Occupying an entire block in the heart of Toronto's cultural district is the famous TIFF Bell Lightbox which boasts a cinema, studios and galleries which display works of art related to cinema. Visitors here are often astonished by the mammoth collection of world cinema that is screened.
Home to the Austin family for more than a century, Spadina House is now operated as a museum by the City of Toronto Cultural Services. Although some restoration has taken place, the original feel of the 55-room mansion has been wonderfully preserved, giving visitors a glimpse into a time when immigration increased and tabloid journalism had its beginnings (1918-1939). Rooms are also available for hire. The tour guides will make sure that the experience is thoroughly informative and educational while still being fun.
Built in 1857, this Georgian-style residence was a gift to William Lyon Mackenzie, grandfather of former Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, from his followers. Mackenzie, the leader of the colonial emancipation movement in Upper Canada, had come from Scotland in 1830 to become the first mayor of the city of Toronto. You will now find a museum inside, where guides in period costumes re-enact the daily life of middle-class Toronto households in the 1860s.
Built in 1793, Fort York National Historic Site was established to protect Toronto Bay from American invasion. It lies just east of Exhibition Place and represents Canada's largest concentration of original War of 1812 buildings. Period-costumed staff provide guided tours highlighting the blockhouses, barracks and officers' quarters. The staff give demonstrations of what military life was like in the early 18th Century. Special events throughout the year include a Battle of York Commemoration, Victoria Day Celebration and Canada Day at Fort York.
The Toronto Railway Museum is located in the Roundhouse Park, in downtown Toronto. Founded in 2010, the museum is managed by the Toronto Railway Historical Association and features a fully functional mini train, the Canadian National steam locomotive No. 6213 and other locomotives that are displayed throughout the park. Visitors can either take a walking tour or board the mini train that takes trips throughout the park.
Opened in 1999, the Museum of Contemporary Art displays the works of a large number of contemporary Canadian artists in a variety of media. The museum takes pride in their extensive collection that includes close to 1,000 works of art. It is also instrumental in hosting a wide of range of exhibitions as well as programmes woven into the common theme of contemporary art.
Located on the University of Toronto campus, this hockey palace also hosts music concerts with some of the bigger names in the rock and pop industry. Home to the University of Toronto Varsity ice hockey team, the arena showcases young hockey talent at affordable prices. The cozy environment gives the feel of true hockey, with the players so close to the crowd it feels as though you're on the ice too.
The J.J.R Macleod Auditorium of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, is a venue for many of the region's prominent lectures, programs and events on science. Christened after the great Scottish physicist John James Richard Macleod, this auditorium has seen many top scientists and physicists spread knowledge and dispel doubt in the minds of the growing learners. Besides informative events, this venue has also played host to a number of music concerts and has seen performances by both local as well as visiting artists. Balancing leisure and learning, the J.J.R Macleod auditorium plays a vital role in the cultural life at the University of Toronto.
On the student-centric Harbord street lies the Athletic Centre of the University of Toronto. This massive facility has a host of fitness and sports facilities that are state-of-the-art and in excellent condition. Among the programs and activities here are swimming, soccer, indoor and outdoor soccer, aquatics, volleyball, hockey, skating, and squash. Apart from these 'drop-in' programs, the center also has 'registered' programs like yoga, dance, fitness, pilates, and even martial arts. the Athletic Centre also rents out its spaces for community and students activities. There, among other things, a host of gyms, swimming pools, squash courts, and also a dance studio. For further information on rent and other details, please see the website.
The Al Green Theatre located in the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Center is a versatile theater which has helped greatly in creating opportunities for artists and promoting creative arts. The Miles Nadal JCC has been building and bridging the gap between diverse communities and teaching the values of greater tolerance and respect for culture and community for years now. The theater which is modern and state-of-the-art, hosts film screenings, performing arts events, social and corporate events and functions.