St. Lawrence Market
HISTORY OF ST. LAWRENCE MARKET
The land on which the St. Lawrence neighbourhood is built was originally part of the shoreline of Lake Ontario. Immediately to the north of here, above Front Street, was the Town of York, the forerunner to the City of Toronto.
The site of the present day St. Lawrence neighbourhood was created from landfill in the early 1800’s. It was originally intended to serve as a public promenade with a grand Esplanade along the waterfront. However the city turned the land over to the railways, which in turn attracted industry to the St. Lawrence area.
By the early 1900’s, St. Lawrence had become one of Toronto’s most prominent industrial centres. It remained a vital industrial area until the late 1940’s, when Toronto’s industrial base began moving outside of the city. Consequently, St. Lawrence went into a period of decline which lasted until the 1970’s, when Toronto politicians made the decision to create the present day St. Lawrence neighbourhood.
OVERVIEW OF ST. LAWRENCE MARKET
Planned and developed by the City of Toronto in the 1970’s as a mixed use housing development, the St. Lawrence neighbourhood has been critically acclaimed as a major success story in urban planning. It has become a model for the design and planning of new neighbourhoods across North America.
HOMES IN ST. LAWRENCE MARKET
The apartment buildings and townhouses in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood were designed by some of Toronto’s most accomplished architects. The one consistent feature in these designs is the use of red brick exteriors on all the homes. Private and non-profit housing, market rental buildings, and luxury condominiums all co-exist here.
SCHOOLS IN ST. LAWRENCE MARKET
(P) Market Lane Junior & Senior Public School, 85 Lower Jarvis Street, (416) 393-1300
(CA) St. Michael School, 50 George Street, (416) 393-5387
(PH) Jarvis Collegiate Institute, 495 Jarvis Street, (416) 393-0140
(PH) Inglenook Community School, 19 Sackville Street, (416) 393-0560
(P) Public School (PH) Public High School (PH) Public High School (PH) Public High School (PC) Private Catholic School (PJ) Private Jewish School (C) College (U) University
ST. LAWRENCE MARKET LIFESTYLE
The Esplanade, which runs through the middle of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood, contains retail stores and services that meet the day-to-day needs of the St. Lawrence residents. The Esplanade’s restaurants, bars, and specialty stores also appeal to tourists as well as Torontonians from other neighbourhoods.
St. Lawrence residents have the luxury of being able to walk to the famous St. Lawrence Market, a food emporium with over 200 vendors again attracting shoppers from near and far. Stroll through this Toronto landmark and be entertained by live performers, enjoy a vast variety of prepared foods, and purchase everything from fresh seafood to farm fresh eggs and organic chicken. Shopping at this market dubbed the best food market in the world by National Geographic is an experience not to be missed. The South Market is open all week long while the North Building, also known as the “Farmers’ Market”, is open only on Thursdays and Saturdays.
RECREATION IN ST. LAWRENCE MARKET
David Crombie Park is a multi-faceted linear park that runs through the centre of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood, along The Esplanade. This park includes pretty strolling and sitting gardens, a waterfall, a handball court, and a basketball court.
The St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre is located on The Esplanade. This modern facility includes squash courts, a swimming pool, a gymnasium, a piano room, a weight room, and a games room.
New Cooking School Opens in Toronto’s Oldest Farmers’ Market
Food has been at the heart of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood in East Toronto dating back to 1803, when Lieutenant Governor Peter Hunter declared the area that encompassed Front Street to King Street and Jarvis Street to Church Street as the “Market Block.”
Toronto citizens have been buying local farm-fresh produce at the St. Lawrence Market for over 200 years. So it seems appropriate given its rich tradition in food that the St. Lawrence Market has recently opened The Market Kitchen, a cooking school and event venue.
The Market Kitchen is located on the west mezzanie of the south market. This 2,400 square foot space resembles a funky hard loft with exposed brick, soaring original windows, and polished hardwood floors. An open view of the marketplace below adds ambiance and a sense of inspiration to those pursuing culinary excellence.
No kitchen would be complete without the proper equipment and The Market Kitchen is certainly fortunate in this regard; it’s been fully outfitted with state-of-the-art appliances courtesy of Miele, the title sponsor of this venue.
The Market Gallery offers cooking classes for all levels as well as hosting a myriad of events held year round that cover an eclectic range of topics. The following is just a sample of events: “Cooking with coffee,” “Chocolate and lots of it,” “Interactive demo: Indian Cuisine,” and “Wine tasting and jazz.”
The Market Kitchen also conducts events for couples and children. It also hosts a popular Celebrity Chef series that gives participants the opportunity to be in the kitchen with some of Canada’s critically acclaimed chefs, including the likes of Anna Olson.
For more information on The Market Kitchen at St. Lawrence Market visit the website www.stlawrencemarket.com.
PARKS AND GREENSPACES IN THE ST. LAWRENCE MARKET AREA
David Crombie Park – 131 The Esplanade
A 1.6 hectare park south of Front Street between Jarvis and Berkeley Streets featuring a ball diamond, a basketball court, a dog off leash area, two children`s playgrounds and a wading pool.
The park is named after the former Mayor of Toronto who served from 1972 to 1978 and oversaw the creation of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood in which the park is located.
The Toronto Sculpture Garden is an open space in Toronto’s downtown core, about the size of a small retail store.
An attractive two-story waterfall fountain graces the side of the gym building. (The waterfall is turned off at night to discourage the homeless from showering in it.) An understated brick and wrought iron fence circles the garden, with a few benches to sit and admire the sculpture, eat lunch, or drink straight bosco (depending on time of day). Several raised flower beds ring the park inside the fence, and a footpath separates La Maquette’s patio from the main garden grounds.
Within the park is the sculpture garden space. Twice a year, in April and October, the most recent ‘installation’ (the incumbent sculpture, dahlings) is removed and replaced by the incoming artwork. Each ‘installation’ is by a different Canadian sculptor (or sculptors). Small glass podiums at the front and rear of the park host the artist’s comments on the work being exhibited.
St. James Cathedral is the majestic backdrop for this site. Planned as a formal garden, there are many wedding parties taking advantage of the beautiful garden displays in the heart of downtown.
Moss Park – 150 Sherbourne Street
This 3.4 hectare downtown park at Queen Street East and Sherbourne Street features a lighted ball diamond, two tennis courts, a basket ball court, a wading pool and a children`s playground. On the east side of the park is the Moss Park Arena and the John Innes Community Recreation Centre.
LIBRARIES IN THE ST. LAWRENCE MARKET CORKTOWN AREA
- Toronto Public Library – 171 St Front E, (416) 393-7655
- Ontario Library Association – 50 Wellington St E, (416) 363-3388
- City Hall Library – 100 Queen Street West, (416) 393-7650
- The Law Society of Upper Canada Great Library – 130 Queen Street West, (416) 947-3315
- Royal Canadian Military Institute – 426 University Avenue, (416) 597-0286
- Ryerson University Library and Archives – 350 Victoria Street, (416) 979-5055
- Toronto Public Library – 269 Gerrard St East, (416) 393-7663
CHURCHES IN THE ST. LAWRENCE MARKET CORKTOWN AREA
- Church in the City – 158 The Espl, (416) 203-7117
- St. James Gardens – 120 King Street East, (416) 392-8188
- The St. James Cathedral Centre – 65 Church Street, (416) 364-7865
- St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – 73 Simcoe Street, (416) 593-5600
- Metropolitan United Church – 56 Queen Street East, (416) 363-0331
- St. Michael’s Cathedral – 200 Church Street, (416) 364-0234
- Church of the Holy Trinity – 10 Trinity Square, (416) 598-8979
- Saint Paul Church – 83 Power Street, (416) 364-7588
- Little Trinity Anglican Church – 425 King E, (416) 367-0272