Saturday, February 3, 1916

Art School Exhibition at the Grange this weekend.

“A very interesting exhibition now on view at the “Grange” is the work of the students of the Ontario College of Art… These artists and embryo artists are learning their craft, the handling of the different mediums. In preparation for the time when their craftsmanship will enable them to convey to others their ‘sensing’ of the wonders of earth or the things of the spirit.”


Tuesday, January 2, 1917

New Year’s Day crowds packed the Regent Theatre to the doors from opening unil closing time, for the first showing in the entire dominion of “War As It Really Is,” the marvelous seven-reel motion pictures which were taken by Capt. Donald C. Thompson, and presented under the auspices of The Toronto Star.

Friday, August 11, 1916

Rose Avenue ratepayers sue board of education because of playground.

“The courts may have to decide whether the frolics of the young are to continue or to cease…From early morning until night many children are there, few from the neighbourhood, but the majority are from the city at large…It is alleged that some of the owners have had to leave and that property values have suffered.”

Wednesday, August 2, 1916

Scarboro Beach is about the coolest spot in the city. “Thousands of citizens seek comfort in the cooling lake breezes every evening, and that the concerts given by Matt’s Band are listened to with every outward sign of enjoyment…The Thomas Trio of comedy acrobats is another special feature that pleases the crowds.

Friday July 14, 1916

Visiting Shriners denied access to Queens Park. – “Hundreds of visiting Shriners who have been in Toronto yesterday and to-day, were denied entrance to the Parliament Buildings because of the strict enforcement of the rules against admission of strangers unless vouched for by a responsible individuals known to the Provincial Police.”

Thursday July 13, 1916

“Toronto kiddies are learning to swim. Mothers and children are taking advantage of the summer classes held during July and August at the Y.W.C.A. natatorium. Over twenty-five children turn out in the morning to enjoy this most healthful and refreshing exercise. From the tiny tot of five, to many ladies who have passed the sunny side of fifty, all are eager to learn after the first plunge into the tepid waters.”

Wednesday July 12, 1916

Over 6,000 Orangemen march in annual commemoration of the 12th of July. “Very striking was the stillness of the watching crowds of white-garbed women and little children. Gone was the feeling of years gone by when many were inclined to paint their fingers excitedly and draw attention to perspiring ‘brother’ in Prince Albert coat and silk hat. The banners borne by the many lodges announcing the number of their men in khaki in the ranks more than overcame any tendency to laugh at weird garb or heated faces.”