Toronto Sketches 6: The Way We Were: No. 6

By Mike Filey

Stories of outdated Toronto by no means lose favour with the city’s nostalgia buffs, and so long as Mike Filey maintains to supply us together with his "The method We have been" columns, no one’s urge for food must pass unsatisfied.

When Mike’s Toronto Sunday Sun columns have been first introduced jointly in Toronto Sketches, call for used to be so excessive that it brought on a moment assortment … then a 3rd … and a fourth … and a fifth.

Now, for 2000, Mike has once more introduced jointly the superior of his Toronto Sunday Sun columns for Toronto Sketches 6, the newest installment within the wildly well known sequence. This time round, Mike takes us to a functionality on the Royal Alexandra Theatre through Al Jolson, the hole of Sunnybrook health center, a online game among the baseball Leafs and the Havana Sugar Kings - with Fidel Castro throwing out the 1st pitch - and lots of extra well-known, infamous, and enjoyable episodes within the historical past of this nice city.

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In 1959 transportable bleachers for 12 472 have been erected at the south facet of the sphere, following which the CFL Toronto Argos moved to the CNE from Varsity Stadium. In 1976, after the bleachers have been demolished, new everlasting seating was once extra, bringing the capability of CNE Stadium to fifty four 264. ultimately, Toronto had a big-league facility, albeit a retrofitted grandstand. With the required facility we have been provided a major-league franchise. No approach was once it a “mistake by way of the lake. ” On April 7, 1977, the Blue Jays performed their first general video game on the CNE grandstand stadium, defeating Chicago White Sox (in the snow) nine to five. A dozen years later either the Jays and the Argos moved to the hot SkyDome. The CNE grandstand’s destiny was once sealed. significant MACKENZIE’S domestic NOW a part of PIONEER prior September thirteen, 1998 Now that one other busy summer time is sort of heritage it’s time that I perform a little catching up. during the last few months readers have despatched in letters asking for solutions to questions. a very attention-grabbing question arrived within the mail numerous weeks in the past. It needed to do with the foundation of the identify significant Mackenzie force, an go out universal to visitors utilizing road four hundred. It’s the only within the basic region of Canada’s Wonderland. actually, it was once in the course of my three-year stint operating on the park (I were employed throughout the building part via Taft Broadcasting, the yank developer, due to my “Canadian accent”) that I first got interested within the derivation of the identify of this actual street. Many will bear in mind that years in the past it used to be referred to as the Maple street. significant Mackenzie of significant Mackenzie force repute. The reader may perhaps ponder whether the identify had something to do with William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto’s first mayor and the man who attempted to overthrow the govt. again in 1837. whereas the surnames are spelled an analogous, the Mackenzie in query is in truth the past due significant Alexander Mackenzie, a long-time resident of Woodbridge, Ontario, who used to be born in 1886 in a small log apartment at the kinfolk farm. “Lex,” as he was once identified for many of his eighty five years, was once schooled in Woodbridge, and then he grew to become a winning farmer. He served his kingdom throughout the nice struggle, the place he proved to be a gallant soldier. Mackenzie was once wounded at Vimy Ridge, increased to the rank of significant at the battlefields of France, and offered the army pass. After the conflict he back to his farm and years later entered the glorious international of politics. He served because the zone provincial member of parliament from 1945 until eventually his retirement in 1967. significant Mackenzie died in 1970. As for Mackenzie’s log apartment, which stood close to a couple of dusty crossroads considering 1830, it will definitely stumbled on itself dangerously just about what had developed into the busy intersection of street 7 and Islington road. to maintain the old constitution for destiny generations, it used to be moved to Black Creek Pioneer Village, the place it might probably nonetheless be visible and toured. the traditional Mackenzie home, as soon as situated simply outdoors the village of Woodbridge, is now secure and sound in Black Creek Pioneer Village.

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