Deja Views for Sept. 5, 2017

Did you know that the Beach was used as a backdrop in the classic movie ‘The Black Stallion’? In this scene, the stallion escapes from a barn and runs through the neighbourhood – Kenilworth Avenue to be more precise. The critically-acclaimed movie was released in 1979, so my guess would be that this scene was […]

This one’s for you, soldiers of Dieppe

August 19 marked the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid but for some, this tragic day in history still feels like yesterday. Upper Beach resident Paul Ryan knows all too well how closely the pain of that day can be carried by those who lost their loved ones. His mother still has portraits of her […]

Deja Views for Aug. 22, 2017

This wonderful photograph of Kew Gardens was taken in the summer of 1984 by lifelong Beach resident Norton Woo. Like many of our readers, I am so happy to have this park in our midst. Thanks, Norton, for sharing your image. Do you have a photograph of the Beach you’d like to share? Please email […]

The man behind the Queen Street hiking sticks

This story was first published June 22, 2016. If you’ve found yourself on Queen Street just east of Ivan Forrest Gardens on a weekend, there’s a fair chance you’ve seen Robert Bertram on his balcony – and if you haven’t seen the man, you’ve likely seen the sticks and the sign. A handwritten sign noting […]

Deja Views for July 18, 2017

Witness a semi-detached house come undone – no pun intended. The view is on Pine Avenue between Willow and Beech Avenues. Do you have an old photograph you’d like to share with our readers? Please contact me at gdvandyke61@gmail.com.

When the ‘Wild West’ came to the Beach

Beachers love a parade. What a parade it was on August 22, 1885 when Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show wound its way from the city out to the Woodbine racetrack near the marshes of Ashbridge’s Bay. According to the Toronto Globe, “vast crowds lined the streets” and a great audience attended the three days of […]

Deja Views for June 27, 2017

This tower shot of the Donald D. Summerville Outdoor Olympic Pool was taken sometime in the ‘70s. Amazingly, the pool hasn’t changed much, but behind it, the Greenwood race track is a distant memory. It has been 24 years since a horse ran a lap. One thing I can’t understand in the image, is why […]