“Just walking is an amazing thing”

Matt Coverly didn’t have an easy start in this world. He was only four years old when he experienced his first run-in with death – he was eating a chocolate peanut brownie in kindergarten one afternoon when he suddenly went from being excited to asphyxiated. But the same near-death experience that brought to the surface […]

Canada 150 sings a song of opportunity

With Canada’s sesquicentennial fast approaching, many artists, playwrights and musicians have been hard at work in preparation. That’s certainly the case for one creative Beacher. For Alex Eddington, Canada’s 150th birthday has meant the opportunity of a career – the chance to compose a piece of music for a professional orchestra. “I was actually approached […]

Warm welcome for new Canadian

Grinning from ear to ear in front of his workplace, the Top Valu gas station on Kingston Road, Tanzanian-born Shehzada Mazherali Kassamali might be a familiar face for many drivers in the neighbourhood. But on a recent day in April, he’s smiling for a special reason. Holding his Canadian citizenship certificate in his hands, he […]

Deja Views for April 4, 2017

Major additions began to be made to what is now known as Malvern Collegiate Institute in 1922, around the time this archival photograph was taken. The photographer is unknown. In the mid-sixties, the main building was closed for two years as it was modernized and renovated, and the library wing in the front was added […]

Dig into Beach Hill

The Woodbine Avenue and Gerrard Street East intersection sits in the Beach Hill pocket overlooking the Beach area to the south and the sparkling lights of the downtown core to the west. The bustling Danforth strip is a short distance away to the north. Part of a tight-knit community, the area is marked by Edwardian […]

Deja Views for March 21, 2017

This delightful house is located on Kippendavie Avenue, very close to the park. It was photographed sometime in the ‘70s by an unknown photographer. Do you have a photo you’d like to share? Email me at gdvandyke61@gmail.com.

Exploring the weight of William Kurelek’s legacy

This year is the 40th anniversary of the death of William Kurelek, who lived with his family at 175 Balsam Avenue. During the 1960s and ‘70s you could often find his artwork hanging in the homes of his neighbours. Some were gifts and others he bartered for services. My family lived across the road. We […]