Location: Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Address: 300 Borough Drive
Date: June 2023
The Scarborough Town Centre opened in May 1973. This year it is celebrating its 50th birthday and we took part in some of the festivities.
The Scarborough Town Centre is one of the biggest malls in the Toronto area. Scarborough is made up of many different neighbourhoods as a sign in the mall once showed us.
The mall is accessible from the Scarborough RT line. Since 1985 the Toronto Transit Commission has served the station at Scarborough Centre with its elevated Rapid Transit train. There are plans for the RT line to be replaced at the end of 2023.
One of the highlights of the mall were the hot air balloons. These balloons would get a blast of heated air and rise up out of the fountains. When the hot air stopped, each balloon would drop again. It would follow a guide wire and land back on its stand. The hot air would blast once more and again the balloons would rise up to the delight of children gathered near the fountains. In 2009 the balloons were removed due to a building code change. Most likely it was something to do with heating elements in a fountain surrounded by children.
This isn't the first time that centre court has been filled with works of art. During Nuit Blanche there were hundreds of inflatable world globes filling the space.
During Chinese New Year the court was filled with ribbons and lanterns.
Another time during Nuit Blanche there were hundreds of plastic bags on wires. It was to represent the plastic polution often caused by mall shoppers.
During November and December the centre court hosts Santa Claus. If he sees you taking his picture he will be sure to wave hello.
As the mall celebrates its 50th birthday we are reminded that the mall also celebrates people from Scarborough with its Scarborough Walk of Fame. The Walk of Fame is located on the lower level of the mall near Centre Court. Below are a few of our favourites, mostly from the music industry..
Wes Williams (aka Maestro Fresh Wes) received his star in 2006. His song "Let Your Backbone Slide" is arguably one of the greatest rap songs ever written.
Another rapper on the Walk of Fame is Kardinal Offishall. He is best known for his track with Akon called "Dangerous".
The Barenaked Ladies have a star of the Scarborough Walk of Fame. Their biggest hits include "If I Had $1,000,000" and "One Week". The star only includes the members of the band in 2013 when they were inducted. It is missing Steven Page who was a big part of their most popular years.
Singer Gowan is best known for his hits "Strange Animal" and "A Criminal Mind". He is currently the lead singer for the band Styx.
Monika Schnarre also has a star on the Walk Of Fame. She is best known for being a supermodel.
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