Gayithiri

What does Lawrence Avenue mean to you?
Lawrence Avenue means home. It’s where I grew up and went to school. It’s an area that I’m very familiar with and it means good old high school days, which makes me wish I can go back once again. 

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Sabrina

Sabrina, like myself, constantly finds herself in the downtown core for events or just to hang out because it’s something like a second home. We both dread the commute back and forth, the wait times for the next bus, the train service ending before 2am, etc., however we’re back at it on a regular basis. Even though we spend more time downtown than in Scarborough, Scarborough is still home. It’s where we spent our childhood and the lessons, memories and overall experiences are irreplaceable.

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Christian Agbayani

What brought you to Lawrence Avenue East?
I really love to play basketball and sometimes I come here with my friends just so we can hang out. The library is right nearby so if we need to get some work done we can work in there and then also take a break to just play basketball. We have our own team, The Monarchs, so we can just practice and hang out and interact with a lot of other people.

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Mac Persad

What brings you to Lawrence Avenue?
Rozanne Persad (Mac’s wife and co-owner of Curry & Roti): ​It started back in 1973 with my uncle, my mom’s brother who bought this place, wanting a space of his own. My husband and I took over in 1993, over 21 years ago, so we are the second and third generation to keep running this place. We are the first curry shop here on this strip. 

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Alex

Alex is not a Lawrence Avenue resident but he plays in Scarborough. He is a regular at The Spice Is Right restaurant on Lawrence Avenue East.

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Linda Luztono

What does Lawrence Avenue East mean to you?
Lawrence Avenue, to me, is about community and support. Being in this neighbourhood I have always felt safe and welcomed.

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Lucy Perri

It was a cool afternoon when Lucy stepped out of her south Scarborough home offering a bottle of water and wielding a wooden plaque with her engraved name glistening in the golden afternoon sun.

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Khalah Brown

Featured in this portrait is model Khalah. Khalah and I were in constant conversation throughout the entire photo shoot. This capture, this moment, (I hope) shows the depth of her soul and moment of reflection.

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Lucas

Featured in this portrait is Lucas. It is Lucas’ first day at the park with his mother Erin. Lucas is playful engaging and full of life. He runs around, hops through the playground and climbs up for the slide repetitively enjoying the ride each time.

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Jalani Morgan

What brought you to Lawrence Avenue?
I was brought to Lawrence Avenue because my mom moved from government housing after being there for 10 years. My mom finally made a dream happen by getting us out of a situation and Mcowan and Lawrence was the place that she moved to. It felt different from the spaces that we occupied before. It was a symbol of my mom’s personal success.

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Rebecca Zala

Rebecca Zala, 17, was born in Mexico, lives in Scarborough, and studies at Ryerson University; she balances the most obvious aspects of her identity with the more subjective experiences of those aspects, and expresses herself through her art. We met at Scarborough Arts’ EAST Spoken Word Poetry workshop held at various Toronto libraries. After a meeting, I photographed her in the surrounding area, and after the photo shoot, we spoke at Lawrence East station – some answers have been edited, others moved around.

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Medhi

What brought you to Lawrence Avenue East?
The business which I bought here is what brought me to Lawrence Avenue. When I arrived to this country, I worked a job that I didn’t like and it inspired me to buy this Pizzaville store.

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Mary Louise Cook

Mary Louise Cook is a descendant of Canadian pioneers on the land we now call Lawrence Avenue. She was born in 1930, raised in Scarborough, and has watched the communities of the neighbourhood and her own congregation (now called Wexford Heights United Church) evolve. Most people in the church that I spoke to suggested that I meet their “historian”, Mary.

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Rhyanne Younes

What does Lawrence Avenue mean to you?
To me Lawrence Avenue is a feeling of belonging. It’s my social community, a place where I’ve made and continue to make memories. Lawrence Avenue is where I see and spend time with my loved ones. Lawrence Avenue is home, pretty much.

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Alex

Alex is not a Lawrence Avenue resident but he plays in Scarborough. He is a regular at The Spice Is Right restaurant on Lawrence Avenue East.

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Skantha & Rishi

Skantha & Rishi are two brothers that are the sons of a Swami who has a Hindu temple (Sri Durka Temple) on Lawrence Avenue. The two brothers grew up spent a lot of their time, living, playing & working on the Lawrence Ave. strip.

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Eddie Son

Eddie Son is the son of the owner of Makkal Cho, a Korean BBQ and Delicacies restaurant. He has been working with his family on Lawrence Avenue for 5 years.

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