Bill Stapleton was a long-time resident of Cabbagetown until 2006 when he moved to Bracebridge to live with one of his daughters. During his decades in Cabbagetown he sketched and painted the subjects he loved such as the multi-cultural people of Regent Park. He captured the innocence and curiosity of children, and both the despairing and the rejoicing souls of the patrons of the Winchester Hotel and former Paramount Hotel. He sketched the animals in Riverdale Farm with whimsy and humour. He approaches all his subjects with enormous vigour and vibrancy, capturing a wide range of human emotions.
Collections of his other work are housed in the new Canadian War Museum (CWM), in Ottawa. It is a major national museum of military history, covering Canada's military past from earliest times to the present day; and the National Archives of Canada, Ottawa. Library and Archives Canada collects and preserves Canada's documentary heritage, and is accessible to all Canadians. It includes publications, archival records, sound and audio-visual materials, photographs, artworks, and electronic documents such as websites.
Sally the pig. Riverdale Farm.
An exhibition of Bill Stapleton's donated work was shown in Cabbagetown, Bill Stapleton: Drawing the Line, from November 07 to the end of March, 2008
In 2006 Bill Stapleton donated over 1,500 canvases and sketches of his work pertaining to the Cabbagetown/Regent Park area to the CRP Museum. He also gave a number of his personal papers and a sketchbook from World War II in which he served. These are an invaluable record of his life and social views, and of life in Cabbagetown/Regent Park.