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 9
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 and front porches on September 16, 1973. Since that day more than three decades ago, Mikeâ€™s column has enjoyed an uninterrupted stretch as one of the paperâ€™s most popular features. In 1992 a number of his columns were reprinted in Toronto Sketches: The Way We Were by Dundurn Press. Since then another seven volumes of Toronto Sketches have been published, each of which has attained great success both with Toronto book buyers and with former Torontonians wishing to relive an earlier, gentler time in the cityâ€™s past.
This ninth volume features a variety of stories, including a look at Torontoâ€™s 1904 inferno, the birth of Rex Heslopâ€™s Rexdale community, a visit to Sunnyside Amusement Park, and a few fascinating tales about the cityâ€™s streetcars.