As a thirteen year old, I was fortunate enough to become a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force Auxiliary Band. For the next several years, I travelled regularly to the Downsview Air Force base by bus and street car from my home in Scarborough and learned so much from these experienced adult musicians. In summer we played concerts and marched in parades all over the area. Here is a photo from a concert at the CNE Bandshell. That is the Queen in the background.
The military base is now long gone and much of the area is now parkland. Here is how some of it looked on a December morning.
Clouded with snow
The cold winds blow,
And shrill on leafless bough
The robin with its burning breast
Alone sings now. – Walter John de La Mare (1873–1956)