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Queen Street West refers to both a major east-west downtown street and a series of neighbourhoods or commercial districts within the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Queen Street begins at the intersection of King Street, The Queensway, and Roncesvalles Avenue. It extends eastward in a straight line to Yonge Street where it becomes Queen Street East; the eastbound Queen TTC streetcars loop at Neville Park Boulevard near Queen East and Victoria Park Avenue. Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength City of Toronto, Ontario, Canadas Location. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Area 1,076,395 km² (4th) • Land 917,741 km² • Water 158,654 km² (14. ... King Street is a major road in Alexandria, Virginia, USA, and the heart of Old Town Alexandria. ... The Queensway is the western extension of Queen Street (Toronto), after it merges with King Street near Roncesvalles Avenue in Toronto, Canada. ... Roncesvalles Avenue is a lesser known major street in Torontos west end. ... Yonge Street (pronounced young), located in Ontario, Canada, is a major arterial street in Toronto and a provincial highway. ... The Toronto Transit Commission, or TTC, is a public transport authority that operates buses, streetcars, and rapid transit lines in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Victoria Park Avenue is a major north-south route in east end Toronto. ...


The original cartographical baseline for the east-west avenues of Toronto's grid pattern of major streets, Queen Street is now best known as a centre for Canadian music, performance, fashion, and the visual arts. Over the past twenty-five years Queen West has evolved into a major Toronto tourist attraction.

Queen St. West, East of Spadina (facing South-East)

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Evolution of the area

Since the original survey in 1793 by Sir Alexander Aitkin, commissioned by Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe, Queen Street has had many names. For its first sixty years, many sections were referred to as "Lot Street", but in 1851 it was rechristened "Queen Street" after Queen Victoria of England. 1793 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Sir Alexander Aitkin was deputy surveyor general and later the first surveyor general of Upper Canada. ... A Lieutenant Governor is a government official who is the subordinate or deputy of a Governor or Governor-General. ... John Graves Simcoe (February 25, 1752 – October 26, 1806) was the first lieutenant governor of Upper Canada (modern-day southern Ontario plus the shoreline of Georgian Bay and Lake Superior) from 1791-1796. ... Victoria Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria) (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837, and Empress of India from 1 January 1877 until her death. ...


"Queen West" is local vernacular which generally refers to the collection of neighbourhoods that have developed along and around the thoroughfare. At one time many of these were ethnically-based neighbourhoods, one early example from the 19th century was Claretown (then located at Queen St. West & Bathurst St.). Gentrification over the past twenty years has caused most immigrants to move to more affordable areas of the city. Gentrification refers to the physical, social, economic, and cultural phenomenon whereby working-class or inner-city neighborhoods are converted into more affluent communities, resulting in increased property values and the outflow of poorer residents. ...


Like other gentrified areas of Toronto, the original Queen West is now lined with expensive boutiques, chain stores such as Roots, Zara and Gap, restaurants and hair salons. Perhaps the best-known landmark on Queen West is the CHUM-City Building, headquarters of Citytv, MuchMusic, Speakers' Corner, Bravo!, and many other cable television and radio stations. Roots is a Canadian clothing retailer and designer founded in Toronto, Ontario by Michael Budman and Don Green in 1973. ... A Zara store in ifc, Central, Hong Kong. ... Gap Inc. ... The CHUM-City Building The CHUM-City Building is the headquarters of CHUM Limited, a Canadian media corporation. ... Citytv is a system of five English language television stations in Canada, owned by the CHUM Limited group. ... MuchMusic logo MuchMusic (often called Much) is a Canadian cable music and variety television channel based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which debuted on August 31, 1984 as one of the first Canadian cable specialty channels on the air. ... Speakers Corner is a Canadian television series, which airs weekly on Citytv. ... Bravo! is a Canadian specialty channel owned by CHUM Limited, under licence from US-based Bravo. ...


Yonge to University

Queen Street facade of the former Simpson's flagship store in Toronto, now operated by The Bay.
Queen Street facade of the former Simpson's flagship store in Toronto, now operated by The Bay.

Since the 19th century, Queen Street West at Yonge Street has been one of Toronto's primary shopping destinations. Originally, the Eaton's and Simpson's department stores faced each other across Queen Street, with the rivalry between the two stores being at one time as central to Canadian retailing as the Macy's/Gimbel's competition was to New York City's retail history. The pedestrian crosswalk on Queen Street, just to the west of the intersection with Yonge Street, was for years one of the busiest in Canada, as thousands of shoppers a day comparison shopped between Eaton's and Simpson's. Download high resolution version (1960x1470, 502 KB)Robert Simpson Company, Queen Street facade. ... Download high resolution version (1960x1470, 502 KB)Robert Simpson Company, Queen Street facade. ... For the London restaurant called Simpsons, see Simpsons-in-the-Strand. ... The Hudsons Bay Company (HBC) TSX: HBC is the oldest corporation in Canada (and North America) and is one of the oldest in the world still in existence. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Eatons was once Canadas largest department store retailer. ... For the London restaurant called Simpsons, see Simpsons-in-the-Strand. ... A department store organizes its goods by departments, such as womens clothes, home furnishings, electronics, and the like. ... Macys Department Store on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan Looking down on Macys. ... Gimbels, now defunct, was a well-known U.S. department store. ... New York City, officially named the City of New York, is the most populous city in the United States, and the most densely populated major city in North America. ...


Today, Eaton's is gone, but the Toronto Eaton Centre still remains at the same location, one of Canada's most successful office and shopping complexes. Similarly, Simpson's is also gone, but the historic department store building remains on the south side of Queen Street, occupied by The Bay department store. Interior of the Toronto Eaton Centre, looking south. ... La Baie on Montreals Saint Catherine Street, with 1501 McGill College in the background The Bay is a chain of 100 fashion department stores that operate across parts of Canada. ...


Further west, this stretch of Queen Street is dominated by institutional and cultural buildings such as Old City Hall, Toronto City Hall, Osgoode Hall and the Four Seasons Centre.   Categories: Buildings and structures stubs | Toronto buildings | City halls ... Toronto City Hall The City Hall of Toronto, Ontario, Canada is one of the most distinctive landmarks of the city. ... The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts is the future home for both the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada. ...


University to Spadina: Queen West

The area between University and Spadina Avenues was a cultural nexus in the 1980s. In the 1960s and early 1970s, this stretch of Queen Street West was an aging commercial strip, known for "greasy spoon" restaurants and inexpensive housing in the area. In the late 1970s and 1980s, the area was transformed by local students, including those of the nearby Ontario College of Art & Design, and the area developed an active music scene which largely defined Canadian music of its era. Spadina Avenue is one of the most prominent streets in Toronto, Canada. ... The 1980s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1980 and 1989. ... The 1960s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ... The Ontario College of Art & Design showing the Sharp Centre for Design The Ontario College of Art & Design is Ontarios premier school devoted entirely to art and design. ... Canadian music includes pop and folk genres; the latter includes forms derived from England, France (particularly in Quebec), Ireland, Scotland, and various Inuit and Indian ethnic groups. ...


This scene included key figures such as Martha and the Muffins, Jane Siberry, Blue Rodeo, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Parachute Club, Spoons, Blue Peter, The Viletones, The Diodes, The Pursuit of Happiness and Dalbello. Martha and the Muffins Martha and the Muffins were a Canadian new wave synth pop band in the 1970s and 1980s. ... Jane Siberry (born October 12, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. ... Blue Rodeo is a Canadian country rock band formed in 1984 in Toronto. ... Mary Margaret OHara is a Canadian singer-songwriter, who has been hailed as one of the greatest cult heroines in rock music despite having released very few of her own recordings. ... Parachute Club was a Canadian band formed in Toronto in 1983. ... Spoons were a Canadian new wave-new romantic synth pop music group who formed in 1979 and were popular in the early 1980s. ... Blue Peter were a Canadian new wave synthpop band in the early 1980s. ... The Viletones were a Canadian punk band led by Steven Leckie. ... The Diodes were a Canadian punk band in the heyday of punk from 1977 through 1980. ... The Pursuit of Happiness are a Canadian rock group, who were one of Canadas most successful independent bands in the 1980s. ... Lisa Dalbello (born 1958 in Woodbridge, Ontario) is a Canadian recording artist. ...


The vibrant arts culture soon attracted other artists, audiences, and wealthier people to the area. Since then, the name "Queen Street" has become synonymous with the words "trendy", "hip", "cool" and ultimately, "expensive". This is usually what Torontonians now refer to as "Queen West" when they use the term. Luckily, a few of the older and hipper bars such as the Cameron, the Horseshoe Tavern and The Rivoli have not changed too much, and top Canadian musical and comedy acts can still often be found performing in the area. The Cameron Public House is a small bar, hotel, and informal cultural centre located at 408 Queen Street West, just west of Spadina Avenue in downtown Toronto, Canada. ... The Horseshoe Tavern The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, more typically simply The Shoe, is a popular concert venue, located at 370 Queen Street West (Northeast corner of Queen at Spadina) in downtown Toronto, which has been in operation since 1947. ... The Rivoli is a famous Queen Street bar, restaurant and performance space in Toronto,Canada. ...


A movement by local citizens to rename the area "Soho" after a side-street in the area has never been taken seriously by the municipal government. Some people compare the "Queen West" experience with that of New York's SoHo or London's Soho. State nickname: The Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York City Governor George Pataki (R) Senators Charles Schumer (D) Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) Official languages None (English is de facto) Area 141,205 km² or 54,556 square miles (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water... Soho is an area of Londons West End in the City of Westminster. ... Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London is the most populous city in the European Union, with an estimated population on 1 January 2005 of 7,421,328 and a metropolitan area population of between 12 and 14 million. ... Soho is an area of Londons West End in the City of Westminster. ...


Spadina to Trinity Bellwoods Park: West Queen West

As rents rose, most artists began moving westward along the five kilometer thoroughfare. In the early 1990s, the new vogue area became "West Queen West". This area was associated with the Goth revival that hit Toronto during the same timespan. Night clubs such as Sanctuary, Catacombs, Freak Show, Savage Garden, The Bovine Sex Club and The Velvet Underground catered to this group of individuals. Occupying the same area, between Spadina Avenue and Trinity Bellwoods Park, is Toronto's Fashion District. Many individuals of the Goth subculture took advantage of cheap textiles to make their own distinct style of clothing that was unavailable on the Toronto market. In the later 1990s, high-priced clothing stores opened in the same area to capitalize on this clientel. The 1990s refers to the years 1990 to 1999; the last decade of the 20th Century. ... Gothic woman, trad style, with spikes and piercings This article is about the contemporary goth/gothic subculture. ... The Bovine Sex Club is an internationally-renowned bar on Torontos Queen Street West strip. ... Spadina Avenue is one of the most prominent streets in Toronto, Canada. ... Trinity Bellwoods Park is located on the west side of downtown Toronto, Ontario Canada, bordered by Queen Street West on the south and Dundas Street on the north. ... As understood in sociology, anthropology and cultural studies, a subculture is a set of people with a distinct set of behaviour and beliefs that differentiate them from a larger culture of which they are a part. ...


"West Queen West" has since stopped serving its mid-1990s Goth clientele and now caters mostly to urbanites. "Wallpaper"-styled fashion businesses, such as Parallel and EQ3 serve newly moneyed, fashionable young adults.


Trinity Bellwoods to Dufferin: Parkdale East (the Gallery District)

Between Trinity Bellwoods Park and Dufferin Street is Parkdale East, also known as the Gallery District. For this one kilometre stretch, nearly every storefront on the north side is a gallery (the south side of the street is largely taken up by the buildings and grounds of the former Queen Street Mental Health Centre, now part of CAMH.) Major players in the development of this recent phenomenon include Katharine Mulherin and DeLeon White. One of the causes of this gallery conglomeration was the conversion of an old building into Gallery 1313, with extensive financial assistance by the city. This excess of gallery space allows Toronto artists of all levels of ability to show their work at a low cost. Trinity Bellwoods Park is located on the west side of downtown Toronto, Ontario Canada, bordered by Queen Street West on the south and Dundas Street on the north. ... Dufferin Street is a north-south route in Toronto. ... The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is a consortium of mental health clinics at several sites in Toronto, Ontario. ...


Unlike the boutique-oriented storefronts of the eastern portion of the street, the Gallery District contains an abundance of space available for special events. The lack of retail in the area, however, creates a void of weekday pedestrian traffic.


The Gallery District has undergone rapid transformation in the past couple of years. Rents have increased dramatically and many galleries have left. Recent departures include Sis Boom Bah, Luft Gallery, Burston Gallery and Brackett Gallery. At the same time as galleries have closed, many new bars have opened. Many attribute this sudden shift to the development spearheaded by the Drake Hotel. The Drake Hotel is a hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...


The Gladstone Hotel is one of few pre-existing fixtures in the area that has been able to capitalize on the recent boom. This grand old railroad-era hotel had over the years fallen into disrepair and barely maintained itself by renting boarding-house style accommodation. The tavern on the first floor is now home to a weekly "Art Bar", where locals from the arts community converge to socialize. The Drake Hotel, a high-class hotspot in the '20s turned flophouse in the '80s, has also been recently restored to its former glory with $6 million in funds. In 2004, the Gladstone began undergoing major renovations in hopes of achieving the same level of success. The Drake Hotel is a hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...


Dufferin to Roncesvalles: Parkdale

Past the Queen Street Subway (a CN railway bridge underpass) at Dufferin in the 1100 block, Queen Street West makes its way through Parkdale Village. Parkdale is one of Toronto's oldest and poorest neighbourhoods, with an abundance of social housing on the south side of Queen Street, as well as soup kitchens and day centres toward Sorauren Avenue. Canadian National Railways logo or herald (used pre-1960) Network Map of Canadian National Railway The Canadian National Railway (CN; AAR reporting marks CN, CNA, CNIS), known as Canadian National Railways (CNR) between 1918 and 1960, and Canadian National/Canadien National (CN) from 1960 to present, is a Canadian Class... For the federal electoral district see Parkdale (electoral district). ...


The market value and desirability of the old houses on the north side have made it possible for young professionals to renovate and raise property values. Nevertheless, one can still find many ethnically-oriented stores in this part of the city, which stay in business as a result of the constant influx of immigrants who largely live in the residential areas south of Queen.


Recently, local Parkdale taverns have been rented by members of Toronto's art community for social events and performances.


Lower Queen TTC line

Beneath Queen Street West is a little-known urban artifact. In the 1940s, the Toronto Transit Commission proposed to construct, in addition to a rapid-transit subway under Yonge Street, a second tunnel under Queen Street that would allow the PCC streetcars from certain routes to avoid other traffic as they ran through central areas. The Queen subway would run from Trinity Bellwoods Park in the west to Broadview Avenue in the east. This two-line plan was approved by referendum in 1946, but when hoped-for funding from the Government of Canada did not materialize, the Queen line was postponed. In the 1960s, the TTC decided that a subway to replace the crowded Bloor Street streetcars would be more valuable, as after the construction of the Yonge line most of the passenger traffic had moved north with the subway. While the Queen line remained on the list of proposals into the 1970s, it was never a priority again. // Events and trends The 1940s were seen as a transition period between the radical 1930s and the conservative 1950s, which also leads the period to be divided in two halves: The first half of the decade was dominated by World War II, the widest and most destructive armed conflict in... The Toronto Transit Commission, or TTC, is a public transport authority that operates buses, streetcars, and rapid transit lines in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Metro is: a general term, synonymous with rapid transit, subway or underground, for an urban underground rail public transit system (see list of rapid transit systems); any of several specific public transport systems, including: Bi-State Development Agency in Missouri and Illinois, d/b/a Metro since 2003 Buffalo Metro... Yonge Street (pronounced young), located in Ontario, Canada, is a major arterial street in Toronto and a provincial highway. ... A Twin City Rapid Transit PCC streetcar in museum operation. ... a historic postcard showing electric trolley-powered streetcars in Richmond, Virginia, where Frank J. Sprague successfully demonstrated his new system on the hills in 1888 A streetcar is a railway vehicle designed to carry passengers on tracks, usually laid in city streets. ... A referendum (plural: referendums or referenda) or plebiscite is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The 1960s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ...


However, when the Yonge subway was being constructed in the early 1950s, the shell of an east-west station for the Queen line was built under its Queen station, and passenger flows within the station were laid out on the assumption that it would eventually be an interchange. In the 1990s, some of the space was reused for a pedestrian passage when the subway station was being made wheelchair-accessible, but the rest of the empty station shell remains to this day. More information and pictures of "Lower Queen" and other secret subway stops can be found at Transit Toronto. Queen Street West is also served by Osgoode station at University Avenue. The Yonge-University-Spadina Line is the oldest subway line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the the baby boom from returning GIs who... Queen is a station on the Yonge-University Spadina line of the Toronto subway. ... The 1990s refers to the years 1990 to 1999; the last decade of the 20th Century. ... Wheelchair seating A wheelchair is a mobility device used by people for whom walking is difficult or impossible due to illness or disability. ... Accessibility is a general term used to describe how easy it is for people to get to, use, and understand things. ...


Even without the subway, the 501 Queen streetcar remains one of the TTC's busiest and longest streetcar routes; it runs every six minutes in each direction (traffic permitting) and is one of only two lines to use the articulated double-length ALRV streetcars.


See also

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