401 Then and Now

This photo of the newly completed 401 highway across Yonge Street looks very much as it does today with the current lack of traffic.


Perhaps one positive outcome is that people will re evaluate their need to use their cars as much as we did…

I’d like to see the neighbourhood milkman (person) make a comeback.



Masonic Mystery-Parkdale

I have to admit that this building at the corner of Queen and Dowling in Parkdale had me fooled….


I knew that this was the original location of the Parkdale Masonic Lodge but

has assumed that the original building had been replaced by the current one.

I was wrong…….


Here is the original building 1887. The building also housed Parkdale’s original high school for a couple of years.

The building had a short lifespan as a Lodge. By 1910 or so it was converted to apartments with the addition of two extra stories.

Closer examination reveals the details. Windows have been squared off and there’s

a small concrete/stone detail that indicates the original roof line.


Another view from 1915 or so. The commercial ground floor is a drug store and the Odeon Photo-Play theatre across the street.

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Parkdale 1912

Here’s a recently discovered photo. The N/E corner of Queen and Sorauren looking east along Queen.


As usual, there’s a lack of cars and an abundance of awnings.

J.Anderson Groceries is long gone but that building was a Ladies’ clothing  store during

the 80’s and is now Pete’s Corner Grill Restaurant. Good diner food and recommended.

I’m currently working on a PC so posting screen capture “now” photos is somewhat difficult as opposed to working on my Mac…..

Let’s see if this link works.


Montgomery’s Book Store


Located on the N/E corner of Queen Street East and Trefann Street in Cabbagetown, Montgomery’s was a very small local used bookstore. It did have one special feature.

Saturday was comic book day!

He had bins at the front with used comics at 3 for a quarter and then on Saturday morning would bring out the good stuff behind the counter.

We never had money for the good stuff, even though by today’s values they were ridiculously cheap.

I’m not sure how we found out about Montgomerys as we lived in Etobicoke. It may have been some other kid at school who told me. I was too young to go that far by myself so my Dad would drive us down.

Later we discovered the Acadia Bookstore (further west on Queen) and after that Captain George’s on Markham Street.

This photo from the early 80’s reveals several Omni magazines on display.

The location is now a real estate office.

Thanks Joseph…


Suzi Quatro and the Pleasue Seekers

Suzie Quatro and her sisters perform in Toronto in 1968 at

the Friars on Yonge Street.

Suzie and her sisters were from Detroit and their band was the pleasure Seekers.


Suzie went on to a solo career in England and was very successful.

She even appeared on Happy Days as Pinky Tuscadaro’s sister,

Leather Tuscadero.


Lost Parkdale

I haven’t posted anything in awhile and I apologise…

Here’s a photo of Gordy’s Restaurant in Parkdale circa 1946.

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This photo is courtesy of Rick S. who writes:

“My mother actually worked here as a waitress when she was in her twenties (in the 1940’s). She said they had good food, especially the pies. It was located at King, Queen, and Roncesvalles.”
This intersection was also known as Five Corners.


Our friend Steve Banks died a few years ago and one of the things we did in his honour was to plant a silver maple in Trinity Bellwoods Park.


The tree was doing very well and I stop by several times a year to check on it’s progress.

Last week I was shocked to find that someone had stripped ALL the bark from the trunk.


I have no idea who did this or why someone would vandalize a perfectly healthy tree.

It’s beyond saving and the city will have to cut it down.

This isn’t the first tree to be destroyed in the Park.


I’ve spoken to the city and they agree that this was deliberate and not some natural disease.

The city has promised to replace the tree.

Anyone with any information please contact me.

Steve was a good friend of ours and his memorial tree deserved respect.