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This Short Film Commemorates the Last Days of Ossington Avenue’s Polish Bakery

A brief look at Ontario Bread Co.'s final days on Ossington Avenue.

Ontario Bread Co., a Polish bakery located near Ossington Avenue and Dundas Street, was right in its element for decades after it opened its doors in 1935. Now, after a few years of steady hipterification in the neighbourhood, the place has served up its last loaf of rye bread. The closure isn’t entirely a sad story, though: aficionados can still get Ontario Bread products from a Mississauga company that acquired the business, and three former employees managed to hit the lotto before they left.

Before the Ossington bakery closed down, local filmmaker Jim Bachalo spent some time with the owner and the staff, and the result is the charming short documentary embedded above. It includes some interesting history, plus some fantastic footage of the production process. (Is there such a thing as “dough porn”? Because this might be it.)

According to Bachalo, the Ossington bakery closed its doors permanently on June 21.

(His documentary about the people who ring the bells at the Cathedral Church of St. James is also worth watching.)

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