The Playter Society Building – 757 Broadview Ave.
This was the first commercial and social centre for the district. Stores occupied the bottom floor, dentist and doctors on the second, and the third was used for meetings of association, societies, parties, and of course bingo games. The Playter Society Building became the east end place to dance nightly to big name bands in the 1920s through to the 1940s.
Allen’s Danforth Theatre (Danforth Music Hall) – 147 Danforth Ave.
The Danforth Music Hall was one of ten playhouses constructed in Toronto following the First World War in 1919. It was designed to provide artistic and comfortable surroundings. The exterior architecture features of the building are still visible to date.
In the early 1970s, Canada welcomed thousands of Greek immigrants to her shores and many flocked to the Danforth area. As a tribute to the large Hellenic population in this area, the Business Improvement Area voted to change the name to Greektown on the Danforth, which also happens to be the largest Hellenic business community in North America.
Now, it would be ridiculous to talk about the Danforth and not mention the one event that has really put the it on the map; that is of course the Taste of the Danforth — the largest Greek festival in the world outside of Greece. This annual event is now in its 17th year and is considered Toronto’s most popular food and street festival, attracting over a million of visitors with snacks, wine, beer, and live entertainment. The event takes place August 6th – 8th, and is held in the Greektown area along Danforth Ave, from Broadview Ave to Jones Ave. This is an event that shouldn’t be missed, so come on out for a “taste of the Danforth” — how can millions of people be wrong?