JOIN US FOR
THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ST. CLAIR STREETCAR AND WYCHWOOD CARHOUSE

A CELEBRATION OF HERITAGE, ARTS AND THE COMMUNITY

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Take a ride on an historic streetcars
Historic Exhibits
Join our historic walking tour through the St. Clair community
Silent Sundays @ the Revue Cinema brings two silent films to the Wychwood Theatre

 
St. Clair West Sidewalk Sale and Celebrations
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Get your Centennial Merchandise - Commemorative Poster, T-shirts, Onesies

One hundred years ago, St. Clair Avenue was Toronto’s northern city limit: a dirt road with few commercial or residential buildings. The streetcar heralded the beginning of its development and numerous communities along the streetcar line found themselves coming into their own – Hillcrest Village, Bracondale Hill, Wychwood Park, Oakwood Village and Corso Italia to name a few. A century later we find ourselves living and working in a vibrant community experiencing yet another renaissance. The Wychwood Barns Community Association (WBCA) is pleased to present a week of programming in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the St. Clair Streetcar and the Wychwood Carhouse. We’re delighted by the variety of events that have been organized with the generous support of funders, community partners and volunteers. Here’s to a great week of heritage, arts and the community!

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Public Opening and Reception

Be the first to visit the two historic exhibits. Enjoy light refreshments while being entertained by the Vincent Bertucci Quintet. FREE ADMISSION. Cash bar.

Where: Barn #2 & Community Gallery, Artscape Wychwood Barns

Tuesday, September 10 — 7pm – 9pm
Historic Exhibit – Our Past Is Our Present

An exhibit drawing on rarely seen archival images and contemporary photographs that portray the changing identity of St. Clair over the past 100 years. FREE.

Where: Barn #2, Artscape Wychwood Barns

Tuesday, September 10 — 7pm – 9pm — Public Opening and Reception
Wednesday, September 11 to Friday, September 13 — 9am – 9pm
Saturday, September 14 — 9am – 5pm
Sunday, September 15 — 9am – 5pm
TTC Advertising Exhibit – A Sign of the Times

Journey through time while viewing TTC advertisements and other artefacts that reflect the impact of world events on our city, our social norms and our values over the past seventy years. FREE.

Where: Community Gallery, Artscape Wychwood Barns

Tuesday, September 10 — 7 – 9pm — Public Opening and Reception

Wednesday, September 11 to Friday, September 13 — 5pm – 9pm

Saturday, September 14 — 9am – 5pm

Sunday, September 15 — 11am – 5pm

Wednesday, September 18 to Friday, September 20 — 5pm – 9pm

Saturday, September 21 — 9am – 2pm

Silent Films

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
Speedy featuring Harold Lloyd

In honour of our Centennial, Silent Sundays @ the Revue Cinema brings two silent films (featuring streetcars of course!) to the Wychwood Theatre along with live accompaniment by musicians William O’Meara and Tania Gill. Free with donations encouraged.

Where: Wychwood Theatre, Artscape Wychwood Barns

Sunrise — Thursday, September 12 — 6pm – 8pm (including Q&A with a noted film scholar)
Speedy — Saturday, September 14 — 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Speedy — Sunday, September 15 — 4pm – 6pm
Scavenger Hunt

Pick up your clue booklet at the WBCA Info Booth in Barn #2 and set out to discover historically significant locations around the neighbourhood for your chance to win some great prizes. FREE.

Where: Start at Barn #2, Artscape Wychwood Barns; various locations along St. Clair Ave. W.

Saturday, September 14 — 9am – 4:30pm

Sunday, September 15 — 11am – 4:30pm
Storytellers – Tell Me a Story

Enjoy stories created and delivered by professional storytellers who have woven historical facts into original tales. One story includes a first person account of a woman’s memories and experiences of daily life in Toronto 100 years ago as the streetcar becomes more accessible in her neighbourhood. Suitable for all ages. FREE.

Where: Wychwood Theatre, Artscape Wychwood Barns

Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15 —  11 am – noon & 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Ride the Historic PCC Streetcar

Enjoy a free ride on a historic PCC streetcar, which will be animated by two Toronto transit and history experts, Greg Gormick and Steve Munro. FREE.

Where: Along St. Clair Ave. W. between Bathurst St. and Lansdowne Ave.

Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15 — noon – 4pm
Tour the Historic Peter Witt Streetcar

Join experts Doug May, and Gord McQuat in a tour of the historic Peter Witt streetcar, which debuted on Toronto routes in 1921. FREE.

Where: Oakwood Streetcar Loop

Sunday, September 15 — noon – 4pm
Walking Tour – St. Clair West: The Growth of a Streetcar Suburb

Join this 1.5-hour walking tour through the neighbourhood lead by WBCA volunteers Diana Sernick and Sheryl Mitchell. Part of the official Heritage Toronto Tour schedule. Donations Encouraged.

Where: Meet outside the south entrance to St. Clair West Subway Station.

Sunday, September 15 — 1:30pm

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS’ EVENTS

Mike Filey’s Toronto Then & Now

Well-known author and columnist Mike Filey recounts some of his fascinating and fun stories from Toronto’s past. He is the popular author of the Toronto Sketches series and the column “The Way We Were” in the Toronto Sun. FREE.

Where: Toronto Public Library – Wychwood Branch, 1431 Bathurst St.

Tuesday, September 10 — 2pm – 3pm
How the Streetcar Transformed St. Clair with Lloyd Alter

Lloyd Alter, managing editor of TreeHugger.com and teacher of sustainable design at Ryerson University School of Interior Design, will discuss how the streetcar transformed (and continues to transform) St. Clair West. FREE.

Where: Toronto Public Library-Davenport Branch, 1246 Shaw Street

Tuesday, September 10 — 7pm – 8pm
Tree Mulching at the Barns with LEAF

Group mulching is always a lot of fun, and the benefits of this process have been recognized for centuries! Participants will learn proper mulching techniques in order to suppress weeds, conserve water and add organic matter to the soil. FREE.

Where: Wychwood Barns Park

Wednesday, September 11 — 6:30pm – 8:30pm
One Hundred Years of the St. Clair Streetcar with Ted Wickson

Join former TTC archivist and documentary photographer Ted Wickson as he looks back at the streetcar era on St. Clair Ave with emphasis on the St. Clair TTC route from Keele to Mt. Pleasant & Eglinton. Using slides from his own collection and from historical photos Ted covers the hundred-year history of the line. He’ll wrap up with a discussion of TTC operational and anecdotal activities at the Wychwood Car House, currently operating as the Artscape Wychwood Barns. FREE.

Where: Toronto Public Library – Deer Park Branch, 40 St. Clair Ave. E.

Thursday, September 12 — 2pm – 3pm
Easy Living: Toronto’s Streetcar Suburbs with Greg Gormick

The St. Clair streetcar line transformed the area from an undeveloped rural track to a bustling, transit-oriented community. Toronto transportation writer and policy adviser Greg Gormick speaks on the impact of the streetcar on urban life. FREE.

Where: Toronto Public Library – Dufferin/St. Clair Branch, 1625 Dufferin St.

Thursday, September 12 — 7pm – 8pm
St. Clair West “Rockin’ The Rocket” Sidewalk Sale and Celebrations

Stroll along St. Clair Ave. W. from Bathurst St. to Dufferin St. and enjoy entertainment, window displays, commemorative menu items and more. Hosted by the area’s three Business Improvement Associations. Free.

Where: Along St. Clair Ave. W. between Bathurst St. and Dufferin St.

Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15 — noon – 5pm
Repair Café

Get broken household items fixed for free and learn while doing it! There will be fixers available for many household items (electronics, small appliances, small furniture, clothing and jewellery) with a focus on antiques. FREE.

Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns

Saturday, September 14 — 9am – 1pm
Showcase of Student Activities at St. Michael’s College

Junior football practice & scrimmage (Field). Variety of student exhibits and performances (Centre for the Arts). FREE.

Where: St. Michael’s College, 1515 Bathurst Street

Saturday, September 14 — 10am – 3:30pm
Streetcar Story Time

A family story time to celebrate the centennial of the St. Clair Streetcar serving Oakwood Village. Books, songs and crafts. FREE.

Where: Toronto Public Library – Oakwood Branch, 341 Oakwood Ave.

Saturday, September 14 — 10:30am – 11:30am
Regal Heights Parkette Opening

Come for the Parkette opening and stay for the Regal Heights Village Community festival featuring games, performances and the Children’s Corner featuring drumming classes, multi language book readings, Capoeira demonstrations, sing along, Samba demonstrations and more. FREE.

Where: The corner of Northcliffe Blvd. and St. Clair Ave. West

Saturday, September 14 — 10:30am – 5pm
Open House at St. Matthew’s Brancondale House

St. Matthew’s Bracondale House is a residence for seniors and families that has been an active member of the community for over 30 years.  Celebrating access to safe, affordable public transit will be the focus of this open house where visitors will enjoy personal stories of residents’ historical connection with the St. Clair Streetcar, many approaching their own 100-year milestone. FREE.

There will be a running display of model historic Toronto streetcars during the open house. There will be a Peter Witt streetcar model, as well as models of the PCC car (in HO scale) available for sale (approx. $55).

Where: St. Matthew’s Brancondale House, 707 St. Clair Ave. West

Saturday, September 14 — 1:30pm – 3:00pm
The Turners of Brancondale with Audrey Fox

Area resident and historian Audrey Fox will present her research about the family that first settled Bracondale. In 1847, John Turner built a large home, “Bracondale Hill”, in what is now Hillcrest Park. After 90 years, the Turner home was torn down. See photographs of the Turners and their home, examine early maps of the area and learn what happened to the family that left a lasting mark on this neighbourhood. FREE.

Where: Christie Gardens, 600 Melita Crescent

Saturday, September 14 — 2pm – 2:45pm
Open House at Skills for Change

Skills for Change has been serving the immigrant community for over 30 years, and have been working proudly within the St. Clair community for over 20 years. Stop by to learn more about the work they’re doing, enjoy some refreshments, take a picture in a streetcar themed peep board and swap books, art, jewelery and toys. FREE.

Where: Skills For Change, 791 St. Clair Ave. W

Saturday, September 14 — 9am – 4pm
Sunday, September 15 — 9am – 4pm
Family Activities with St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club

Staff and volunteers will be providing a selection of fun and enjoyable Centennial-themed activities including face painting, carnival games, and performances that will keep children laughing and active. FREE.

Where: Studio 251, Artscape Wychwood Barns

Saturday, September 14 — 10am – 4pm
Sunday, September 15 — 10am – 4pm
Open House at Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church

Explore this intimate church and enjoy a “Russian Taste on St. Clair” with special treats and snacks prepared by the Sisterhood of the Parish. FREE.

Where: Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church, 213 Winona Dr.

Saturday, September 14 — 10 am – 6pm
Sunday, September 15 — 1 – 6pm
stclair/sound/street/scape at b current

An interactive artistic experience led by creation artist Rehaset, one of b current’s 2012-13 Resident Artists. inspired by the AfriCanadian history of the St Clair West neighbourhood. Rehaset’s short in-studio presentation is a peek into the local past. PWYC.

Where: Studio 251, Artscape Wychwood Barns

Saturday, September 14 — 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm
Sunday, September 15 — 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm
Community Day and Open House at St. Clair Avenue Baptist Church

St. Clair Avenue Baptist Church is a multicultural church located at the corner of Wychwood and St. Clair Avenues for the past 105 years. Focused on making a difference in our community both locally and globally, the church has a number of arts programs tailored specifically to kids and youth. This year, the Church’s Annual Community Day and Open House coincides with the Centennial celebrations. Enjoy historical displays related to St. Clair Avenue Baptist Church as well as a variety of free activities and games for all ages. FREE.

Where: St. Clair Ave. Baptist Church, 152 Wychwood Ave.

Saturday September 14 — 11am – 6pm
Sunday, September 15 — 11am – 3pm
Open House at St. Matthew’s United Church

Enjoy an open house in this historic church that has been on this site since 1878. The current building was built in 1924 by the same designer as Massey Hall. Learn more about the remarkable history of St. Matthew’s with a display and tour of the sanctuary. FREE.

Where: St. Matthew’s United Church, 729 St. Clair Ave. W

Saturday, September 14 — 10am – noon
Sunday, September 15 — 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Stained Glass Windows Tour at St. Michael and All Angels Church

View the amazing stained glass windows at St. Michael and All Angels Church. Most windows were created by Yvonne Williams and Ellen Simon during the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The newest window was created by Rosemary Killbourn. The church will be open both for window viewing and for those that just need a rest during the busy weekend. FREE.

Where: St. Michael and All Angels Church, 611 St. Clair Ave. W

Saturday, September 14 — 11am – 4pm
Sunday, September 15 — 1pm – 4pm
Tollkeeper’s Cottage Tour

The Tollkeeper’s Cottage museum is among the oldest buildings in Toronto. It is the original building where tolls were collected at the intersection of Bathurst and Davenport from about 1835 to about 1895, and has been restored to represent the conditions of the tollkeeping family in 1861. Tours of the museum are available every Saturday and the museum will be opening specially on Sunday, September 15 as part of the Centennial celebrations. Docents in period dress will explain the road system of the time, and the life of typical hardworking early Torontonians. Admission by donation.

Where: Tollkeeper’s Cottage, 750 Davenport Rd.

Saturday, September 14 — 11am – 5pm
Sunday, September 15 — 11am – 5pm
City Cider

Not Far From the Tree and Spadina Museum present a fun-filled harvest celebration in an urban heritage orchard. An afternoon of delectable eats, live music, performers, and of course, apple cider (and hard cider too!) pressed straight from the museum’s orchard. Spadina gardeners will offer tours of the historic gardens and orchards. Visitors can explore the authentically restored 1920s mansion. There will be demonstrations in the historic kitchen and a 19th century printing press where visitors can print their own souvenir with staff from Mackenzie House. Adults $5, children under 12 free.

Where: Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Rd.

Sunday, September 15 — noon – 4pm
Pop Up Concerts – The Wychwood Clarinet Choir

Passersby will be treated to a series of short pop-up concerts by a skilled and enthusiastic local ensemble. Random acts of art will feature popular, jazz, and classical favourites. The Wychwood Clarinet Choir is the creation of Michele Jacot, a professional musician, teacher and clarinet specialist. The Choir’s home base is St. Michael and All Angels Church. FREE.

Where: Various locations along St. Clair Ave. W.

Sunday, September 15 — 1pm – 3pm
Open House at St. Clare’s Roman Catholic Church

St. Clare’s Roman Catholic Church is also celebrating its centennial this year. A fine example of “Renaissance Revival” architecture, take a guided tour of the church or simply take a few minutes to rejuvenate your spirit in this beautiful, tranquil setting. FREE.

Where: St. Clare’s Roman Catholic Church, 1118 St. Clair Ave. W.

Sunday, September 15 — 1:30pm – 5pm
Hungarian Folk Dancing with the Kodaly Ensemble

Experience a performance of traditional Hungarian folk dancing. The Kodaly Ensemble strives to learn and preserve Hungarian folk dance, songs and traditions. Free.

Where: Front lawn, St. Michael and All Angels Church, 611 St. Clair Avenue West

Sunday, September 15 — 3:15 – 4:15pm

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The Wychwood Barns Community Association is grateful to the following supporters:
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