Community Events

January 28: Concert featuring local Summerhill Resident (Joe Johnson)
at 7:30pm at The Edward Johnson Building. For more details please click here.


Shaftesbury Salon Series, Concert Two: What Is This Thing Called Jazz?

Dear Friends

I hope you all had a lovely holiday season with lots of what makes you happy – family, travel, skiing, reading, playing, listening …. ! Well, to keep you happy, we have another concert planned for you.  As I mentioned on December 10 in my earlier message to you about our next concert, we are presenting an outstanding quartet from the University of Toronto who will talk and play about What Is This Thing Called Jazz?

The details: the date is Monday, 4 February, the place is 21 Shaftesbury Avenue (just opposite the Summerhill Subway station) in the Atrium, and the time is 7.30 p.m.  The tickets are $30 each, and are already selling well.  There is lots of interest in our neighbourhood in good jazz.

Three years ago, Sheila Porter (one of our committee members) and I attended an event in the University of Toronto’s alumni program called U of T in your Neighbourhood. The event was held in the auditorium in Edwards Gardens, and the crowd attending was large. The event was hosted by Prof. Gordon Foote and three of his jazz students, and it too was called What Is This Thing Called Jazz? So when I tell you that you are in for a fascinating evening, I know whereof I speak!

Have you ever wondered what happens in a jazz performance? Who decides what instrument will play the melody? How is the improvisation worked out?  Will there be an easy to follow structure, logical harmonic progressions? And how do the players know when it is their “turn” and when they have come to the end of a piece?

Prof. Foote, who himself plays the Saxophone, will come with Evan Gratham, Bass, Anthony D’Alessandro, Piano, and Jacob Slous, Drums and they will reveal some of the mysteries and intricacies behind the music which to many of us appears to be so spontaneous. The students are all outstanding in their own rights: in 2017 Evan was awarded the Fraser MacPherson Jazz Scholarship, an award for BC’s most promising jazz musicians under the age of 24; Anthony is a four-time recipient of the Noreen & Phil Nimmons Scholarship in Jazz Performance, and of a University of Toronto President’s Entrance Scholarship; and Jacob plays in both small and large jazz ensembles at U of T, in the jazz orchestra, and in groups that perform locally in bars such as The Cavern. Prof. Foote himself has almost 40 years’ performing and teaching experience, and is probably the most requested adjudicator, conductor, clinician and jazz educator/performer in Canada. We are delighted to have such a prestigious troupe join our series.

For more information and to buy tickets, please go to our website: https://www.shaftesburymusic.org.  Attached to this letter is a poster (please click here)which you can print or send to friends who you think might be interested in attending this concert. We are grateful for your help in promoting our concerts to your friends. If you have not already done so, please sign up on our website to receive notices from time to time. We promise that you will not get daily emails!

At the end of the program there will be our usual refreshments, wine and nibbles, and a time for you to meet and talk to the musicians.

We look forward to welcoming many of your on the 4th!

Stay tuned!

Pauline A. Thompson, Chair

Program Committee

Shaftesbury Salon Series


June 16: Community Clean Up of Japanese Knotweed

What a successful and productive morning we had. A good number of volunteers (27 people) showed up and with the assistance of very helpful Toronto City Staff we were guided to where we needed to cut down the Japanese Knotweed. With such a dedicated & hardworking bunch of volunteers we cleared the area in one hour. Thank you everyone!



Longtime Summerhill resident Bill Davis was honored recently for many years

of volunteering in our community. For 60 years, Bill has contributed to the

fabric of Summerhill and he has run the Cottingham Girls and Boys club for

longer than most of us remember.

The playground beside Cottingham Public School 
was named 'The Bill R Davis Playground' - the perfect choice as Bill has created and run

programs for young children for so many decades. Even Bill's father, a

famous lacrosse player, played sports in this park.

Councillor Josh Matlock came out to assist with the ceremony and many past

and present students and parents joined in the celebration, along with

Bill's wife Velma and family.

We are so grateful for Bill's contributions to our community - and thank

him for all the joy he's given our children and his tireless dedication to

fitness and creativity!



Summerhill enjoys great restaurants, lovely stores for shopping and great services.  Do check out the Rosedale Main Street website; http://www.rosedalemainstreet.ca/events

Summerhill also has a number of other happenings throughout the year. Annual events such as:
  • Little Park Cleanup usually late April or early May depending on the weather?
  • Daffodil planting on the Shaftesbury berm or in the Little Park -  April/May and October/November
  • Summerhill Fair -  mid June in the Little Park 
  • Lighting of the Holiday Lights around November 20th