1920s/2022 – Looking south towards the Palais Royale located on the south side of Lake Shore Blvd W, at the foot of the Roncesvalles Pedestrian Bridge, in Toronto’s Sunnyside neighbourhood.
The archive photo shows spectators at an event at the Sunnyside Bandstand with the Palais Royale in the background. When the Palais Royale was built in 1921/22, it was also home to Deans’ Sunnyside Pleasure Boats. The Palais dining and dance hall later took over the entire building when the boat company left.
At the height of Palais Royale’s popularity in the ’30s and ’40s, big swing and jazz bands like Bert Niosi, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Lunceford and The Dorsey Brothers played there. Palais Royale is one of two remaining buildings from the Sunnyside Amusement complex, the other being Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion.
- Photo: Denise Marie for TorontoJourney416
- Vintage Photos: Toronto Public Library