If you like shoes, you'll love this museum devoted entirely to footwear; see shoes from various cultures and all parts of the world, from ancient times to the present. Fancy shoes and basic ones, boots and sandals, they are all in the Raymond Moriyama building, located north of the University of Toronto campus. You can view more than 10,000 pairs in all. Celebrity shoes include Queen Victoria's ballroom slippers, Elvis's blue patent loafers and Karen Kain's ballet pointes.
A landmark for the 21st Century, the Absolute World complex is an eye-catching addition to Mississauga's skyline. Following an international competition among several design firms, the winning Beijing-based MAD firm won the bid. Known for its unique twisting architecture, the towers spiral from base to top in a dizzying pattern, with the larger tower twisting at 209 degrees from the bottom of the building. Interestingly, the towers have been labeled 'Marilyn Monroe' by locals due to its voluptuous hourglass shape.
iFly Toronto lets you experience the thrill of flight without having to jump out of a plane. This indoor attraction provides the rush of skydiving without going more than a few feet off the ground by using an advanced wind tunnel. Feel like you're free-falling in a safe environment! Even children as young as 4 can experience this fun activity!
At Yonge and Wellington, between Scott and Church, is an historic triangle of bricks and mortar known locally as the Flatiron Building. Also known as the Gooderham Building, it used to be home to the corporate offices of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery empire. A mirror image mural of the Perkins Building located across the street, painted by renowned Canadian artist Derek Besant, adds color to an already remarkable structure. The pub in the basement is a popular haunt, and features a massive outdoor patio that overlooks one of the richest architectural areas of the city. Today this building is home to Gilbert's LLP, lawyers and patent & Trademark Agents.
You will be compelled to stop in your tracks when you see the Toronto's Half House on the St Patrick Street. A 19th-century, Victorian structure with just one-half visible, the other half of Toronto's Half House was torn down in the 20th Century by a real estate company. Owning to disputes between the owner and the development company, this house was torn in the most awkward fashion while its neighbor's building was being demolished. Sliced exactly in half, the wall that you see was a division separating the bedrooms. Legal tiffs aside, this place is a must-visit if you wish to spot something eccentric and capture it on your camera's lens.
Visualized and crafted by critically-acclaimed Toronto-based architect Frank Gehry, the Jackman Hall's interiors are worth witnessing. An extremely well-furnished space, the hall is embellished with an assemblage of contemporary adornments that offer it a very polished look and feel. The auditorium is tailor-made for hosting conferences, corporate meetings, small-scale screenings, and theatrical performances.
Located in Kensington, Poetry Jazz Cafe is more than a quintessential jazz bar. On offer are signature cocktails and wine enjoyed to the occasional live jazz, soul, spoken word and poetry events. Owner Sean Pascalle encourages performances by young and upcoming jazz musicians with an experimental flair on the genre. Quite contrasting is the decor of vintage elements, graffiti and old-world charm. Their secluded back patio is a popular gathering place among regulars.
Located at Bay and Wellington, Brookfield Place comprises a complete city block. Above ground it consists of two gigantic office buildings: the 51-storey Canada Trust Tower and its little brother, the 47-storied Bay-Wellington Tower, connected by the Galleria. At the Yonge and Front corner stands a shrine to hockey past and present, the Hockey Hall of Fame. The back exit from the Hall leads into the concourse level, which houses a full array of shops, a large food court and the PATH linking to the Wellington Tower.