Toronto during the 1920’s had started taking it’s first small steps to becoming the huge multicultural metropolis that Fight For Independence is taking place in today. In 1920, the population was more than half a million people and the suburbs had already started to grow.
In spirit of the Fight For Independence 1920’s Great Gatsby style event, here is a glimpse into the buildings that were part of the Jazz Age of Toronto.
The Sunnyside Amusement park opened up on June 28th, 1922. A few gems still exist and are popular venues today. Run on down and take a peek at the Sunnyside pavilion to get you in the Great Gatsby spirit.
The Palais Royale’s original purpose was a boathouse. During the 1920’s, the Palais became the mecca of Jazz Age dancing, popular with flappers and jazz aficionados alike. The Toronto Star broadcasted regularly from the dances and events held there. You can still take a hoof down there as it still operates as an event venue.
Union Station was also built in the 1920’s, opening officially on august 27th, 1927, seven years after it’s completion due to financing issues.
Today it is the busiest transportation facility in Canada, serving 200,000 passengers a day
College Park, on the southwest corner of Yonge and College street, was built in 1928 by the Eaton’s Department store and is a fabulous example of Art Deco architecture. Today is still houses a shopping center as well as residences and offices.
Big thanks to Blog TO for providing images and information to take you on a tour of the Jazz Age in Toronto.
For our Co-Chairs James Beattie, Jackie Walker and Tom Gajer, Fight for Independence has always been about more than boxing bankers.
“In 2004 we met Sister June Dwyer, who was running Nazareth House, and saw the lasting difference she was making in people’s lives on a shoe-string budget. Before long, we knew we needed to find a way to raise money for the amazing work she and others were doing at the House.”
Your ticket purchases and donations will be making a HUGE impact for day-to-day life at Nazareth House!
− Helps pay for house Utilities (gas, water, heat)
− Help purchase groceries
− Small household supplies. (everything we have gets a lot of use, simply because of the number of women we serve)
− Funds Information and Educational groups and sessions
− Guest speakers, trained staff as well as group supplies and materials
− Baby supplies (food, diapers, toiletries)
−Phone and cable bills
− Once a resident has settled into a routine, Nazareth House encourages them to consider volunteer work, school or employment in preparation for independent living.
− They are helping women to regain independence, support their children and join the workforce with confidence and hope for the future.
− They are providing young women with the confidence and tools to complete or further their education.
− Many women are provided with a support group which assists with relapse prevention and a place to call home.
− Staff teach daily life skills, offer conflict resolution and relapse prevention.
− Residents attend therapy and group work with partnering agencies.
− The main goal is to transition women to health and independence.
Nazareth House acts as a communal home for women and single mothers who are in the early stages of substance abuse recovery and for women who have suffered from abuse. Nazareth House staff support the residents in setting goals for their future and help them become productive and independent members of society. It is a dry house, meaning no drugs or alcohol while living at the house.
Residents work with staff towards the achievement of personal goals and objectives during their stay and live a co-operative lifestyle within the structures of the program alongside others who have suffered from similar problems.
The women are aged 18-50. Some may have infants or be in the midst of pregnancy without the support of a partner. These women need a place to call home and this is why Nazareth House exists.
Fight For Independence is so proud to support this amazing facility in our city. They work hard to make a difference in the lives of these women and their children and we couldn’t be happier to help where we can!
We hope you’ll join us in our support by coming out for the big bout on May 29th! You can buy tickets and donate today at the Fight For Independence website