The Toronto Book of Love


Exploring Toronto’s history through tantalizing true tales of romance, marriage, and lust.

Toronto’s past is filled with passion and heartache. The Toronto Book of Love brings the history of the city to life with fascinating true tales of romance, marriage, and lust: from the scandalous love affairs of the city’s early settlers to the prime minister’s wife partying with rock stars on her anniversary; from ancient First Nations wedding ceremonies to a pastor wearing a bulletproof vest to perform one of Canada’s first same-sex marriage ceremonies.

Home to adulterous movie stars, faithful rebels, and heartbroken spies, Toronto has been shaped by crushes, jealousies, and flirtations. The Toronto Book of Love explores the evolution of the city from a remote colonial outpost to a booming modern metropolis through the stories of those who have fallen in love among its ravines, church spires, and skyscrapers.


What a great storyteller!

Matt Galloway, Metro Morning

With an unmatched flair for storytelling, Bunch infuses Toronto history with fresh life.

Toronto Star

The stories are diverse and the cast of characters jump off the page and will inevitably send you over to Google to search some of the more obscure individuals.

Strolling the City in Heels

About the Author

Adam Bunch

Posted by Dundurn Guest on November 8, 2016
Adam Bunch photo

Adam Bunch

Adam Bunch is the author of The Toronto Book of the Dead, creator of the Toronto Dreams Project, host and co-creator of Canadiana, and a contributor to Spacing. His work earned an honourable mention for a Governor General’s History Award in 2012. Adam lives in Toronto.