Our Publications

New edition now available!

West Toronto Junction Revisited
5th Edition

by A. B. Rice
edited by Joan Miles and Diana Fancher
$25.00, paper, 8 x 8.5 inches,
96 pages (12 unnumbered),
73 photos/maps/drawings

The Fifth Edition of this popular book (4000 copies sold), out of print for more than 10 years, has once again been edited to bring it in line with current research and republished to coincide with the Society’s 40th Anniversary.

Local newspaper editor A. B. Rice chronicled the boom and bust economy of the village/town/city of West Toronto Junction that challenged Toronto for business and industry 1888-1909 in a lively and entertaining series of articles for the West Toronto Weekly during the 1940s and 1950s that form the basis of this book.

His memoir is also a call to action for the preservation of local heritage that resonates from his century to ours.

Available from the WTJHS or the Annette Library main desk for $25.00 cash or cheque only, or at the following locations which also take credit and debit cards:

around the Junction:

  • The Book Exchange, 3111 Dundas St. W., at Clendenan
  • Pandemonium, 2920 Dundas St. W., just west of Keele
  • Type, 2887 Dundas St. W. corner of Mavety St.

and Elsewhere:

  • Book City in Bloor West Village, 2354 Bloor St. W.
  • Spacing Store, B02 – 401 Richmond St. W. at Spadina Ave.
  • Mongomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. corner of Islington Ave.
  • or inquire by email for purchase instructions.

Outside of Toronto order from your local independent bookstore or inquire by email for purchase instructions.

REPRINTED and once again available at the above locations!

The Leader & Recorder’s History of the Junction

Leader and Recorder

edited by Diana Fancher
8 ½ x 11, paper, 152 pages (12 unnumbered), 220 photos, $35.00

“This book is history the way it should be told: through lively stories, thought-provoking memoirs, and a rich collection of archival images. The West Toronto Junction Historical Society demonstrates that they know how to bring the people and communities of this historic neighbourhood alive for a modern audience–by telling great stories.”

-David Miller, former Mayor, City of Toronto

“Full of funny, poignant, revealing, true stories of West Toronto Junction. This is one of the great neighbourhoods of Toronto and the West Toronto Junction Historical Society is one of Toronto’s great assets. This book makes wonderful reading for all its citizens.”

-Mike Filey

Our newsletter: The Leader and Recorder

The Leader and Recorder, published three times a year is a benefit of membership.
Some back issues are also available for purchase.

Advertising policy: $10 for a business card size ad, artwork suitable for reproduction must be supplied, rates for larger ads available on request. Contact us at junctionhistorical@gmail.com

Submissions: Short memories and articles are eagerly accepted but publication is not assured. Typed pages, double-spaced please. Use active verbs, keep to one subject per article if possible. Think of it as telling a story rather than unrelated anecdotes. Contact us at

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