Commercial Lofts Take Neighbourhood Name

The Junction Triangle Lofts were unveiled by Ashley Ross and Michael Wacholtz over lunch on Tuesday, March 23. The builders of the lofts at 229 Wallace formerly announced plans for the old D & M Lumber yard with a ten unit building that will create space for more commercial opportunities and help keep jobs right here in the neighbourhood.

This building is the first property in the area to adopt the name selected during the Fuzzy Boundaries project. The façade of the old building (seen in the background) was used as a billboard for the Top Ten Neighbourhood Names in the final round of voting.

Photos by Nicola Betts.

Last Artistic Impression

Local artist Jerry Campbell returned to the site of the Top Ten mural at 229 Wallace after the snow disappeared and just before demolition crews finished the job of dismantling the old D & M Lumber building.

We really liked Jerry's first painting of the building and we think this piece is equally nice. Jerry's painting elevated the Fuzzy Boundaries neighbourhood naming project to art which is something no one ever envisioned!

You can see more of Jerry's art at or you can contact him directly at if you are interested in purchasing this painting.

Winning name announced: Junction Triangle

Media Advisory

West Toronto Neighbourhood Votes to Keep Junction Triangle Name

Residents Embrace Past Moniker After Year-long Process

Who: Residents of the West Toronto neighbourhood north of Roncesvalles and east of The Junction and Fuzzy Boundaries, a group of residents spearheading a naming project for the area.

What: Residents have voted to keep the neighbourhood name Junction Triangle in the second and final round of voting for an area name. Junction Triangle won a plurality of the 674 votes cast, almost double the closest contenders Perth Park and Black Oak Triangle. The name Junction Triangle was first used in the 1970s by residents fighting pollution caused by local industries, but it had largely fallen out of use. During the two-week voting period, 83 percent of voters agreed to support the winning name no matter the outcome.

When: Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Where: Junction Triangle is a wedge-shaped piece of land bordered by railway tracks north of Dupont, east of Dundas Street West, and west of Lansdowne.

Why: Naming the neighbourhood creates a collective identity - something to call the area as a whole - which in turn creates a sense of pride and ownership. Through this process people begin to see the potential of a united neighbourhood and become more aware of what the community means to them.

Contact: Kevin Putnam
416-537-1128 or

Photo and Video Opportunities

Signs of the Time

Signs of the Time

Splashes of yellow brightened the fuzzy neighbourhood over the last while, reminding residents to Vote Now for a neighbourhood name. If you look closely, you are sure to see your house or the house of someone close by who sported a sign during the second round of voting. Thanks to everyone who joined in the spirit of the campaign, and to Toronto filmmaker Scott Dobson for gathering the photos into an interesting collage.

Fuzzy Parade - Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 1 p.m.

Fuzzy Boundaries will be bringing music to the streets of our neighbourhood to encourage people to vote before the polls close (online until midnight) and celebrate the end of the naming project. You will also be able to vote in person as the parade passes - just look for a Fuzzy Boundaries Parade Marshall with a clipboard and ballots.

There are three ways to enjoy the music of the Baturyn Concert Marching Band. A musical parade will be passing by a majority of the houses in the neighbourhood. You can see the band go by twice at Perth Park. Or, you can take a walk through the neighbourhood with us as the band plays on.

Route Description & Map

The parade starts on Wallace Avenue at the foot of the Wallace Avenue bridge at 1 P.M. The course runs east to Rankin, south on Rankin and then a little west to Campbell (1:20 P.M.), north on Campbell to Antler, west on Antler to Perth, half a block north on Perth to Parkman (1:40 P.M.), then west on Parkman to Franklin, south on Franklin to Ruskin, west on Ruskin for a block, then north on Edwin (across Dupont) to Edith (2 P.M.), east on Edith and Hugo to Perth, south on Perth all the way to the bottom (south of Bloor – 2:30 P.M.), then north on Sterling and continuing north on Symington to Antler, west on Antler and finish in the Perth Square Park (3 P.M.).

Google map of the route:

Students Add Additional Flare to Wallace Avenue Mural

Two students from the Contact Alternative School at University and Dundas have added some details to the mural on the old lumberyard building at 229 Wallace Avenue. Eric Johnson and Mike Cabot, who both live close by, used a dozen cans of spray paint to inject their own artistic brand onto the work that has already generated loads of interest and discussion.

Eric did all the work on the words "Vote" and "Perth Park" while Mike did his magic on "Railtown" and "The Wedge." Most of the paint work was done between 4 and 6 p.m. on Friday afternoon as people were returning home from work. A number of motorists slowed to see what was going on and a few even shouted out their favourite names.

The participation of the students was arranged by Michael and Ashley from the 229 Wallace Lofts who also paid for the paint supplies. A special thanks should also go to Donna Dolson, Dexter, and the rest of the staff at Contact Alternative School who assisted in finding these skilled Graffiti artists on short notice.

Great to see students getting involved in the project and we appreciated their volunteer effort very much. Just one down note about the work, if anyone has any information about the step ladder that went missing, could you please report to the principal’s office.

Photos by Michael.

Top 10 Names Listed on 229 Wallace Ave. Mural

Top 10 Names listed on 229 Wallace Ave.: Photo by Bruce Gavin WardTop 10 Names listed on 229 Wallace Ave.: Photo by Bruce Gavin Ward

More than a dozen residents came out over the weekend to help "tag" the old D & M Lumber building with the Top Ten Neighbourhood Names. The result is a wonky and awesome display that is already generating loads of attention and discussion.

While the work was underway, passersby honked and shouted out their favourite names. We hope the huge red VOTE tag will remind residents to do just that between March 1 and March 14, the final voting round.

Thanks to everyone who came out to help with yet another unusual fuzzy endeavour. And a special thank you to Ashley and Michael at 229 Wallace Lofts for the use of the building front!

The building is slated for demolition on March 17th before construction begins on 10 commercial loft units that will help attract and keep businesses in the neighbourhood. In the interim, this old building is playing its final role as a community billboard.

Round 1 Results: Statistics

January 15-29, 2010

267 Total Votes
45 Non-Resident Votes
222 Total Votes – Residents
5 Spoiled Ballots – Residents
217 Total Votes – Residents

78.8 % of residents who voted agreed to support the outcome of the process even if their choice was not selected by a majority of participants

70.5 % of residents who voted for Junction Triangle agreed to support the outcome of the process even if their choice was not selected by a majority of participants

Votes % of Vote Neighbourhood Name
34 15.6 Junction Triangle
10 4.6 South Junction Triangle
9 4.1 Railpath
7 3.2 East Junction
6 2.8 Railtown
6 2.8 Rail District
6 2.8 The Wedge
6 2.8 The Triangle
6 2.8 Black Oak Triangle
5 2.3 Perth Park

Round 1 Voting Results: Top 10 Names

For Immediate Release – Saturday, January 30, 2010

Media Advisory

West Toronto Community Votes for Top 10 Neighbourhood Names

Stage Set for Final Selection of Area Name

Who: Fuzzy Boundaries, a group of local residents spearheading a naming project in their West Toronto neighbourhood north of Roncesvalles and east of The Junction.

What: The conclusion of a two-week voting process from which the Top 10 Neighbourhood Names have been chosen by area residents. A second (and final) round of voting begins on March 1 to select a neighbourhood name in a preferential vote that will allow residents to rank their three favourite names in order. Residents can vote online at or in person at the Perth/Dupont location of the Toronto Public Library, Yasi’s Place and Nonna’s Place.

Top Ten Neighbourhood Names

  1. Junction Triangle
  2. South Junction Triangle
  3. East Junction
  4. Railpath
  5. Railtown
  6. Black Oak Triangle
  7. Rail District
  8. The Wedge
  9. The Triangle
  10. Perth Park

Why: Naming the neighbourhood gives us a collective identity – something to call our area as a whole – which in turn creates a sense of pride and ownership. Through this process people begin to see the potential of a united neighbourhood and become more aware of what the community means to them.

New Voting Process

We have listened to residents, and modified the name-finding process to address what we feel are valid concerns. You can read about this on our updated Naming Process page.

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