Toronto Sketches 6

Toronto Sketches

Book 6
Dundurn
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Stories of Old Toronto never lose favour with the city's nostalgia buffs, and as long as Mike Filey continues to provide us with his "The Way We Were" columns, no one's appetite will have to go unsatisfied.

When Mike's Toronto Sunday Sun columns were first brought together in Toronto Sketches, demand was so high that it prompted a second collection ... then a third ... and a fourth ... and a fifth.

Now, for 2000, Mike has once again brought together some of the best of his Toronto Sunday Sun columns for Toronto Sketches 6, the latest installment in the wildly popular series. This time around, Mike takes us to a performance at the Royal Alexandra Theatre by Al Jolson, the opening of Sunnybrook Hospital, a game between the baseball Leafs and the Havana Sugar Kings - with Fidel Castro throwing out the first pitch - and many more famous, notorious, and entertaining episodes in the history of this great city.

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About the author

Mike Filey, popular Toronto historian, is a member of the Ontario Heritage Foundation and past member of the Toronto Historical Board. In addition to "The Way We Were," Mike's regular column in the Toronto Sunday Sun, he is the author of many books on Toronto, including The TTC Story, Discover and Explore Toronto's Waterfront, and I Remember Sunnyside.

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Publisher
Dundurn
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Published on
Sep 30, 2000
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Pages
294
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ISBN
9781550023398
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Canada / General
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Content Protection
This content is DRM free.
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Eligible for Family Library

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