Corso Italia-Davenport

Marcelo Pinero, Aelwynn Swanson, and Pia Ferrari Murals
Railway Underpass Along St. Clair Avenue West Between Prescott Avenue and Caledonia Road
The first mural pays tribute to the history of soccer and reflects the neighbourhood's 'football fever', the importance of sportsmanship and team sport, and Torontonians' ability to accept different cultures. The second mural pays tribute to Ontario's railway history. Both murals were painted by Marcelo Pinero, Aelwynn Swanson, and Pia Ferrari from the Davenport Arts Community.

Joseph J. Piccinnini Community Recreation Centre
1369 St. Clair Avenue West
This community centre is named after Joseph J. Piccinnini, an alderman who served this area for many years. Out front of the centre on St. Clair Avenue West is a monument by artist Frank Varga that was installed in 1998. It pays tribute to the many Italian immigrants who have come to Toronto over the years, many of whom settled in this neighbourhood, particularly in the years following the Second World War.

Earlscourt Park
1200 Lansdowne Avenue
Turning 100 years old in October 2020, the largest greenspace in the neighbourhood features multipurpose sports fields, a children's playground, a splash pad, and many walking trails. A historical plaque and First World War memorial describing the neighbourhood's residents' great contribution to the war effort is also located at the park entrance at Lansdowne Avenue and St. Clair Avenue West.

Alejandro Marcelo Pinero Mural
Under Railway Underpass West of Davenport Road and Caledonia Park Road Intersection
This mural showcases a golden age of Canadian hockey championships (1951-1993) and the evolution of Canadian sports culture and identity. The mural serves to inspire youth to be active and learn from the examples of great Canadian athletes.

Stairway House
1414 Davenport Road
*Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the street only. As you pass by this house on Davenport Road, you'll notice it has over 40 steps! Built in 1912 by Robert James Dodds, this house includes many architectural features that were inspired by Dodds' time in Mexico building houses such as its tile roof, awning-like curved eaves and front umbrage porch.

Regal Road Junior Public School
95 Regal Road
The school which opened in 1914 sits on a hill with scenic views of the city. The school stands on the edge of the ancient Lake Iroquois escarpment. It also overlooks Davenport Road, which was an important Indigenous trail that linked settlements with hunting and fishing grounds, and with trade routes that tied this region to the upper Great Lakes, the Atlantic coast, and the Midwest.

Toronto Public Library: Dufferin/St. Clair Branch
1625 Dufferin Street
This Toronto Public Library branch - previously known as the Earlscourt Branch - is a heritage designated building dating to the early 1920s. Designed by architect Charles J. Gibson, the building stands out for its Georgian-style architecture, notably in its symmetry and the large columns that adorn the entrance.

St. Clair Streetcar
St. Clair Avenue West between Caledonia Road and Oakwood Avenue
The historic 512 route was one the first five laneways in Toronto to become equipped with a streetcar and helped to develop the city's midtown.

Showcase on the Hudson Murals
West Side of Dufferin Street Between Norton Avenue and Ascott Avenue
In collaboration with Hudson College and StreetARToronto, the graffiti arts collective Wallnoize brought together eleven artists to collaborate on the Hudson College wall facing Dufferin Street. Each artist used their artistry to demonstrate the power of creativity to the children and residents in the area. This mural spans almost an entire block along Dufferin Street.

The Little House (1910)
128 Day Ave
*Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the street only. This is Toronto's smallest home! It's only 300 square feet and 7.25 feet wide. It was also featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2008.

Toronto Public Library: Dufferin/St. Clair Branch
1625 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6H 3L9
Poems For Your Path
Artists from various disciplines present messages of hope and resilience throughout the city in the form of text-based visual art installations.
Women Paint

Explore Corso Italia-Davenport

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Artists from various disciplines present messages of hope and resilience throughout the city in the form of text-based visual art installations.
Women Paint
Toronto Public Library: Dufferin/St. Clair Branch
1625 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6H 3L9

Check out main street storefront art installations, in the neighbourhood or nearby, created by Local Arts Organizations and Business Improvement Areas across the City.

Painting Icon StrollTO Guided Walks:

On select weekend dates, join guided walks and discover the diverse histories and cultural significance behind neighbourhood landmarks and attractions.
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We hope that you enjoyed exploring this Toronto neighbourhood and found many other points of interest along the way. While StrollTO highlights some of the 'hidden gems' in the neighbourhood, there may be others that could be included in a future edition. Would you like to share a point of interest that you discovered in the neighbourhood? Email us at [email protected].

Neighbourhood Stroll

This stroll features large green spaces like Earlscourt Park, some fantastic street art murals, the smallest home in Toronto, and an historic public school that has some of the best views of the city. It passes through the Corso Italia BIA, which features a tremendous array of shops, restaurants, and bars to choose from.

Main Streets: St. Clair Avenue West
  1. Marcelo Pinero, Aelwynn Swanson, and Pia Ferrari Murals
    Railway Underpass Along St. Clair Avenue West Between Prescott Avenue and Caledonia Road
    The first mural pays tribute to the history of soccer and reflects the neighbourhood's 'football fever', the importance of sportsmanship and team sport, and Torontonians' ability to accept different cultures. The second mural pays tribute to Ontario's railway history. Both murals were painted by Marcelo Pinero, Aelwynn Swanson, and Pia Ferrari from the Davenport Arts Community.
  2. Joseph J. Piccinnini Community Recreation Centre
    1369 St. Clair Avenue West
    This community centre is named after Joseph J. Piccinnini, an alderman who served this area for many years. Out front of the centre on St. Clair Avenue West is a monument by artist Frank Varga that was installed in 1998. It pays tribute to the many Italian immigrants who have come to Toronto over the years, many of whom settled in this neighbourhood, particularly in the years following the Second World War.
  3. Earlscourt Park
    1200 Lansdowne Avenue
    Turning 100 years old in October 2020, the largest greenspace in the neighbourhood features multipurpose sports fields, a children's playground, a splash pad, and many walking trails. A historical plaque and First World War memorial describing the neighbourhood's residents' great contribution to the war effort is also located at the park entrance at Lansdowne Avenue and St. Clair Avenue West.
  4. Alejandro Marcelo Pinero Mural
    Under Railway Underpass West of Davenport Road and Caledonia Park Road Intersection
    This mural showcases a golden age of Canadian hockey championships (1951-1993) and the evolution of Canadian sports culture and identity. The mural serves to inspire youth to be active and learn from the examples of great Canadian athletes.
  5. Stairway House
    1414 Davenport Road
    *Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the street only. As you pass by this house on Davenport Road, you'll notice it has over 40 steps! Built in 1912 by Robert James Dodds, this house includes many architectural features that were inspired by Dodds' time in Mexico building houses such as its tile roof, awning-like curved eaves and front umbrage porch.
  6. Regal Road Junior Public School
    95 Regal Road
    The school which opened in 1914 sits on a hill with scenic views of the city. The school stands on the edge of the ancient Lake Iroquois escarpment. It also overlooks Davenport Road, which was an important Indigenous trail that linked settlements with hunting and fishing grounds, and with trade routes that tied this region to the upper Great Lakes, the Atlantic coast, and the Midwest.
  7. Toronto Public Library: Dufferin/St. Clair Branch
    1625 Dufferin Street
    This Toronto Public Library branch - previously known as the Earlscourt Branch - is a heritage designated building dating to the early 1920s. Designed by architect Charles J. Gibson, the building stands out for its Georgian-style architecture, notably in its symmetry and the large columns that adorn the entrance.
  8. St. Clair Streetcar
    St. Clair Avenue West between Caledonia Road and Oakwood Avenue
    The historic 512 route was one the first five laneways in Toronto to become equipped with a streetcar and helped to develop the city's midtown.
  9. Showcase on the Hudson Murals
    West Side of Dufferin Street Between Norton Avenue and Ascott Avenue
    In collaboration with Hudson College and StreetARToronto, the graffiti arts collective Wallnoize brought together eleven artists to collaborate on the Hudson College wall facing Dufferin Street. Each artist used their artistry to demonstrate the power of creativity to the children and residents in the area. This mural spans almost an entire block along Dufferin Street.
  10. The Little House (1910)
    128 Day Ave
    *Note: Private property. Please observe the house from the street only. This is Toronto's smallest home! It's only 300 square feet and 7.25 feet wide. It was also featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2008.
  11. Toronto Public Library: Dufferin/St. Clair Branch
    1625 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6H 3L9
    Poems For Your Path
    Artists from various disciplines present messages of hope and resilience throughout the city in the form of text-based visual art installations.
    Women Paint

Accessibility information: Most of the points of interest on this stroll are viewable from the street. Some walkways of Earlscourt Park are paved. Please enter from St. Clair Avenue West and Lansdowne Avenue. Please also note that Regal Road Public School has grassy areas and some stairs.

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.