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.
St James Park, with its 19th-century garden and splendid fountain, is the setting for this cathedral, Toronto's first Anglican Church. The Cathedral Church of St James you see today, which opened in 1853, is actually the third on the site - the first two were destroyed by fires in 1839 and 1849 respectively. Designed by architect Fredrich Cumberland, the present church includes the tallest steeple in Canada and an elaborate interior with a solid marble choir stall and stained glass windows.
With its traditional Neo-Gothic style, exquisite stained glass windows and impressive steeples and spires, St. Michael's Catholic Cathedral resonates as one of Toronto's architectural and spiritual landmarks. St. Michael's Catholic Cathedral is also well-known for its choirs, junior and senior, which perform at various services on Sunday morning. Extremely active in the community, the church has a strong Catholic Women's League and opens its doors for weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Conceived by popular cellist Yo-Yo Ma and other visionaries like Niv Fichman, Julie Moir Messervy and James Fleck, the Toronto Music Garden is a reproduction of "Bach's 'Suite No. 1" in G Major for unaccompanied cello, "BWV 1007" upon a scenic landscape by the harbor. The garden has been designed and segregated in various sections corresponding to the various parts and dance moves in Bach's composition. These themed sections are named as Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Minuets and Gigue and have been manicured according to the movement of the suite. This tranquil park is an ideal place to sit back, relax and contemplate. There's an amphitheater, a circular pavilion and other spaces that are best suited for informal performances, poetry readings, live concerts and various other artistic activities.
A part of Ryerson University, the Ryerson Image Centre is an excellent photographic gallery as well as a research and education center. The center conducts major research in photography and hosts various workshops, exhibitions, lectures and discussions. This state-of-the-art gallery is open to works of any photographer, be it a budding student photographer or a professional artist. Apart from hosting temporary exhibitions, the gallery is home to a vast archival collection of close to 300,000 prints in photojournalism and fine art. Walk in here to discover learn about various aspects of photography.
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.
George Hislop played a pivotal role in the development of Toronto's gay community. He was the first candidate for the municipal office, who was openly gay. In 2005, he received the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association's Karl Heinrich Ulrichs Award for his efforts and contribution in developing and striving for the equality of LGBT community in Canada. After his death in 2005, a park in Toronto's Church and Wellesley neighborhood was named after him, as a tribute to his contribution towards the community. It is a beautiful park surrounded by lush green trees and colorful flowers. It also has many benches where visitors can sit and read or just admire the beauty of nature.
Known as a home for the artistic people of Canada, the Studio Building was a great structure. Featuring a working studio that was of great importance in the Canadian heritage of art, the site was designated as the National Historic Site.
The structure of St. Paul's Bloor Street, the Anglican Church contains an old world charm with humongous white pillars, beautiful angel heads at every corner and fascinating sculptures. It also incorporates the Queens Memorial Shrine which contains a granite platform, a tablet and a golden casket within which the Book of Remembrance is placed. Stained glass rose windows surround you while the charming Font steals your attention. Also present, is the gorgeous Chapel of Good Sheppard. The Arium and Cody Hall are huge event spaces within the church and are used regularly for concerts, lectures and other programs. Check the website for further details.
Celebrating several decades in art exhibitions and creativity, Gallery One is a prominent landmark showcasing the works of art by established Canadian and international artists. Besides established names, the gallery also stages the frameworks of young and budding artists. This large exhibition arena mainly houses paintings, prints, sculptures and works from the estate of William Goodridge Roberts. The featured collection includes works by Milton Avery, Brunswick, Stephen Lack, Clay Ellis and Harold Feist. Besides these, Inuit art and African tribal art also intrigue the art-lovers.
The Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto was established in 1887 and is the oldest and most revered law schools in Canada. Renowned globally for its quality of education, the school offers programs across the field of law. This includes arenas of corporate law, law and economics, legal theory and international law. The school offers extensive courses such as Master of Studies in Law, Global Professional Master of Laws, Doctor of Juridical Science and Master of Laws.
Well known as the college of women, the St. Hilda's College is a part of the University of Trinity College. For details, check website.