Silent Junction
Silent Junction - by Kathy Toth. A CONTACT photo exhibit remembering the industry of West Toronto Junction.

The reception will be on May 3 from Noon until 4pm and will feature 20 images showing photos Toth has taken since documenting the Junction's many factories since 2005. The show will be up in the Junction Brewery on Cawthra until the end of the summer. Much of the changes you see in this neighborhood happened starting happening when Toth was exploring the neighborhood. Almost all of the industry in the Junction has been driven out by the creep of gentrification and most of the buildings documented have either been demolished (such as NRI, Bunge and Benjamin-Moore) or re-purposed (Houghton as the new Money Vault and Symes waste transfer station, for example).

Gentrification can be a touchy issue in communities, especially when the local residents get displaced, but that hasn't happened in the Junction, yet. Rising property prices and it's proximity to the established High Park neighborhood make the Junction the next up and coming area but echos of it's industrial past still linger and it's one of Toronto's historically interesting neighborhoods with historical significance that hasn't lost it's character. Many businesses have also moved in which support the local arts scene so it's not all just bars and boutique clothing shops a la Queen Street West.

Kathy Toth is a local photographer and visual artist whose documentary projects focus on elements of the urban, industrial and built environment. She published a book on Hidden graffiti in Toronto called 'Hidden Toronto' last year to great acclaim. She has exhibited her paintings and photography for over 15 years and is currently working on related projects.