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What do you call our neighbourhood? How do others in the city refer to it? What is your preference for an "official" neighbourhood name, and why? This is the spot to leave your answers to these and any other questions that come to mind about names for our community. Check back regularly to see if others have posted opinions about your suggestions, and feel free to post your thoughts about theirs. Whether you’re new to the neighbourhood, a seasoned resident, or somewhere in between, your ideas count.

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Actually Gizmo Williams did pretty well for himself.

Gizmo Who?

I had NO idea who Gizmo Williams is and had to look it up. For those who are clueless like me, here's some info:


A First!

Working in a reference to CFL football history is a first on this discussion forum. Gizmo is a great name that could actually work for the neighbouorhood. Hundreds of products were manufactured here over the years and distributed by rail, so how about Gizmo Station?

more gizmo

Gizmoville, (Giz)Motown, Gizmo Triangle

Attching copy of a flyer from local residents

Promote, don’t rename the

Dear Friends and Neighbours:

You may or may not be aware, but some residents living in what is presently called the Junction Triangle in ward 18, are divided as to what to call the HOOD. This particularly group of residents feel they live in a nameless community and are in an identity crisis. Confused as to what to tell their family and friends as to where they live. Pressured to rename the neighbourhood by realtors and developers, which are non-residents and its only interest is driven by money. But then their are others, who say that they know where they live and already have a name, a neighbourhood nested between three sets of rails, who are in favor of promoting instead of renaming?

If you are in support of the name Junction Triangle and wish to promote and have your voice heard. Please call or email Councillor Adam Giambrone at 416-392-7012 or email

A community meeting will be organized regarding this discussion and a noticed will be send out at a later date. Thank you


Local Residents

This IS promotion.

Fundamentally you are posing a false dichotomy between promotion of the community and a discussion within the community. This is an opportunity to have a discussion about what our community is, what it means. The name discussion is vehicle for a broader discussion. Other community names have been used but none have been produced by a democratic process, or have gained broad recognition and usage.
The suggestion that the process is driven by the financial interest of realtors and developers is false.
Adam is aware of the process. There have already been two meetings on the topic that were certainly well attended. He came to one of them. This is a form of community promotion in that many people have come to be involved in a discussion about the community and have had a positive experience. This is important. Many people have had negative experiences with "community" meetings. In a discussion about the name of the community there is no need or likelihood that people will get angry with each other. Therefore it is easier to develop a community culture of civil discussion.

Slogan Ideas

Rename your CLAIM
to your
Fuzzy Boundaries
dot sea eh

Don't lay the BLAME
on your
Fuzzy Bounraries

Just stay the SAME
in your
Fuzzy Boundaries

Retain your space
with it's
Fuzzy Boundaries

Remain insane
with your
Fuzzy Boundaries

naming the area

I don't really see the point in having to come up with a unique name since the people in small areas or villages were ecstatic about joining the city of Toronto and amalgamating because they needed the money (see Junction history 1908, or history of Brockton). I would prefer to be less difficult about the process and stick with Wallace-Emerson or Sheddenville with their links to both historical figures or the railways if that is indeed why a new name is needed. If the purpose is for sale of real estate, then this whole contest is bogus. So for those who wanted a single name, Toronto works just fine.

Stronger Community

You raise some interesting points in your comments John. It is worth noting that Toronto is really just an amalgamation of a bunch of little places that became part of the city (that has grown) over the years. Toronto is the "City of Neighbourhoods" and many places still retain their connections to the past by using those old municipal names. That's one of the great things about our city. Neighbourhood identities create strong communities and better places to live because people develop attachments to their area and work to safeguard and improve it.
We don't send our kids to schools with no names. There are hundreds of schools across the city offering the same education programs, yet each school has its own identity/name that students (to varying degrees) develop an affinity for and as a result engage more closely in the whole education process.
This project is not so different. Will everybody buy-in? No, but we get the feeling there are many people interested in the discussion and that in the end we'll have a community where lots of people have made connections with their neighbours and we'll be able to work together on other issues that will make the place even better.
The real estate issue has come up before and I am happy to address that point again. This project is led by residents - new and old, homeowners and renters. The area is under-going significant re-development because of all of the former industrial land that is being put to new uses now. The community can simply do nothing and leave it to the property developers to invent a meaningless name that works for marketing purposes but no one here can relate to. The Brownstone Builder has signs up on all his projects calling the area "Davenport Village." That means nothing to anyone and before we get straddled with something so unimaginative and unconnected to reality, let's take the initiative and create an identity through a process open to everyone in the neighbourhood. Just through this discussion, we are a better neighbourhood because we are discovering more about our past (and how things came to be), exchanging ideas and information about the place, seeing areas where there is room for improvement and meeting other people who are interested in working together to bring about that change like community gardens, street murals, clean parks and non-polluting electric trains.

Nuit Blanche

Out with a friend for Nuit Blanche and a late night. Got talking about the naming project and he suggested we call the neighbourhood the "Works." With industry playing such a big role in our past, many people used to live and work here making products that rolled out to all points on the rail lines.

the works

Too much like what you put on a hamburger.

Most Recent Name Suggestions

With more than 170 name suggestions so far, the ideas just keep coming. Here are the 12 most recent name suggestions:

Kingsley Farms
Isosceles Village
Scalene Village
Junction Triangle
Cooper's Crossing
The Foundry
Dupont Station
Fuzzy Triangle
The Wedge

You'll find all these names in the discussion forum. If you have an idea or would like to comment on something you have read here, we want to hear from you.

From the Library Suggestion Box

Ferris Grant writes he likes the name "Kingsley Farms" for a neighbourhood name. Apparently the original farmhouse still stands at the end of Kingsley Avenue (about three houses East of Pelham Avenue) and at one time was surrounded by farmland.

Ferris says, "I'm looking forward to having a name! The sort of/kinda junction isn't working for me."

No right or wrong just different perspectives

Ferris says, "I'm looking forward to having a name! The sort of/kinda junction isn't working for me."

I understand that. I really do. The Junction has a higher profile than the Junction Triangle. If the name Junction Triangle is new to you, it's natural to say that Junction Triangle is too easily confused with the Junction.

It was a long time ago, but I vaguely remember being confused as a teenager when I first heard the Junction Triangle. Part of the confusion came from the fact that Dupont east of Dundas was sometimes called the Junction even though it is outside the boundaries of the old Junction village.

However, I got over that confusion because the name was used a lot in the 1980s. I remember a university friend of mine who became a reporter at the Toronto Star working on a feature-length article about the "Junction Triangle" that ended up on the front page. Because I have strong memories connected with that era, the distinction between the Junction and the Junction Triangle is clear to me in a way that it probably wouldn't be if you don't have those same memories.

It's normal that people disagree. I don't think there is a right or wrong here. There are just different perspectives largely based on different experiences with the neighbourhood.

I don't know what name is going to be chosen. I hope it's the Junction Triangle, but if it isn't I can live with it. However, I do hope that those people who don't like the name can understand why some of us are so attached to it.

This is not a life or death issue, but there are strong emotions attached to a place where some of us have lived our whole lives. To me at least, the name Junction Triangle carries with it a lot of positive memories that have nothing to do with pollution or other problems.

Original Idea

Lee-Anne sent us an e-mail with an original idea. She suggests that we call the neighbourhood "Isosceles Village."

If you have a name idea, you can post it here on the site, or send us an e-mail and we'll post it for you, or you can make a suggestion using the Suggestion Box just inside the door at the Perth/Dupont branch of the Toronto Public Library. You'll find the suggestion box along with the forms just inside the main door on the right-hand side below the archival photo exhibit.


That's a fun suggestion.

But I think it's technically more of a scalene triangle, because all three sides are unequal. And "scalene" sounds way more gritty and tough, looking back at our industrial past. :)

It's also an obtuse triangle, but I don't think we want to be called "Obtuse Village".




Very funny. And kind of soscy, sco scuits usc. But I like town better than village.

How to choose an effective name

Here are some things to think about as you read the list of proposed names. There are a number of terrific names that have been dreamed up. Some of them have all of these attributes.

An effective name is:

It conveys something about the nature of the neighbourhood.

It is distinctive, easy to remember, easy to pronounce, easy to spell. It has a unique personality and it differs from the names of other neighbourhoods.

It positions the neighbourhood for healthy change and improvement. The name won't seem out of style in a few years time, nor will it evoke a past that is no longer meaningful here.

The name works on the internet, in real life, on TV, in print, on signs, in spoken-word, in the drawings of children and in works of art.

The name has positive connotations. It has no strong negative connotations.

The name lends itself well to a visual or graphic portrayal.

No Logo: The past is always meaningful

Sally Hewson writes:
"nor will it evoke a past that is no longer meaningful here."

I couldn't disagree more. The past is always meaningful because it is the past that produced the present. History is not nostalgia. It is not about living in the past at the expense of the present. On the contrary, a knowledge of history deepens our understanding of what is happening right now. You can't really understand current reality without some idea of how things got to be the way they are. Everybody in this neighbourhood, whether they realize it or not, is affected by the area's history.

It's been pointed out that the name Junction Triangle was most prominent in the 1980s when residents were concerned about pollution coming from local industry. Most of that industry is now gone, but its impact is still with us, because when the factories and processing plants closed, they left behind brownfields that are still being remediated.

The environmental problems of the 1980s have not gone away completely. Here's an example. 640 Lansdowne Avenue used to be TTC barns. 224 Wallace used to be GE. The barns have been torn down and 224 is now office and studio space. However, the chemical TCE is still in the ground. The Lansdowne property sits empty because of a dispute between the TTC and GE over who is responsible for cleaning up TCE on the Lansdowne property. This is a reminder that the neighbourhood's industrial past is quite recent. We're not talking about ancient history. We're talking about events that I and many other local residents clearly remember.

Sally also says a name should have no negative connotations. I would agree that soil contamination is definitely negative, but people coming together to solve a problem is not. On the contrary, the neighbourhood groups associated with the name Junction Triangle are something worth remembering and celebrating. These groups were harbingers of the "healthy change and improvement" Sally mentions in her message.

With the exception of Royce and maybe one or two others, most of the new names being proposed don't acknowledge this neighbourhood's history. People are treating the area as if it were a new consumer product that needs to be branded and marketed.

Forgive me, but that's a cold-hearted way of looking at community. When people talk about developing a neighbourhood brand, which is something I've actually heard people say, they are treating this neighbourhood as a commodity. If local history is bad for marketing, it should be forgotten.

A final point about history: it never stops. We make it every day. On Saturday I was at the Wallace bridge for the Clean Train Coalition's human train. That event is now part of the area's history and I hope that twenty or thirty years from now people will still remember that neighbours got together to fight for the health of their community in the same way the old Junction Triangle groups did in the 1980s.

640 Lansdowne

I believe the Lansdowne site is empty because the city is leeching the TCE out of the ground and the dispute has been resolved.
I was prety sure it was supposed to be usable again in 2010 or 2011.

history, meaningful pasts, etc.

This is interesting -- I find myself agreeing with both Michael AND Sally. When Sally says "a name should not evoke a past that is no longer meaningful here," I interpreted that as a name like Shedden Farms or Shedden Village -- it goes too far back to resonate with anyone. But Junction Triangle is a different story. It hooks us back to a time when the people in our community came together for positive change. I'm all for remembering that, and reviving a perfectly good name.

history, meaningful pasts, etc.

I meant that the name should not go back so far that it no longer resonates. I did not mean to exclude names that people still actually remember and use.

history, meaningful pasts, etc.

Thank you for the clarification.


I agree that both Sally and Michael make good points about a name connecting with a history that is relevant, but there are many other things to consider. Is there a particular reason we want to remember how the neighbourhood had to fight pollution from area factories by choosing that name? Isn't there something more positive in our past that we could relate to?

Junction Triangle is not distinct, it is little more than a name extension of an existing neighbourhood. We were never the Junction! To continue to use the name is a misrepresentation of the area's history. The land between Dufferin Street and the Dundas rail corridor was annexed to the City of Toronto from York County in 1889. The Junction Village followed 20 years later in 1908. Is there some reason the neighbourhood can't create a historically accurate and distinct identity rather than coattail on an existing name?

Marys, Bobs, and Anns with no e

I think it's simplifying things to say that using Junction Triangle only connects back to fighting pollution. In fact, most people nowadays probably don't know that, so to say that it has a negative connotation (I don't think it does) doesn't fly for me. I think the main points are that this is already a neighbourhood with a name; the name is meaningful for people who've been here a long time; it has an edginess to it that suits us; and something even somewhat familiar will be a lot easier to put into regular use than something brand new. I notice people are already using it much more than they did a year ago. I think embracing the old name and making it new again is the perfect bridge between the old and new among us. And as far as distinct goes, and our name being too much like the Junction, when it comes to people, even Marys and Bobs and Anns with no e can shine among billions of Marys, Bobs, Anns. Perhaps the same is true of neighbourhoods?

Mary, Bob Ignores the Obvious

Fuzzy Resident I disagree with several of your points. The neighbourhood had a name that has fallen out of use. In fact it has had several names over the years that are no longer used. A majority of people in this neighbourhood don't know what to call the area. The fact that this process has already garnered more than 170 name ideas indicates that this is an area in search of a name.

What exactly is "edgy" about Junction Triangle? It is practically non-distinguishable from the Junction and appears more regurgitative than "edgy."

And finally, you ignore the most important issue. We were never the Junction! To resurrect that lapsed name is to repeat a historical inaccuracy and do an injustice to our real past.

fussy guy?

I don't think it has "fallen out of use." It's certainly more likely to be used than any other. And probably comes up on the list more than any other as well -- and many of those names are not serious contenders at all, but playful extras to the discussion. Welcome, but not likely to go far. Just look at today's suggestions for evidence. The historical inaccuracy argument seems fussy to me, Fuzzy Guy. Is the Big Apple really an apple? Okay, not an official name. Did you know there is a place called Eyebrow? I don't know how it got that name but I bet it is not an eyebrow. All that said -- I love the project, as well as the suggestions and disagreements that pop up on this website. And look forward to watching the names get hashed out at the next meeting. JT, obviously, remains top of my list.

In my opinion "Junction

In my opinion "Junction Triangle" is confusing. There is already a "Junction".

Sally is right on the money

Well said Sally!!! I agree with you on all accounts. The name should be meaningful, memorable and positive. This has been the whole point of this entire process. In no way would a name change be meant for any negative out comes. The children in this community are forgotten. Without a name these children are missing out on a lot. You often see in the media celebrities going into neighbourhoods like Regent Park to help make the community better for these kids to live in. No one comes to a nameless community. If the average annual income for the majority of citizens living in our community falls below the poverty line then we too need help with things like day to day living, new sports equipment, a new play structure in Perth School for the older kids to use at recess, an expansion of the library, etc. With a new name these things can be addressed. Community can come together and improvements can be made.


Kind of disagree with the obove email. Working with poverty/hungry and homeless for about 15 yrs, both here in Canada and abroad, I never heard that before, by changing a community name or adding a name is really going to make a difference to a community, if a community is struggling with poverty, how would changing a name make a difference. Changing a name is only cosmetics. I don't think the name of a community makes any difference. There was mentioned, people or kids don't come out to nameless community events. As far as I understand that the party at Perth Park that has been happening for the past two years, has been very sucessful, you can always email Carla and ask her. Regarding children been forgotten in this community and davenport in a whole. Davenport riding has always had a issue with poverty and hungry. There is many reason for this and not having a name or not has nothing to do with that. It's the people who make the community, not the the reverse. The City thought about changing the name at Jane and Finch to something else, I don't think changing the name is going to make any difference up there. It's more then cosmetics

If you are going to disagree

If you are going to disagree with me at least get the quote right. I never said that children do not come out to unnamed events. The festival that Carla puts on is an amazing event and it brings the community together. I said that celebrities do not come to unnamed COMMUNITIES.

100 Years

As most of the homes in the area will be turning 100 years old in 2010 what a great way for us to celebrate this milestone then with a new name for the area. One suggestion I have is that Antler was once Cooper something so why not Cooper's Crossing.

The Foundry

Devin Armstrong sent us a message suggesting we call the neighbourhood "The Foundry. Alright I'm biased because I live there but it still has a great ring to it, great name for a band too. "So and so and The Foundry". I also like it as a name for the overall neighbourhood because it's like one-upping the Junction a bit haha... sure the Junction is where all the tracks intersect but the Foundry is where the trains were BUILT!"

Just In From the Library Suggestion Box

Bruce sent in his ideas for a neighbourhood name through the suggestions box at the Perth/Dupont branch of the Toronto Public Library. Bruce likes Dupont Station and Fuzzy Triangle as names for the hood.

NEW - Complete List of Name Suggestions

The complete alphabetized list of name suggestions has now been posted. You can see all the name ideas since our first public meeting just by clicking on "List of Names" in the left-hand column. Our over-worked web guy will be updating the list periodically.

If you have an idea you want to submit or would like to make a comment about a name suggestion already posted, we would love to hear from you.

Edge With a W

Wedge and Royce resonate for me, but I'm not sure I'm sold on either yet. Does anyone know much about Royce? Is there a connection to the car company Rolls Royce?

The first association I make with the word Wedge is something divisive that separates things. What about WestEdge or W.Edge? "I live in the WestEdge."

For about 20 years the neighbourhood was the Western boundary of the City of Toronto. The County of York transferred the land between the Dundas rail corridor and Dufferin Street to the City in 1889. The Western boundary moved further west when the Junction and Carlton Village were annexed to the City in 1908.

I also Agree

I like WestEdge but keep in mind that Dundas along the rail corridor from Bloor to about Annette was recently named WestBend. I totally agree with both Stephen and Fuzzy Guy that we need our own identity.

Let's pick something unique

I understand the reason behind including the names of other neighbourhoods like the Junction and Roncesvalles is to give it some geographic reference. But the whole point of this project was to give us our OWN name. If we want to tell people we are south of the Junction then just say that, but it's not a name!

Personally, I am leaning towards The Wedge. I think it is catchy and memorable.

Does anybody confuse New York with North York?

I like the name Junction Triangle, but I understand that some other people don't. Some of those who don't argue that Junction Triangle creates confusion between this neighbourhood and the Junction. I would like to challenge that claim.

There are many places in the world that have the same or similar name while still maintaining distinct identities. For example, how many Yorks and variations of York are there in the world? In Toronto alone, we have York, East York, North York, Yorkville, County of York and York University. Meanwhile there's a York in England and a New York in the US. In my mind the difference between all of these is quite clear. I would never confuse East York with North York let alone with New York. That's because each of these names conjures up a different image. In fact these distinct images are so powerful I don't notice the similarity in names unless I go out of my way to think about it.

I agree at the moment there is some confusion between the Junction and the Junction Triangle, but that's not because the names are similar. Rather, it's because the neighbourhood itself isn't well known. If the neighbourhood were promoted or if there were some major events in the area people would find it easy enough to distinguish between the Junction and the Junction Triangle. Nobody confuses New York with North York, because North York doesn't have an Empire State Building and New York isn't home to Mel Lastman's ego which is arguably bigger. (I actually like Mel, but that's another topic.)

I was already living in the Bloor-Lansdowne area when the name Junction Triangle was still being used in newspaper headlines. Because of that experience the name carries connotations for me that it doesn't for some other people, which is why I would be disappointed if people picked another name. In my mind there's no confusion at all between the Junction and the Junction Triangle. The difference is as clear as the difference between New York and North York. I would argue that having Junction in the name is no barrier to developing a distinct neighbourhood identity.

This naming project is an interesting exercise but in the end it is less important than other things.

There is confusion

I like the name Junction Triangle and I think that the issue is that is has never been promoted so people outside of it are really sure where it is.

I have proof of this as having worked with the Clean Train Coalition I constantly run into people, even people across the tracks or in our own community that call us the Junction. It happens so much that I have a jpeg of JT ready on my desktop to send to people. With CTC after 8 months I am still correcting people who think we live at Keele and Dundas.

Promotion must be step 2 in this process although I agree with Jane Farrow that "stickiness" of a name will probably be out of our hands.

See, this is my point

See, this is my point exactly. This is why Junction Triangle doesn't really work for us. As for the arguement that New York and North York do not get mixed up, they are far enough away from each other. Same goes for East York and North York. The Junction and The Junction Triangle are a stone's throw away from each other and that is why so many people get the two mixed up.

I'll Second Something Unique

Your take on name extensions using Junction and Roncesvalles is well stated Stephen. "Junction Whatever" just says what we are near. A name extension subordinates our identity to (what is implied to be) a more significant neighbourhood than our own so much so that we don't have our own name, we just coat-tail on the neighbour's name and live in the shadow of those folks on the other side of the tracks. I would like to think we are bigger than that!

Name Suggestions

I really like to follow on the theme of the name incorporating the word Diamond, as i see it is an area that still is in need of a bit of polish , right now it is a rough diamond but i know there is the will to polish it to a gleam, just like a valuable diamond.

so I was thinking to add in the Nestleville Diamond (we may even get some funding for branding on this)
and Roncy Diamond as consideration, but from the list my favorite is the West Junction Diamond

'diamonds' aren't a neighbourhood's best freind.

The name diamond, when put into the context of the
fuzzyBoundaries district is immediately connected to the track hardware that allows to tracks to cross each other, as the local train infrastructure dominates the area. The local "diamond" however is over north of Dupont and Lansdowne, on the extreme corner of the area; hardly a suitable, or well known landmark to invoke a 'name'.

I really like the word

I really like the word 'triangle' being in the name, and I am not over keen on the word 'rail' in the name.

From the Library Suggestion Box

Eric Klaver writes in the Library suggestion box that the neighbourhood should be called "Royce Village."

You'll find our suggestion box at the Perth/Dupont location of the Toronto Public Library just inside the main door, on the right-hand side under our archival photo exhibit of the area.


I have always liked name Royce just because it sounds cool. I think that if people decide to not go with Junction Triangle then we should try to have a one word name like Royce. At least there is an historical aspect to it.

I am so sick of villages (which is inaccurate) and crossings and squares and it would be so great to have the courage to have a one word name. Something so good that it doesnt need any qualifier. I always think that village is used because people are unsure whether their name or their reputation is strong enough on its own. Royce in my opinion is strong enough on its own.

The Wedge

Thanks to Jane's pep talk at last nights meeting, I'm really warming up the name "The Wedge". Let's pick something simple... the longer the name... the less control we have over it as people start shortening it to suit their own purposes.

area name

I have been an area resident for 14 years, and have found this area to be somewhat cut off from access to dundas st. For pedestrians the Wallace avenue foot bridge has been my choice for getting to the otherside. I guess its been about 10 years since the Wallace Avenue bridge was rebuilt and think this is a major landmark of our community. I liked the use of Railside, and Crossing and am proposing the name Wallace Railside Crossing, Wallace Crossing, or Wallace Railside Village. Years ago Wallace was a major street in this area, with the Glidden Paint Factory, Anchor Hocking, and the many store fronts that are along the way from the Dundas tracks to the tracks near Lansdowne. Wallace is also the only street that spans the width of the area aside from Bloor and Dupont. Wallace defines our area.