Your chance to explore a piece of history

The Beach’s rich history will be on display during the City of Toronto’s Doors Open event, May 27 and 28th. The historic church of St. John the Baptist Norway and the adjacent cemetery will throw open their doors so visitors can discover the fascinating history of one of the East End’s oldest places of worship. […]

St. John’s Norway to commemorate First World War

The Anglican church of St. John’s Norway will put new meaning into the words, “Lest we forget,” with Poppies, Poetry and Song: A Remembrance of the Great War. This year marks 100 years since so many members of the Beach community responded to the call to action as war clouds gathered in Europe in 1914. […]

Sparks and ideas fly at Ward 32 debate

How do you leave a mark on the beach? That question – how to improve Ward 32’s waterfront – sparked many ideas and a few fireworks when ten Toronto council candidates met for an Oct. 7 debate at St. John’s Norway Church. Put mall-style signs by the boardwalk to show visitors all the Queen Street […]

Remembering all our fallen

Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War – the war that was to be the war to end all wars. That was not to be, however – since then another world war and many other terrible conflicts have taken tens of millions of lives. The Canadian contribution has been immense, […]

Cemetery holds party to celebrate 160th

St. John’s Norway Cemetery and Crematorium is no stranger to crowds. But on Sept. 15, the cemetery grounds were a bit livelier than usual, as community members gathered to celebrate 160 years in the Beach. “We thought it was a huge success,” said the Rev. Canon Cheryl Palmer. “Those who came had a great time.” […]

Scout troop celebrates 100 years

The 35th-37th Scouting Group at St. John the Baptist Norway Anglican Church is celebrating a milestone birthday. One hundred years ago the first troop was formed at the Church and the group has had a continuous charter ever since. The Boy Scouts started in Toronto in 1908. A year later a group formed in the […]

Scouting a lifelong passion for couple

If you know how to tie a square knot or cook a delicious meal over a campfire, chances are you learned these skills as a Cub or Venturer under the guidance of Ed and Sandra Harrison. The couple has been involved in the 35th/37th Scouting program at St. John’s Norway Anglican Church for nearly their […]

Renowned choirmaster brings experience to Beach church

Churchgoers at one of the Beach’s oldest churches have something new to sing about. St. John The Baptist Norway Anglican Church is refreshing its music program with the arrival of a well-known choir director. Melva Graham, renowned for her work with some of the city’s best known choirs, brings decades of experience in choir-building to […]