In Photos: Toronto Waterfront Marathon hits the Beach

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon crisscrossed the city Sunday, Oct. 22, boosting neighbourhoods and raising millions of dollars for charity. The annual race is the grand finale of the 7-race Canada Running Series, and the country’s flagship big-city running event. In the Beach, spectators lined up along Lakeshore and Queen East to cheer on the […]

Balmy Beach coach works to make paddling more inclusive

Some are shocked to learn they’ve won an award, others elated. Colleen Didur was hesitant to receive her Coaches Association of Ontario award. It’s not that the Balmy Beach Canoe Club coordinator wasn’t happy about the distinction. “I was a little bit hesitant to receive the award at first because I don’t necessarily think of […]

East Toronto dancers run with the Wolfpack

The Toronto Dance Company has been around for nearly 30 years offering dance lessons to children as young as three — but it was owner and artistic director Beth Gleeson who took it to the next level. Gleeson joined the Main and Danforth company, formerly known as Vital Precision Dance Company (VPDC), somewhat unexpectedly. Trained […]

In photos: Heatwave Beach Volleyball Tournament July 8 & 9

The 23rd Annual Heatwave Beach Volleyball and Beach Soccer Tournament held court at Ashbridges Bay and Woodbine Beach July 8 and 9. The event raises funds and awareness for childhood cancer research at the Hospital for SickChildren (SickKids). To date, the weekend volleyball events have raised more than $4 million for childhood cancer research. Heatwave […]

From the archives: Toronto Skateworks

Skateboarding pioneers have long carved out space for their sport in the East End. A January 26, 1988 front page Beach Metro News story details the entrepreneurial efforts of 19-year-old Perry Gladstone, founder of Toronto Skateworks on Danforth. Located at 2168 Danforth Ave., the facility was the first commercial indoor skate park east of the […]

Beauty of the Beach featured on Toronto marathon medals

Not that anyone’s keeping official count, but Beach photographer Erwin Buck has likely photographed the Leuty Lifeguard Station thousands of times over the years. “Thousands would come close, a million would be an exaggeration,” he said. “There are times when I have to stop myself from taking yet another picture of it. Yet, everything around […]