In Photos: Afrofest 2017

Organized by Music Africa, Afrofest, the largest free African music festival in North America, celebrated its 29th anniversary of promoting African music and culture in the heart of Toronto, Woodbine Park, on July 8 and 9. Check out these photos from the event.

Zed Head's Neil Chapman, left, and the Fogman rock it out in front of Gabby's. The 24th Annual Beaches International Jazz Festival was once again a great success, showcasing great jazz, blues, and rock artists. The streetfest, which took place July 26-28, attracted a great number of visitors as up to 50 bands lined up the sidewalks on Queen Street from Woodbine to Beach.

Beaches International Jazz Festival returns

It’s time for what some of us wait all year for – the 29th annual Beaches International Jazz Festival – and there are plenty of events planned leading up to the celebrated StreetFest at the end of July. Festivities start east this year, with the month-long music fest – the largest free jazz festival in […]

Why hasn’t the Woodbine Park fountain been turned on?

Woodbine Park just doesn’t have the same flow that it used to. With the exception of a few lone ducks floating casually through the water, the pond remains still because the city has not yet turned on its fountain. The water feature is typically seen spouting in all of its glory by mid-May. But as […]

GALLERY: Bestival 2016

Thousands of people descended on Woodbine Park June 11 and 12 for Bestival, an eclectic, brightly coloured boutique music festival. Here’s the weekend in pictures. [envira-gallery id=”20414″]

Deja Views

The view is Queen Street East, looking east from near Orchard Park Boulevard. The year is 1953. It would be another 40 years before the Greenwood Racetrack was razed, eventually to be replaced by Woodbine Park. Do you have a photo you’d like to share? Call me at 647-531-6116.    

Beaches International Jazz Festival preview

The 27th Beaches International Jazz Festival has expanded to include an extra weekend of music in honour of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. Running from July 10 to 26, the festival will now cover three weekends at Woodbine Park, as well as the popular Streetfest that shuts down Queen Street East for three nights […]

Letters to the Editor for May 19

Kindly acts may be putting Woodbine Park swans at risk While we all enjoy our family of swans in Woodbine Park, we may be making them sick by feeding them bread. It is great fun feeding them, so make sure you give them the clover that grows in the grass, or lettuce. Or just leave […]

Letters to the Editor for May 5, 2015

On farmers’ markets and Kew Gardens RE:  No Farmers’ Market for Kew, March 24: I would like to clarify some information concerning the Boardwalk Café lease and a potential farmers’ market stated in a March 24 opinion piece. Yes, the city solicitor was involved in the Tuggs/Boardwalk Café debate, however it was the parks department […]

Jane’s Walks ready to tour East End

Jane’s Walk, the annual weekend-long spring event honouring the legacy of community builder and urban activist Jane Jacobs, will take place May 1-3. Jane’s Walk is a collection of neighbourhood walking tours led by local residents who are passionate about the places they call home. Jacobs, who died in 2006, was a staunch believer in […]