Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Junction Business Improvement Assoc moves in with Junction Arts Festival

You may have noticed the strange state of the  Junction Business Improvement Assoc offices next to Delight Choc. these past few days.

All the ruckus is caused by their move in the Junction Forum for Art and Culture offices ( the Non profit that runs the yearly festival)  at 2968 Dundas St West Ste:306.

Excellent backgrounder and state of action report about 6 Lloyd Avenue on the MRA site

Link to article on the The Mulock Avenue Residents' Association site about 6 Lloyd Avenue

Interesting walk in the upper (North) Junction

One of the most interesting walks in the Junction is the walk behind the industrial road of Glen Scarlett Rd. While you are in a completely natural area the industrial landscape just  above the trees and creek is completely invisible for much of the outlined walk above.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

new ice cream shop in the Junction a needed option for the community

Ice cream as we recognize it today has been in existence for at least 300 years,  Though no one knows who invented ice cream, but  the junction is getting another cream shop located on the south side between Quebec and Clendenan Ave.

They will be serving Kawartha Dairy ice cream we are told

The Junction from the roof of 2968 Dundas st west

Though I would post them as they rather different views from the norm. They also provide a good sense of the building massing in the area.


Beautiful view of Barcelona's chamfered gird

As I was thinking lately about the Junction spacial layout and the effect it had on street culture, I when about looking at historical planned examples of urban layout and came upon this wonderful image.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

The Village by High Park, Topping off ceremony

Recently the blog attended the topping off ceremony for the  The Village by High Park  condominium project, an event to celebrate both buildings reaching their final height by the placing of the last major structural concrete.

In these images you see the  men and woman who are building the enjoying  a meal to celebrate all of their excellent work.

After 60 years at 777 Annette Street Ward and Patch Sports closes local store

from their site,

First off, I (Rod LaForme Ward and Patch Sports) would like to thank all of your for visiting our website. I am sure some of you have found out or noticed that after 60 years, Bob Ward has decided to close our flagship store located at 777 Annette Street in Toronto. The store was founded by his father and it was a tough choice for the Ward family to make, shutting the doors of a location that had been in operation for 60 years. Parking had become a problem throughout the years, making the location a bit of an issue to get to and Home Run Sports from Winnipeg was interested in starting an operation in the GTA, so Bob made the tough call to move along all of the baseball inventory and Ward and Patch existing baseball accounts to Home Run Sports. Home Run Sports has opened a location on Dundas Street in Mississauga, just west of the 427 and are handling most of the existing Ward and Patch accounts.

So, what does this mean for Ward and Patch Sports? Well, if anything, growth! Ward and Patch is still very much in operation, with both our Richmond Hill location at 13270 Yonge Street and our Midland location at 869 Queen Street up and running in full force! The Richmond Hill location that specializes in goalie gear under the sub division of The Goalie Crease, will continue to sell a full variety of baseball gear and are also expanding our business model, our latest venture will be in Lacrosse, with eyes on expanding into more sporting good markets of the next few years. The plan at this time is to move into a bigger location within the next few years and take advantage of the young sports minds from within the business. We still offer a full range of uniform business for all sports as well and will be further expanding on this avenue as well going forward.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Junction Arts Festival - will feature an ecumenical prayer service

The Junction arts festival which seeks to serve the community and installs a huge stage for the festival weekend has worked to provide our main stage to the communities churches on the morning of Sept 12.

After informing Bill Saundercook's office about the the service he wrote this on his Facebook page, and I thought I could not write it better, so here is his take on the service...

The Junction Arts Festival taking place in Sept 8 though 12 in the Junction/High Park will feature an ecumenical prayer service. Churches and places of worship are an integral part of our communities. As such, the churches and temples within and around the festival footprint will play an important part in this year's event. For festival updates, please see

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Delight Chocolates Art Exhibit “Whimsy and Decadence along with a Creative”

Local resident, Theo Gallaro had his first solo exhibit at Delight Chocolates on Tuesday June 29th. The 12 year old artist has been selling his hand drawn cards for the past year at the local store, which is renowned for it’s unique handmade, fair trade chocolates and ice cream. When Theo approached Delight owners Jennifer Rashleigh and Jeff Brown about a possible show, they were very supportive-another great example of how the junction community supports each other and why we love living here.  For those who have not yet experienced the delight of Delight, they are located at 3040 Dundas St. West, with a new location at 805 Queen St. West. The show runs until the end of August.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

Building top graffiti - spook

Some one identifying himself or herself as spook is moving across rooftops - probably leaning over the parapet  and applying graffiti to the street facing side of  the parapet.

It's all rather crudely done, with a sense that this person really doesn't care about the work he is doing, in addition his placement simply defaces a building no were has he or she attempted to choose a wall canvas.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The St John's wedge is being improved to be of greater use for the community.

The wedge shape parkette at St Johns Rd, and Dundas St. (which really is a parcel of land under the authority of the transport department.) is being rebuilt with plans created by a community advisory committee put together by councillor Bill Saundercook.

I number of meetings were held in the councillor's office with the community group, the co-chair of the Junction Residents Association, and city staff. I lot of ideas were discussed and vetted, with the primarily objective of turning the space into a more usable area for the community. The blog with be posting images of the plans today or tomorrow when we get permission from the person who produced them.

The project is slated to be finished before the Junction Arts festival

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Frankie Robertson service

for those of you who were fortunate enough to know Frankie...

A Celebration of Frankie's life will take place on Thursday July 15 2010 AT 7 PM in Vine Parkette in Toronto. All are welcomed to join us in celebrating his life.We will miss you Frankie and keep your young daughters in our thoughts

Goods delivered, cable and telephone gone

Low hanging wires are in problem on Mc Murray Ave in the Junction with many wire pull downs by trucks throughout the year.

Wondering if this is a common occurrence in other parts of the Junction.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Andy's Bakery & Delicatessen after what 45 plus years -

Andy's Bakery & Delicatessen at

3072 Dundas St W is closing, and this is the last chance to look at the amazing collection of goods he has

Friday, July 9, 2010

Jumping in the Junction Saturday

Hey everyone, if you missed last weeks event, be sure to drop by for week #3 and #4 of Jumping in the Junction. Held at the Junction Train Platform (Dundas & Pacific), there will be lemonade, watermelon, a bouncing castle, clowns, face painting and more. Come join in the family fun..... And, while your at it, join the Junction BIA facebook (the Junction bia) page to stay up to date on everything Junction!

Jumping in the Junction

2978 Dundas Street West undergoing brick remediation

Over the past few months the east and north walls of this building have undergone a rather long stepped procedure to repair the brick of the building. this author believes the building owner should be commended for taking the time and care to consider the community and the building when repairing his building.

He could have chosen to simply the lowest cost modern "repair" method.

UPDATE ON HAND WELLS! …electricial manhole shocks from last year

Right now along Dundas St West Toronto Hydro is replacing the electric hand wells with new fiberglass non conductive hand wells in respond to last years electrified sidewalk  plates

Within the span of three months in early 2009 two dogs where electrocuted when they stepped on metal plates at the base of hydro poles in the Junction.

Both events took place on Keele street close to Annette. Apparently water seeps into the hole covered by the metal plate and if the sheathing that normally covers the wires has separated (due to our ageing infrastructure,amoung other factors) it can complete a circuit between the subterranean devices and the metal plate above.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

THE SIGN! is almost HERE ug!

Isn't this simply too imposing?

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car building at 3441 DUNDAS ST. WEST h applied to the city for the right to place a 10′ x 40′ illuminated, third party ground sign on site and now it's getting erected.

from the cities status site…

Application:Zoning ReviewStatus:Not Started
Location:3441 DUNDAS ST W
Ward 13: Parkdale-High Park
Application#:09 166400 ZPR 00 ZRAccepted Date:Sep 8, 2009
Project:Non-Residential BuildingSign
Description:PUBLIC – PRELIMINARY PROJECT REVIEW, Due Date is 06-OCT-09, >>Proposed 10′ x 40′ illuminated, third party ground sign on site of existing commercial building.
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43 Junction Rd work work in last mths then in the last 25 years

Massive word is taking place at at 43 Junction Road. The old production system building  next to the Silos are being renovated.

The exterior of the building has  had the windows re configured (made smaller) . The brick has been repaired and painted, a number of businesses have moved in.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Mulock Avenue Residents' Association Meeting

Mulock Avenue Residents' Association Meeting

The Mulock Avenue Residents' Association will be holding a meeting on Thursday, July15th at 7:00pm.
At the meeting we will be electing an executive and discuss what we as residents feel are some of the important issues facing our neighbourhood, as well as other organizational business.

Please RSVP to if you plan on attending the meeting so we can let you know where the meeting will be held and send you an agenda. If you feel a specific item should be added to the agenda, please let us know.
*Note: As this is a “residents’ association” this meeting is only open to those residing on Mulock Avenue or one of its neighbouring streets.

Hope to see you there!

all images from their site!

JRA meeting this week

The next JRA members meeting will be held on Thursday, July 8th, at 7pm at the West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas Street West.

Agenda items include: Community feedback on the Toronto Police Service 11 Division site, ratify a new JRA position (Membership Coordinator), updates on the Vine Park, Junction Yard Sale and the October municipal election.

Renew your JRA Membership.  Join us on July 8th and renew your JRA membership for the nominal fee of $10.  Your membership fee helps the JRA with operational costs, community donations and gives you a vote on important JRA issues.

Don’t forget we broadcast our meetings live on our website.  Go to and press play on the JRATV box on the left side below Latest Activity

Transit, Politics blog on Transit, Politics talks about the Junction and Go Transit


GO was so preoccupied with opposition in Weston that it failed to take account of the quickly growing population around the rail corridor south of West Toronto Junction.  Aside from the question of daily train movements, GO further alienated residents with a proposal for the Strachan Avenue grade separation that would have created a major barrier within the new King West / Liberty Village community.  This matter was not resolved until intervention by Metrolinx and a compromise solution acceptable to the City of Toronto was adopted.

GO runs popular services, and as a provincial agency it is used to getting more or less what it wants.  Public participation and accommodation have not been GO’s strong suits.

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