January 15th 2014
A playground at Toronto’s June Rowlands Park will be named after iconic Canadian children’s entertainers Sharon, Lois and Bram.
The Toronto and East York Community Council approved the proposal from Coun. Josh Matlow on Wednesday. Matlow tweeted that there would be a special event to unveil the program in the spring.
The naming of Sharon, Lois & Bram playground at June Rowlands Park has been approved! We’re organizing a community event for early Spring.
— Josh Matlow (@JoshMatlow)
Sharon Hampson, Lois Lilienstien and Bram Morrison formed their act in Toronto in 1978 and began touring. A television show followed in 1984 and The Elephant Show ran on the CBC until 1988, and was seen on reruns in Canada and the United States until the mid-90s.
Matlow told CityNews in June that he worked with Morrison on the proposal. Morrison lives about 10 minutes from the park, near Mount Pleasant Road and Davisville Avenue.
In June, Matlow said the trio may even perform at the playground’s renaming.
There was one major hurdle in renaming the playground: Before December of 2013, parks and other areas — like streets — were named posthumously.
That policy changed to “allow recently deceased individuals”, as well as the “naming of living persons that have historical, cultural or social significance to be recognized.”
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