Past Event: Thursday, November 3, 2011

The York Pioneer and Historical Society

with Audrey Fox, President, The York Pioneer and Historical Society.  For almost a century and half, the York Pioneers have worked to fulfill the founders’ goal  of “preserving the past for the future”.  Audrey plans to bring the scale model of Scadding Cabin, Toronto’s oldest house, usually housed at the CNE.

7:30 PM
Refreshments and Business Meeting

8:15 PM

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Past Event: Ann Birch: Scandal and Intrigue in Early Toronto

Thursday, February 2, 2012

7:30 PM
Refreshments and Business Meeting

8:15 PM


Ann Birch’s novel Settlement (Dundurn) provides readers with a story of scandal and political intrigue in early Toronto. English writer Anna Jameson arrives in the tiny settlement in November 1836. She finds herself in an alien world with women whose interests centre on gossip and their families. But as she begins to move into new adventures like sleigh-riding, she enters a new life. She also meets man-about-town Sam Jarvis (after whom Jarvis Street is named). But Jarvis has a loving wife, a pile of debts and a violent past. The story relates Anna and Sam’s growing attraction to each other and the settlement they finally reach.

Ann Birch will talk about her book at a meeting of the West Toronto Junction Historical Society on Thursday, February 2, 2011. She will offer a questionnaire on some of the research she had to do, and there will be a free copy of her novel for the winner.

To read an interview with Ann Birch on Settlement, click:

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Past Event: Deluxe Walking Tour: Tickling the Keys: the Heintzman Piano Company…Sunday, October 23, 2011, 2 PM

The Birches

One of the world’s most famous piano manufacturers was based in the Junction.  Follow in the footsteps of the Heintzman family and company employees during this 2 hour guided walking tour lead by members of the West Toronto Junction Historical Society. Starts at Annette Street Public Library at 2:00 p.m. Tickets $20, available at the local Junction sources below or by calling 416-763-3161.

Tour Tickets are available from:

  • Annette Street Public Library, 145 Annette Street
  • Ice Cream Junction, 3103 Dundas Street West
  • Pandemonium, 2862 Dundas Street West
  • Wise Daughters Craft Market, 3079B Dundas Street West
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Past Meeting…Thursday October 13, 2011

Legends of the Junction Salute Heintzman

Kicking off Heintzman Month with our renowned historical talk show, with special guests George Heintzman and members of the Heintzman family.

7:30 PM:  Refreshments
8:30 PM:  Presentation

Annette Library, 145 Annette Street, Lower Level, Committee Room 1

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Past Events: Junction Shul Centennial: A Hundred Years on Maria Street, a Walking Tour

Led by Neil Ross with Special Guests
Sunday, September 18, 11:30 and 1:00
Start Point: Maria and Runnymede, North East corner

More info at :

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Past Events

Community Festival September 10!

With the cancellation of the Junction Arts Festival, the Annette Street Public Library has stepped forward to fill the void – if only for one day- Saturday, September 10 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Head Librarian Pam Mountain decided to go ahead with her own festival of sorts – a community meet and greet on the library’s lawn.

“This will allow the neighbourhood to learn more about the library and its services,” says Mountain. “Various  groups promoting community activism and activities will also be part of the event. There will be plenty for both young and old to enjoy, including storytelling for kids and a comedy show.”

Police and fire departments will have a presence, and the WTJHS display will feature Heintzman materials, the unfurling of a newly rediscovered flag of West Toronto and the second issue of Justice in the Junction, the Life and Times of Josiah Royce. Come and join us, and if you would like, be part of the event by volunteering at our booth.

Schedule of Events at our Natural Ampitheatre,  1-4 pm

Welcome and Greetings – Neil Ross

Flag Ceremony for West Toronto Junction Historical Society (WTJHS)

Storytelling for Children with Pam, Annette Street Library

Graphic Book Launch (WTJHS)

Storytelling for Children with Ann, Annette Street Library

The Life of Minerva Reid read by Cara Reeves, WTJHS

Junction Comedy Workshop with Neil Ross and Terry Cowe

Sprit of the Junction – Saturday September 10, 1pm to 4pm
A retrospective of Reid Englishs’ work the” Spirit of the Junction”  be at the WTJHS tent on the lawn of the Library on Sept 10th and Latitude 44 will host some of his works, paintings and tools until the end of September. Some of Reid’s early works will on display in the window of the Early Years Centre until the end of the month.

Saturday, September 10 — BEER LAUNCH
Junction Craft Brewery brings local beer to the Junction as they launch their Conductor’s Ale in a celebration of beer and history.  Members of the West Toronto Junction Historical Society bring Legends of the Junction to life, joining JCB owner Tom Paterson in a night to be remembered.  We’ll begin at the railway platform on the north side of Dundas east of Pacific and walk to raise a glass at participating venues.  Every Conductor’s ale quaffed will provide a toonie for local history.  Meet at the railway platform at seven pm.

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Past Events

“Village of Murals”

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Linda Pedersen , Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Village of Islington , will give an illustrated talk on Toronto’s Village of Murals.

Art and history together in a riot of colour and imagery!

Refreshments & Business Meeting – 7:30 PM
Presentation – 8:30 PM

List of more fall upcoming events here

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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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