Now accepting applications from nonprofits to benefit from Function in the Junction 2017
Organizing has begun for our next Function in the Junction, the annual JRA fundraiser to benefit a local nonprofit. It’s a fun night when residents and businesses come together to support a good cause, meet neighbours and have a great time. The JRA is looking for local nonprofits or similar organizations who are interested in being the beneficiary of this happening spring event. There is an application process, at the end of which one organization will be chosen. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Deadline for final applications: Dec. 16.
The Runnymede Library repairs will begin in the new year. Click here for more information.
Upcoming Events in the Junction Area
Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
Public Meeting about Montgomery’s Inn
Thurs. Dec. 1 | Montgomery’s Inn | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Inn invites all its friends, supporters and members of the public to a public meeting about two Montgomery’s Inn building projects scheduled for 2017. The projects aim to improve the visitor experience by refreshing the interpretation of the historic Inn (including addressing issues with the building fabric) and opening up the main entrance so that it creates a more welcoming and easy-to-navigate space. The architects have created detailed plans, which have been reviewed and approved. The Inn hopes that members of the community will be able to join them and learn more about how these projects may balance the long-term preservation of this designated heritage site with its function as flexible venue best serving the needs of the community. Light refreshments will be served. (Click for Details)
West Toronto Junction Historical Society Holiday Celebration
Thurs. Dec. 1 | Lambton House | Doors: 6:30 pm, Auction: 8:00 pm, Presentation: 8:30 pm
WTJHS invites the public to join them for a special meeting to be held at the historic Lambton House. The guest speaker Daniel R. Laxer will discuss the music of the fur trade in a historic hotel tavern room in a presentation entitled “To strengthen peace:” music and dance in the Canadian fur trade (1750 – 1850). Enjoy the opportunity to raise money for the WTJHS at its Holiday Season Charity Auction. (Click for Details)
7th Annual Holiday Gingerbread Party
Sat. Dec. 3 | Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. West | 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Junction Project’s annual family Gingerbread Build and festive fundraiser. Doors open at 4:00 pm for gingerbread decorating. Pre-built houses will be provided so you can decorate with icing, candies and treats. Tickets start at $20 to decorate a gingerbread house. Entry is $2 without the house. Come any time. (Click for Details)
High Park Christmas Celebrations
Sun. Dec. 4 | Grenadier Restaurant Patio and High Park Zoo | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This event is always lots of fun for children and families! Meet Santa from 2-3pm as he checks his reindeer in the High Park Zoo with the Friends of the High Park Zoo. Try hot chocolate and cookies, face painting and a raffle, marshmallow roast, decoration-making. Santa returns to the Grenadier Restaurant Patio from 4-5 pm. Sing along with “The Withnells” from 4:15 – 4:45pm. Tree lighting at 5 pm. (Click for Details)
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – Dramatic Reading
Sun. Dec. 4 | Runnymede United Church | 7:00 pm
You won’t want to miss this exciting yearly event, held at Runnymede United Church. This year features readings by: Gillian Deacon, Jeff Douglas, Ben Heppner, Susan Ormiston, Nancy Palk, RH Thomson and Lisa Horner! Tickets are $25. Proceeds to The Stop Community Food Centre. (Click for Details)
Artist talk and gallery tour with a cup of coffee
Sun. Dec. 4 | Zalucky Contemporary | 3044 Dundas St. W | 11 am
Meet at the gallery for a 15-minute casual talk about the current exhibition Press Play, which presents new work by Toronto-based sound artist Christof Migone. All local Junction-area residents are welcome, and morning coffee/snacks will be served. RSVP to email@example.com. (Click for Details)
Santa in the Junction
Sun. Dec. 4 | Junction Train Platform | 11:00 am
The Junction BIA’s annual Santa in the Junction is back again. Join them for a full day of Christmas themed activities. Major attractions include a visit from Santa and his elves at the Junction Train Platform, the street-wide market theme spanning Dundas St W from Indian Grove to Quebec Ave, holiday tales by Mrs. Claus, performances by Creative Children’s Dance Centre, live holiday music and workshops. Don’t forget to post holiday photos for the Santa in the Junction photo contest! Use the hashtag #SantaInTheJunction. (Click for Details)
Holiday Farmers’ Market & Gift Sale
Wed. Dec. 7 | Montgomery’s Inn | 2:00 – 7:00 pm
Artists and artisans join the regular farmers’ market vendors for a special holiday event. Shop for foodie gifts and seasonal treats in a lovely historic setting, open an hour longer than usual. You’ll find fresh bread from the Inn’s bake oven, preserves, local winter vegetables, sweets, prepared foods, ethically raised meats, cheese, eggs, dried fruit, nuts, honey and wine while enjoying festive seasonal music. Cozy up to a roaring fire while sipping a hot mulled apple cider and gingerbread. (Click for Details)
In Partnership with the Sun: Stained Glass at St. Olave’s Church
Wed. Dec. 7 | Swansea Town Hall | 7:30 pm.
Join speakers Sarah Hall and Craig Douglas for an illustrated talk on the church windows presented by the Swansea Historical Society. Craig Douglas is a member of St. Olave’s Church in Swansea, and also a veteran variety entertainer and educator. Sarah Hall is a distinguished Canadian stained-glass artist, with many spectacular installations to her credit, in Toronto and elsewhere. Craig and Sarah will team up to present an illustrated talk about twelve of the glorious windows of St. Olave’s Church that were specially designed and created for the parish church by the talented and renowned Canadian artist Yvonne Williams (1901-1997). Light refreshments. (Click for details)
Salute to a Medieval Christmas
Thurs. Dec. 8 | 7:15 – 9:30 pm
The first stop on this pop-up tour will be David’s Tea. Stave off the winter chill with a delicious tea tasting. Then head across the street to the Toronto Consort to hear selections from their upcoming show, A Medieval Christmas, and find out more about the medieval, renaissance and early baroque music ensemble. Following this, pop over to Famoso restaurant for a tasting experience, to cap the evening off. What a perfect way to get in the holiday mood! Tour costs $30/person. (Click for details)
Lambton House Carol Singing
Fri. Dec. 9 | 4066 Old Dundas Street | 7:00 pm
Lambton House’s annual carol sing. A goodwill offering is appreciated. (Click for details)
Blood Donor Clinic
Fri. Dec. 16 | Annette Community Recreation Centre, 333 Annette S | 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Canadian Blood Services is holding a blood donation drive in the Junction. (Click for details)
Events for Teens
The Space – Youth Drop In
Every Monday | St. John’s Anglican Church, 288 Humberside Ave. | 3:00 – 6:00 pm.
Weekly drop-in program for area youth. Check website for more details. Not open December 26, 2016. (Learn More)
Poetry Saved Our Lives
Every Monday | Jane Library, 620 Jane St. | 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Join award winning spoken word champion, Ian Keteku, as he leads a spoken word workshop this fall. The workshop will provide youth with mentorship and artistic development opportunities, while allowing them to showcase their artistic poetic talent and develop their leadership skills. Come out and work with some of the finest young poets the city has to offer, and showcase your talent. Check website for details for December 26. (Learn More)
Events for Children and Families
Afternoon at the Movies
Fri. Dec 02 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Looking for something to do on your P.A. Day? Come and watch a fun movie at the library! They will be watching “The Angry Birds Movie”. This movie is rated G. No registration required. Groups must call ahead to check space availability. (Click for Details)
Colour All the Libraries in Toronto
Wed. Dec. 7, 16 | Runnymede Public Library | 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Come and hear stories about the city’s unique neighbourhoods and architecture. Daniel Rotsztain, the Urban Geographer, visited every public library in Toronto and illustrated their exteriors. Colour along while Daniel shares his experience of exploring Toronto. Everybody’s welcome. Book signing to follow (Click for Details).
Holiday Paper Arts
Wed. Dec. 14 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Take simple paper and colour, fold, and cut into amazing holiday decor. Jo-Ann shares her secrets for delightful paper creations. Registration required. Please register in branch or call 416-394-1014. (Click for details)
Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Sat. Dec. 17 | High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge Dr. | 8:00 – 9:30 am
Help count the birds of High Park. There will be an indoor introduction to teach you about the winter birds in High Park, some rare birds you should look for, and how to use binoculars. Then head out onto the trails! Groups will be led by experienced birders. Data will be submitted through eBird to the Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids program and will help bird conservation efforts. A $2-$5 donation per person is recommended. (Click here to pre-register)
The Elves and the Shoemaker Puppet Show
Sat. Dec. 17 | Runnymede Public Library | 11:00 – 11:30 am
See a puppetry rendition of the classic tale, “The Elves and the Shoemaker.” For children ages 4 and up. No registration required. (Click for details)
Decorate a Tree for the Birds
Sat. Dec. 17 & Sun. Dec. 18 | High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge Dr. | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 – 3:00 pm both days
Help decorate an evergreen tree in High Park with handmade pine cone bird feeders and edible garlands for the birds. Hike through the woods and learn how to feed chickadees from the palm of your hand, search the skies for soaring hawks and discover how birds like cardinals, nuthatches and woodpeckers survive the winter. Children under 3 are free. Others: $8.50. (Click for details)
Wed. Dec. 28 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Bring your friends and complete a variety of different LEGO challenges. For children ages 4 and up. Drop in only. (Click for details)
Kusudama Flower Ball
Wed. Dec. 28 | Runnymede Public Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Join the library for an origami afternoon and learn to make a Kusudama Flower Ball. This program is for ages 6-12. Drop-in program, no registration required. (Click for details)
Fri. Dec. 30 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Drop in with your friends and play a variety of board and video games. Drop in only. (Click for details)
New Year’s At Noon
Sat. Dec. 31 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Can’t stay up till midnight to ring in the New Year? Join the library for a countdown instead and celebrate New Year’s at Noon! For children ages 3 and up with their parents or caregivers. Drop in only. (Click for details)
Recurring events for children and families
Preschool Time: Tuesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Stories, songs, rhymes and crafts for children age 3 – 5 years with their parents or caregivers. No registration required. There will be no program Dec. 20, Dec. 27.
Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Annette Street Library, from 10:30 -11:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required. There will be no programs Dec 21 – Jan 6. Program resumes Jan. 9, 2017.
Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 9:30 – 10:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required. There will be no programs Dec 21 – Jan 6. Program resumes Jan. 9, 2017.
XBOX Kinect Gaming Zone: Wednesdays at Annette Library, from 3:30 – 5:15 pm. After School Club for ages 8-13 years old. Test your XBOX Kinect gaming skills against other kids. Try fun & active games that you control with your entire body. Bring friends. No registration required. For more info call 416-393-7692 or drop by the library. No program Dec 28.
Baby Time: Fridays at Annette Library, from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Program for birth-18 months, includes bouncing and tickling rhymes, songs and stories for babies with their parents and caregivers. No registration required. There will be no Baby Time programs taking place Dec 21-Jan 6. The program will resume the week of Jan 9, 2017.
Recurring Events in the Junction Area
Christmas at Colborne Lodge
On through Jan. 6 | Colborne Lodge, 11 Colborne Lodge Dr.
Warm up by the hearth at Colborne Lodge and take in the sights and aromas of a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy the natural greenery that decorates the house, toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats. The Lodge is nestled at the south end of High Park. Tuesdays to Sundays, Noon to 4 p.m. December 24 and 31, Noon to 3 p.m. Closed Mondays, Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1. Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youths $4.42, Children $4.25 (plus tax). (Click for Details)
Fret Not Ukulele Night
Thurs, Dec. 1 | Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W | 6:00-9:00 pm.
Come and sing, laugh and make music at this monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Beginners welcome! Bring your use or borrow one from the host. Fee may apply. Repeats on the first Thursday of every month. (Learn More)
Twice monthly | Annette Library
Councillor Doucette holds local constituency hours in libraries throughout the ward, by appointment only. Please call 416-392-4072 to make arrangements. (Click for Details)
- Friday, Dec. 2, 3:30pm 5:30pm
- Friday, Dec. 16, 2:45pm 4:45pm
Pub Night @ Lambton House
Fri. Dec. 2 | Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. | Doors at 6:00 pm, Music at 8:00
Featuring John and Julie Dorsey. Repeats monthly. (Click for Details)
Shop the Junction
Sat. Dec 4 to Dec. 11
A week-long shopping extravaganza. Look out for special “Shop the Junction” decals in the windows of all participating businesses. (Click for Details)
High Park Walks
First and third Sundays | 10:30 am-12 noon
Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park. All ages welcome. Dogs on leash only, please. (Learn More)
- Sun, Dec. 4: High Park Through the Ages with Dave Berndorff.
- Sun, Dec. 18: Holiday Hike to Colborne Lodge.
Tea Time at the Inn
Sundays | Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W. | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Special weekly tea in our community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate, with a seasonal feature. $7.00 plus HST. No reservation required. (Learn More)
Free Community Yoga Class
Mondays | Annette Library | 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Join Caitlin every Monday evening from 6-7pm for a free one hour community yoga class. This class is designed for all levels beginner and advanced practitioners alike. All you need is a mat, water bottle and an open mind! No registration required. Repeats: Mon Dec 05, Mon Dec 12, Mon Dec 19. (Click for Details)
Walk This Way Free Nordic pole walking group
Wednesdays | 10:30-11:30 am
Meet at Black Oak Cafe, West Road, High Park. No experience required. Poles supplied. Contact Junko at 416-604-0640 ext. 6453 for more information, and to check on the weather. Group will be continuing probably until mid-November. (Learn More)
Academy of Realist Art’s Annual Christmas Open House and Sale
Sat. Dec. 10 – Jan. 2 | 2968 Dundas Street West, 2nd Floor | 2:00 – 9:00 pm
The Academy of Realist Art is one of a rare group of North American academies dedicated to teaching classical art training using the techniques of the 19th century ateliers. This will be a unique opportunity for the public to step inside the normally private studios and see the high calibre of work being done by students; meet the new generation of rising stars in the realist art community; and participate in a silent auction. Hosted by the Academy President Colleen Johnston and Director and Senior Instructor Fernando Freitas, as well as teaching staff and students. (Click for Details)
Tues, Dec. 20. | Runnymede Library, 2178 Bloor Street W | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Free screenings of the great movies presented by Risa Shuman, former Senior Producer of TVOntario’s Saturday Night at the Movies. (Learn More)
Clubs in the Junction Area
Digital Camera Club: Bring your camera, pictures and videos (bring yours on a thumb drive). Questions and answers. Guest speakers. Tutorials: how to take photos and video. Camera settings explained. Outings: shooting in the field – like High Park. Questions: 416-604-3359. Next meeting: Tuesday Dec 20 at Annette Library, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
High Park Speakers (Toastmasters): Meets Thursdays from 6:15-8:00 pm, at Annette Library, downstairs. Guests are welcome at 6:05 for orientation.
Junction Residents Association: Representing residents living between Keele, Humberside/ Quebec/ Annette, Runnymede, and south of the railroad tracks. Membership in the JRA is just $10.
Junction Seniors: Meets Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 am at Agora Cafe (3015 Dundas St. W.) and Fridays 2:00-3:00 pm at Pascal’s (2904 Dundas St. W.).
Parkdale- High Park Rotary Club: Meets Thurs. mornings, Grenadier Café in the heart of High Park, 7:30 am. The Rotary Club of Parkdale-High Park is one of 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and regions, forming a network of community service around the world. We are a welcoming, friendly and fun-loving group of men and women from different backgrounds, age groups, cultures and occupations. If you want to be part of a global network of community volunteers, then Rotary is for you. Breakfast is available for $3.99.
Runnymede Public Library book clubs:
Please contact library to confirm dates after mid-November, due to upcoming renovations.
- Polish Book Club, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Mon, Dec 19.
- Afternoon Book Club, 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Mon, Dec. 12.
- Evening Book Club, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Tue Dec 06. Call (416) 393-7697 to register.
Saturday Morning Knitting Club: Sat. mornings, Annette Street Library, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. All are welcome to knit in a group setting. Make new friends and share knitting tricks and techniques. Bring your own needles and wool. Limited instruction by group members. Dec 3, 10, and 17.
Scottish Country Dancing Group: Meets Wednesday evenings at Humbercrest United Church, 16 Baby Point Road, 7:15-9:15 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Call Dorothy Lothian, 416-762-5037 or Barbara Kalmuk, 416 766-3879 for more information.
Shout Sister Choir (Toronto SW chapter): Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, Roncesvalles United Church, 240 Roncesvalles Ave. St. All-woman choir practices each week, welcomes new members continuously. Director: Kara Santokie. No audition or music reading is required, varied repertoire (Motown, folk, etc.). Attend a practice without obligation.
Swansea Horticultural Society: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., Rousseau Room (main floor). Annual potluck dinner is Dec. 14. 5:30 – 9:00 pm. For more information, call Beverly Donnelly, 416-766-8852.
Toronto Debating Society: Alternate Tuesdays, Swansea Town Hall, 7:30-9:30 pm. A group of people interested in words, ideas & the power of quick thinking. This non-profit public community organization meets from Sep. to May. Attendance is always free.
- Tues, Dec. 6: Bottled water
- Tues, Dec. 20: Workplace walls
Toronto Marine Historical Society: The Toronto Marine Historical Society was founded about 50 years ago and is still going strong. Its function is to research and record the history of commercial vessels that plied the Great Lakes and adjacent waters in years past and in the present. The focus is on cargo ships of all kinds, passenger vessels, tugboats, and indeed anything that could float and had a commercial purpose. The highlight of each meeting is an illustrated presentation that deals with an aspect of Great Lakes shipping. Meets the first Saturday of Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec at Swansea Town Hall, 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, Dec. 3. Topic: Icebreaking
Toronto Swing Dance Society: Meets monthly on Fridays at Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W from 7:30 pm to midnight. Monthly dances for all ages. No experience or partner needed. $10 fee/ $5 for members. Dec. 15, 2016.
West Toronto Junction Historical Society: A volunteer organization formed by a group of local residents to learn about and preserve the history of the Junction, and to get involved in local planning issues. Next meeting: Dec. 1.