Biographies

Gerrard St bridge, looking west (1923). At the time, Cabbagetown was still heavily industrialized. Note the sheet metal factory to the left of the picture at River and Gerrard. Toronto Archives, Fonds 16, Series 71, Item 2691

Since 2002, the Cabbagetown People program has honoured several remarkable lives from Cabbagetown’s past by installing commemorative plaques at residential and other strategic places throughout the neighbourhood.  Cabbagetown has been home to a large number of notable people who contributed to major social and political movements and to a vast array of disciplines (e.g. a Nobel laureate scientist, an Academy Award-winning actor, a world-famous magician, famous biologists, artists, writers, sculptors). Through their accomplishments, these individuals have left a distinct social imprint locally, nationally and globally.

The Cabbagetown People program has expanded and evolved from its early days and as a result, through this section of its enhanced website, in themed walking tour scripts and in its publications, the Program now has the ability to document and showcase the lives and contributions of many significant Cabbagetown personalities and pioneers from diverse fields, throughout the various periods of development in Cabbagetown. The biographies of these people will be found under “Remarkable Lives”.

The Cabbagetown People program also wishes to honour remarkable Canadians who have been buried in Cabbagetown’s two historical cemeteries: the Necropolis (at the east end of Winchester Street) or the St. James Cemetery (on Parliament Street, just north of Wellesley Street).