The original location is in Streetsville and they hope to be open their Dundas location very soon, the opening has been delayed due to the recent City strike and their permits were delayed.  Their Grand Opening is scheduled for September 12th.

Apparently the owner of Swirls looked at the Junction for a location but found better rent a little West.  A wise thing that the owners did was have two retailers combine in the the same space, the cupcake business is beautifully complemented by a coffee shop.  They also have lots of parking at the back of their store.  cupcake 001           cupcake 002