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Toronto

TORONTO IS THE LARGEST CITY IN CANADA
Located on the north-western shore of Lake Ontario, farther south than Minnesota and much of Michigan, Toronto is one of the most accessible cities in North America by road, air, rail and water. It is only a one hour drive away for about five million Canadians, and within a 90-minute flight for 60 per cent of the U.S. population.


(This article and photos are presented courtesy of the City of Toronto - www.toronto.ca) .
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THE ASSEMBLY HALL
The Assembly Hall is located on the scenic Lakeshore Grounds in South Etobicoke. This century-old building has undergone a major renovation by the City of Toronto, which preserved its historic charm, blended with modern updates and amenities. The Assembly Hall reopened in June 2001 as Toronto's newest community cultural centre, offering a performance hall, community meeting rooms and gallery space.
The Assembly Hall is primarily a rental facility, providing space to many of Toronto's arts, heritage and community groups. Its mission is to serve as "a gathering place at the heart of the Lakeshore, where community and creativity are celebrated and nurtured." The Assembly Hall is available for both public and private use.

(This article and photos are presented courtesy of the City of Toronto - www.toronto.ca) .
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CEDAR RIDGE
Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is a unique fine arts facility housed in a historic mansion, surrounded by lush gardens, offering an exciting roster of creative arts programs for artists of all ages. Built in 1912, as a family summer home, it is surrounded by 12 acres of scenic gardens and woods. The main building's library, living room, dining room and solarium are now Cedar Ridge Gallery. The remaining areas consist of studio space where classes are held in Fine Art, Folk Art, Pottery, Fibre Art and Woodcarving. Every year more than 1,000 adults enjoy the benefits of the low student/teacher ratio and the highly qualified instructors. Hundreds of children attend the camps and classes at Cedar Ridge, such as the Expressions Summer Art Camp, the Artstravaganza March Break Camp. Here they gain hands on experience in a variety of arts and crafts. Adjacent to the park are a variety of walking trails.

(This article and photos are presented courtesy of the City of Toronto - www.toronto.ca) .
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THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN ART
Founded in the Present, Poised for the Future


The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, (MOCCA), was officially founded from the former Art Gallery of North York in 1999 with a mandate to exhibit, research, collect, and promote innovative art by Canadian artists whose works engage and reflect the relevant stories of our times. MOCCA currently exists as a not-for-profit, arms-length agency of the City of Toronto 's Culture Division.

MOCCA's relocation into downtown Toronto in January 2005 is central to achieving a bold vision. In the heart of one of North America 's most dynamic arts communities, our facility is modest in scale, impressive in design and functions effectively as a nucleus of energies for the production and exchange of creativity, ideas and innovation.

MOCCA maintains and builds upon its permanent collection, currently holding approximately 400 works of art by more than 150 Canadian artists, acquired through purchase and donation. The collection includes seminal works by some of Canada's most important artists.

MOCCA also presents exhibitions and special projects off-site - in the community, across the country and abroad. In the last three years alone MOCCA has presented more than 40 exhibitions and projects, in eight countries, (U.S.A., China, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Taiwan), including Canada, featuring work by over 200 contemporary Canadian and international artists. MOCCA's objective of forging a network of contacts and partnerships, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, has widened the breadth and scope of opportunities for Canadian artists and the communities, institutions and agencies that support them. It is MOCCA's belief that this local-to-global investment in Canadian arts and culture will strengthen our ability to serve the artistic, cultural and general public communities of Toronto, Canada and beyond.

(This article and photos are presented courtesy of the City of Toronto - www.toronto.ca) .
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THE DON VALLEY BRICK WORKS
Located in the Don Valley, The Brick Works is an internationally significant natural and cultural heritage site located within the Don River watershed. The 16.5 (40.7 acre) site is open for public use, education and enjoyment.

The lower Don has held an important role in the region's history as a place of settlement, agriculture and industry. It became a productive industrial area, valuable for its employment and the goods and services created there. By the late 1800s, improved transportation and abundant resources like water and clay had attracted manufacturers of paper, bricks and beer.

Today, the buildings on site represent several different time periods in the history of the Brick Works. The Brick Works comprises industrial buildings, the Quarry Garden, a surrounding parkland and special geological features unique to the site.


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COLBORNE LODGE
This rare Regency picturesque cottage is a graceful monument to John and Jemima Howard, the couple who founded High Park. John Howard, one of Toronto’s first architects as well as a City Engineer and Surveyor, built Colborne Lodge in 1837 which still contains many original furnishings, artifacts, and some of his own watercolours depicting images of early Toronto. Colborne Lodge’s extensive ornamental and kitchen gardens are now being restored. Tour the Lodge or come and enjoy the Harvest Festival, Christmas celebrations or celebrate Doors Open Toronto with the museum’s friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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