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 […]

We tracked down East Danforth’s ‘Strolling Harmonica Man’

On the one hand, Michael Parker is exactly who one might picture when thinking about a strolling harmonica player – outgoing and jovial, his happy demeanor fits perfectly with the upbeat tunes he plays on his evening walks through the Danforth East neighbourhood. On the other hand, he doesn’t fit the mold at all. Sitting […]

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 […]