Humbermede

Melika Saeeda Artbox
East Side of Arrow Road, North of Sheppard Avenue West
An art box by artist Melika Saeeda that depicts a bird in a dramatic winter scene. It is part of the Bell Box Mural Project.

Emery Village BIA Road Mural & Historical Marker
Sheppard Avenue West and Weston Road
The intersection of Weston Road and Sheppard Avenue West was reconstructed beginning in 2007 as part of a beautification project. Some of the new features from this project included a large interlocking maple leaf in brick form in the intersection itself, benches, banners, planters, a stone seatwall with the Emery Village BIA mural, and decorative LED lighting. There is also a historical marker which notes some local history close to the northwest corner of the intersection. This includes information about Carmine Stefano, who the nearby community centre is named after. It also notes some of the history of the origins of Emery Village, originally settled by Europeans in 1796, as well as the Toronto Carrying Place trail, an important Indigenous portage route, both of which were situated in this area. It also notes the history of nearby Rivermede Cottage.

Carmine Stefano Community Centre
3100 Weston Road
Carmine Stefano Community Centre is located in the Sheppard Avenue and Weston Road area. This community recreation centre provides recreational programming opportunities for everyone from preschoolers to older adults. Carmine Stefano Community Centre offers a wide range of activities that include but are not limited to parent and preschoolers, fitness, art, music, dance, social, sports and after school programs. The building was named in 2007 for Carmine Stefano, a long-time community leader who founded the Weston Soccer Club and the Catholic Soccer League, providing an exemplary contribution to children and families in the area.

Natali Starikova Artbox
East Side of Weston Road, South of Damask Avenue
In the bustle of a city as large and modern as Toronto, we forget the farming and pioneer history of this landscape before our dense and complex network of streets, buildings, and infrastructure was developed. Like other urban animals, the humble, creative, energetic mouse reminds us. Painted by artist Natali Starikova as part of the Bell Box Mural Project.

Emery Village BIA Historical Marker & St. Lucie Park
3300 Weston Road
There is a historical marker along Weston Road at St. Lucie Park which denotes notable local history. The plaque touches on how the Grouse Hill Orange Lodge shaped the social life of the agricultural community of Emery Village, which used to be situated in this area in the mid-1800s. It also notes the first schoolhouse built in Emery Village (now demolished), and provides a history of some of the first industry that developed in the area throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. St. Lucie Park features a ball diamond and greenspace.

Humber River Recreational Trail & Bluehaven Park
19 Blue Haven Crescent
A 2.3 hectare park near Finch Avenue West and Islington Avenue featuring three sports fields, a children's playground and a path leading to the Humber River Recreational Trail and the West Humber Parkland. Parking is available on site. The Humber River Recreational Trail wends its way through this neighbourhood, offering lovely views and paved paths.

Lanyard Park
138 Lanyard Road
A 2.1 hectare park near Weston Road and Finch Avenue West featuring a lit ball diamond, three outdoor tennis courts, a basketball court, a splash pad and a children's playground. The area of the park and neighbouring Daystrom Drive Public School was once the site of a large Indigenous settlement along the Toronto Carrying Place trail (more information about this can be found at the Emery Village Historical Marker at 2 Vena Way across from Lindylou Park).

Lindylou Park
14 Lanyard Road
A 4.5 hectare park at Finch Avenue West and Weston Road that features two Gazebos, two volleyball courts and walking paths.

Emery Village BIA Historical Marker
2 Vena Way
The Emery Village BIA has installed an informative historical plaque along the east side of Weston Road across from Lindy Lou Park. The marker notes two famous musicians originally from the area, Claudio Vena and Alfie Zappacosta, who some new streets are named after. It also notes some of the Indigenous history of the area, specifically a former village that was once located on what is now Lanyard Park and Daystrom Drive Public School (see also the Lanyard Park point of interest entry). The marker also mentions the former Finch West Mall, which was once a key hub of the area at the southeast corner of Weston Road and Finch Avenue West. Finally, the marker has a poem from Dr. Laurence Hutchman, who grew up in the area and is Emery's Poet Laureate.

Ted Hamer Artboxes
1000 Arrow Road
Some artboxes painted by artist Ted Hamer with the assistance of a local seniors group. The first is a maple leaf-themed piece, which was requested by the local Emery Village BIA. The other depicts themes of nature within the local community.

Gord and Irene Risk Community Centre
2650 Finch Ave W, North York, ON M9M 3A3
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.
Randell Adjei

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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.
Randell Adjei
Gord and Irene Risk Community Centre
2650 Finch Ave W, North York, ON M9M 3A3

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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 includes the Emery Village BIA, Canada's largest business improvement area. Along the way, you will see public art in the form of several Bell Box Murals Project pieces, several historical markers noting the history of the area, and plenty of fantastic greenspace such as Bluehaven Park, Lanyard Park, and Lindylou Park.

Main Streets: Weston Road and Finch Avenue
  1. Melika Saeeda Artbox
    East Side of Arrow Road, North of Sheppard Avenue West
    An art box by artist Melika Saeeda that depicts a bird in a dramatic winter scene. It is part of the Bell Box Mural Project.
  2. Emery Village BIA Road Mural & Historical Marker
    Sheppard Avenue West and Weston Road
    The intersection of Weston Road and Sheppard Avenue West was reconstructed beginning in 2007 as part of a beautification project. Some of the new features from this project included a large interlocking maple leaf in brick form in the intersection itself, benches, banners, planters, a stone seatwall with the Emery Village BIA mural, and decorative LED lighting. There is also a historical marker which notes some local history close to the northwest corner of the intersection. This includes information about Carmine Stefano, who the nearby community centre is named after. It also notes some of the history of the origins of Emery Village, originally settled by Europeans in 1796, as well as the Toronto Carrying Place trail, an important Indigenous portage route, both of which were situated in this area. It also notes the history of nearby Rivermede Cottage.
  3. Carmine Stefano Community Centre
    3100 Weston Road
    Carmine Stefano Community Centre is located in the Sheppard Avenue and Weston Road area. This community recreation centre provides recreational programming opportunities for everyone from preschoolers to older adults. Carmine Stefano Community Centre offers a wide range of activities that include but are not limited to parent and preschoolers, fitness, art, music, dance, social, sports and after school programs. The building was named in 2007 for Carmine Stefano, a long-time community leader who founded the Weston Soccer Club and the Catholic Soccer League, providing an exemplary contribution to children and families in the area.
  4. Natali Starikova Artbox
    East Side of Weston Road, South of Damask Avenue
    In the bustle of a city as large and modern as Toronto, we forget the farming and pioneer history of this landscape before our dense and complex network of streets, buildings, and infrastructure was developed. Like other urban animals, the humble, creative, energetic mouse reminds us. Painted by artist Natali Starikova as part of the Bell Box Mural Project.
  5. Emery Village BIA Historical Marker & St. Lucie Park
    3300 Weston Road
    There is a historical marker along Weston Road at St. Lucie Park which denotes notable local history. The plaque touches on how the Grouse Hill Orange Lodge shaped the social life of the agricultural community of Emery Village, which used to be situated in this area in the mid-1800s. It also notes the first schoolhouse built in Emery Village (now demolished), and provides a history of some of the first industry that developed in the area throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. St. Lucie Park features a ball diamond and greenspace.
  6. Humber River Recreational Trail & Bluehaven Park
    19 Blue Haven Crescent
    A 2.3 hectare park near Finch Avenue West and Islington Avenue featuring three sports fields, a children's playground and a path leading to the Humber River Recreational Trail and the West Humber Parkland. Parking is available on site. The Humber River Recreational Trail wends its way through this neighbourhood, offering lovely views and paved paths.
  7. Lanyard Park
    138 Lanyard Road
    A 2.1 hectare park near Weston Road and Finch Avenue West featuring a lit ball diamond, three outdoor tennis courts, a basketball court, a splash pad and a children's playground. The area of the park and neighbouring Daystrom Drive Public School was once the site of a large Indigenous settlement along the Toronto Carrying Place trail (more information about this can be found at the Emery Village Historical Marker at 2 Vena Way across from Lindylou Park).
  8. Lindylou Park
    14 Lanyard Road
    A 4.5 hectare park at Finch Avenue West and Weston Road that features two Gazebos, two volleyball courts and walking paths.
  9. Emery Village BIA Historical Marker
    2 Vena Way
    The Emery Village BIA has installed an informative historical plaque along the east side of Weston Road across from Lindy Lou Park. The marker notes two famous musicians originally from the area, Claudio Vena and Alfie Zappacosta, who some new streets are named after. It also notes some of the Indigenous history of the area, specifically a former village that was once located on what is now Lanyard Park and Daystrom Drive Public School (see also the Lanyard Park point of interest entry). The marker also mentions the former Finch West Mall, which was once a key hub of the area at the southeast corner of Weston Road and Finch Avenue West. Finally, the marker has a poem from Dr. Laurence Hutchman, who grew up in the area and is Emery's Poet Laureate.
  10. Ted Hamer Artboxes
    1000 Arrow Road
    Some artboxes painted by artist Ted Hamer with the assistance of a local seniors group. The first is a maple leaf-themed piece, which was requested by the local Emery Village BIA. The other depicts themes of nature within the local community.
  11. Gord and Irene Risk Community Centre
    2650 Finch Ave W, North York, ON M9M 3A3
    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.
    Randell Adjei

Accessibility information: The Melika Saeeda Artbox, Emery Village BIA Historical Markers, Natali Starikova Artbox, and Ted Hamer Artboxes are all viewable from the street. Bluehaven Park, Lanyard Park, and Lindylou Park have fully paved paths throughout. St. Lucie Park does not have any paved paths. Please note that the Humber River Recreational Trail may include uneven surfaces and steep hills.

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.