How to Have the Most Canadian Day Ever in Toronto

Visit the Art Gallery of Ontario, see Canada On Screen at TIFF Bell Lightbox and watch live music at Massey Hall.

Kensington Market area, photo by Age Fotostock/Alamy

Morning: Chinatown and Kensington Market

Dive into the city’s multicultural heritage with an Urban Adventures walking tour through Chinatown and Kensington Market. These crowded neighbourhoods are dense with diversity and history, not to mention delectable foods from all over the world.

Lunch: Antler

Eat at Antler, a restaurant that promotes the sustainable, seasonal, wild and foraged and serves dishes like a rack of deer with parsnip purée and Swiss chard or sticky toffee pudding with pine needle ice cream.

Afternoon: Art Gallery of Ontario

Visit the Art Gallery of Ontario for its Canada 150 special exhibition, Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood. The multimedia installation encourages visitors to contemplate the big questions: Where has Canada come from? Where is it now? And where is it going?

Evening: TIFF Bell Lightbox

Visit the TIFF Bell Lightbox for Canada On Screen, a year-long project that rounds up installations, screenings and events to showcase key works from Canada’s cinematic history.

Three of Toronto’s most iconic music halls: 

The Danforth Music Hall

This historic movie theatre turned live music venue is one of the city’s oldest music halls and hosts travelling acts like the Ramones.

Horseshoe Tavern

It may look like a hole-in-the-wall from the outside, but many major Canadian acts, including The Tragically Hip, got their start at The Shoe.

Massey Hall

With roots reaching back to the late 1800s, this spot has hosted a variety of renowned musicians, including Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot.

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