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Davisville Village Jane’s Walk

Forty people, interested in Davisville Village’s rich history, came out on a day threatening rain, wind and cold temps to learn more about the neighbourhood we call home.

They were not disappointed. The 90-minute walk, which started at the original J. J. Davis store at the corner of Yonge and Davisville (today a thriving Starbucks), meandered throughout the Village and took in sights as diverse as the Glebe church lands (now the beautiful Belsize area), a home that doubled as a “gentleman’s club” during Prohibition, Davisville School (slated for redevelopment and expansion with the addition of a new Midtown Hub), The Church of the Transfiguration, which is home to a very special native garden created by SERRA member Janet Harrison, and the musical Sharon, Lois & Bram Playground at June Rowlands Park.

We were very pleased to have Councillor Josh Matlow accompany us on our walk.

Many thanks to the Davisville Village Jane’s Walk organizers – amateur historians Amy Isaac and Sharon Mourer – for introducing the Jane’s Walkers to the neighbourhood from their eyes. Next year: we head east of Mt. Pleasant to explore the “Village” leading to Bayview. Join us!

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An interview with Juanne Hemsol, SERRA’s first president

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same. Please read this interview with Juanne Hemsol, SERRA’s first president and decide for yourself what has changed in our neighbourhood in the past 54 years. This interview written and conducted by Mary Turcotte. SERRA Mandate:   SERRA was formed (1965) for the purpose of furthering and protecting interests of its members in matters relating to real estate, zoning, municipal planning and any other matter touching … Read more

The North Toronto Historical Society – Guest Speaker Series

The North Toronto Historical Society has guest speakers every month. Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month at Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd., 2nd Floor.   FREE ADMISSION. EVERYONE WELCOME. PROGRAMS ARE COSPONSORED BY NORTHERN DISTRICT LIBRARY AND THE NORTH TORONTO HISTORICAL SOCIETY. MEETINGS BEGIN AT 7:30 P.M. (REFRESHMENTS FROM 7:10 P.M.). Please click here for details as dates and events may change.   North Toronto Historical Society Monthly Meetings January – March … Read more

North Toronto Historical Society Walk – A Jane’s Walk Encore Performance

This is a repeat performance of SERRA’s Jane’s Walk from May … now teamed up with North Toronto Historical Society. The Fall Walking Tour of Davisville Village: Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018 Time: 2:00-3:45 p.m. (rain or shine) Location: Meet us at the NW corner Davisville and Mount Pleasant (June Rowlands Park) Join us to explore the historic village of Davisville with NTHS and SERRA (South Eglinton Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association). Discover its people, farms, homes, … Read more

Public Forum -THE FUTURE OF TORONTO’S PAST: STATE OF HERITAGE

Many thanks to the Federation of North Toronto Residents’ Associations FoNTRA for providing this information about this Toronto Heritage event: Heritage Toronto wants to amplify your voice to the incoming City Council. How can heritage be prioritized within an ever-growing city? Which stories from our past need to be shared? How can the city better preserve the things we care about, whether they’re cultural spaces or physical structures? The creation of a Toronto Museum has been … Read more