Arts & Letters

Toronto's large population, economic clout, and position as Canada's primary hub of transportation and communication create the perfect foundation for the city's cultural vitality.

However, as the stories and sites gathered under the theme "Arts and Entertainment" illustrate, without exception it is the imagination and drive of special individuals who built on this foundation to create the enduring art and cultural institutions that contribute significantly to Toronto's position as a cultural capital.

This trail highlights several of the stories in a walk that offers insights into the development of the city's arts institutions and arts scene. It begins at the Royal Ontario Museum, where the meeting of minds of two men lead to the acquisition of pieces of Asian art that make up one of the most important collections in North America.

The Stories