Junction Craft Brewing Meeting

Councillor Frances Nunziata and Junction Craft Brewing will be holding a public meeting on October 29 to discuss the brewery’s proposal to allow for a tasting and purchasing area at their new facility on Cawthra Avenue. The brewery is an interesting development as an example of a craft industry potentially bringing new vitality to this historic mixed-use area. It is reusing part of the former Canada Bread industrial bakery complex and seems to exemplify Jane Jacobs’ adage that “new ideas must use old buildings”. Such areas have unfortunately too often seen redevelopment exclusively in the form of residential projects out of step with its history or suburban-style retail plazas comprised of big-box stores with much of the land dedicated only to parking. The meeting represents an opportunity to address practical concerns that may arise from the operations of such a facility and to see that it integrates well into our neighbourhood.

Junction Craft Brewing Meeting
October 29, 2012 at 7 PM
90 Cawthra Avenue

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Padrone Italiano: Italian Heritage of St. Clair – West Toronto

Photographic Survey Corp, 1956The highly-industrialized and historic meatpacking district along St. Clair Avenue West anchored by the Ontario Stock Yards is seen in this aerial photo looking northeast from just east of Symes Road in 1956. Source: Photographic Survey Corporation (via the City of Toronto Archives).

Ian Wheal will be leading a heritage walk here in West Toronto on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2 PM. Beginning at the corner of Keele Street and St. Clair Avenue West near where the main gate to the Ontario Stock Yards was once located, the walk will go down St. Clair towards Lambton. Participants are welcome to stay for as much of the walk as they’re interested in. It will explore the Italian Canadian history of the area, but will also cover the Stock Yards, packing houses, railways, businesses, and the history of food production in the area including bread and even wine.

The walk will focus on the era between 1871 and 1969. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the history of Toronto’s meatpacking district and the Ontario Stock Yards–a critical and fascinating part of West Toronto’s history. Ian Wheal is a member of the West Toronto Junction Historical Society. If you’d like to know more information about this interesting walk, leave a comment.

Padrone Italiano: Italian Heritage of St. Clair – West Toronto
May 20, 2012, 2:00 PM
Southwest corner of Keele Street and St. Clair Avenue West

Padrone Italiano: Italian Heritage of St. Clair – West Toronto

Canada Packers in view, Archives of Ontario - Canada Packers Collection, 1960An aerial photo shows the highly-industrialized and historic meatpacking district along St. Clair Avenue West from Symes Road in the foreground (on left) to Keele Street (just out of view at the top right edge), anchored by the Ontario Stock Yards in 1960. Source: Archives of Ontario – Canada Packers Collection.

Ian Wheal will be leading a heritage walk here in West Toronto on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2 PM. Beginning at the corner of Keele Street and St. Clair Avenue West near where the main gate to the Ontario Stock Yards was once located, the walk will go down St. Clair towards Lambton. Participants are welcome to stay for as much of the walk as they’re interested in. It will explore the Italian Canadian history of the area, but will also cover the Stock Yards, packing houses, railways, businesses, and the history of food production in the area including bread and even wine.

The walk will focus on the era between 1871 and 1969. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the history of Toronto’s meatpacking district and the Ontario Stock Yards–a critical and fascinating part of West Toronto’s history. Ian Wheal is a member of the West Toronto Junction Historical Society. If you’d like to know more information about this interesting walk, leave a comment.

Padrone Italiano: Italian Heritage of St. Clair – West Toronto
May 20, 2012, 2:00 PM
Southwest corner of Keele Street and St. Clair Avenue West

Holiday Train in the upper Junction

On Tuesday, November 29, the Canadian Pacific Railway’s Holiday Train will once again make a stop in our neighbourhood, the only stop in the city of Toronto. The brightly lit up freight train is an impressive sight for all ages, but the event is especially great for kids who get an up close view of an impressive train and with family-oriented live music. The goal is to raise money and collect food in the fight against hunger, so bring canned goods and other food items listed here if possible.

The location has changed from the former intermodal yard beside the parking lot of George Bell Arena. This year, it will be stopping at 750 Runnymede Road in front of the railway’s Lambton Yard office. It’s a short walk from anywhere in the upper Junction. Parking is available at the Walmart beside the office. Transit users may take the 71 and 79 bus routes which originate from Runnymede subway station and get off at Runnymede and St. Clair, then walk south towards the railway underpass. The entrance to the yard is just before the underpass, and is next to the Walmart plaza. The 40 Junction route goes to the loop at Dundas and Runnymede, and riders can get off there and walk north, through the underpass. The yard entrance is on the left. Those taking the 30 Lambton bus will likewise get off at Dundas and Runnymede and walk north through the underpass on the west sidewalk of Runnymede.

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, website
November 29, 2011, 6:15 PM
750 Runnymede Road, in front of CP Lambton yard office

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