Monthly Archives: June 2015

Happy Canada Day — Ashbridge’s Bay fireworks July 1, 2015

fireworks Victoria Day

Canada Day Fireworks
Wed. July 1st, after 9:30 pm
Ashbridge’s Bay Park, Coxwell and Lakeshore
City of Toronto
(The city’s website says it starts at 10 p.m.)
Canada’s birthday is celebrated every year with fireworks on the expanse of the Beach at Ashbridge’s Bay Park.

Q107 Canada Day Picnic
Wed. July 1st, starts at noon
Woodbine Park

Happy Canada Day!
Wed. July 1st
Did You Know? — not till October 27, 1982, July 1st which was known as “Dominion Day” became “Canada Day”. The July 1 holiday was established by statute in 1879, under the name Dominion Day. See more about the history of Canada Day.

— from Beaches Living Guide.

Many summer activities, such as S.H. Armstrong hosts the Pan Am torch relay on July 6, 2015

A roundup of summer activities courtesy of Duke of Connaught School Council. Lots to choose from, right in our neighbourhood. Greenwood Pool is now open for swimming (as of Friday June 26).


Pan Am Games: S.H. Armstrong hosts the Pan Am torch relay on July 6 at 10 a.m.!
S.H. Armstrong Community Recreation Centre is a stop on the Pan Am Torch Relay on July 6th! It’s scheduled for 10 a.m. in the gymnasium, so please come out and experience the Pan Am spirit! 56 Woodfield Road.

Summer Camps
– Applegrove Community Complex
: We currently have space available in our day camps for children ages 6-12 during the weeks of June 29, July 27, August 4, 17 and 24. Our weekly camp activities include: physical activities/swimming, cooking, crafts, trips every week, light Breakfast & Snack, cooperative games. The cost is $100 per week. We are also running 2-week Leadership Programs. This program helps young teens (ages 12 – 15) build confidence and self-esteem; gain leadership and team-building skills; and develop life skills such as planning, budgeting, cooking and first aid. There is currently space available for the weeks of July 6, 20 and August 10. The cost is $200 for 2 weeks. Please email May Seto at for more information on either camp program and to register.

– NEW – Planète Française is a French immersion camp being offered at Duke this year starting July 6. We are a safe, convenient and innovative French-Immersion camp designed to build French language skills and confidence in a fun summer environment. Enjoy up to 7 action-packed weeks with unique themes, incredible guests and city adventures. Bite into healthy, local and organic snacks which are included during the camp and in the Aftercare Lemonade Club/After-Camp French Reading Club. We want to celebrate our new DUKE location! All registered campers attending the Duke location will receive a drawstring Planète Française nylon bag – perfect for taking along when we explore the local beaches and parks. For more information and to register (some courses are almost full), please visit

S.H. Armstrong runs a variety of day camps out of their Woodfield Road location. We are so excited for this summer as we have some new staff that are eager and excited to provide an exceptional camp experience! Below are some courses in which space is still available … to register for these or other City of Toronto programme, please visit:
– Specialty Camp-Acrylics paints: w/o July 27 2015, 9-4pm. Course code #2698749
– Specialty Camp-Acrylics paints: w/o August 17 2015, 9-4pm. Course Code #2698753
– Specialty Camp-Clay: w/o August 4 2015, 9-4pm. Course Code #2698750
– Specialty Camp-Multi Art: w/o August 24, 2015, 9-4pm, Course Code #2698751

Swimming Lessons at S.H. Armstrong and Greenwood Park
– S.H. Armstrong, 56 Woodfield Road: Swimming lessons are being offered this year at SH Amstrong for the month of July! Space is available for a variety courses. Please see attached for the list of courses and click on this link to register:
– Greenwood Park: Swimming starts at Greenwood Park this Friday, June 26 and ends Sunday, September 6. Greenwood Park offers lessons, leisure swim and lane swim. Please see attached for the Greenwood Park schedule and click on this link to register:

Sunday Markets
Farmer’s market in Jonathan Ashbridge park every Sunday from 9 to 2 (20 Woodward Avenue) until November 1. For more information, please visit:

– Ashbridge Estate flea market: 3rd Sunday of every month from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until October 18. The next two markets are July 19 and August 16. For more information, please visit:

All along the waterfront – June 20, 21 2015

Lots going on in the east end and along the waterfront this weekend. The Redpath Waterfront Festival looks great, much of it takes place at Sugar Beach / Sherbourne. Getting there by bike is rather pleasant.

The listngs below are courtesy of Beaches Living Guide:

Beach at Ashbridge's Bay Park, Toronto, June 2015

Beach at Ashbridge’s Bay Park, Toronto, June 2015.

Beach BBQ & Brews Festival
Fri. June 19, 3 pm – 11 pm; Sat. June 20, noon – 11 pm; Sun. June 21, noon – 8 pm
Woodbine Park (corner of Lake Shore Blvd. East and Coxwell Ave.)
Courtney Fromm, 416-635-9889 (ext 21)
An event focused on bringing together all barbecue enthusiasts. Come out to this FREE RIBFEST to enjoy great BBQ, Live Music, Children’s Area (complete with rides!), BBQ competitions, Grilling Demonstrations and Craft Vendors. Enjoy an ice cold brew while you explore the festival grounds. A community favourite that has something for everyone!

Redpath Waterfront Festival
Fri. June 19 – Sun. June 21, 12 pm – 11 pm
HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
5 events, 4 parks, 3 days, 2 kilometres, 1 giant party! Come to the Redpath Waterfront Festival and Party on the Promenade as we open Toronto’s newly revitalized waterfront. The party starts Friday evening with DANCE Pan American Style in HTO Park and continues all weekend with entertainment along the Queens Quay Boulevard and Martin Goodman Trail. Enjoy buskers, dance demonstrations, art on the water, parades, live music, a Waterfront Artisan Market, stand up paddleboarding and more. Presented by The Waterfront BIA. For more information, visit our website.

Kingston Road Village Art Walk & Street Fest
Sat. June 20, 10 am – 5 pm
Kingston Road (from Hannaford Ave. to Blantyre Ave.)
Kingston Road Village Business Community
Join us at our annual Spring Art Walk & Street Fest! Local artists will show a selection of their work at various Pop up art galleries set up in selected businesses all along Kingston Road, between Hannaford and Blantyre. Children’s activities, face painting, music, contests, in-store specials and more. Fun for the whole family!

Historical Walk with Gene Domagala “The Heart of the Beach-Lee and Queen”
Sat. June 20, 1 pm
Meet at Beaches Branch Library, 2161 Queen St. E.
The walk will start at 1pm from the Beaches Branch Library, and ending around 3pm at Corpus Christie Church at Queen and Lockwood.

Gardens of the Beach
Sun. June 21, noon – 5 pm
Beaches Area
Beach Garden Society;; Lesley Spencer 416-690-5740
Get a sneak peek at some of The Beach’s most interesting and amazing gardens, all sizes and all aspects, from quirky to classic. Enjoy delightful music and refreshments in a sylvan setting. Tickets (limited number) available at local merchants, visit website for all locations.

Father’s Day
Sun. June 21
Happy Father’s Day!

First Day of Summer
Sun. June 21
Today marks the official first day of summer.

Do It For Dads Walk Run
Sun. June 21, 10:30 am
Ashbridge’s Bay Park – 1675 Lakeshore Blvd. East
Prostate Cancer Canada
The Do it for Dads Walk Run 5KM is a fun, family-friendly event, hosted on Father’s Day, that raises awareness and funds for the leading cancer affecting Canadian men and the families that love them. Registration: $35 or fundraise $125 and waive your registration fee. Your donor dollars are having an impact on research that has the greatest potential to improve prostate cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment to ensure a better quality of life for survivors. Registration Open: 8:30AM. Walk/Run Start Time: 10:30AM. Additional Information: Join us after the event for live entertainment, refreshments and more!

And of course our farmer’s market in Jonathan Ashbridge Park, Sundays 9 to 2.

June 13 to 15, 2015 events – Duke Make IT Fair and Bike Parade, Maple Cottage Fest, Our changing neighbourhood discussion

Scroll down to find out about these great local events — June 13 to 15, 2015 events – Duke Make IT Fair and Bike Parade, Maple Cottage Fest, Farmer’s Market, Our changing neighbourhood discussion

Saturday June 13
Duke of Connaught Make IT Fair and Bike Parade
11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Duke of Connaught School
70 Woodfield Road, Toronto
This will be awesome!!
Click on the photos to see the full posters.



Sunday June 14
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Farmers’ market, Jonathan Ashbridge Park

1 to 5 p.m.
Maple Cottage Fest
Maple Cottage, 62 Laing Street. Two blocks west of Queen and Greenwood.


Monday June 15
West of our area, but an important east end event – should be an interesting talk about Queen Street East.
Join Planning South Riverdale for a discussion on:
Our changing neighbourhood: Supporting a main street for everybody
7 to 9 p.m.
Ralph Thornton Centre
765 Queen East at Saulter


This weekend June 6-7, 2015 – Yard sale, book reading, The Sidekick opens and more

This weekend:

Sat. June 6

Yard sale to support the efforts at the Ontario Municipal Board to stop the development plan for 1327 to 1339 Queen East.

11 a.m. to 12 noon Marilyn Churley reads from her new book at Gerrard-Ashdale Library

Sun. June 7

Opening of The Sidekick, 1374 Queen East.

9 to 2 Farmers’ Market, Jonathan Ashbridge Park.

And next weekend:

Sat. June 13
Duke of Connaught MakeIT Fair.  More to come.

The Great Toronto Tree Hunt – vote for your favourite tree, such as the willow on the Ashbridge Estate

June 13 update – 260 votes for this tree.

The Great Toronto Tree Hunt is on! Until June 15, 2015 view nominations of trees found all around Toronto, then vote for your favourite tree. Here is our entry for The Great Ashbridge Estate Willow (Diane Walton photo, Robert Miller words). Feel free to vote for this one. 🙂


On the The Great Toronto Tree Hunt site,
Click on “vote” to see all the trees.

Our entry is copied here:

The Great Ashbridge Estate Willow

NOMINATOR: Diane Walton & Robert Miller

Ashbridge Estate willow  by Diane Walton

The great Ashbridge Estate willow tree, planted in 1919. Photo by Diane Walton



BRIEF STORY: This amazing willow tree, almost 100 years old, is a striking feature of the Ashbridge Estate, a green oasis on Queen Street East. The tree is one of many gorgeous specimens on the Ashbridge Estate, which is a green remnant of the much larger Ashbridge Estate (farm) which extended from Ashbridge’s Bay to Danforth Avenue, between Greenwood and Coxwell Avenues.

A September 2014 tree tour of the Ashbridge Estate was led by Philip van Wassenaer of Urban Forest Innovations, an arborist who has worked to preserve the trees on the property over the years:

“A central stop on the tour was this amazing willow tree. We know from diary entries that it was planted by Emma Rooney (married to Jesse Ashbridge) way back in 1919. Willows are water-loving trees, and back then, a stream ran through the area to nearby Lake Ontario. This tree has been slated for removal several times, but Philip has fought to keep this striking specimen alive. To ensure it does not pose a hazard, he has removed some of the larger branches and put a fence around its base to keep people away from where branches might fall.”

(excerpted from this article about the tree tour.)

The stream where the willow stands is the Ashbridge’s Creek, now buried below ground, but its “valley” is still visible. Damp areas are of course a favourite of willows.