Greater Toronto Area - Art in the City: Part 1 - Underpass Park, the Canary and Distillery Districts

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Art in the City: Part 1 - Underpass Park, the Canary and Distillery Districts

Wed, 20 Oct
(15 reviews)
Underpass Park, Corktown and the Distillery District, Greater Toronto Area, Canada
50 mins

About the tour

Toronto's urban landscape is a veritable museum containing more than 1500 works of art - from sculpture to painting, multimedia, landscape architecture and street art - that are available for residents and visitors to enjoy, completely free, all the time. The City's Percent for Public Art guidelines stipulate that 1% of the gross costs of new construction should be allocated for investment in public art. With more new construction happening in Toronto than anywhere else in North America the collection is constantly expanding. The recently-launched ArtworxTO commences a ten-year initiative to strengthen the city's commitment to public art with a focus on exhibiting and supporting the work of Indigenous artists. This six-part series will explore highlights of Toronto's extensive public art collection, with each "episode" focusing on clusters of works in different neighbourhoods. Enjoy individual or multiple episodes as you like! Part 1 takes us from Underpass Park, an imaginative space beneath a series of overpasses featuring an award-winning public art installation, recreation and play facilities, stunning street art by world-famous graffiti artists, through the Canary District, a former industrial neighbourhood that served as the host of the 2015 Pan Am Games and is being developed into a 35-acre master-planned community. Here we will see some incredible large sculptures. We will conclude at the Distillery District, a derelict industrial site that has been transformed into a dynamic, internationally acclaimed arts and cultural district that's home to some of the city's most Instagrammed artworks.

Meet On the Town Tours

On the Town Tours

Jane is the founder of On the Town Tours in Toronto. Since 2013 they've offered an eclectic menu of public and private, walking and driving tours that highlight Toronto's history, architecture and culture. As a non-native, she's always been driven to understand how Toronto became the city it is today. She loves sharing her passion for the city's urban fabric and its treasures with visitors and curious residents alike. Come join her!

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Greater Toronto Area with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 50 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Greater Toronto Area. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Olga M.

06 October 2021

The Gide was very informative, she showed us nice street art subjects, especially of modern art., 2 new interesting districts of Toronto. Thanks to her

Merle R.

05 October 2021

I was very excited for this tour because of the content. Sadly it went downhill very quickly. I don’t like tours where the guide reads a script. Very impersonal. I can just read things on the 8ntermet. From the very beginning she was turning the gimbal way too quickly and didn’t seem to be able to hold it steady at any point. A number of people asked her to slow down and to steady the gimbal. Always seemed to have an excuse that it wasn’t her fault but it clearly was. I had to leave about 15 minutes into the tour as I was extremely nauseous and feared I was going to get sick… and all because the guide panned very very quickly and never held the camera steady. And I asked someone I knew on the tour if it improved after I left and was told it never got any better. Very disappointing.

Trudy R.

05 October 2021

I enjoyed the tour very much. Jane was a great tour guide, informative friendly and easy to follow. Toronto has alot of beautiful art and Jane gave great photo ops to them.

Sue (UK) H.

05 October 2021

Interesting - thank you

Katy H.

05 October 2021

I live in Toronto but I was not familiar with the area covered by the tour. It was very interesting

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