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

“Fun and frolic” at a Toronto double hanging

“The morning broke dark and gloomy, and with the first faint streaks of early dawn the workmen were industriously employed in... 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

The transformer next door

The lights are on but there’s no-one home at 640 Millwood Rd. The two-storey suburban home near Bayview and Eglinton doesn’t exactly... 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 is a geologic force: the Lost Rivers guide to the PATH system

Last month, I joined a Lost Rivers walk within the PATH system. Typically engaged with tracing the routes of buried creeks within... Read More

Welcome to your private nuclear fallout shelter

In 1959, the builders of Regency Acres, a 700-home subdivision in Aurora, Ontario, offered something no other homebuilder in the... 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

Exploring “downtown” Centreville in the winter: A ghost town in more ways than one

At the peak of it’s population in the 1950s, homes, cottages, and mansions lined the entirety of Toronto Island from... 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