uptown toronto

10 signs you grew up in Uptown Toronto

Uptown Toronto can be a difficult place to define geographically. My best effort would be to suggest that it's an amalgam of North Toronto and Lawrence Park, ending at the 401 to the north (which by virtue of the old municipal boundaries was always just North York). It was a sleepy place to grow up, even if there were still ways to get into trouble.

Here are 10 signs you grew up in Uptown Toronto.

1. You remember when the Jolly Miller Tavern was a tough-as-nails biker bar, though you never went inside because a) you were too young and b) the place was terrifying.

2. You or someone you knew worked at Sporting Life, Roots, or the Gap on Yonge St.

3. In high school, your diet consisted almost entirely of Belly Buster subs.

4. At one point or another you got drunk or high in the stands at Lawrence Park high school.

5. You learned how to drive at Howard's School of Safe Driving.

6. You've spent weeks of your life waiting for buses at Lawrence Station, which is much colder than you'd think in the bus bay.

7. Despite driving by it hundreds of times, you never ate at Trapper's Restaurant.

8. You did, however, eat a crap load of free popcorn while endlessly searching for movies you hadn't seen at Videoflicks on Avenue Rd.

9. Even 20 years ago, a visit to the Steak Pit made you feel like you had entered a time warp.

10. You remember going to the old Dip 'n Sip Donuts shop where the McDonald's currently sits at Yonge and Melrose.

What did I miss? Add your suggestions in the comments.


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in City

City of Toronto nabs dozens of cyclists for speeding in blitz that some say is unfair

Doug Ford says he'll hop into a school bus and drive kids to class this fall if he has to

People have started installing anti-City of Toronto signs in parks

Special weather alert issued for Toronto due to some of the worst air quality in the world

Vote for your favourites in 30 new best of categories

Toronto neighbourhood still shaken by long lockdown in Ontario

People upset after Shoppers Drug Mart in Toronto replaces cashiers with self-checkouts

Toronto loses out to Winnipeg on latest ranking of world's greatest places