If you’re killing time in front of your computer while waiting for better weather to come, you might want to browse through the 185-page PDF bibliography of Toronto history published since 1990, compiled by City of Toronto Museums and Heritage Services. It features academic articles, novels, dissertations, government reports and biographies of prominent Torontonians and is divided into subject categories such as architecture, neighborhoods and transportation, along with a section devoted to “Social History – Parades, Street Festivals, Protests, Riots and Public Spaces.”
If one were to go by the selection available at Indigo, one might get the impression that there aren’t a whole lot of books out there about Toronto’s history. The comprehensive scope of the bibliography refutes that notion. There are more than a few gems to be found–most of which can be tracked down at the public library. Highlights include Taxinews columnist Peter McSherry’s Mean Streets: Confessions of a Nighttime Taxi Driver and the numerous public space essays by Queen’s Social Geography Professor Peter Goheen, including ‘Parading: A lively tradition in early Victorian Toronto.’
However, while looking through the bibliography I was reminded that there is still no definitive popular history of Toronto that is currently in print.