Welcome to the BYG in Bricktown! We’ve been part of this community since 2008 and have been involved in a number of neighbourhood initiatives. When we first made this neighbourhood home, our friends would often express to us how great it would be to have a cozy neighbourhood spot to visit. Needless to say, after hearing so many people express the same desire, the seed was planted and quickly took root.
In 2012, we partnered with Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the City of Toronto, and Mural Routes to commission a mural that embraced the vibrant past of this area. We wanted to kickstart positive change through a public art project. The artist, Jim Bravo, captured the heart of Bricktown with his mural, ”Bricks and Wagons – A Greenwood Allegory”. This mural looks back to an era not all that long ago yet seemingly far away when children could play freely in the streets.
If you look up at 1289 Gerrard Street East, you’ll also see placards identifying the names of prominent brickyard owners that used to be located along Greenwood Avenue. At one point, the Russell Family Brickyard was the largest brickmaker in Canada; all this from our humble Greenwood Avenue. The past has contributed to the landscape of our present. We value this rich history and are honoured to pay homage to the workers and entrepreneurs who have contributed not only to the development of our great city, but also to Canada as a whole.
The history of Bricktown is showcased in our interior design. At the Brickyard Grounds, you’ll find neighbourhood photos, local artifacts, and custom signature pieces that are all worthy of a museum or gallery.
With incredible warmth and energy from the community, we are looking forward to growing alongside our neighbours. Since our reopening in August 2015, we couldn’t be happier to resume our place in the heart of Bricktown. This is neighbourhood love at its best. We’d like to give a very special thanks to our friend and local historian, Joanne Doucette, author of “Pigs, Flowers and Bricks: A History of Leslieville to 1920”. Her invaluable research and passion for the history of our area has provided us with much inspiration. Have you ever wondered why we have so many hills and valleys in our neighbourhood? Check out the Bricktown section of our site to find out why.
A warm and hearty welcome to all,
The BYG Crew