Leaside Matters, Leaside’s own volunteer advocacy group, formed in 2015 to foster stewardship of the significant cultural heritage landscape of Leaside. On October 11, 2018, at the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario’s 2018 heritage awards, Leaside Matters was awarded the Margaret and Nicholas Hill Cultural Heritage Landscape Award.
The former Town of Leaside is a significant cultural heritage landscape with a plethora of historic associations. It is also at a juncture, facing a ripple of demolitions and largescale infill. Leaside Matters has engaged the community through diverse initiatives such as panel discussions, walks, exhibits, publications, photo contests, localism efforts, and municipal advocacy with the intent to educate about locoal history, engage in dialogue about the built environment and motivate thoughtfulness about Leaside’s evolution.
Their most recent initiative, Hidden Among Us, Architectural Portraits of Leaside’s Canada Wire and Cable Company Homes, is an exhibit and book that exemplifies this effort.