Mike Filey was born in Toronto in 1941. He has written more than two dozen books on various facets of Toronto's past and for more than thirty-five years has contributed a popular column, "The Way We Were," to the Toronto Sunday Sun. His Toronto Sketches series is more popular now than ever before.
Toronto Sketches 10
Mike Fileyâ€™s column "The Way We Were" first appeared in the Toronto Sunday Sun not long after the first edition of the paper hit the newsstands on September 16, 1973. Now, almost four decades later, Fileyâ€™s column has enjoyed an uninterrupted stretch as one of the newspaperâ€™s most popular features. In 1992 a number of his columns were reprinted in Toronto Sketches: "The Way We Were." Since then another eight volumes of Toronto Sketches have been published, each of which has attained great success.
This 10th volume highlights some of Torontoâ€™s greatest landmarks such as the Don Jail and its graves and Hanlanâ€™s Point on Toronto Island. Mike also steps back in time to revisit the Avrocar, the flying saucer of the Great White North; takes a peek at Miss Toronto of 1926; conjures up The Hollywood, the cityâ€™s first "talkie" theatre; and recalls historic snow days Canadaâ€™s largest city has experienced.