Tonight, many will be glued to the box to watch game 2 of the first round playoff series between Toronto and Boston. MLSE has produced this short promo video and it features local content in the form of Peter’s Barber Shop here in Weston. Thanks to Mike Sullivan for the tip.
After 44 years, always being the same number of seats from the barber chair, or the lollipop box located by the counter or walking around the turnstile from MLG instead of going through it, hosting the Stanley Cup and Vezina trophy […]
We’re moving…..but not out of the neighbourhood. WESTON IS OUR HOME. YOU ARE OUR EXTENDED FAMILY.
Heart and soul.
memories and dreams.
Haircuts and hockey.
Barber shop and museum.
More than 100 people showed up on Saturday to see the ceremonial renaming of Patika Avenue. NHL great Johnny Bower, after whom the street was renamed, was there, sharing jokes and hanging out. All the big-wigs made it, too—including Mayor Norm Kelly and at least three major media outlets.
Peter the Barber (Peter Kalamaris) was the brains and the brawn behind the renaming. If you see him, give him a hug for getting the TV cameras into Weston for something wonderful. The man’s a gem.
Thanks to Daniella for saving my bacon and sending the pictures.
Pantelis Kalamaris, better known as Peter the Barber, will be honoured with a lane bearing his name. The road, which runs from from John Street to Elsmere Avenue, will be called “Pantelis Kalamaris Lane”.
Peter the Barber was a local fixture until his death last year. He owned and ran the Maple Leaf themed barbershop on John. It was a challenge to get his name on a street, though; proponents had wanted the most westerly section of John to be renamed for him, but that was overruled by the city.
Though staff also opposed renaming the laneway for Peter, they were overruled by Etobicoke York Community Council and by City Council this week.
Peter Kalamaris, better known as Peter The Barber, was a longtime business owner and community member in Weston who died last year. The hockey-themed barber shop on John is his most prominent legacy.
Community members and politicians asked that the portion of John Street west of the tracks be renamed in his honour. City staff turned that down. They asked that the nearby lane be name “Pantelis Kalamaris Lane” instead; now city staff have recommended against that too.
‘Pantelis Kalamaris Lane’ does not comply with the Honouriflc and Street Naming Policy because it uses both the first and last names of the individual being recognized. The Policy states in part that ‘Only a person’s last name Should be used as a street name unless additional identification is necessary to prevent a duplication with an existing street name in Toronto and surrounding municipalities.’
Also, the Policy states in part that “Honouriñc names shall only be awarded posthumously to those individuals who have been deceased for at least two years, with
exceptions to be approved by City Council.” Mr. Kalamaris passed away in October 2011.
Due to these factors and non-compliance with the Policy, it is recommended that the name “Pantelis Kalamaris Lane” not be approved.