Archive for October, 2009

NOW magazine has awarded the Art Starts Strength in Numbers mural at Dupont and Dundas with their "Best Mural" award.

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South Junction Triangle blog. (link opens in new window)

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Canadian Holiday Train comes to the Junction for the second year in a row.

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Councillor Bill Saundercook hosted the CPR Railroad and local police in his office today making preparations for the evening  the train visits the Junction. Mr Saundercook spearheaded getting trains here last year moving it here from its downtown stopping place, which took him a number of years. The blog knows he does it for the community but we also think he like the people who attended last year that the  entertainment is great and that the trains are neat too.

about the train…

At each event, the Holiday Train provides a box car stage, a line up of great musical talent and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. The community, in turn, is encouraged to donate food and funds, all of which stays in the community.

This is the 11th year that the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train has been raising food, money and awareness for food banks in communities across Canada and the U.S. To date, we’ve helped raise $4 million and 2 million pounds of food with our Holiday Train program.

From the initial partnership with the National Food sharing program this was a new idea formed in 1999.That December, CP began running a freight train decorated with thousands of Christmas lights across Canada, to raise awareness of the issue of hunger prevalent in all communities. In 2001, CP launched a second Holiday Train in the United States.

The Canadian Holiday Train will be in the Junction as part of it’s US and | Canadian tour Toronto – December 1st – 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., 87 Ethel Avenue, adjacent to RONA

Entertainers on the Canadian train include the Odds, an alternative rock bank, bringing their energy and full voiced harmonies to the Holiday Train stage for the first time. They will be joined by Shaun Verrault of the Canadian blues-rock trio Wide Mouth Mason.

CPR Holiday Train Photo Essay of last years visit (opens in new tab)

West Toronto Railpath Park Official Opening Ceremonies today




Councillor Adam Giambrone invites you to the official opening of the West Toronto Railpath Park on Friday, October 30, 2009. Councillor Giambrone, the City of Toronto, and Friends of the West Toronto Railpath are pleased to open the first 2.1 km of this exciting recreational trail.

  • Date: Friday, October 30, 2009
  • Location: West Toronto Railpath entrance at Wallace Avenue (south of Dupont, west of Perth, north of Bloor)
  • Time:

    • 2:00 p.m. – Opening Remarks
    • 2:15 p.m. – Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    • 2:20 p.m. – cyclists gathered ride the trail and enjoy the sculptures
    • 2:25 p.m. – interested participants invited walk 2.1 km and explore the trail and sculptures

  • RSVP: Toronto Protocol RSVP Line 416-392-7667

The West Toronto Railpath Park is a new 2.1 kilometre multi-use trail that is perfect for cyclists, joggers, and people out for a stroll. Travelling alongside the railway corridor, it features extensive naturalized landscaping to create an appealing public space.
In addition to 2.1 km of park trail, designed by innovative Toronto-based firm Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc., the project includes four site-specific sculptures by renowned Toronto artist, John Dickson. The artwork series, Frontier, is inspired by the changing landscape of the Junction Railpath area. John Dickson was selected to work collaboratively with Scott Torrance Landscape Architects Inc. through an open competition coordinated by Toronto Cultural Services’ Public Art Office.
The Friends of the West Toronto Railpath is a community-based working group with the goal of assisting the City of Toronto finance, design and build a 6.5 kilometre path from Toronto’s Junction Neighbourhood into the heart of downtown Toronto and the shoreline of Lake Ontario.

Once future phases of the Railpath are built, it will be both a linear park and a sustainable transportation corridor, giving more than 250,000 Toronto residents a car-free path directly into the Toronto’s downtown core.Toronto Railpath Park Official Opening Ceremonies

Councillor Adam Giambrone invites you to the official opening of the West Toronto Railpath Park on Friday, October 30, 2009. Councillor Giambrone, the City of Toronto, and Friends of the West Toronto Railpath are pleased to open the first 2.1 km of this exciting recreational trail.

Date: Friday, October 30, 2009

Location: West Toronto Railpath entrance at Wallace Avenue (south of Dupont, west of Perth, north of Bloor). See attached map.

Time: 2:00 p.m. – Opening Remarks

2:15 p.m. – Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

2:20 p.m. – cyclists gathered ride the trail and enjoy the sculptures

2:25 p.m. – interested participants invited walk 2.1 km and explore the trail and sculptures

RSVP: Toronto Protocol RSVP Line 416-392-7667

The West Toronto Railpath Park is a new 2.1 kilometre multi-use trail that is perfect for cyclists, joggers, and people out for a stroll. Travelling alongside the railway corridor, it features extensive naturalized landscaping to create an appealing public space.

In addition to 2.1 km of park trail, designed by innovative Toronto-based firm Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc., the project includes four site-specific sculptures by renowned Toronto artist, John Dickson. The artwork series, Frontier, is inspired by the changing landscape of the Junction Railpath area. John Dickson was selected to work collaboratively with Scott Torrance Landscape Architects Inc. through an open competition coordinated by Toronto Cultural Services’ Public Art Office.

The Friends of the West Toronto Railpath is a community-based working group with the goal of assisting the City of Toronto finance, design and build a 6.5 kilometre path from Toronto’s Junction Neighbourhood into the heart of downtown Toronto and the shoreline of Lake Ontario.

Once future phases of the Railpath are built, it will be both a linear park and a sustainable transportation corridor, giving more than 250,000 Toronto residents a car-free path directly into the Toronto’s downtown coreWest Toronto Railpath Park Official Opening Ceremonies

Councillor Adam Giambrone invites you to the official opening of the West Toronto Railpath Park on Friday, October 30, 2009. Councillor Giambrone, the City of Toronto, and Friends of the West Toronto Railpath are pleased to open the first 2.1 km of this exciting recreational trail.

Date: Friday, October 30, 2009

Location: West Toronto Railpath entrance at Wallace Avenue (south of Dupont, west of Perth, north of Bloor). See attached map.

Time: 2:00 p.m. – Opening Remarks

2:15 p.m. – Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

2:20 p.m. – cyclists gathered ride the trail and enjoy the sculptures

2:25 p.m. – interested participants invited walk 2.1 km and explore the trail and sculptures

RSVP: Toronto Protocol RSVP Line 416-392-7667

The West Toronto Railpath Park is a new 2.1 kilometre multi-use trail that is perfect for cyclists, joggers, and people out for a stroll. Travelling alongside the railway corridor, it features extensive naturalized landscaping to create an appealing public space.

In addition to 2.1 km of park trail, designed by innovative Toronto-based firm Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc., the project includes four site-specific sculptures by renowned Toronto artist, John Dickson. The artwork series, Frontier, is inspired by the changing landscape of the Junction Railpath area. John Dickson was selected to work collaboratively with Scott Torrance Landscape Architects Inc. through an open competition coordinated by Toronto Cultural Services’ Public Art Office.

The Friends of the West Toronto Railpath is a community-based working group with the goal of assisting the City of Toronto finance, design and build a 6.5 kilometre path from Toronto’s Junction Neighbourhood into the heart of downtown Toronto and the shoreline of Lake Ontario.

Once future phases of the Railpath are built, it will be both a linear park and a sustainable transportation corridor, giving more than 250,000 Toronto residents a car-free path directly into the Toronto’s downtown core.

2989 Dundas Street West Update

JRA - 2989 Dundas Street West Update - Oct 28 2009 (1)

Work continues with the major renovation to 2989 Dundas Street West with dozens of drywall sheets being delivered on Saturday.

This project (Demolish and rebuild 2 floors… convert 4 apartment units into 1 apartment unit, and interior alterations to G/F) is one of the biggest and most recent gentrification project to the Junction.

The final product is going to be interesting and original, you can get a good view from the No Frills parking lot.

submitted by Martin L. Junction residents association urban chair

43 Junction Rd whats happening?

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The St Marys Cement plant on Junction Rd has a number of earth moving machines working at the site  now. In addition there is a now a construction office trailer on site.

The blog was unable to speak to anyone on site yesterday…wanted too because it’s an interesting development on an area of the site that has simply been a trailer lot for so many years.

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Public meeting concerning Baird Park has been assessed for itssuitability for dogs’ off-leash activities

Baird Park dogs
Review the proposed area Receive comments/input from the public • Discuss next steps

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Indian Rd. Crescent Junior PS 285 Indian Rd.

Crescent General Purpose Room

If ASL Interpreting or Attendant Care Services are required, please contact Aydin Sarrafzadeh at (416) 392-0582 or asarraf@toronto.ca on or prior to October 30th, 2009. For further information, please contact: Park Supervisor: Peter Leiss • Phone: (416) 392-7945
Please leave your dog at home


2989 Dundas St West up to lease again

Stereo King, Art Store and ….

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The art store appears to gone, as the retail area is now for lease again, The guys working to place an art store in the Junction may have been overcome with the difficulty of running an art store in Toronto – which is real hard

Economic Development Committee recommends creation of Baby Point Gates BIA

Baby Point Gates BIA full area

for full map please see link to city file at end of post

from the cities report…

The purpose of this report is to recommend the Designation of the proposed Baby Point Gates Business Improvement Area.

In accordance with Chapter 19 of the City of Toronto Municipal Code, the City Clerk conducted a poll to determine if there is sufficient support to designate the proposed Baby Point Gates BIA.  The number of objecting petitions regarding the Baby Point Gates BIA do not meet the sufficiency benchmark to prevent the designation set out in Chapter 19‑9A of the Municipal Code.  Accordingly, City Council may establish a Business Improvement Area.  Based upon the results, it is recommended that Council pass a by‑law to designate the area described by Attachment 1 (Maps 1‑5), as the Baby Point Gates BIA.

full text…



Link to full map within city background file

The Economic Development Committee recommends that:

1.         City Council pass a by-law to designate the area described by Attachment 1 (Maps 1 to 5) of the report (August 24, 2009) from the General Manager, Economic Development, Culture and Tourism, as a Business Improvement Area, under Chapter 19 of the Municipal Code, based upon the results of the poll respecting the intention to designate the Baby Point Gates BIA.

2.         City Council amend Schedule A of Municipal Code Chapter 19, Business Improvement Areas, to include the Baby Point Gates BIA.

3.         City Council grant authority for the introduction of the necessary bills in Council to give effect thereto.

4.         City Council authorize and direct the appropriate City Officials to take the necessary action to give effect thereto.

The purpose of this report is to recommend the Designation of the proposed Baby Point Gates Business Improvement Area.

In accordance with Chapter 19 of the City of Toronto Municipal Code, the City Clerk conducted a poll to determine if there is sufficient support to designate the proposed Baby Point Gates BIA.  The number of objecting petitions regarding the Baby Point Gates BIA do not meet the sufficiency benchmark to prevent the designation set out in Chapter 19‑9A of the Municipal Code.  Accordingly, City Council may establish a Business Improvement Area.  Based upon the results, it is recommended that Council pass a by‑law to designate the area described by Attachment 1 (Maps 1‑5), as the Baby Point Gates BIA.

Demo and construction at Quebec Ave and Dundas St. West

3077 dundas st west inside front windows

Above are some images from the inside of the front area of the old Handy Man shop which is now having it’s second floor removed. Someone in the local real estate business has informed the blog that only the second floor is  coming off. Then new 2nd and 3rd floors will be placed on the 1st floor structure. This new structure is to be a steel construction the blog has been told.

Compared to some other buildings in the Junction this building seems to have little grammar of ornament, other than the curved projecting north west corner and the glass imaged above.

The rear of the building is outwardly lean to the Quebec side, which probably part of the buildings problems.

Thanks to the demo team for letting the blog take a few inside images.

3094 Dundas Street West Update – fake facade back

JRA - 3094 Dundas Street West Update - Oct 28 2009

Martin L. of the local residents association  has followed the facade rework of  3094 Dundas Street West, his thoughts are below, we can’t help agree with his thoughts on fake external finishes.

The original brick facade was exposed for only a day before it was covered up again with a new stone finish.

The rework did give us a glimpse of the past and if you took a good look you would have seen two colours of brick which indicate the second floor was an addition.  This also explains why the windows are out of level with the neighbours.

Although the original brick was nothing spectacular I think the new stone facades always look out of place.