About Us

Mission and Objectives

To celebrate and enrich the history of East York for future generations, by honouring past and present residents who exemplified the core values such as visionary leadership, cultural life or athletic excellence.

Did You Know? Famous East Yorkers

Here’s a list of famous people who have ties to East York.  Do you know someone who should be on this list?  Please get in touch with us.


  • Jim Brennan, MLS player for Toronto FC
  • Rob and Rich Butler, professional baseball players: outfielders
  • Russell Martin, professional baseball catcher
  • Ron Taylor, World Series Champion
  • Whipper Billy Watson, champion wrestler
  • Cherie Piper, Olympic Gold Medalist
  • George Armstrong, NHL hockey player
  • NHL player Bobby Baun
  • NHL players the Tanev Brothers
  • NHL player Rich Clune
  • NHL player Mike Zigomanis


  • Sebastian Brown, pianist
  • Jesse F. Keeler, DJ and producer as MSTRKRFT; bassist and keyboardist of Death
  • from Above 1979, Still Life Still, indie rock group
  • Domenic Troiano, former guitarist for Ronnie Hawkins, The Guess Who and Bush


  • Will Arnett, actor
  • John Candy, comedian and actor
  • Shirley Douglas, actress; daughter of political leader Tommy Douglas; mother of Kiefer Sutherland
  • George Dunbar, photographer
  • Steve Holmes, home improvement contractor and television show host
  • The Kratt Brothers, children’s TV hosts
  • Peter Lynch, TV director
  • Raymond Massey, actor
  • Colin Mochrie, actor and improvisational comedian
  • Kiefer Sutherland, movie and TV actor, 24
  • Nerene Virgin, journalist, actress and teacher


  • Many war heroes who fought for democracy and our Canadian values around the world
  • Hon, Stephen Harper, Canadian Prime Minister (Leaside)
  • Kathleen Wynne, MPP, first female Premier of Ontario (Don Valley West)
  • Robert Ing, forensic scientist and author
  • Vincent Massey, Canadian Governor General
  • Robert McClure, medical missionary
  • Agnes McPhail, first woman to be elected to the Canadian House of Commons
  • Charles Sauriol, naturalist and author
  • Reuben Smith, WWI and WWII veteran, amateur horticulturist
  • Former East York Mayor’s True Davidson, Willis Blair, Hon. Alan Redway, Dave Johnson and Michael Prue
  • Case Ootes, first Deputy Mayor of the amalgamated City of Toronto