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Formerly a quiet rural village just outside the City Limits until 1885, Yorkville became noticed as a mecca of Canada’s folk scene and a hippie haven during the 1960s. During the 80‘s and ‘90‘s, Yorkville underwent large-scale development and became a dynamic urban centre — a destination for haute couture,, glamourous boutiques, gourmet restaurants with well-known chefs and picturesque Victorian homes and lavish hotels. Today, Yorkville enjoys its reputation as an undisputed shopping hub with it’s unique mix of luxury, wealth, and style while remaining true to it’s roots, with it’s own identity despite being part of a big city. Working professionals, celebrities, and retirees all make Yorkville their home (mind you, these retirees have done it in style!) It’s quaint residential streets are populated with, Victorian Mews, vibrant flower baskets, and postcard perfect gardens.
Founded in 1830 by Joseph Bloor, Yorkville originally was home to two main industries the first being the Yorkville Brick Yards which manufactured Yorkville's famous yellow brick and can be seen at the historic Yorkville Firehall on Yorkville Avenue. The Severen Brewery and the Joseph Bloor Brewery also flourished here.
Breeding ground for some of Canada's most noted musical talents, Yorkville was once home to Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot.
Love-ins and poetry readings drifted through the open windows and went on at all hours of the day.
Officially considered part of The Annex, Yorkville is bounded by Bloor Street to the south, Davenport Road to the north and Yonge Street to the east, Avenue Road to the west.
Electoral Districts include Toronto Centre-Rosedale and Trinity-Spadina
BIA’s - Bloor Street BIA, Bloor-Yorkville BIA and Yonge-Bloor-Bay BIA
Ratepayers' Associations are ABC Residents' Association (ABCRA), and Greater Yorkville