A Toronto historical map of London, England

Toronto has a deeper connection to London, England than it does to almost any other city in the world. After all, our entire country... Read More

UrbSanity: Brutal heritage

Ottawa Public Library, photo by Sheldon DeFilippi Brutalist architecture is like the blind date who has a great personality. And we... Read More

EVENTS – Restoring Community: Documentary and Discussion of Sustainability, Heritage and Community

WHEN: Wednesday, February 4, 6:30 – 8 pm WHERE: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street ADMISSION: Tickets $12/ $8 with valid student ID... Read More

Our Missing Heritage: What were we thinking? – Part 3

I came across this photo of downtown Vancouver in 1924 while I was playing on the Vancouver Archive’s site recently. It took me... Read More

The great Toronto bridge swap of 1928

The Canadian Pacific Railway had two 243-ton problems in early 1928. Its two newest and most powerful locomotives were due to be ready... Read More

Sir John A. Macdonald, drunk and in flames

It’s one of the best-known facts in all of Canadian history: our first Prime Minister drank. Like, a lot. Sir John A. Macdonald... Read More

The horror of the Rupert Hotel fire still lingers

The fire had been burning out of control at the Rupert Hotel for 17 minutes before someone called 911. As flames and acrid smoke... Read More

Throwback Thursday: Richelieu Hotel

The Vancouver Art Gallery hosted an exhibit titled “Grand Hotels” which explored how hotels have evolved from what they... Read More

The grim history of the Ku Klux Klan in Toronto

Two men in hooded Ku Klux Klan uniforms flash Nazi salutes on a porch. Beside them, a woman with “white power” tattooed crudely across... Read More

The day the sun turned blue above Toronto

The first sign of the apocalypse came on a Saturday night in the early autumn of 1950. It was a little after 9 o’clock... Read More