Free Screenings of "Not Just a Park: A History of Toronto Island"

October 9, 2019 | Peggy

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Anyone who has explored Toronto Island beyond Centre Island's roller coasters and picnic facilities is likely to have been surprised and charmed by the residential areas on Wards and Algonquin Island. The history of the Island is the subject of a new documentary that covers everything from its geological origins until the successful conclusion in the 1990s of the residents' battles to save their homes from demolition.


Circa 1970s pin belonging to Michael Kainer
Circa 1970s pin belonging to Michael Kainer.


Filmmaker Michael Kainer has written, directed and produced four feature documentaries, all with Toronto historical or cultural themes. His latest work, "Not Just a Park: A History of Toronto Island" features a rich store of archival images, including many drawn from the holdings of the Toronto Public Library's Special Collections. The Library is pleased to be able to offer three opportunities for people to see the documentary and hear Kainer discuss the film. Available dates and locations are as follows:

Entry is free and on a first come, first served basis. No ticket or registration is required.

If you're interested in Toronto Island why not also explore Toronto Public Library's holdings of related materials, either online in our Digital Archive, or in person at the Marilyn and Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre at the Toronto Reference Library? The Library's collections contain rare maps, paintings, ephemera and many images from the Toronto Star Photograph Archive.

We hope to see you for one of the screenings of "Not just a Park: A History of Toronto Island." Let's celebrate this unique Toronto neighborhood by learning more about its history.

Do you have any fond memories of Toronto Island? Please share in the comments below!