Tree of Life Video has been very busy organizing this incredible event and producing a video titled ‘Thorncliffe Park from First Story to New Story’

Telling Thorncliffe Park's Stories Flyer 8.5x11

Screening at the City of Toronto Archives from April 15, 2014
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Past Events

This video contains highlights of the workshop centered on an interview with 92 year old Maurice Coulter who has lived in Downsview for 67 years. She recalls the earlier days when it was primarily an agricultural area with dirt roads and no hydro, working in a munitions factory during WWII, and manufacturing Lancaster Bombers. Later she became a longtime employee at De Havilland, upon retirement she volunteered in the community and still resides in the same home that they built in the late 1940s. Other participants gave their interview time to Maurice because we all especially wanted to hear her stories. It was a fantastic experience for everyone.

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:


News Release

July 5, 2013

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site launches Layers of Leaside exhibit

Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth) and Councillor John Parker (Ward 26 Don Valley West) helped Todmorden Mills Heritage Site and the Leaside 100 Committee launch a new Papermill Gallery exhibit, Layers of Leaside, and a video slide show, Leaside – Then and Now, last night.

“Toronto is a city of neighbourhoods, with each having its own deep roots and rich history,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City of Toronto’s Economic Development Committee. “It is great to see an exhibition and video that honour and celebrate Leaside’s centenary.”

“Leaside has transformed itself many times throughout its history and continues to do so today,” said Councillor Fragedakis. “Exhibitions like these show how dynamic this community is through the character of its residents and its buildings.”

The exhibit and video slide show organized by the Leaside 100 Committee and presented by Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, visually documents and celebrates 100 years of development by this thriving midtown community.

The exhibit describes and explains the cultural landscape of Leaside through six definitive periods of development. Building on these six eras and themes, which show significant events, buildings, people and places, through maps, pictures and text.

Running for the duration the exhibit will be the Leaside – Then and Now video slide show. Created by Anna-Louise Richardson of Tree of Life Video, the film was sponsored by Humphrey Funeral Home, A.W. Miles Chapel and CP Rail.

The exhibit and video will be shown at Todmorden Mills Papermill Gallery until July 14. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Parking is free.

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, located at 67 Pottery Rd., is one of 10 museums operated by the City of Toronto. More information is available at

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Media contact: Shane Gerard, Senior Communications Coordinator, Strategic Communications, 416-397-5711,

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