The next Junction Residents Association Community Meeting is on Wednesday, Feb. 8th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W. All are welcome.
Wanted: WordPress Developer. The JRA is looking for a paid/volunteer WordPress website developer to help us upgrade the current JRA website.
Duties include: theme selection, transitioning from the old site to the new site; migrating archived files; updating graphics, add photo upload tool, posts and comments widget, etc. It’s a great opportunity for someone who likes to dabble in media and communications to assist us in modernizing a popular community asset – the website. You will receive guidance and assistance for the project wherever and whenever you require.
We can discuss in advance any remuneration requirements you may have and receive approval from the JRA Executive before the project begins. If this task sounds up your alley and you want to join a fun group of people who love their neighbourhood, please contact the JRA at email@example.com today!
The Junction Farmers Market is accepting applications from vendors for the 2017 season until February 28. Click here for application details.
Runnymede Public Library is closed for 4 to 5 months for renovations. The book drop will be closed during the renovation. Swansea and Annette branches will have extended open hours beginning on Monday, January 30. During the closure, holds can be picked up at Annette branch. Programs will continue to be offered at nearby library branches. Click here for more information.
Looking for information about new developments in the Junction? Check the JRA website.
Upcoming Events in the Junction Area
Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
Music and Dance in the Canadian Fur Trade Era 1760-1840
Wed, Feb. 1 | Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Avenue | 7:30 pm
With guest speaker Daniel Laxer. A native of Alberta, Daniel studied history and music at the University of Alberta and York University, before moving on to the University of Toronto, where he completed the PhD programme in 2015. His talk will highlight his studies of Canada’s music and dance centred around the fur-trade era. Daniel is also an accomplished fiddle player, and he will perform some traditional music associated with the time period. (Learn More)
Researching your house: discovering the history of your home
Thurs, Feb. 2 | Annette Public Library, Lower Level | Doors at 6:00 pm
Presented by volunteers of the West Toronto Junction Historical Society Archives. The most common question WTJHS receives is “Can you tell me about my house?” This presentation will provide all details you need. Both high tech and low tech methods will be shared. There will also be an opportunity to visit the WTJHS Archives. The Archives will open at 6 pm. The meeting room doors open at 6:30 pm. Social Time 7:00 pm, Business Meeting at 7:30 pm, Presentation at 8:00 pm. You are welcome to bring along your mobile devices and / or computer so that you can join in on the fun and take advantage of the Annette Street Library WIFI to get started. (Learn More)
Artist Talk with Laura Findlay
Sat, Feb. 4 | Zalucky Contemporary, 3044 Dundas St W | 11:00 am
Area residents are invited to a 15-minute talk about the current exhibition Messengers which features new work by Toronto-based artist Laura Findlay. Complimentary coffee will be served at this free event.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. (Learn More)
Historic Cooking Demonstrations
Sat, Feb. 4 | Montgomery’s Inn | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Come see how Mrs. Montgomery would have cooked at the Inn in the 19th century, over the hearth in our historic kitchen. Volunteer historic cooks will be making 19th-century recipes with puff pastry, a meat pie, old-fashioned pea soup and some biscuits, all cooked on the hearth. Derby Cakes, a classic 19-century recipe, will be available to sample. Admission: Free with regular admission to the Inn. (Learn More)
Great War Cooking Demonstrations
Tues, Feb. 7 | Montgomery’s Inn | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Culinary Historians of Canada are off to France for the in April where they will be demonstrating recipes of the Great War. Join them in our Historic Kitchen as they try out dishes from the home front and field kitchens and setting up a small cooker (sterno) for a World War One Mess Tin to explore how soldiers cooked in the trenches. There may even been some samples to taste! Free with regular admission to the Inn. (Learn More)
Unconventional Ways to Save Money
Thurs, Feb. 9 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Consumer expert Kerry Taylor, shares how she convinced millions of people to embrace a life of thrift by reflecting on our disposable lifestyle, impulsive spending habits, and by challenging conventional views on accumulating wealth. Moving from the city to a rural organic farm changed her perspective on money, and she explains why saving is about more than balancing a budget. Kerry Taylor is also a Globe and Mail personal finance columnist, a contributor on CBC’s On The Money, and Canada’s top money blogger. Her website Squawkfox.com was voted Canada’s best money blog by Globe and Mail readers. Presented as part of Toronto Public Library’s Personal Finance program series. Free program. Drop in only. For more information contact the branch. (Learn More)
Constituency Hours with Councillor Doucette
Fri, Feb. 10 | Annette Public Library | 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Councillor Doucette holds local constituency hours in libraries throughout the ward, by appointment only. Please call 416-392-4072 to make arrangements.
Ageing Well: A Public Education Day to Support Healthy Ageing
Sat, Feb. 11 | Ryerson University | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
This full-day event will feature six lectures from health professionals and subject matter experts. Ageing Well will focus on providing useful information we can use to stay healthy and add more life to our later years! Presented by The Walnut Foundation, in partnership with Sinai Health System’s Healthy Ageing and Geriatrics Program, the LIFE Institute, Programs for 50+ and Community Engagement at the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, and the National Institute on Ageing (NIA) at Ryerson University. Held in the Engineering Lecture Room (ENG103), George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, Ryerson University, 245 Church Street, Toronto. $40.00 registration fee applies. (Learn More)
How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change: Free screening
Tues, Feb. 14 | Annette Public Library | 6:00 – 8:15 pm
Join Green 13 for a free screening and discussion of the acclaimed documentary by Oscar nominated director Josh Fox (Gasland; Gasland II) as he travels the globe to meet with global climate change “warriors” who are committed to reversing the tide of global warming. Funny, tragic, inspiring and enlightening, the film examines the intricately woven forces that threaten the stabilitiy of the planet and the lives of its inhabitants. Although it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences of climate change, this film inspires hope by focusing on what climate change can’t destroy. (Learn More)
Blood Donor Clinic
Fri, Feb. 17 | Annette Community Recreation Centre, 333 Annette St.
Organized by Canadian Blood Services. Please pre-register online. (Learn More)
Recurring events in the Junction Area
Wed, Feb 1 & 8 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 3:30 – 4:30 pm
For youth ages 15-29. Hosted by the Learning Enrichment Foundation. Registration required. Please call 416-394-1014 for more information and to register.
- Feb. 1: How to write a resumé and a cover letter. This workshop will help you understand the different styles of resumes, what you should include on a resume to get an employer’s attention, capture their interest, promote your most desirable skills and motivate them to take action by inviting you to an interview. (Learn More)
- Feb. 8: Interview Skills. Learn how to confidently present yourself in an interview and positively describe your skills and experience in order to get the job. (Learn More)
Market Days at Mongomery’s Inn
Every Wednesday | Montgomery’s Inn | 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Get fresh-baked bread, cheese, meats, and produce at this weekly farmers market. Museum tours are free during market hours. (Learn More)
Fret Not Ukulele Night
Thurs, Feb. 2 | Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W | 6:00-9:00 pm.
Come and sing, laugh and make music at this monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Beginners welcome! Bring your use or borrow one from the host. Fee may apply. Repeats on the first Thursday of every month. (Learn More)
Saturdays except Feb, 18. | Annette Public Library | 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Re-discover yourself through a series of writing exercises and journal entries. Participate in interactive lessons, “free writes”, discussion, and creative writing. Participants do not have to share their work if they so choose, nor will it be judged. Open to all ages, teen to adult to senior (no children). No prior writing experience necessary. Participants just need to bring pen and paper. (Learn More)
Tea Time at the Inn
Sundays | Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W. | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Special weekly tea in our community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate, with a seasonal feature. $7.00 plus HST. No reservation required. (Learn More)
High Park Walks
First and third Sundays | 10:30 am-12 noon
Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park. All ages welcome. Dogs on leash only, please. (Learn More)
- Feb. 5: The Naked Trees of Winter – A Toronto Urban Forester shows how trees survive winter and how to identify them.
- Feb. 19: First Signs of Spring – Toronto Field Naturalists’ Bob Kortright explores spring awakening.
Junction Reads & Writes
Sun, Feb. 19 | Famous Last Words, 392 Pacific Ave. | 5:00 pm
B.D. Ferguson, Lisa de Nikolits, Bianca Lakoseljic, Marissa Stapley and Zoe Whittall are featured at this monthly prose reading series. (Learn More)
Thurs, Feb. 23 | Montgomery’s Inn | 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Held on the last Thursday of every month, this event offers live traditional music, beverages and stew by firelight in the Inn’s restored 1847 barroom. (Learn More)
Tues, Feb. 28 | Annette Public Library | 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
One hour community yoga class with Caitlin on the last Tuesday evening of the month for free. This class is designed for all levels beginner and advanced practitioners alike. All you need is a mat, water bottle. Call 416-393-7692 for any questions. (Learn More)
Events for Teens
The Space – Youth Drop In
Every Monday | St. John’s Anglican Church, 288 Humberside Ave. | 3:00 – 6:00 pm.
Weekly drop-in program for area youth. Check website for more details. (Learn More)
Events for Children and Families
The Westside’s Story’s 2017 Local Day Camp Fair
Sun, Feb. 5 | Pinot’s Palette, Pinot’s Palette, 2866 Dundas St. W | 11am to 3 pm
Come talk to day camp representatives to find out more about local camps. Get a jump on March Break and Summer plans. (Learn More)
Afternoon at the Movies
Fri, Feb. 17 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Looking for something to do on your P.A. Day? Come and watch a fun movie at the library! We will be watching the 2016 live action version of Disney’s “The Jungle Book”. This movie is rated PG. No registration required. Groups must call ahead to check space availability. (Learn More)
The World of Bees
Sat, Feb. 18 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 1:00 – 2:30 pm
The authors of “The World Inside and Around a Beehive” book series invite aspiring beekeepers of all ages to this free information session on starting a small scale home apiary. Registration is required. Please call 416-394-1014 to register. (Learn More)
Family Day at Montgomery’s Inn
Mon, Feb. 20 | Montgomery’s Inn | 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Bring the family to Montgomery’s Inn for an Irish Ceilidh! Maureen O’Leary of Maureen’s Reel Irish Dancing will teach a dance workshop and then host a ceilidh at 2 and 3:30 p.m. Join the cooks in the historic kitchen while they prepare tasty treats over the fire, try your hand at the traditional French Canadian lumberjack dancing man and learn to play the spoons with our resident fiddler at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Drop-in activities, including historic games, crafts, food and music. Free with regular admission to the Inn. No pre-registration required. (Learn More)
The World Inside & Around a Beehive
Recurring events for children and families
Sat, Feb. 25 | Annette Public Library | 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Authors of “The World Inside & Around a Beehive” invite aspiring beekeepers of all ages to the free information session on starting a small scale home apiary. Learn about to manage bees for the best result and about the many direct benefits of beekeeping: from environmental to household items like royal jelly, propolis, beeswax etc. For more information call 416-393-7692. (Learn More)
Poetry Saved Our Lives: Mondays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Join award winning spoken word champion, Ian Keteku, as he leads a spoken word workshop this fall. The workshop will provide youth with mentorship and artistic development opportunities, while allowing them to showcase their artistic poetic talent and develop their leadership skills. Come out and work with some of the finest young poets the city has to offer, and showcase your talent.
Preschool Time: Tuesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Stories, songs, rhymes and crafts for children age 3 – 5 years with their parents or caregivers. No registration required.
Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Annette Street Library, from 10:30 -11:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required.
Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required.
Living and Learning with Baby: Fridays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. This is a FREE parenting program provided by Toronto Public Health for parents with infants aged 6 weeks to 6 months. Topics covered: adjusting to parenthood, infant nutrition, growth and development, caring for a sick child, keeping your child safe and community resources. Please register by calling 416-338-7600.
Family Nature Walks: First and third Saturdays, from 1:30 – 3:00 pm. All walks meet at the High Park Nature Centre at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive unless special instructions are given.
- Sat, Feb. 4 – The Sleeping Skeletons of High Park – Come explore High Park’s “Sleeping Skeletons” such as our majestic Oaks, hardy Maples and whimsical Willows. Learn how to ID trees during their winter dormancy by studying their buds, twigs and bark
- Sat, Feb. 18 – Trekking and Tracking – Brush up on your tracking skills by exploring signs of animals in High Park. Learn to identify shelters, tracks, scat, and more!
More programs for kids: Annette St. Library | Jane/Dundas Library
Clubs in the Junction Area
Digital Camera Club: Bring your camera, pictures and videos (bring yours on a thumb drive). Questions and answers. Guest speakers. Tutorials: how to take photos and video. Camera settings explained. Outings: shooting in the field – like High Park. Questions: 416-604-3359. Next meeting: Tues. Feb, 21 at Annette Library, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
High Park Natural Environment Committee: The NEC advises the City of Toronto on the protection and restoration of the natural features of High Park.
High Park Speakers (Toastmasters): Meets Thursdays from 6:15-8:00 pm, at Annette Library, downstairs. Guests are welcome at 6:05 for orientation.
Junction Residents Association: Representing residents living between Keele, Humberside/ Quebec/ Annette, Runnymede, and south of the railroad tracks. Membership in the JRA is just $10.
Junction Seniors: Meets Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 am at Agora Cafe (3015 Dundas St. W.) and Fridays 2:00-3:00 pm at Pascal’s (2904 Dundas St. W.).
Parkdale- High Park Rotary Club: Meets Thurs. mornings, Grenadier Café in the heart of High Park, 7:30 am. The Rotary Club of Parkdale-High Park is one of 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and regions, forming a network of community service around the world. We are a welcoming, friendly and fun-loving group of men and women from different backgrounds, age groups, cultures and occupations. If you want to be part of a global network of community volunteers, then Rotary is for you. Breakfast is available for $3.99.
Scottish Country Dancing Group: Meets Wednesday evenings at Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Road, 7:15-9:15 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Call Dorothy Lothian, 416-762-5037 or Barbara Kalmuk, 416 766-3879 for more information.
Shout Sister Choir (Toronto SW chapter): Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, Roncesvalles United Church, 240 Roncesvalles Ave. St. All-woman choir practices each week, welcomes new members continuously. Director: Kara Santokie. No audition or music reading is required, varied repertoire (Motown, folk, etc.). Attend a practice without obligation.
Swansea Horticultural Society: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor). Meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month. For more information, call Beverly Donnelly, 416-766-8852.
Toronto Debating Society: Alternate Tuesdays, Swansea Town Hall, 7:30-9:30 pm. A group of people interested in words, ideas & the power of quick thinking. This non-profit public community organization meets from Sep. to May. Attendance is always free.
- Tues, Feb. 7: Warranties are a Waste of Money
Toronto Marine Historical Society: The Toronto Marine Historical Society was founded about 50 years ago and is still going strong. Its function is to research and record the history of commercial vessels that plied the Great Lakes and adjacent waters in years past and in the present. The focus is on cargo ships of all kinds, passenger vessels, tugboats, and indeed anything that could float and had a commercial purpose. The highlight of each meeting is an illustrated presentation that deals with an aspect of Great Lakes shipping. Meets the first Saturday of Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec at Swansea Town Hall, 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, Feb. 4. Topic is Soo River Company.
Toronto Swing Dance Society: Meets monthly on Fridays at Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W from 7:30 pm to midnight. Monthly dances for all ages. No experience or partner needed. $10 fee/ $5 for members.
West Toronto Junction Historical Society: A volunteer organization formed by a group of local residents to learn about and preserve the history of the Junction, and to get involved in local planning issues. Next meeting is Thurs, Feb. 2.
West Toronto Masonic Temple: The West Toronto Masonic Temple was built in 1908 by 3 local Masonic groups: Stanley Lodge, Victoria Lodge and Shekinah Chapter. Their members consisted of many of the Railway workers, local merchants and Government leaders of the community. Notable members were the Heintzam brothers (of piano fame), James Ellis (prominent local architect) and GW Clendenan. Prior to 1908, the members met at Kilburn Hall at Dundas and Heintzman. Today there are 12 Masonic groups that hold their meeting at the building. The ground floor is a banquet faciility used by members and the community. Masons are a fraternity with roots in England circa 1720. To become a member, tour the building or use the banquet room contact John Breakey.
Your Next Read Book Club: Meets the first Wednesday of each month at Jane/ Dundas Library at 7:00 pm. Copies of the book are available to borrow starting one month prior to each club meeting. Next meeting: Wed. Feb, 1.
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