Category Archives: Our Roncesvalles

Corner of Roncesvalles and High Park

Roncesvalles and High Park

Photo linked from blogTO

Rick McGinnis follows up his interesting history of Roncesvalles/Queen with this post on the corner of Roncesvalles and High Park. (Could Roncesvalles/Howard Park be next?) (UPDATE: Try Roncesvalles/Dundas West!)

Here we learn that the apartment building at the northeast corner of Roncesvalles/Fermanagh was originally an office building, the headquarters of York County Savings and Loan, and it once had main floor storefronts.

Sculptures permanently removed from High Park

Mark di Suvero FLOWER POWER

FLOWER POWER by Mark di Suvero (Photo:

Two sculptures by internationally-renowned artist Mark di Suvero have been permanently removed from High Park. The sculptures,”Flower Power” (above) and “No Shoes,” were created in the 1960s and are considered important works in the abstract expressionist style. According to Clara Hargittay, with Toronto’s Culture Division, “Flower Power” is likely the most valuable work of public art in Toronto’s collection.

The pieces have long suffered deterioration at their High Park location. After restoration, “Flower Power” will be relocated to a more protected location, in a central waterfront park to be created as part of the Concord Adex development. The City of Toronto will keep ownership. Discussions are underway to determine the final home for “No Shoes.” The decision to relocate came after consultations with members of the Art Committee for Public Places.

Old Roncesvalles

Jason Crowtz, a volunteer with the Revue Cinema, was doing some historical research on the Revue and found this page from an old edition of the Toronto World from about 1923. I like it: it shows us that our neighbourhood spirit and co-operation is nothing new!

Of particular note is the ad for W.R. Willard, Barrister and Solicitor (115 Roncesvalles). Opening in 1915, this business ranks with the Revue Cinema as among the oldest businesses on our street.

Revue Cinema to Reopen on October 4

Revue CinemaAfter 16 months of hard work and heroic fundraising efforts, the Revue Cinema will repoen its doors on October 4. The historic theatre, built in 1912, had been one of the oldest, continuously operating movie houses in Canada until its closure in June 2006. A group of community activists and film-lovers worked tirelessly to save the Revue, which was purchased earlier this year by local residents and entrepreneurs Danny and Letty Mullin. The Mullins are leasing the Revue to the Revue Film Society, which will operate the theatre as a non-profit business.

From the Revue Film Society website:

“The revitalized Revue embodies the community spirit of the people and businesses that donated time, money and energy to keep it alive,” says Revue Film Society founder Susan Flanagan. “Now, it will be up to the larger Toronto community to shape its future by supporting it not only as a classic movie house, but as an arts and educational facility.”

Tickets go on sale Thursday September 27 for the yet-to-be-announced inaugural movie, which has been chosen by an online audience poll from a list of classics. The theatre has only 240 seats, so to ensure everyone gets in on the celebration a TIFF-style “after party” will be held at the nearby Lithuanian Hall (1573 Bloor Street W.) with doors opening at 7:30 pm. Several Toronto acts will provide live music, including the Toronto Jazz Orchestra, and local restaurant The Silver Spoon is donating catering services to the licensed event.

Tickets are $20 for the movie and after party or $10 for the party alone, and are available at She Said Boom! (393 Roncesvalles Ave.) and The Film Buff (73 Roncesvalles Ave.)