A tour of Toronto’s skyline in the summer of 1930

The summer of 1930. It was the beginning of a difficult decade for Toronto, along with much of the rest of the world. The Great... Read More

Marcel Duchamp and John Cage play musical chess in Toronto

On a cold winter’s night in 1968, a phone rang in an apartment on Spadina Road. The man who answered it was Lowell Cross, an... Read More

A Toronto statue from the graveyard of the British Empire

Our story ends in Toronto, but it starts nearly 12,000 kilometers away: in India, at a place called Coronation Park. It’s a... Read More

Toronto’s rebel-fighting Freemason, William Jarvis

There’s a spot right in the middle of London, England, with a long-forgotten connection to the history of Toronto. It’s on the Strand... Read More

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

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 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

The giant prehistoric beavers of the Don Valley Brick Works

Meet the giant beaver. It’s one of the largest rodents to have ever walked the earth: as much as seven feet long and more than 200... Read More

Two Toronto nurses and one of the most terrible nights of the First World War

One dark night in the summer of 1918, the HMHS Llandovery Castle was steaming through the waters of the North Atlantic. She was far... Read More

The first (almost) Canadian President

There’s a small town on the very western edge of England, not far from the River Severn, which marks the border with Wales. It’s... Read More