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 ArtworkxTO 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 2 will take us through Cityplace, a recently developed district within the former Railway Lands that features a high concentration of exciting contemporary art. Canoe Landing Park, the neighbourhood focal point, is an integrated work of art and landscape architecture by Douglas Coupland, a prolific author, artist and recipient of the Order of Canada. Other highlights include several works by the Chilean sculptor Franciso Gazitua, "Flower Power" by Mark DiSuvero, "Gardiner Streams" by Katherine Harvey, and the Monument to the Chinese Railroad Workers.
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!
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 60 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.
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.
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.
Mary (Toronto) W.
14 October 2021
Loved my second tour with Jane of On the Town Tours. I've never been down to CityPlace so was seeing it all for the first time. The public art is wonderful! Thanks Jane. Hope to go on Part 3 whenever it's posted.
13 October 2021
More interesting street art
13 October 2021
Thank you for an excellent tour of CityPlace and surrounding area. Please repeat the first tour as I was having sound issues on my device so I had to shut off the tour. Thank you.