The Beatles were here…
The Beatles were here…
Save the date!
It’s comforting to know that some things don’t change.
The sharpening truck still makes its way through the streets of Parkdale with his tell-tale ringing bell.
He sharpened the blade on my lawn mower today.
I believe the Revue is the oldest single screen movie theatre (in Toronto) still in operation.
Back in the early 80’s I was a driver/deliveryman for Shinerizing Fur Cleaning and Storage.
The plant was up an alley off of King seen in the photo below.
This is a question on many people’s minds these days.
St. Patrick street just north of Queen. Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s the upstairs space was a rehearsal studio run by John MacLeod formerly of Johnny and G-Rays
The video below features John and shows the building above.
The rehearsal space was later used by FM during the day and at night my band, Eyelevel would go in to rehearse as the night rates were cheaper.
Eyelevel circa 1981 taken outside the rehearsal studio.
Here are two on Queen West.
The same building in the 1950’s when it was the Parkdale Boxing Club.
And the theatre (demolished) beside it.
Mark Moore supplied this one.
By a strange coincidence Max M. has also photographed this same alley recently.
The entire city has gone mad for Snickelways!!!
This one’s located on King West at Bathurst.
I’m not joking…..
Queen West circa 1958. Looking east towards Bathurst.
An attractive Vitrolite facade on this forgotten restaurant situated on the S/E corner of College and Bathurst. Currently the home of Sneaky Dees . Thanks to M. Ross for the info in locating this one.
Below, the building can be seen in 1951 or so with the second floor addition.
And finally, an earlier location of the Daisey Tea Room across the street on the north side circa 1930.
A closer look at this photo reveals this cover from the Saturday Evening Post.
Painted by the great J.C. Leyendecke.
I can’t be the only one who’s noticed the abundance of black cats skulking around the alleys here in Parkdale. I’ve seen at least 10 within a half mike radius of my house. Not only are they black but they’re all identical in size and shape. I should know as 2 of them showed up in my backyard a couple of years ago.
One of them stuck around. His name is Black Cat (2) as he’s a replacement for the original Black Cat that showed up in 2000 and hung around for 14 years or so and was a dead ringer for its successor…..
The Brighton Theatre on Roncesvalles circa 1963.
Looking east across Keele in the early/mid 60’s.
A few shots from this past weekend.
Espana guitars were made in Italy at the Crucianelli factory. Some were branded Crucianelli/Elite, some were branded Vox (Britain and US) while those marked Espana were mostly sold in Canada. Although virtually identical, a VOX branded version is worth considerably more.
Years ago I worked on a music video for Ian Thomas’ band, the Boomers.I needed a guitar that could be set on fire so I bought an Espana from a pawn shop on Church for $100.00. I coated the headstock with rubber cement and we set it on fire several times. The video was shot in a warehouse at the foot of Fraser street.
No guitars were harmed in this video.
Looking east along Queen from Roncesvalles sometime in the late sixties. Note the Centennial sticker on the trash can.