Find buzz and community on Kingston road

Located in the Upper Beach community, historic Kingston Road has taken shape as a burgeoning neighbourhood bursting with local shops, entertainment and an overall feel of community. While Kingston Road is a part of the Beach community, the vibe remains as unique to the area atop the hill as the stores and people that reside […]

Michael is a cheerleader for his community

For a man whose name is recognizable as that of a leader in the East End community, it might surprise some to learn that Michael Rusek was not entirely excited to move to the area. At the time, four years ago, he and his now-husband, Eric, shared an apartment in Midtown, with Rusek commuting back […]

How a heart of gold led to a world of opportunity

Taking home the gold has a different meaning than most for 18-year-old Sara Upsher. Though she only just finished her first year of university at McMaster, the Beach resident has more volunteer hours under her belt than most adults – and has recently been given a gold medal for her work. The gold level Duke […]

Deja Views for May 30

This beautiful Queen Anne Revival Style home is nestled on Balsam Avenue, just north of Queen Street East. There are maybe 40 years separating the two images. Are you as happy as I am to see this house has kept its original style, with a turret and huge front-wrapping veranda? Do you have an old […]

“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 […]

Deja Views: May 16, 2017

This easterly view is Kew Gardens, of course! These two panoramas were taken eight years apart, nearly to the day in spring. It turned out to be a great juxtaposition, as if I knew the park was going to be renovated – but I must confess, I was just lucky. Do you have a photo […]

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 […]

Deja Views for May 2, 2017

What a difference a decade makes. These three images were shot in 2008, 2010 and 2017 on Wheeler Avenue, just a little north off Norway. There are a lot of opinions about the changing complexion of the Beach, but I’ll let my camera do the talking. P.S. While there are a lot of differences in […]

Deja Views for April 18, 2017

This archival photograph looks down the hill to the lake from Balsam Avenue, just south of Pine. It was taken in 1972 and the photographer is unknown. Would you like to be a known photographer in Beach Metro News? Please send an email to gdvandyke@gmail.com