Toronto Sketches 10

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Dundurn, Nov 16, 2010 - History - 245 pages

Mike Filey's column "The Way We Were" first appeared in the Toronto Sunday Sun not long after the first edition of the paper hit the newsstands on September 16, 1973. Now, almost four decades later, Filey's column has enjoyed an uninterrupted stretch as one of the newspaper's most popular features. In 1992 a number of his columns were reprinted in Toronto Sketches: "The Way We Were." Since then another eight volumes of Toronto Sketches have been published, each of which has attained great success.

This 10th volume highlights some of Toronto's greatest landmarks such as the Don Jail and its graves and Hanlan's Point on Toronto Island. Mike also steps back in time to revisit the Avrocar, the flying saucer of the Great White North; takes a peek at Miss Toronto of 1926; conjures up The Hollywood, the city's first "talkie" theatre; and recalls historic snow days Canada's largest city has experienced.

 

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Contents

Yorkville the First Burb
133
Postcards from the Edge
136
Casa de Toronto
139
Street Smart?
142
Big Time in History
145
Central Prison of Horrors
148
Motor Ride Back in History
151
A Time for Talkies
154

Babe a Hit in Toronto
37
Rose by Any Other Name
40
A Shining Example
44
Gooderham Worts and All
48
Lights Action Drive
51
Our Changing Skyline
55
On the Waterfront
58
Hooray Simcoe Day
62
TTC Testing LRT Bidders
66
Ex Marks the Spot
69
Red Rockets of Yesteryear
72
Taking a Flight Back in Time
76
Shes the Belle of Lake Ontario
79
A Grave Story Indeed
83
Stagnant Gardens
87
When Joy Came to Town
90
Goodbye Dominion Hello Metro
92
New Old Electric Railway
95
Landmark of Learning
98
Lest We Forget
101
Toronto in Transition
103
A Toronto Kingpin
106
Tracking the Past
109
Bag to the Future
112
Oh How Weve Grown
114
A Surprise Demolition
117
Birth of Sunday Sports
121
Historic Snow Days
124
Bridging the Gap
127
Historic Snow Fight
130
Original Mr FixIt
158
Tough Act to Follow
161
Night Toronto Burned
164
Full Steam Ahead
167
John Lyles Vision Shaped in TO
170
Royal Reception
173
The Dating Game
176
Ahead of its Time
179
Skys the Limit
183
Pomp and Pageantry
186
Keeping Us Amused
189
Streetcar City
192
Toronto in the Dumps
195
Here She Is Miss Toronto 1926
198
Universitys Magnificent Beacon
200
The Day Noronic Went Up in Smoke
203
The Word on the Street Is
206
Island Tunnel that Would Never Be
209
A Revolutionary Condo Concept
212
Home Sweet Home Aboard Red Rocket
215
Lets Set the Record Straight
218
Lets Head Back in Time
221
You Better Watch OutYou Better Not Cry
225
Flying Saucer of the Great White North
228
Shedding Light on Queens Wharf Lighthouse
231
Torontos EverChanging Skyline
234
The Rise of the Big Smoke
237
Rolling Billboards of the Past
240
They Were a Cut Above
243
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Mike Filey was born in Toronto in 1941. He has written more than two dozen books on various facets of Toronto's past and for more than 35 years has contributed a popular column, "The Way We Were," to the Toronto Sunday Sun. His Toronto Sketches series is more popular now than ever before.

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