How the CN Tower killed Toronto’s rooftop lookouts

There was a time when observation decks were all the rage in Toronto. The designers and developers of tall buildings like TD Centre... Read More

A.Y. Jackson paints for his life

It was 1916. The First World War was in full swing. And while men were dying in the trenches all around him, A.Y. Jackson was about to... Read More

In memory of the St. Lawrence Market canopy

In 2012, National Geographic ranked the St. Lawrence Market the best in the world. The vendors on both sides of Front Street were... Read More

William Lyon Mackenzie’s mission to London

It was 1832. William Lyon Mackenzie was fed up. He’d spent the last decade fighting for democratic reform in Upper Canada... Read More

A guide to recognizing Toronto’s five saints

Old Toronto was a city of saints. Their names were stitched into the fabric of the community by the first settlers from the British... Read More

Billy Bishop and the rich and famous

One spring day in 1916, Billy Bishop woke up in the hospital. He was in London, England. Today, the building overlooking Bryanston... Read More

Get Fortified: Grand opening of the Fort York Visitor Centre + fall 2014 issue of Fife and Drum

Lots of Fort York news this week. First, the long-awaited visitors centre opens this Friday Sept 19 at 1:30PM. This is followed by a... Read More

Mary Pickford’s nightmare honeymoon

It was 1920. Mary Pickford was the most famous woman in the world. She’d been born in Toronto in the late 1800s: on University... Read More

The Don Mills Curling Rink is a lost modernist gem

In aerial photos from the 1960s and 70s, the Don Mills Curling Rink looks like an bright white spaceship at the corner of Don Mills... Read More

The very first ride at the CNE

It all started back in the mid-1800s, as a relatively small provincial fair. The earliest version of the CNE was held in a field... Read More