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ArtworxTO Tours

Explore free self-guided public art walking tours today! We've partnered with Driftscape, local community artists and arts organizations to curate free public art tours all across the City. The tours include bonus media materials, artist interviews and features pieces from the City’s various divisions:  StreetARTorontoPercent for Public Art, and the Public Art & Monuments Collection.

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Ontario Place from an aerial view where the marina is visible

Ontario Place Site, Ontario Place

Spadina-Fort York

Ontario Place Tour – In partnership with Ontario Place

Ontario Place features 155 acres of breathtaking waterfront property just minutes from downtown Toronto. The iconic location is a venue for activities, live music, festivals, arts & culture, events and more. Re-opened as a beautiful public space, the previously closed Ontario Place has blossomed into a park that honours the landscape and brings people of all ages and communities together. This tour serves to highlight some of the interesting spaces and hidden gems in the park.

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The Prince's Gate against a cloud filled sky

Princes Gates, Adobe Stock Photos

Exhibition Place Tour curated by

Richard Fiennes-Clinton, Toronto Museum Services

Established in 1879 as a home for the Canadian National Exhibition, Exhibition Place is now Canada’s largest entertainment venue.  It also holds many works of public art that come in a variety of forms, including architecture, murals, statues, decorative brickwork, and even illustrated benches.  With over 140 years as a public space, Exhibition Place showcases art from several different decades, including neoclassical work from the 1920s, Art Deco features from the 1930s, abstract and modernist sculpture from the 1950s and 1960s, and contemporary pieces from more recent times.

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Susan Schelle & Mark Gomes Domino installation at the corner of Bloor and Spadina

Bloor Parkette, ArtworxTO

University-Rosedale

Spadina Art Crawl Sponsored by Collecdev

The Collecdev team are extremely proud to welcome you to the ArtworxTO Tour: Spadina Art Crawl. This area is special to Collecdev, and they want to thank you for welcoming them in this neighbourhood with their new development, 300 Bloor StreetWest – Cielo Residences.  Collecdev believes in building communities around anticipation of the future, Social Sustainability, and also that art is especially important to drawing out each community’s roots and character. This tour starts at the Walmer Road Parkette near Spadina and Davenport Road, and takes approximately one-and-a-half to two hours to complete. 

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Images of Queen West murals in a collage

Riverside B.I.A + Queen West BIA

Public Art from Queen East to West curated by Riverside B.I.A + Queen West BIA

Explore Toronto’s Queen Street to uncover hidden and not so hidden public art. The Riverside Business Improvement Area (BIA) on Queen East and the Queen Street West BIA have teamed up to bring you this walk, highlighting ‘all local’ art by a variety of Canadian artists. Get to know the stories behind "Paint the City Black" in Queen West’s world-famous Graffiti Alley and the iconic metal art atop the Queen Street Viaduct on Riverside’s Queen East, plus many more. Tour spans Ward 10 and Ward 14. (Tour by Bike, Walk, Street Car or combination)

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Colourful murals in a courtyard at 99 Yorkville Ave

Untitled, Yorkville Murals

University Rosedale

Yorkville Murals Tour

Yorkville Murals is an annual three-day cultural event that celebrates contemporary muralism and public art. It will take place from September 24-26th, 2021   This self-directed tour will give participants a chance to visit many of the murals featured in the festival. Through the creation of artistic murals in Yorkville, and the implementation of cultural activations such as artist installations, speaker panels, and movie screenings, this project focuses on making Yorkville a landmark in Toronto for public art and an ultimate tourist destination.

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A large crowd gathered at UofT exterior a building

Gu Xiu Hei, Bruce Parsons, Broken Bicycle Tiananmen Square, (1992), June 4, 2021

University of Toronto St George Campus Tour – In partnership with University of Toronto

Public Art abounds at the University of Toronto St George campus.

From Sorel Etrog sculptures to historic gargoyles; from innovative works in concrete by Ted Bieler and Robert Downing to profound reflections by Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero; endless paths, enclaves and courtyards at the University are the sites for surprising and poetic works by artists.

Explore the campus with writers and UofT students Ameen Ahmed, Rhiannon Vogl and Rowan Sky as they examine and provide contemporary perspectives to the public art at UofT, exploring its sites, histories, memories and possibilities.

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Large mural of a man above a plaza

Emmanuel Jarus, Untitled, Photo: Yung Yemi

Kensington Market Curated by artist Yung Yemi

Kensington Market is a hub for creators from across the GTA. It’s home to street art by some of the most iconic Toronto artists as well as emerging talents. On this walking tour we will take a look at some integral landmarks to the Kensington Market/Chinatown Street art scene as well as some of the artist’s personal favorite artworks in the area. He’ll be sharing his insights about what stands out to him when looking at artwork on the street and a little bit of information about the artist behind these pieces.

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