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

How Toronto helped break up The Beatles

At first, no one believed it was really happening. It sounded too good to be true. The Toronto Rock ‘N’ Rock Revival Show... Read More

Down at Fraggle Rock… in Yorkville — The Muppets take Toronto

It all started in 1981 at the Hyde Park Hotel in London, England. Jim Henson was there with some of his writers and puppeteers. For... Read More

Toronto hearts Stalingrad — “adopting” the Soviet city during WWII

It was the summer of 1942 and things were looking good for Hitler. The Nazis had already swept across Europe; now they were pushing on... Read More

Lee’s Palace before it was Lee’s Palace — the roots of Toronto’s famous music venue

This is what Lee’s Palace looked like when it first opened, nearly 100 years ago. It was the spring of 1919 — the first few... Read More

Elizabeth Simcoe’s 1794 nightmare — the story behind one of Toronto’s first recorded dreams

Toronto was founded in a troubled time. It was the summer of 1793 when the first British soldiers showed up to clear the forest and... Read More

Toronto in 1851 — a snapshot of the booming city at the dawn of a new age

In 1851, the year this painting was painted, Toronto was beginning to boom. It had been less than 60 years since the first British... Read More

The Torontonian roots of Doctor Who — the Canadian behind the legendary TV show

Doctor Who turned 50 years old over the weekend. The Guinness Book of World Records calls it the most successful science-fiction... Read More