Category Archives: Greenwood Avenue

Little India festival, Brickyard Grounds update, movie night Jonathan Ashbridge Park Aug. 22, 2015

Recent news around the neighbourhood:

This Saturday August 22 in Jonathan Ashbridge Park:
Movie night – FernGully: The Last Rainforest starts at 8:30 p.m. Bring a blanket.

The Brickyard Grounds gets second life as cafe set to reopen

Little India festival (officially Festival of South Asia) was featured in today’s Toronto Star (August 17, 2015):

‘Could have been spicier,’ says first female dosa-eating champ


Check the new sign at Greenwood and Queen

Greenwood and Queen - Dec16-2014

See the new sign on Greenwood Cigar and Variety.

Just noticed this today – a new sign announcing the corner of Greenwood and Queen. Click on the photo above for a close-up view.


This is not at all how this neighbourhood was described when I moved here in the 1980s.

At that time, Now magazine called it “a bleak urban zone.”
Toronto Life sneered: “a nothing neighbourhood.”

Oh, if they could only see us now.

This post at Greenwood and Queen stands tall, only slightly damaged

Here’s a photo of the northeast corner of Queen and Greenwood. Why does this post have scuff marks and a bit of a bend?
Greenwood-Queen scuffed post

Oh, that’s why:

Only slight injuries to one of the occupants, good thing no one was standing there at the time.

See the story on CBC’s site, December 2, 2014.

An interesting read on the history of houses on Queen, Greenwood and Ashdale

See a really interesting article by Laura Marks about the history of 1327 to 1339 Queen East, a row of century homes which is threatened with demolition.

The piece also has information on the Price house at 100 Greenwood Avenue and several houses at the foot of Ashdale Avenue.

Read the article:
More 1327 – 1339 Queen St E Heritage Discoveries and learn more on the East Toronto Community Coalition site, such as  reports on meetings of the Working Group.




Hear about Greenwood’s history of bricks – September 11, 2014

You are invited to a talk about the history of brickmaking along Greenwood Avenue.
September 11, 2014
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
At the Brickyard Grounds, 1289 Gerrard Street East 
(southwest corner of Greenwood and Gerrard)

You may also be interested in seeing a previous post: Greenwood Avenue’s history of bricks. The Ashbridges operated a brickyard just north of present-day Duke of Connaught School.

The speaker on September 11 at Brickyard Grounds is Joanne Doucette, an east end historian and author of Pigs, Flowers and Bricks: A history of Leslieville to 1920.

Sept. 9 update: Joanne has advised there is a prix fixe menu $20 at her talk – contact the Brickyard Grounds directly for a reservation. If you plan to attend RSVP to
Or call the restaurant at 416-465-4444.

Joanne has also written a history brochure of the Ashdale neighbourhood (Gerrard-Ashdale area). The following is excerpted from her material for this talk:

The clay pits brickmakers left behind are still with us today, disguised as subdivisions, parks, schoolyards and even Gerrard Square!

John Price’s shale pit on Greenwood Avenue is now the site of a housing complex and secondary school.
Felstead Park is the site of the Logan brickyard.
Greenwood Park is the site of the Russell and Morley brickyards.
Another became Harper’s Dump, the main municipal tip for Toronto, which later became the TTC yards on Greenwood.
Many others, large and small, remain. One was the site of the Motordrome, Canada’s first board motorcycle racetrack.
Another was the site of the Ulster Stadium where the soccer greats of the 1920s and 30s played the beautiful game against local teams.

For more information, please contact Joanne Doucette or the Brickyard Grounds at 416-465-4444.

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Toronto Brick Company 1928 – east of Greenwood just north of the railway tracks – City of Toronto Archives

Beat the cold weather – lots going on locally – Greenwood Park ice rink, Brickyard Grounds

Try the new skating path and rink at Greenwood Park.

New Brickyard Grounds café/restaurant nearby at Greenwood and Gerrard. See photo from below. Photos by Jesse Milns on blogto.

Applegrove Community Complex programs

February 1 Applegrove’s Annual Yoga-Thon
Beat the February Blues with Applegrove’s Yoga-Thon on February 1! Led by professional yoga instructors and accompanied by live music, this feel-good fundraiser is beneficial to Applegrove AND you!

Ashdale Events with Gerrard-Ashdale Library – January 2014

East End Community Health Centre – January 2014 program schedule

S.H. Armstrong Community Recreation Centre

Brickyard Grounds Jan. 2014 - Photo by Jesse Milns

Great (and untrendy) east-end eateries – including Chino Locos and Chick-N-Joy

Photo above – Lake Ontario from Ashbridge’s Bay Park, April 1, 2013

Two local food places are featured in a great article “Ten great (and untrendy) east-end eateries”: Chino Locos on Greenwood at Queen, and Chick-N-Joy on Queen at Woodfield. The article in City Bites magazine is by local writer Sarah B. Hood.

Chino Locos
Decked with Mexican wrestling paraphenalia, the miniscule alcove that is the original Chino Locos at Greenwood and Queen barely accommodates two or three cooks and a customer or two, but it turns out fiery, flavourful, honest burritos…

This faded corner take-out shop between Greenwood and Coxwell has many fans of its traditional deep-fried chicken (although the yellow gravy has its haters). This is the original Chick-N-Joy…

Read the full article:

Ten great (and untrendy) east-end eateries

East end eateries

Historic 100 Greenwood Avenue can be yours – for $1,400,000

100 Greenwood Avenue, originally the home of brickmaker John Price, is for sale for the first time since 1966.

100 Greenwood Avenue, originally the home of brickmaker John Price, is for sale for the first time since 1966.

April 22 update: A “sold” sign is now up.

March 1 post:
The “for sale” sign is up at 100 Greenwood Avenue, the former home of John Price, local brickmaker in the days when Greenwood’s Lane and the Ashbridge Estate were lined with brickyards.

The asking price: $1.4 million.

See the MLS listing, Kijiji listing, tour and photos.

See more about Greenwood Avenue’s history.

Greenwood Avenue’s history of bricks

Greenwood Avenue’s history is told in a Beach Metro News story by noted east end historian Gene Domagala • February 22, 2012

“We have in the East End a number of exceptional streets that are known for a variety of reasons. One of these is Greenwood Avenue… Greenwood is unique in that it probably had more brickyards than any other street in the city of Toronto and surrounding area…The Greenwood Avenue brickyards gave the Don Valley Brickworks quite a run for its money in the production of bricks from the 1860s to the 1920s.”

Read the full story – Greenwood Avenue’s history of bricks – on the Beach Metro News website.