Archive for May, 2010

Spring Fever Coming To Ronces May 15!

Come celebrate Spring on Roncesvalles Avenue!

All-day Sidewalk Sale from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Fun for the whole family from noon until 4:00:

Local musicians
Face painters
Craft Table
Bouncy Castles
Balloon Clowns
Flowers for mom
and a special Roncesvalles Village Treasure Hunt: win fabulous prizes!

JRA Meeting tonight where the Junction Arts Festival will be present it's new direction model

Time: May 13, 2010 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: West Toronto Baptist Church
Street: 3049 Dundas Street West

more to follow

From nut and bolt plant to high-rise on Swansea Works lands

From the beautiful Stelco parts plants on the Swansea Works lands we now have this rather good-looking building. The views from the suites must be great both towards the lake and the city core.

This author views it as a great addition to the community and the beach-scape and could only be made better by the addition of some light engineering making or manufacturing on the ground levels. 🙂

200 Annette Street – tree falls

200 Annette Street has had one of the beautiful trees on the site come down during the brick repairs. thanks to David W. for informing us of this.

Our police station is leaving… can this happen?

Toronto Police Division 11  is relocating, and the city owed building will be empty.  This building would make a wonderful mixed use centre for the community.

And just to let everyone know this can happen, here is the story of an old Parkdale police station that has become a mixed use centre for the that community.

Although this author believes the community can ,manage and run a centre without the assistance of the Parks department or Artscape, not that those are not fine groups, it’s just the Junction is the Junction.

During doors open you can visit this centre

From the doors open site

1313 Queen St. West was constructed in 1931 as City of Toronto Police Station Division 6 . It remained a police station until the early 1960’s . It then became emergency housing with the city of Toronto for about 14 years . The building then became a Metro property until it was turned over to Artscape for a 20 year lease at $1 /year . This came about with the support of the community and many individuals with the vision that the building would become a community venue for organizations and also house 9 live /work artist studios managed by Artscape . Today the building is full of activity and artists are now living in the original stable house.

Event information:
Learn the history of this former Police Station. Exhibition curated by Christopher Hume which displays works by Toronto artists inspired by local architecture.

Photography permitted: No tripod: No Filming permitted: No tripod: No

Getting there: Click here for map.

TTC (nearest station) Lansdowne /Dufferin & Bus to Queen St. W Bus/streetcar: Brock Street

….what you brought…. you have made

Parkdale BIA seeks info on more flowers in Parkdale

from the artists website,

This project is an attempt to break through the silence in our community about the fact that Canada is at war and to create a multi vocal dialogue about what we are thinking and feeling about being at war. What do we know about the war, how does it impact us emotionally and psychically? This project is for us to hear each other, to admit collectively that the war is meaningful to us.

This is a project to find out about what people in the Junction are thinking and feeling about the war in Afghanistan and about other wars that may concern you. The audio recorded today will be worked into an outdoor audio installation here in the Junction some time in the coming months.

Agora cafe as part of CONTACT

Image Jim Roche

Agora cafe has an interesting display of photographs….as part of contact in the Junction

from the artist

The exhibition is called Barns of Wellington County and is a series of photographs taken last Spring while traveling through the countryside around St. Jacobs and back to Guelph.  It’s at Agora as part of CONTACT for the month of May.


SHOXS has a sign that really has meaning.  This author respects how the owner of the eatery has recognized the need for colour and creativity in expressing the character of his offerings in the community.  It applies a real respect to it’s location in the Junction where good retail design is needed, with the new facade of the TV channel, maybe more buidlings will begin to look this good.