Saturday, February 28, 2015

Book Launch for "Junction Book": March 1

Junction Book by Ken Newton, Ann Ball, and William New

Book Launch for "Junction Book"

Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

@High Park Avenue
3030 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z6

Junction Book is written by Junction–raised Ken Newton, his son - indie musician and impresario William New and his niece - political veteran - Ann Ball.

The novel, set in West Toronto Junction in 1951, is the tale of three private eyes working on the murder case of the Junction bookmaker's youngest son. The investigation of Al Green and Associates is recounted daily by each and the plot moves along through the telling.

In the 1950's, an estimated 1,000 Torontonians earned their living through sports bookmaking. One such operation was located on Dundas Street West.

Join the authors for conversation, readings, and book signing.

Junction Book by Ken Newton, William New and Ann Ball, published by Leaping Lion Books.

All are welcome to attend the launch of this historically based novel.

more information:

Contact: Ann Ball
Phone: 416-526-5324

snapd: events: Bloor West: Book Launch for "Junction Book"
Bloor West Villager: Book set in 1950s West Toronto Junction: Junction murder mystery
Review: Junction Book by Ann Ball, Ken Newton and William New

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tangomania Premiers in Toronto!

Poster: Tangomania: Concert in Toronto, January 24, 2015
Humbercrest United Church (16 Baby Point Road)



Saturday, January 24, 2015

6:00 PM    

Venue: Humbercrest United Church
Address: 16 Baby Point Road
Toronto, ON M6S 2E9

Tangomania premiers in Toronto!

The dramatic melody of tango and the rhythm of rock is combined by world class musicians.
Highly skilled in both classical and modern styles  they created a new genre - Rock'n Tango!

Tangomania premiers in Toronto at The Humbercrest United Church on  January 24, 2015!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Toronto Design Offsite Festival Week 2015 in The Junction: January 19-25

The Junction BIA: Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2015, screenshot
Screenshot: The Junction BIA: Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2015
The Junction will be participating in the Toronto Design Offsite Festival once again.

Toronto Design Offsite Festival

January 19-25, 2015

The Junction will be participating in the Toronto Design Offsite Festival once again.

The fifth annual Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TODO) showcases the best in Canadian design at events across the city, from unexpected prototypes to immersive installations from January 19-25, 2015. Nearly one quarter of the exhibitions will be featured here in The Junction.

TO DO is a not-for-profit, independent design festival that aims to provide exposure for local and national designers. They also foster public understanding and knowledge of the practice of design and create an ongoing presence that promotes Canada’s creativity, drawing on great thinkers, practitioners, and educators to a deliver an innovative celebration of art and design. During the brisk Toronto winter they offer the best in installations, furniture, industrial design, conceptual design and more, to people from Toronto and beyond.

TO DO 15 Opening Party

Festival week starts on Monday, but kick-it-off mid-week at the TO DO Opening Party at SMASH (2880 Dundas St W) in the Junction. Come and find out what the Festival is about, meet local designers, experience featured installations, and dance with the amazing community that makes this Festival happen. Live music by Das Hussy. Featured installation by LeuWebb Projects and live mural by Ben Johnston.

Other Opening Receptions/ Installations/ Events: Wednesday January 21, 2015
ARTiculations: Mesh Projections
2928 Dundas St W
SNAP Fitness: Railpath Botanica
400 Pacific Ave
The Junction Train Platform: Wintersphere
2960 Dundas St W
Mjolk: Anderssen, Voll & Mjolk
2959 Dundas St W
Gerhard Supply: Trevor Wheatley
2949 Dundas St W
La Vizziata: Metal Art in Style
2986 Dundas St W
LATrE: Naomi Smith: First Nation Artist
2988 Dundas St W
Sewing Junction: Limited Edition Prints on Display
2841 Dundas St W
Cornerstone Home Interiors: Photokeratitis
2886 Dundas St W
Opticianado: Calgary Outside the Box
2919 Dundas St W
Coolearth Architecture Inc: April 30, 1904
386 Pacific Ave
Above Ground Art Supplies: Canadiana Curiosities
2868 Dundas St W
Cut the Cheese: Reading/ Writing The Junction
2901 Dundas St W
Forever Interiors: Tree of Life
2903 Dundas St W
Phillipa C: Bad Pottery: A Collection
3063 Dundas St W
Rod, Gun & Barbers: Baron: Design & Media
2877 Dundas St W

TODO Talks: Saturday, January 25th, 2015
Mjolk: Anderssen & Voll
2959 Dundas St W

Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2015: The Junction Map
Screenshot: Toronto Design Offsite Festival 2015: The Junction Map

For more information about the Festival:

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tall Tales of The Junction: WTJHS FUNdraiser: January 15

West Toronto Junction Historical Society FUNdraiser January 15, 2015: Tall Tales Of The Junction at Junction Craft Brewery
Tall Tales Of The Junction
West Toronto Junction Historical Society FUNdraiser
at Junction Craft Brewery, 90 Cawthra Ave., unit 1
on Thursday, January 15, 2015, 6pm
On photo: The Junction town council assembles circa 1897
Courtesy of WTJHS

The West Toronto Junction Historical Society
only event this month - now on January 15, 2015!

West Toronto Junction Historical Society FUNdraiser

Tall Tales of The Junction

When: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 6pm

Venue: Junction Craft Brewery
Address: 90 Cawthra Avenue, unit 1
The Junction, Toronto, ON M6N 3C7

The fundraising event is not unlike those the WTJHS has hosted in the past. Junction “legends,” such as journalist A.B. Rice, first librarian Elizabeth MacCallum, chief coroner Dr. G.W. Clendenan, chief of police and first Mountie Josiah Royce and Rev T.E.E. Shore have made appearances at such events as 'The Wild Wild Junction' Ghost stories pub crawl.

Tall Tales of the Junction will be “like a pub crawl without the crawl,” said Ross, “because it’s winter.”

The Junction legends will again share their favourite stories while audience members will also be invited to share their own stories of the neighbourhood for a chance to win historical prizes.

The $20 admission fee will help the WTJHS continue to do its work, like advocating for the conservation of the neighbourhood’s built heritage. The event will include a presentation based on the most recent installment of the WTJHS’ graphic novel.

Admission includes snacks and a pint of ale from a Junction Craft Brewery special cask.

Tickets are available at Annette Street Library, 145 Annette St.

Read more: Bloor West Villager: Hear some ‘tall tales’ from the Junction’s history: Historical society and brewery team up to present fundraiser

Don't miss this!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Comes to Toronto Junction: November 29, 2014

Poster: 2014 Canadian Holiday Train
Station:: Toronto:: 750 Runnymede Road, in front of Lambton Yard
Saturday, November 29, 2014

CP Holiday Train is coming to the Junction

A family-friendly holiday event! 

The CP holiday train is making another stop in the Junction this year on Saturday, November 29th, 2014, 8:15 p.m. at CP Lambton Yard, 750 Runnymede Road.

Watch the fully decorated and lit up for the holidays CP Holiday Train roll in, with musical guests the Odds and Roxanne Potvin performing,and visit from Santa too!

Please bring a non-perishable food donation for Daily Bread Food Bank.

Event details:

Canadian Holiday Train

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Station:: Toronto

Address:: 750 Runnymede Road, in front of Lambton Yard

Arrival:: 8:15 PM

Event Time:: 8:30 PM - 9:15 PM

Performers:: Odds and Roxanne Potvin

The concerts are free, but you're encouraged to make a donation to the local food bank—either a non-perishable food item or a cash donation. All contributions will stay within your local community.

Share your #CPHolidayTrain photos and moments on Twitter with #CPHolidayTrain

More details:

If you haven’t seen this before, don’t miss out this year!

Read related articles on the web:

Bloor West Villager: The Odds and Roxanne Potvin usher in arrival of CP Holiday Train at Lambton Yard
Bring a donation for the Daily Bread Food Bank Nov. 29
By Lisa Rainford

Daily Bread Food Bank: CP Holiday Train

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2014 Russian Film Festival in Canada: Toronto, November 5-9

Toronto Russian Film Festival, November 5-9, 2014
Poster: The Russian Film Festival in Canada 
Toronto, November 5-9, 2014 
Credit: Toronto Russian Film Festival

Russian Film Festival in Canada
November 5-9, 2014
Venues: Isabel Bader Theatre, Theatre D Digital, TIFF Bell Lightbox

This year the Festival celebrates its 5th anniversary. And this time around the Russian partner of the Festival is a production company known as “Horosho Production.”

The program offers 8 full-length films, 4 shorts, two documentaries and 4 animated films – 18 screenings in all. In addition to the screenings, the program provides 7 informational programs: press conferences, round table discussions, master classes on directing, documentaries and casting. The organizers are planning a round-table discussion on co-production and pitching international projects.

Informational Programs Schedule
Russian Film Festival in Canada 
Toronto, November 5-9, 2014
Credit: Toronto Russian Film Festival

All films will be shown in Russian with English subtitles. All the films in the program have been made since 2013 and many of them have received awards at other film festivals.

There are no competitions at the Russian Film Festival but there is an Audience Award. After each screening there will be a Q&A with the creators of the film.

This year’s program has many references to classical and modern literature. The Festival opens with the North American premiere of the film Two Women (2014) directed by Vera Glagoleva, based on the play by Ivan Turgenev, “A Month in the Countryside.” The renowned British actor Ralph Fiennes plays one of the main parts in the film.

The film Mirrors (2013) directed by Marina Migunova is dedicated to the famous Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva.

The Brothers Ch (2014) directed by Michail Ugarov shows a day in the life of the great Russian writer Anton Chekhov and his brothers.

A special place in the program is occupied by a screen adaptation of the story White Yagel (2014) by Anna Nerkagi. This film, made by the director Vladimir Tumaev, tells us about the lives of peoples living in the Arctic regions, which is very unusual and full of mysteries. This film won the Audience Award at the 36th Moscow International Film Festival in 2014.

The film The Grandfather of My Dreams (2014) directed by Aleksandr Strizhenov belongs to the genre of grotesque family comedy and raises the eternal question about how much we depend on the material well-being which suddenly comes out of nowhere.

There Will Be No Winter (2014) is a film made in the genre of fantasy by director Ilya Demichev. It boasts an all-star cast: Ksenia Rappoport, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Aleksandr Samoylenko and Sergey Koltakov.

The drama about a girl from an orphanage who grew up to become a model will close the Festival. Nine Days and One Morning (2014) was directed by Vera Storozheva, the famous film and television personality who was awarded at TEFI and at many other Russian and international festivals. Before the screening of this film the viewers are invited to an honorary session with the renowned Moldavian-Russian actress Svetlana Toma.

The festival will have a children’s day when little viewers will see the full-length animated fairy tale Ivan Tsarevitch and Grey Wolf-2 (2013) directed by Vladimir Toropchin and a full-length feature film The Mystery of Four Princesses (2014) by Oleg Shtrom.

The documentary program has two films in different genres. The film A Diary of a Drug Addict (2013) by Svetlana Stasenko is a social drama, and the film Voices. An Aria for the Fog (2014) by Elizaveta Shmakova is a portrait of a legendary opera diva. The documentary program will be concluded by a master-class on documentaries led by Svetlana Stasenko.

The short film program lists different films made by young directors. The film Unintentionally (2014) was made by Zhora Kryzhovnikov. His recent comedy Bitter! (2013) became one of the most successful films of the year. The short film Inspection (2014) made by Gala Suhanova tells a story of a dysfunctional family with children. The film Tonya is Crying on the Bridge of Lovers (2014) by Anton Kolomeets is about the generation of thirty-something year old and the passage of time; and in the film Shredder (2014) by Michael Dovzhenko we witness a highly unusual (but based on a true story) situation when the audience is asked to vote on killing a work of art.

Animated shorts from the Shar (The Ball) studio-school will be shown before full-length films.

Among the Russian delegation of cinematographers there are famous directors and actors such as Vera Glagoleva, Svetlana Toma, Aleksandr Strizhenov, Vera Storozheva, Marina Migunova and others; 14 people in total.

Program of Russian Film Festival in Canada
Toronto, November 5-9, 2014

Festival Venues:
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7
(416) 585-4498
Theatre D Digital, 551 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON M4S 2M5
(416) 466-440
TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5

All tickets are free of charge. There is a $5 processing fee when you order tickets on the web site or pick them up at the entrance. It is advisable to register on the web site or by phone. The number of places is limited.

Information about program and tickets:

Or by phone: 647-466-3555

About the Russian Film Festival in Canada
The Russian Film Festival in Canada was founded by the TRFF (The Toronto Russian Film Festival) in 2009 which strives to popularize Russian cinema and increase the cooperation between the Canadian and Russian film industries. During the five years of its existence the Festival has acquired many admirers and viewers. Overall, about two hundred films of different genres and artistic directions have been shown during its annual screenings. The Festival has become a popular and anticipated event both in the Russian community as well as among English-speaking film-goers and film industry professionals.

In 2011 the TRFF started partnering up with Russian organizations. The Festival’s status then changed. Support from the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation now made it possible to organize the Festival at a very high level, to invite large delegations from Russia and to present the audience with the very latest films.

Toronto Russian Film Festival
phone: 647-868-3436

You can also find information on the 5th Russian Film Festival in Canada Event page on Facebook
Hosted by Alena Joukova

Published by TRFF

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Junction Music Festival September 20 – Program and Map

Poster: Toronto Junction Music Festival
Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Junction Music Festival

The 3rd annual festival of independent music in Toronto's Junction neibourhood.

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Times: 12 pm (noon) to 12 am (midnight)
Location: The Junction, Dundas West @ Keele Street, Toronto
5 outdoor stages + Vine Street Parkette
30+ participating music venues + busker stations
60+ musicians + bands

Presented by: The Junction BIA

The Junction Music Festival is a community-first festival, taking place September 20th, 2014 and highlights and celebrates world class and local talent that is constantly emerging from one of Toronto's most creative areas. 

Coined as the emerging art and design neighbourhood of Toronto, this eclectic community anchored by Dundas St West and Keele Street is home to a festival celebrating local up-and-coming talent and rising stars. Move to the sounds of a collection of musical performances rocking a number of stages both day and night while discovering the celebrated food, drink and nightlife that makes the Junction a must visit Toronto destination.

For more information on the festival visit:
Facebook Page dedicated to news and updates:
Official Festival twitter handle:
Official Festival hashtag:

Show time and Map of music venue locations, busker stations and stage performances:

Toronto Junction Music Festival 2014 Map
Image: The Junction Music Festival 2014 Program and Map
Saturday, September 20, 2014

List of Stage Performances:

S1 McMurray Stage
3048 Dundas Street West @ McMurray Street
Axis Gallery & Grill - McMurray Stage Sponsor
12-3 pm - Julian Fauth
4-7 pm -  Junction City All-Stars
8-11 pm - Big Otter Creek

S2 Vine Parkette
200 Vine Avenue @ West of McMurray / East of Pacific Avenue
2 pm - Breathe Yoga Studio: Free yoga class
3 pm - Hip Kik: Belly dancing
5-8 pm - Open Mic Acoustic Session
8:30 pm - Outdoor Cinema in the park: "School of Rock" (2003) starring Jack Black.

S3 Pacific / Wavelength Stage
2968 Dundas Street West @ Pacific Avenue
The Passenger - Pacific Avenue Stage Sponsor
1:00 pm – Erika Werry & The Alphabet
2:30 pm – Two Koreas
4:00 pm – Tails
5:30 pm – Omhouse
7:00 pm – Paradise Animals
8:30 pm – Ark Analog
10:00 pm – Rambunctious

S4 Junction Train Platform Stage

2960-2964 Dundas Street West @ East of Pacific Avenue
2:00 pm – Whiskey Jack
3:30 pm – Ginger Grey
5:00 pm – Sun K
6:30 pm – Beams
8:00 pm – Bard From The Club
9:30 pm – House of David Gang

S5 Mavety Stage
2897 Dundas Street West @ Mavity Street
12:00 pm – Liminal Divide
1:30 pm – AHI
2:30 pm – Iduna
3:30 pm – UKAE
4:30 pm – Alright Alright
6:00 pm – Hands & Teeth
7:30 pm – KASHKA
9:00 pm - TBD

S6 Main Stage
2803 Dundas Street West @ Indian Grove
6 pm – The Chameleon Project
7 pm – Teenage Kicks
8 pm – The Beauties
9 pm – The Sadies

Bring your family and friends and let the music guide you through the #JunctionTO!

Plus: #LoveJunctionTO Contest! 

Tell the Junction BIA what you love about The Junction using the hashtag #lovejunctionto to win a pretty cool prize pack.
Submit entries via Instagram, Twitter, Email or fill in a ballot at one of our Info Booths.

Contest runs until September 21st.
Video: The Junction Music Festival 2013 
Video Produced by Andrew Williamson 
Sound Dinosaur Bones 
Published by TheJunctionBIA 
Credit: YouTube: 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

#lovejunctionto Great Summer Weekend Sales & Events! August 22-24

Image: JunctionBIA Poster #LoveJunctionTO Summer Sale Weekend: August 22-24, 2014

Summer Sale Weekend
August 22-24, 2014

Presented by: The Junction BIA

Sales & Promotions
Movie Night
Street Food
Contests & Prizes
Swag Giveaways!
Friday, August 22 - Sunday, August 24, 2014

Kickin off with an OUTDOOR FILM
Friday August 22nd,  at 9 PM

Screening: Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

( RAIN DATE: Saturday August 23rd )
at the Junction Train Platform ( Just East of Dundas & Pacific )
Outdoor Cinema brought to you by Indie AleHouse

#LoveJunctionTO Contests!


Tell what you love about The Junction using the hashtag #lovejunctionto to win a pretty cool prize pack. Submit entries via Instagram, Twitter or email us at to submit your entry. Contest runs until August 24th (Midnight)


Tell our street team  what you love about the Junction and win fabulous Junction Prizes. You can find the Junction BIA Street Team

    Outdoor Cinema ( Friday Aug. 22nd)
    The Junction Farmers Market (Saturday Aug. 23rd)

3. Random acts of Junction Swag!

For details, please check out The Junction BIA link:

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Junction Night Market: A Community Food Festival: July 12

Poster: Junction Night Market, Saturday, July 12, 2014; 7-11 pm

The Junction Farmers Night Market

A Community Food Festival to benefit the Junction farmers Market Food Voucher Program

Saturday, July 12, 2014; 7-11 pm

Pacific Avenue, just north of Dundas Street West

$5 Local Food!
$5 Local Craft Beer and Wine

The Junction Farmers’ Market presents the Night Market, Saturday, July 12 from 7 to 11 p.m. on Pacific Avenue, just north of Dundas Street West.

This is a community community food event - an evening of fabulous local food, craft beer and Ontario wine in the Junction! Tickets will be available on site. Beer, wine and food is only $5.00 each!

All the proceeds will go toward helping community members gain access to fresh and healthy food through the Junction Farmers Market Food Voucher Program, in partnership with Four Villages Community Health Centre.

More info: Junction Farmers’ Market 

Check out last year's photos and a video from The Night Market:

Junction Night Market 2013
Screenshot: blogto: Junction Farmers Night Market, photos by Jesse Milns

YouTube video: Junction Night Market 
Toronto's Junction neighbourhood held a night market on Dundas St W 14 Sep 2013. This was during a beer festival in Toronto, so the commodity sold was mostly beer. 
Published by Richard Anderson

Plus, check the official website of Ontario farmers’ markets link.

This link will take you to a more extensive list of Ontario farmers’ markets that can be sorted by day, place, etc.
It also tells how many vendors are at each market. Junction Farmers Market, Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Wait Is Over: Sakura Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms - High Park, Toronto
Cherry Blossoms - High Park - May 10, 2014

Cherry Blossom Season 2014 - Sakura, Sakura!

Some of the beautiful sakura cherry trees start blooming this weekend - Mother's Day Weekend!

To see the most trees in bloom all at once (Hanami) go on the May Long Weekend Victoria Day.

If you want to avoid crowds and the hassle of parking and long lineups for washrooms then go on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. (14,15,16 of May)

More info on High Park Toronto online forum & discussion board.

Cherry Blossoms - High Park, Toronto
Cherry Blossoms - High Park - May 10, 2014

Cherry Blossoms - High Park, Toronto
Cherry Blossoms - High Park - May 10, 2014

Cherry Blossoms - High Park, Toronto
Cherry Blossoms Under The Moon - High Park - May 10, 2014

Don't miss the celebration of Cherry Blossom Season at the High Park this year!