I've heard several times that former Canadian heavyweight champion boxer George Chuvalo used to live in this neighbourhood, though I'm not sure exactly where. The Wikipedia article about him says, "Chuvalo grew up in The Junction district of west Toronto".
Anyway, something that caught my attention is that the Toronto Star's Photo Blog had a story about Chuvalo's interest in photography. His "King of good times" photo is fantastic, and heartbreaking.
His own life story is heartbreaking too.