About The Junction
The Junction is a testament to the saying: “Fall 10 times, get up 11.” An area of ‘the six’ formerly recognized as its own independent city, known simply as: ‘West End’, it has conquered the highs and lows, and booms and busts, of it’s time. From railway & manufacturing maven (Heintzman Piano Company, Canadian Cycle & Motor co; Canadian Pacific) to the deeply-felt depression of the late 1800s.
Culturally speaking, the area was first adopted by a number of Irish Catholics who found the overcrowded tenement housing in Cabbagetown and Brockton to be underwhelming. The burgeoning local meat industry also drew flocks of Italians, Polish, Macedonians, and Croatians. Today we continue to see this influence- particularly in ‘Little Malta’, the area found along Dundas and St.John’s Road.
A widely known part of The Junction’s history includes a nearly 100 year banning of alcohol. This heavily enforced prohibition was cast all the way until the year 2000. There were many reasons for this, all of which are extremely outdated, so we won’t put you to sleep with the details.
Today, on any given day, residents of the area can be found at a variety of cafes (Cool Hand of a Girl), taverns (Henderson Brewing, The Gaslight), restaurants (Vesuvio), boutiques (Mjolk), and parks. A reflection of it’s working class roots (and perhaps because of the end of prohibition) there are no shortage of pubs and unique start-ups in this entrepreneurial, and just down-right ‘awesome’, part of Toronto.
The Junction is the perfect place for you if you’re looking for a neighbourhood that avoids ‘cookie cutter’ and embraces the idiosyncratic. This off-the-cuff quality has attracted a variety of residents and created a strong sense of community and identity. Classic brick stone residential homes, revamped industrial-finished lofts, and new builds, are all available in the area – making the options as unique as the people who inhabit them.