Monday, March 31, 2008


Shops on Yorkville Avenue

During the 1960's, Yorkville was the center of hippy culture in Canada. Many folk musicians, such as Joni Mitchell, got their start playing coffee houses in this area. However, by the early 1970's, developers moved in and transformed Yorkville into a trendy shopping district for the upper crust.

This area was first developed by William Botsford Jarvis and Joseph Bloor, after whom some Toronto streets were named. Almost named Bloorville, the village of Yorkville was established in 1853. On February 1, 1883, the town of 5000 people was annexed by the city of Toronto.

Sculpture in front of an art gallery

Corner of Yorkville and Hazelton, now redeveloped into a hotel.

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