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Scarborough Southwest

Ward 20

Victoria Park Station
777 Victoria Park Avenue
The Victoria Park Subway Station opened in 1968. It was one of only two subway stations to be found in Scarborough at the time. Victoria Park was also the second elevated subway station on the network (after Keele, which opened in 1966). The station was renovated in 2009 and reopened in 2010 and now features artwork by designer and environmentalist Aniko Meszaros as part of her installation entitled Roots. On the station’s outer wall at Victoria Park Avenue, the mural depicts a root system, which was sandblasted into the existing ceramic tile. The word ‘roots’ is written in several languages. More art from this series can be found inside the station along the platform walls.

Owl Mural
3206 Danforth Avenue
Painted in early 1976 on the wall of MacMillan Auto Sales, this owl mural has always been a familiar neighbourhood landmark. The owner of MacMillan painted the original owl to go along with the then tagline of the business: “make the wise choice”. Over time, the condition of the mural deteriorated. Artist De Anne Lamirande collaborated with the new building owner, Gary Bintsis, and painted Wise Owl to keep the neighbourhood icon. Lamirande incorporated the original tree and owl into a new colour scheme.

Great Horned Owl Mural
3333 – 3349 Danforth Avenue
Painted by Magicfinnga WonG, the mural depicts a great horned owl. Below the owl are a number of circular images that include cosmos, landscapes and depictions of fish and feathers painted in the West Coast Art style.

De Anne Lamirande Mural
3300 Danforth Avenue
Artist De Anne Lamirande’s inspiration for the mural on the wall of Chopstick Foods lies in her appreciation of the environment. She believes sharing art with the community inspires others and creates involvement. Bees and a monarch butterfly were incorporated in the design to bring awareness to saving these species. Lilies are a tribute to the owner of Chopstick Foods, Lili. A community event was also a part of this mural as area residents and children added their own brush strokes to the mural. It was created with support from the Crossroads of the Danforth BIA and StreetARToronto, and was selected as best mural by the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas.

Oakridge Public School
3459 Danforth Avenue
At the entrance to Oakridge Park sits a large red brick wall with a stone face. This is all that’s left of the old Oakridge Public School. A single-room school was built on this site in 1913 to replace the previous building that was destroyed by a fire. As the population of Scarborough continued to grow, the building was renovated from one room to seven by 1913 and eventually had a second building added before both buildings were demolished in 1967. A modern Oakridge Junior Public School was built on Byng Avenue and still exists today.

Oakridge Park & Magicfinnga WonG Mural
3459 Danforth Avenue & 2 Robinson Avenue
A 1.8 hectare park on Danforth Avenue east of Pharmacy Avenue that features a ball diamond, a multipurpose sports field, splash pad and a children’s playground. Visible from the entrance to the park at Danforth Avenue and Robinson Avenue alongside is a mural by Magicfinnga WonG that is painted on the wall of 2 Robinson Avenue. Created to honour veterans on Canada’s 150th anniversary the sites for this series of murals in frequently vandalized locations were also selected to demonstrate how artistic talent can be channeled in positive and powerful ways.

Emmanuel Jarus Mural
Pharmacy Avenue and Teesdale Place
The mural covers both the east and west side of the underpass, and features two children from the community.

Warden Woods Park
125 Pharmacy Avenue
The township of Scarborough acquired Warden Woods from the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1959. This thickly forested park escaped the clear-cut logging of much of the surrounding area and follows Taylor Massey Creek. It is home to a mature forest and wildlife, and features the Gus Harris Trail, which is named after Scarborough’s fifth mayor. Follow the path to see the park’s sand banks, which have been left exposed since glacial Lake Iroquois formed the valley 12,000 years ago.

Warden Woods Community Centre
74 Firvalley Court
Warden Woods Community Centre has been a part of the community for over 40 years! The centre offers a range of diverse programming and services to reflect the varied needs of the rich cultural mosaic of the southwest Scarborough community. A colourful mural can be found along the entrance to the community centre. Named metamorphosis, the mural is based on themes of change and transformation and is meant to bring positivity to the centre. Lead artist Tara Dorey and Mural Routes’ artists led local youth in a series of stencil-making workshops to create images of the stages of a butterfly’s life and transformation, in addition, there are silhouetted natural scenes in the walkway’s inner walls. Visiting artist Redzuan Salleh, from Singapore, designed and painted the outer wall with the help of local youth.

Shazam! Filming Location (Billy’s Mom’s Apartment)
1 Firvalley Court
*Apartment building is private property. Please observe from the street. The bridge over the TTC tracks and apartment building at 1 Firvalley Court were utilized as a filming location for the smash-hit movie Shazam!, starring Asher Angel and Zachary Levi as the title character Billy Batson and his alter-ego Shazam respectively. In the scene, Billy walks across the TTC tracks and into the apartment building where he has discovered his long-lost mother lives.

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Neighbourhood Stroll: Oakridge

Explore the art, history and green spaces that make up the Oakridge neighbourhood. The stroll includes an idyllic footbridge and trail, plus an exciting mix of local restaurants and shops along the Crossroads of the Danforth BIA.

Main Streets: Danforth Avenue and Victoria Park Avenue

Note: Some neighbourhood strolls may cross over into more than one ward.

  1. Victoria Park Station
    777 Victoria Park Avenue
    The Victoria Park Subway Station opened in 1968. It was one of only two subway stations to be found in Scarborough at the time. Victoria Park was also the second elevated subway station on the network (after Keele, which opened in 1966). The station was renovated in 2009 and reopened in 2010 and now features artwork by designer and environmentalist Aniko Meszaros as part of her installation entitled Roots. On the station’s outer wall at Victoria Park Avenue, the mural depicts a root system, which was sandblasted into the existing ceramic tile. The word ‘roots’ is written in several languages. More art from this series can be found inside the station along the platform walls.

  2. Owl Mural
    3206 Danforth Avenue
    Painted in early 1976 on the wall of MacMillan Auto Sales, this owl mural has always been a familiar neighbourhood landmark. The owner of MacMillan painted the original owl to go along with the then tagline of the business: “make the wise choice”. Over time, the condition of the mural deteriorated. Artist De Anne Lamirande collaborated with the new building owner, Gary Bintsis, and painted Wise Owl to keep the neighbourhood icon. Lamirande incorporated the original tree and owl into a new colour scheme.

  3. Great Horned Owl Mural
    3333 – 3349 Danforth Avenue
    Painted by Magicfinnga WonG, the mural depicts a great horned owl. Below the owl are a number of circular images that include cosmos, landscapes and depictions of fish and feathers painted in the West Coast Art style.

  4. De Anne Lamirande Mural
    3300 Danforth Avenue
    Artist De Anne Lamirande’s inspiration for the mural on the wall of Chopstick Foods lies in her appreciation of the environment. She believes sharing art with the community inspires others and creates involvement. Bees and a monarch butterfly were incorporated in the design to bring awareness to saving these species. Lilies are a tribute to the owner of Chopstick Foods, Lili. A community event was also a part of this mural as area residents and children added their own brush strokes to the mural. It was created with support from the Crossroads of the Danforth BIA and StreetARToronto, and was selected as best mural by the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas.

  5. Oakridge Public School
    3459 Danforth Avenue
    At the entrance to Oakridge Park sits a large red brick wall with a stone face. This is all that’s left of the old Oakridge Public School. A single-room school was built on this site in 1913 to replace the previous building that was destroyed by a fire. As the population of Scarborough continued to grow, the building was renovated from one room to seven by 1913 and eventually had a second building added before both buildings were demolished in 1967. A modern Oakridge Junior Public School was built on Byng Avenue and still exists today.

  6. Oakridge Park & Magicfinnga WonG Mural
    3459 Danforth Avenue & 2 Robinson Avenue
    A 1.8 hectare park on Danforth Avenue east of Pharmacy Avenue that features a ball diamond, a multipurpose sports field, splash pad and a children’s playground. Visible from the entrance to the park at Danforth Avenue and Robinson Avenue alongside is a mural by Magicfinnga WonG that is painted on the wall of 2 Robinson Avenue. Created to honour veterans on Canada’s 150th anniversary the sites for this series of murals in frequently vandalized locations were also selected to demonstrate how artistic talent can be channeled in positive and powerful ways.

  7. Emmanuel Jarus Mural
    Pharmacy Avenue and Teesdale Place
    The mural covers both the east and west side of the underpass, and features two children from the community.

  8. Warden Woods Park
    125 Pharmacy Avenue
    The township of Scarborough acquired Warden Woods from the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1959. This thickly forested park escaped the clear-cut logging of much of the surrounding area and follows Taylor Massey Creek. It is home to a mature forest and wildlife, and features the Gus Harris Trail, which is named after Scarborough’s fifth mayor. Follow the path to see the park’s sand banks, which have been left exposed since glacial Lake Iroquois formed the valley 12,000 years ago.

  9. Warden Woods Community Centre
    74 Firvalley Court
    Warden Woods Community Centre has been a part of the community for over 40 years! The centre offers a range of diverse programming and services to reflect the varied needs of the rich cultural mosaic of the southwest Scarborough community. A colourful mural can be found along the entrance to the community centre. Named metamorphosis, the mural is based on themes of change and transformation and is meant to bring positivity to the centre. Lead artist Tara Dorey and Mural Routes’ artists led local youth in a series of stencil-making workshops to create images of the stages of a butterfly’s life and transformation, in addition, there are silhouetted natural scenes in the walkway’s inner walls. Visiting artist Redzuan Salleh, from Singapore, designed and painted the outer wall with the help of local youth.

  10. Shazam! Filming Location (Billy’s Mom’s Apartment)
    1 Firvalley Court
    *Apartment building is private property. Please observe from the street. The bridge over the TTC tracks and apartment building at 1 Firvalley Court were utilized as a filming location for the smash-hit movie Shazam!, starring Asher Angel and Zachary Levi as the title character Billy Batson and his alter-ego Shazam respectively. In the scene, Billy walks across the TTC tracks and into the apartment building where he has discovered his long-lost mother lives.

Accessibility information: All points of interest are visible from the street, except Warden Woods Park. The Gus Harris Trail within Warden Woods Park includes steep hills, stairs and unpaved paths at some points. A paved entrance to the trail can be accessed at the southwest corner of St. Clair Avenue East and Warden Avenue.

Soundtracks of the City

From global superstars to local favourites and ones to watch, the Soundtracks of the City playlists all feature artists who have called Toronto home. Whether it’s a lyric about the neighborhood, an artist representing a cultural community, or a tie-in to the StrollTO itinerary itself, all the music reflects connections to an individual ward or the City as a whole.

Music was chosen based on an artist’s Spotify presence and each song’s broad appeal, as well as its associations with the cultures, languages and ethnicities that reflect Toronto’s neighborhoods and diverse music scene. Soundtracks of the City combines 425 songs that feature more than 500 different local artists or acts, showcasing songs in 23 different languages.