Hear Here: Jean Hough’s Grey Street Memories

You’ve seen the Hear Here signs all around our neighbourhood. Did you know you can also listen to them online? We’re featuring some of our favourites.

In this story, Jean Hough recounts early morning walks down Grey Street and explains how the diversity of the community helped foster her own sense of belonging.


Want to learn more about our neighbourhood’s heritage and history? Join us for a walking tour!

Sunday, March 15, 1:00 PM – The Underground Railway (led by Ariel Beaujot)

Sunday, April 19, 1:00 PM – The Hospital Lands (led by Michelle Hamilton)

Medallion Developments rezoning application coming before Planning and Environment Committee

There is a staff recommendation coming before the Planning & Environment Committee pertaining to the Medallion Developments Inc. project on South Street. The recommendation is a technical procedure request to council to remove the “h-218” status from the current zoning in order “to facilitate a residential development with two apartment buildings of 19 and 23 storeys, set atop a podium of 3-8 storeys, with 625 units, access to South Street and Nelson Street, and underground parking.”

Access full Committee Report (PDF) for more details.

If you are interested in attending, here are the meeting details:

The 6th Meeting of the Planning and Environment Committee
March 09, 2020 at 4:00 PM
Council Chambers

Soho History Walking Tour: The Underground Railway

The Soho neighbourhood has a fascinating history connected to the Underground Railway. (For instance, did you know that Richard Berry Harrison‘s parents came to Canada as escaped slaves — his mother from Missouri and his father from a plantation in Kentucky?)

On Sunday, March 15, Ariel Beaujot from Western University will lead a walking tour of the neighbourhood that recounts the oral histories from people who came to Soho with the underground railway.

Schedule for Sunday, March 15

1:00 PM: Meet outside the front entrance to Goodwill Industries for the walking tour
2:00 PM: Reconvene back at Edgar + Joe’s Cafe and relax at our free Soho Coffee Social

(Also, be sure to mark your calendars for Sunday, April 19, 1PM, for another historical walking tour of Soho’s hospital lands, by Michelle Hamilton from Western University.)

Big Bike Giveaway – Coming to Soho on September 13

The Big Bike Giveaway team is preparing to give away 500 bicycles in one day — and it’s happening on Sunday, September 13 at our very own Meredith Park!

Curious to learn more? Want to get involved? Come and chat with the organizers, Monica and Shayne, who will be joining us at our free Soho Coffee Social on March 15 (2 PM to 3 PM) at Edgar + Joe’s Cafe.

Do you have an old bike to donate so that it can be repaired/refurbished and given to someone who needs it? Email donate@bigbikegiveaway.ca!

Soho Coffee Socials at Edgar + Joe’s Café

Thanks to the generous support of Edgar + Joe’s Café, we are thrilled to invite Soho residents and friends to a monthly coffee social:

  • Meet your neighbours, see old friends
  • Informal conversations – no agenda
  • Free coffee and treats (Thanks, Edgar + Joe’s Café!)

Soho Coffee Social Schedule:

Sunday, March 15, 2-3 PM (1-2 PM Hear Here Walking Tour: Underground Railway – Ariel Beaujot)
Sunday, April 19, 2-3 PM (1-2 PM Hear Here Walking Tour: The Hospital Lands – Michelle A. Hamilton)
Sunday, May 24, 2-3 PM
Sunday, June 14, 2-3 PM

👉 So that we can provide Edgar + Joe’s Café with numbers for catering, please email info@soholondon.ca by Tuesday, March 10 if you are planning on joining us at the March 15 social.

All Soho Coffee Socials at Edgar + Joe’s Café at 255 Horton Street (on the main floor of the Goodwill Industries building, just west of Wellington)