Next Meeting: The CCM Story

Thursday, April 5, 2012

7:30 PM
Refreshments and Business Meeting

8:15 PM
John McKenty is the author of Canada Cycle & Motor: The CCM Story which traces the history of this iconic Canadian company from its founding in 1899 to defend Canada’s bicycle industry against the invasion of American competition until its eventual demise in 1983.  The company was pivotal in the revival of Junction fortunes at the turn of the century.   More info at VintageCCM

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Upcoming Events

June, July, August 2011 : No regular WTJHS meetings, have a great summer!

Coming up in June…..

Heritage Toronto Walking Tour:

“West Toronto Junction

Saturday, June 25th — 10:00 AM

  • Leaders: WTJHS
  • Start Point: NW corner of Runnymede Rd. and Dundas St. W.
  • Finish Point: Keele St. and Dundas St. W.
  • Length: Approximately 2 Hours
  • Difficulty: Walk on sidewalks, some rough ground
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In the media: A previous meeting

Inside Toronto Article on Eric Veillette’s January WTJHS talk on Junction theatres.

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New! WTJHS Video Page

Check out our new Video Page and the latest Heintzman Month videos at WTJHS VIDEO

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More Great Upcoming WTJHS Events

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Canadian Aerospace Museum Eviction

If you’d like more information, or care to sign a petition supporting the recently about-to-be evicted Canadian Aerospace Museum, take a look at:

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Past Meeting: Winter Social

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Our Christmas/Solstice Social.  Come and make some history!

7:30 PM:  Refreshments, Auction, and Reminiscences:

Talking Circle: Cowboys and Cattle in the Junction
Mingling Music: Isaias Garcia’s The Junction Suite
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Past Meeting: History Online

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Gary Blakely -photo by Robert Lansdale

7:30 PM

Refreshments and Business Meeting

8:15 PM

Photographer Gary Blakeley is the inventor of the Zeitag phone app which pinpoints a location on an interactive city map of Toronto and displays historical photographs nearby from forty, fifty, or a hundred years ago. WTJHS has provided Gary with several Junction archival images which can now be viewed online.

More info on Zeitag & Mr. Blakely:

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Legends of the Junction Salute Heintzman: Sunday November 20th, 3:30 PM

Coming up at Heintzman Place !

The West Toronto Junction Historical Society presents a historical talk show recreating the grand days of the Heintzman Piano Factory once on the site of Heintzman Place.  We will meet the legendary characters that created the Junction as a village, town and then a city before it joined Toronto.  See why WTJHS is one of the most innovative and exciting historical societies in the city — and meet descendants of the Heintzman family with personal memories of the piano dynasty.

Sunday, Nov 20, 3:30 pm, in the Multi-Purpose room at 60 Heintzman St. following the Heintzman Place Board of Directors Meet and Greet event.

Check out this video preview excerpt from a WTJHS Heintzman month meeting:

[With much thanks to Andrew Brown for the video, and of course to Tom and George Heintzman]

and some video from our latest Heintzman walking tour:


[Again thanks to Andrew Brown for the video]

and,  Junction History Mash-Up performed by Humberside CI students to the music of Isaias Garcia’s Junction Suite, featuring the Heintzman Concerto for Imaginary Pianos:


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CPR Holiday Train Junction Visit

- Canadian Pacific image

Today, rain or shine!

The goal of the Holiday Train is
to collect food and money for local food banks and to raise awareness in the fight against hunger. At each event, the Holiday Train provides a box car stage, a line up of great musical talents 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.

Tuesday, November 29 6:15 p.m.,
Note New Location: 750 Runnymede Rd, in front of CP Lambton yard office, parking only in Walmart lot [Runnymede south  of St. Clair, entrance opposite Ryding Ave.]

More info:   CPR Holiday Train

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Past Meeting: the Junction Theatre District

Thursday, January 5, 2012:

7:30 PM
Refreshments and Business Meeting

8:15 PM
Film historian, journalist and Junction resident Eric Veillette delves into one of the most fascinating stories in the Junction history: the five theatres that grew into a theatre district after the town shut down its bars. Return with us now to the heyday of the Mavety, the Crystal, the Wonderland, the Crescent and the grandest lady of them all, the Beaver.

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