Monday, April 28, 2014

Jane's Walk: Toronto: Junction of the Canadian Dream

Screenshot: Jane's Walk: Toronto: Junction of the Canadian Dream: Hangin' Out With History
Walk Leader: Neil Ross; Meeting Place: Runnymede Library — May 3, 2014, 2:30 PM
Credit: Canada: Toronto: Junction of the Canadian Dream: Hangin' Out With History

2014 Jane’s Walk annual global festival runs May 2nd, 3rd and 4th!

This year the Jane’s Walk turns eight, and there are more then 120 of great walks throughout Toronto. The walks get people to explore their cities and connect with neighbours. As always, Jane’s Walk is FREE and locally led walking tours run rain or shine.
No reservations are needed – JUST SHOW UP! 

Below are links to two Junction walking tours this weekend.

Junction of the Canadian Dream: Hangin' Out With History

Saturday, May 3, 2014 | 2:30 PM

Walk Leader: Neil Ross

Meeting Place: Runnymede Library
The exact meeting point is in the park immediately north of (behind) the Runnymede Library along Glendonwynne Road, Kennedy-Margdon Parkette. The closest transit stop is Runnymede subway station.

Ending Place: Annette Street Library
Participants can catch either the Junction 40 bus to Dundas West or the Keele bus to Keele station, both from Dundas and Keele.

About This Walk
Travel the Junction and learn its place in the heart of Canada.

Experience the coming together of the railways on the meeting point of First Nations trails. Explorers La Salle and Brûlé may well have passed through here, and there is some evidence La Salle actually stopped for a latte . . .

Neil Ross tells you his favourite Canadian stories and his favourite Junction stories in a walk from the Runnymede to Annette Street Libraries. Perfect bookends: Runnymede was designed to reflect a Canadian identity.  Annette Street was envisioned as the cultural centre of an independent city. "After all, we're all immigrants on this bus."
Duration: Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes

About Neil Ross
Neil Ross is the co-author of One Hundred Years at the Junction Shul and of the screenplay Worthy of Such a Country: D'Arcy McGee. As president of the West Toronto Junction Historical Society, his historical walking tours have made NOW Magazine's Editors' Big Three Can't Miss Events -- along with Caribana and professional wrestling. Neil writes the graphic novel series Justice in the Junction: the Life and Times of Josiah Royce.

Screenshot: Jane's Walk: Toronto: A Crash Course on the Junction
Walk Leader: Leah Cooke; Meeting Place: Keele and Dundas — May 3, 2014, 5:00 PM
Credit: Canada: Toronto: A Crash Course on the Junction

A Crash Course on the Junction

Saturday, May 3, 2014 | 5:30 PM

Walk Leader: Leah Cooke, Junction BIA Staff

Meeting Place: Keele and Dundas
(SW Corner) at the benches beside the bus stop.

Ending Place: Indie Ale House Brewing Co.
We will be ending the walk at a licensed brewery, so those wishing to partake in this stop will need to be 19+ with valid ID.

About This Walk
On this walk, we will explore the historic Junction’s main commercial strip on Dundas Street West.

We will discover businesses that exemplify what the Junction is best known for: reclamation, design, art, innovative food and beer.  An overview of the area’s history will be discussed, and interesting buildings/shops will be pointed out while we go.  Come with questions about the area and we'll do our best to answer them!

As a bonus, CONTACT photography festival opening receptions will be happening in the area from 6-9 pm on the same night, so you can turn this into an evening outing in the Junction.

Duration: Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes

About Leah Cooke
As a current Urban Planning graduate student, lifelong Junction resident and former Junction BIA intern, I'm excited to lead this walk in my area.

About Junction BIA Staff
Junction Business Improvement Area Staff - fan and advocate of the Junction neighbourhood, passionate about all the hidden gems and fantastic stories each retail building in the Junction holds.

Screenshot: Jane's Walk Toronto 2014: Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park (9)  
Credit: Canada: Toronto walks: Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park

In fact, at least a dozen other Jane's walks are coming to our neighbourhood of wards 13 and 14, Parkdale-High Park in Toronto this weekend.

Check it out #janeswalk:
  • Twilight Labyrinth Walk in High Park — May 2, 6:30 PM
  • Walk as workout! — May 2, 7:00 PM and May 3, 10:00 AM
  • Bloor West Village - A century of development, heritage and community — May 3, 10:00 AM and May 4, 10:00 AM
  • The Centre for Opportunities, Respect, and Empowerment presents! The Culture of Parkdale: Past, Present, and Future — May 3, 10:00 AM
  • Belly Full: A History of Hunger Resistance in Parkdale (Bob Rose) — May 3, 10:30 AM
  • Jane and Annette, Friends Forever (Madeleine McDowell) — May 3, 12:00 PM
  • The World of Labyrinth Walkers: High Park on World Labyrinth Day — May 3, 12:00 PM
  • Ghost River (Juliet Palmer, Diana Tso , Gib Goodfellow) — May 3, 1:00 PM
  • Visions of Parkdale Past and Future, In the Balance ( Alec Keefer) — May 3, 1:00 PM
  • Junction of the Canadian Dream: Hangin' Out With History (Neil Ross) — May 3, 2:30 PM
  • A Crash Course on the Junction (Leah Cooke, Junction BIA Staff) — May 3, 5:00 PM
  • Swansea, Past and Present (Swansea Historical Society, leaders) — May 3, 6:30 PM
  • Celluloid and Popcorn: The history of Cinema on Roncesvalles (Keith Denning, Scott Worsley) — May 4, 1:30 PM
  • Walking with Refugees in the West Bend (Romero House) — May 4, 2:00 PM

For more information visit:

On Friday May 2nd - Sunday May 4th 2014
Join the Jane's Walk Festival to Learn about Yours!

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