Events in Toronto During ISBD 2015
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With over 2.5 million residents, Toronto is at the heart of Canada's financial, cultural and natural identity. A thriving metropolis, it offers the very best of the Canadian heritage, and the richness and color of its global community, all in one. The city will seduce you with the magnificence and diversity of its architecture, its parks, its islands and its shore along Lake Ontario. It is easy to navigate thanks to a strong grid street layout, and one of the most extensive public transit systems in North America.
Known for its friendly and bubbly character, Toronto withholds an endless offer of culinary, artistic, musical and cultural surprises. In every corner, you will find a restaurant, a theater or a café to please your whims. For the adventurous spirits, the legendary CN Tower & Edge Walk's is a visit not to miss. For the more romantic visitor, you are a ferry ride away from the astounding Toronto Islands. For shoppers and pedestrians, PATH, the largest underground shopping complex in the world with over 30 kilometers to visit, is a must. Toronto's open spirit will make you feel the world is at arm's length, while never losing the cozy and welcoming sensation that you are home.
This funky spike remains every bit as cool and iconic as it was when it opened in 1976. Its primary function is as a radio and TV communications tower, but riding the great glass elevators up the highest freestanding structure (553m) in the world is one of those things in life you just have to do. On a clear day, the views from the Observation Deck are absolutely astounding. For extra thrills, tread lightly over the knee-trembling Glass Floor deck, or continue climbing an extra 101m to the uppermost SkyPod viewing area.
Once upon a time, there were no Toronto Islands. There was only an immense sandbar. On April 13, 1858, a hurricane blasted through the sandbar, swallowed the hotel and created the gap now known as the Eastern Channel. Toronto's jewel-like islands were born – nearly two-dozen isles covering 600 acres. When you visit the close-knit, 800-strong artistic communities on Algonquin Island and Ward's Island, expect pangs of jealousy. They've got a peaceful, trusting, kid-safe community, little pollution, photogenic clusters of cottages among tall maples and incredible city skyline views.
Tattered around the edges, elegantly wasted Kensington Market is multicultural Toronto at its most authentic. Predictably, eating here is an absolute joy. Shopping here is also a blast; local specialties including fresh produce, baked goods, vintage duds and discount clothing. Lining the underbelly of Kensington Market is a seamy bohemian element. The streets are full of artists, urban hippies, punks, potheads, junkies, dealers, bikers, goths, musicians and anarchists. Shady characters on bicycles whisper their drug menus to you as they slide slowly past; hooch and Hendrix waft through the air. Graffiti says, 'Resistance is Fertile!' The streets simmer with a mildly menacing, hung-over vibe, but it's rarely unsafe.
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
The new MOCCA, recently relocated from far northern Yonge St, is the city's only museum mandated to collect and promote works by living Canadian visual artists. It says a lot about West Queen West's consolidation as an arts and design strip that the museum chose this district for its new facility. The permanent holdings only number about 400 works, curated since 1985, but award-winning exhibitions focus on new artists from Nova Scotia to British Columbia.