Street in Little Jamaica renamed "Jimmy Wisdom Way"

07 Oct 2020

Toronto, ON. – Today, North York Community Council unanimously passed a motion by Councillor Mike Colle (Ward 8, Eglinton-Lawrence) to rename Locksley Avenue, from Eglinton Avenue West to Hopewell Avenue, to "Jimmy Wisdom Way."

This initiative, spearheaded by local Councillor Mike Colle over the past several months, is the first of many steps in the creation of the Eglinton West 'Little Jamaica' Heritage Hub, which was approved at Toronto City Council last week.

Known by his thousands of friends and admirers as "Wisdom", Jimmy was a uniquely talented musician and an active community leader and pioneer who constantly gave back to his community and helped many newcomers to Canada and the City of Toronto from his barber's chair on Eglinton Avenue West for over 35 years.

This stretch of Locksley Avenue is located right by Wisdom's barber shop and will honour this great trailblazer in Toronto’s Jamaican Community.

"The Wisdom family is honoured and overjoyed by this decision. We are grateful to Councillor Colle for his recognition and leadership to honour our father, affectionately known as Jimmy Wisdom," said by Ninfa Wisdom

"In renaming this street "Jimmy Wisdom Way" next to where he worked, mentored, and inspired in his barber shop for over 35 years, we honour a man who devoted his whole life to celebrating and respecting his Jamaican roots and culture and weaving this into Toronto’s fabric,” said Mike Colle, Toronto City Councillor Ward 8, Eglinton-Lawrence

"Jimmy Wisdom's legend will live on in Little Jamaica with 'Jimmy Wisdom Way' and I'm glad Councillor Mike Colle and the North York Community Council approved this renaming today. I am committed to celebrating community heroes like Jimmy and preserving the heritage of our neighbourhoods, including Little Jamaica," said Mayor John Tory

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