Toronto’s secret Viking heritage

The Vikings probably aren’t the first people who leap to mind when you think of Toronto’s heritage. After all, we’re... Read More

The guy Toronto was originally named after — and his big sex scandal

This column towers above the city of London, England in one of the prominent spots in town. It’s at the top of some stairs just... Read More

Toronto’s Great Dead Monkey Project — or, Mabel the Swimming Wonder Monkey

The details of the story vary wildly from one source to another. In fact, there are two completely different versions of the tale... Read More

The Canadian military occupation of Iceland — a strange tale from World War II

Iceland didn’t want any part of the Second World War. It was all tiny and defenseless and alone out there in the north Atlantic... Read More

England loved the Group of Seven before Canadians did

This is Entrance to Halifax Harbour. It was painted by the Group of Seven’s A.Y. Jackson right at the very end of the First... Read More

The story behind the sakura cherry blossoms of High Park

It all started in Japan more than a thousand years ago. People of the Imperial Court began to hang out under cherry trees every... Read More

An apocalypse in the Beaches — William Kurelek’s nightmare visions

He was, in a lot ways, something of a Canadian stereotype. He was born in a shack on the Prairies during the winter of 1927. He grew... Read More

The long-lost chestnut trees of University Avenue

It’s hard to believe, but that is a photo of University Avenue in downtown Toronto. Today, this stretch of road is... Read More

Toronto’s greatest second baseman ever (isn’t who you think it is)

When you ask Google who the greatest second baseman of all-time was, a few names pop up. Rogers Hornsby is a popular pick, a star for... Read More

A bird’s-eye tour of the foot of Bathurst Street in the 1950s

This is what the foot of Bathurst Street looked like in the 1950s. It was a brand new intersection back then; this land didn’t even... Read More