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The Best of Art and Culture in Toronto

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Culture keeners won’t have time to sleep once they hit the Toronto pavement. Visitors during cooler months need not fret, as the ROM and the AGO host some of the best major works of art (dance parties, anyone?), and more! Street art is everywhere; take a guided tour of Toronto’s multicoloured back alleys and come away with more than just amazing streetscapes. Come summer, Toronto is taken over by a (free) public photography festival— a great way to experience art and culture in the city.
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234 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5K 1B2, Canada
This three-legged dining chair designed in 1958 by Stefan Siwinski Designs and Korina Designs is one of 950 items in the collection of the Design Exchange. This innovative museum devoted to Canadian industrial ingenuity is housed in the old ...
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60 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON M5J 2H5, Canada
Home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, this curved glass building is also a premiere venue for the Toronto International Film Festival. During the year, this iconic building in Toronto serves as concert showcase and special event venue. National...
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327 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W7, Canada
The Bata Shoe Museum is dedicated to the history of footwear through the ages. And what a spectacular history! After one visit, you'll be able to distinguish Rajasthani mojaris from chopines, the platform shoes worn by...
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80 Spadina Ave #207, Toronto, ON M5V 2J4, Canada
Every May, Toronto’s museums, galleries and cafes are transformed into photography exhibitions centred around a unifying theme. Best of all, the exhibitions are free, making this a fun way to explore Toronto’s neighborhoods, whether by bike or via...
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145 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 4G1, Canada
Opened in 2006, the Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts right in the crux of downtown at Queen and University is a gorgeous forum for performances from the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company (COC). For those looking for a...
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506 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y3, Canada
Hot Docs is a Canadian International Documentary Festival as well as the largest documentary festival and conference in North America. More than 180 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and globally are selected by the committee. Through its...
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688 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1C5, Canada
The Fringe Festival is Toronto’s answer to cheap (but great) theatre. As the site says, the “Fringe movement” is a worldwide network of indie theatre festivals. As the name suggests, the movement is about celebrating under-represented voices and...
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100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2, Canada
The Cavalcade of Lights, held at Toronto's City Hall near the end of every November is the inauguration of the holiday season. The Christmas Tree (or Holiday Tree, as some in our politically correct city call it) is lit and the skating rink opens....
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From the outside, the Royal Ontario Museum appears to have been struck by a mineral formation from outer space. When the original building was overhauled by starchitect Daniel Libeskind, many locals were dismayed by the new...
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229 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1R4, Canada
The Tour Guys take you on a guided tour of Toronto's Graffiti Alley. As you wind through the alley as well as other points of graffiti in back areas of downtown, you'll get an overview of the history and language of graffiti. It's a great insight...
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317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4, Canada
Frank Gehry was born inToronto, but his dramatic 2008renovation and expansion ofthis Beaux-Arts museum washis first Canadian commission.He first discovered art on childhood visits to its vast collection,which spans the world. Now themuseum...
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115 Danforth Ave #302, Toronto, ON M4K 1N2, Canada
June is one of the best months to be in Toronto and this year, you're definitely going to want to stick around June 10-17 for one of the best music festivals in North America. Toronto's version of SXSW has turned into NXNE or North by Northeast,...
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Luminato Festival is Toronto’s international multi-arts festival for people open to having art change their outlook on the world. For 10 days each June, Luminato Festival transforms Toronto’s theatres, parks and public spaces with hundreds of...
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350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5, Canada
Presented by the Canadian Art Foundation, The Reel Artists Film Festival (RAFF)--North America’s only festival dedicated to documentaries on visual art and artists. Participants delve into the creative minds of some of the world’s most renowned...