an uncommon luxury
At Cielo Residences, luxury defies expectation. Located in the Annex - Toronto’s celebrated Arts & Cultural hub - this statement of refined architectural modernism, poised above a 19th century neo-gothic landmark, redefines Toronto’s skyline.
Live just steps to designer boutiques on Mink Mile, across from the world-class University of Toronto, and next to the city’s finest restaurants. With the Bloor subway at your doorstep, you’re mere minutes from almost everywhere in the GTA. Discover breathtaking views above tree-lined Victorian streets.
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an inspired location
Perhaps because of its close proximity to the university, the Annex quickly became the home of many of the city’s most important arts and cultural institutions and, indeed, the biggest of them, The Royal Ontario Museum, was initially a department at UofT. Others quickly followed, including the Gardiner Museum, the Bata Shoe Museum (steps from Cielo), the University Art Museum, Galerie De Bellefeuille, and The Royal Conservatory of Music along with its stunning new performance space, Koerner Hall.
Just a few blocks east of Cielo, starting at Queen’s Park, Bloor West morphs into the Mink Mile, one of the world’s most deluxe shopping streets, on par with New York’s 5th Avenue, London’s Bond Street, or LA’s Rodeo Drive. Among the legendary luxury brands that have set up shop on the Mink Mile, and in nearby Yorkville, are Dior and Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry and Prada, Hermès and Cartier.
- University of Toronto
St George Campus
- Rotman School of Management
- John P. Robarts Research Library
- The Rosedale Day School
- Howlett Academy
- Dolce & Gabbana
- Holt Renfrew
- Louis Vuitton
- William Ashley
- Bar Mercurio
- Alobar Yorkville
- Trattoria Fieramosca
- Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria
- Piano Piano
- Yasu Toronto
- Fuwa Fuwa Japanese
- The Annex Food Hall
- Whole Foods
- Knockout Ice Cream
- Canadian Fine Arts Gallery
- Galerie De Bellefeuille
- Royal Ontario Museum
- Bata Shoe Museum
- Loch Gallery
- Gardiner Museum
- Sir Winston Churchill
Park Tennis Club
- Royal Canadian Yacht Club
- Varsity Stadium
- The York Club
- Kimpton Saint George Hotel
- Equinox Yorkville
- The Royal Conservatory
- Park Hyatt Toronto
- Queen’s Park
- Christie Pits Park
- Taddle Creek Park
- The Green Line
- Philosopher’s Walk
FOOD & DINING
PARKS & GREENSPACE
|Minutes from |
|Yonge and Bloor||3|
|Christie Pits Park||6|
|Greek Town (Broadview Station)||6|
|King Street West||9|
|Union Station/UP Express||9|
|Rosedale (Rosedale Station)||11|
|Yorkdale Shopping Centre||17|
|York University Keele Campus||33|
Collecdev is a visionary development company dedicated to building better communities. The firm champions an integrated approach throughout the development process and is committed to being at the forefront of sustainable building practices while maintaining uncompromising standards of quality. Collaborating with industry leaders in all disciplines, the company takes pride in advancing innovative ideas, resulting in a collective vision. Collecdev communities are designed to create balanced and complete communities that reflect the way people truly want to live.
BLOOR STREET UNITED CHURCH
Faith. Justice. Community. Respect. These are the cornerstones of Bloor Street United Church (BSUC), a congregation that has been welcoming people of all backgrounds to the Annex for more than 130 years. From its earliest days in 1889, BSUC has been a safe haven for people of all different walks of life; all genders, sexualities, races, and backgrounds are welcomed within the sacred stone walls. Today, BSUC continues to engage with its congregation, delivering new and exciting ways to socialize, explore faith, find meaning, and serve the community, all close to home.
Since its founding in 1987, KPMB has established itself as one of the world’s leading architectural design practices. The firm’s work has garnered more than 400 national and international awards including sixteen Governor-General Awards, Canada’s pre-eminent architectural design honour. For their contribution to the profession, its three founding partners, Bruce Kuwabara, Marianne McKenna and Shirley Blumberg, have all been inducted into the Order of Canada. KPMB has distinguished itself for both its refined modernist aesthetic, as well as the sensitivity with which it incorporates new structures into established urban environments. Among their many outstanding buildings are Koerner Hall at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music and Winnipeg’s Manitoba Hydro Place, considered one of the world’s most energy-efficient green buildings.
JANET ROSENBERG & STUDIO
For over forty years Janet Rosenberg & Studio (JRS) has been creating stunning gardens and landscapes for institutional, corporate and private clients, among them, HTO Park on Toronto’s waterfront, the gardens for Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Jackson-Triggs winery, the master plan for Rideau Hall, the Governor-General’s residence in Ottawa and numerous condominium projects like Massey Tower, Imperial Plaza, One & Two Old Mill and more. Helmed by Janet Rosenberg, JRS has won numerous awards for its work, including the recent Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Toronto’s Mirvish Village, presently under development. In its practice, JRS strives and succeeds in creating “spaces for people that are beautiful, functional and resilient.”
ERA ARCHITECTS INC.
Since its inception in 1990, ERA Architects has established itself as Canada’s foremost heritage architectural practice, responsible for the restoration and renewal of countless historic buildings and neighbourhoods across the country. ERA’s core interest is “connecting heritage to a wider consideration of urban planning and city building,” an ethos that is evidenced in their award-winning body of work including such iconic projects as the Toronto Distillery District, the Evergreen Brickworks, Maple Leaf Gardens, and the Senate of Canada Building.
RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
Residential Development Services’ (RDS) pedigree consists of decades of combined experience representing industry-leading developers and working closely with their talented teams on a broad range of high-profile, ultra-luxury, and multi-phased communities. The RDS portfolio represents over $6.5 billion in sales and over 13,000 home transactions. The company tailors product, strategy and all aspects of the sales roll-out to appeal to audiences via an exceptional front-line sales experience. Each community is approached with obsessive attention to detail for a curated customer experience and community design collaboration that stands the test of time.
Toronto-based strategic marketing agency Montana Steele has been creating award winning real estate brands, at home and around the world, for more than two decades. The firm is regarded as North America’s leading agency for new homes and condo developments, and for good reason; in 25 years the firm has launched nearly 1000 successful projects, in 30 cities, with some of the biggest names in the business.
Nimbus Green Room, 2013
Photo: RJ Muna
Nimbus Visual, 2013
Photo: Michael Holly
Cielo translates as “sky and heaven” in English from both Italian and Spanish, and nothing visually captures the essence of the “sky” in the popular imagination as much as angel-adorned clouds, a material object also totally ephemeral in nature: literally here one moment, gone the next. That sense of transience, of an “impermanent state of being,” has obsessed the world-renowned Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde ever since he first created, then photographed, his first cloud installation, Nimbus, inside a small sixteenth-century chapel in Hoorn, Holland, back in 2012. Smilde has since reprised such hyper-realistic miniature cloud installations in factories, museums, castles and dungeons around the world, to much critical acclaim. The original photo of Nimbus now resides at London’s famous Saatchi Gallery. The global celebrity of Smilde’s clouds grew even greater when international fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar published photographs of four of the world’s most famous designers - Karl Lagerfeld, Alber Elbaz, Donatella Versace, Dolce & Gabbana - up-close-and-personal with Smilde’s eerily beautiful clouds in a piece, appropriately titled, ICONOCLOUDS.
Photo: Giulietta Verdon-Roe
Smilde was initially inspired by the ubiquitous presence of cumulus clouds (also known as thunder clouds) in classical Dutch paintings, a reflection of the rainy landscape. But he upended his artistic ancestors by “capturing” these natural phenomenon within interior spaces. Smilde creates the cloud by saturating the air within the space with a fine mist of water and then introducing a puff of smoke. The water condenses onto the smoke particles just like the droplets of a natural cloud form around tiny ‘condensation nuclei’ in the atmosphere. The clouds lasts a few seconds, just long enough to be photographed, thereby making the momentary everlasting, almost celestial.
Cielo's unique combination of modernist architecture above a neo-Gothic base becomes even more striking when rendered in the signature ink sketch style of Toronto-based illustrator, Ailsa Craigen. A trained architect, with a Bachelor of Architectural Science from Ryerson University and a Master of Science in Architecture from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, Craigen creates stunning likenesses of city structures for her blog, Pen to Papier. This commission marks an inspiring collaboration between Collecdev and the local artist.
Just 5 minutes from Cielo sits another Collecdev collaboration, this time with world-renowned street artist Troy Lovegates. The technicolour mural at 414 Dupont Street is part of ArtworxTO, a City of Toronto initiative creating more opportunities for the public to engage with free public art in their everyday lives. Lovegates covered the brick surface in a rainbow of hues, creating a backdrop for ten intriguing faces inspired by local residents.
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The Collecdev-sponsored ArtworxTO installation from world-renowned street artist Troy Lovegates is now complete and on display in full technicolour at the corner of Dupont Street and Howland Avenue. The vibrant piece spans the entire length of the brick building, creating a colourful presence that has already started to pop up across social media feeds, including the artist’s own.
Local business owner and chef, Anthony Rose, recently posted, “Ridiculously excited to have this tremendous piece of art on the side of Fat Pasha. I am in constant awe of the artist and have been for years. This piece is beyond. Please come check this beauty out for yourselves.”
Lovegates covered the surface in a rainbow of hues – the turquoise, lavender, chartreuse, poppy, emerald, peach, cobalt and dandelion creating a patchwork backdrop for ten intriguing faces of every race, gender, and age.
Walk through the neighbourhood for a visit and the faces might become familiar; following his signature artistic process, Lovegates immersed himself in the storied Annex neighbourhood to find inspiration for the mural, collaborating with community organizations to bring local characters and residents to life with an incredible level of artistic detail.
The Dupont Street Mural is just the latest example of Collecdev’s commitment to community building through the integration of diverse elements like public art that stimulate conversation, engage the public and enrich society as a whole. This portrait of the Annex is part of the bigger picture, one that helps support Toronto’s reputation as a thriving, accessible, welcoming home for locals and visitors alike, something we aim to do with every project.
The Dupont Street Mural is located at 414 Dupont Street. Drop by and snap a photo of this phenomenal installation today. #collecdev
Listening to Berndnaut Smilde speak is a bit like listening to an architect – the Amsterdam-based artist talks at length about how he’s interested in witnessing his creations “change shape” and “reflect light,” and how each one “is rooted in a time and place.”
But Smilde isn’t discussing buildings, he’s talking about clouds, the natural phenomenon so ephemeral in nature: literally here one moment, gone the next.
It’s that sense of transience, of the “impermanent state of being,” that has obsessed the world-renowned artist ever since he created, then photographed, his first cloud installation, Nimbus, inside a small sixteenth-century chapel in Holland, back in 2012.
Smilde’s hyper-realistic cloud installations have come to life in factories, museums, castles and dungeons around the world, and to much critical acclaim. The original photo of Nimbus now resides at London’s famous Saatchi Gallery. In 2012, his innovative cloud-creating technique earned the artist a spot on Time magazine’s list of Top Inventions of the Year.
In 2013, international fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar commissioned Smilde to create the mise en scène for a series of photographs with some of the world’s most famous designers – Karl Lagerfeld, Alber Elbaz, Donatella Versace, Dolce & Gabbana – in a piece, appropriately titled, ICONOCLOUDS. In 2021, his works are inspiring Cielo.
Cielo translates as “sky and heaven” in both Italian and Spanish, and the gorgeous cloud-scraping new tower rising on Bloor Street West will stretch towards the sky, reaching up to the very clouds that fascinate Smilde. The visual artist was initially inspired by the ubiquitous presence of cumulus clouds in classical Dutch paintings, a reflection of the country’s infamously rainy landscape. But, where Smilde’s artistic ancestors merely painted these magnificent forms, Smilde sought to “capture” them in interior spaces.
His precise scientific technique took over two years to perfect. Smilde creates the cloud by saturating the air within the space with a fine mist of water and then introducing a puff of smoke. The water condenses onto the smoke particles just like the droplets of a natural cloud form around tiny ‘condensation nuclei’ in the atmosphere. The clouds lasts a few seconds, just long enough to be photographed, thereby making the momentary everlasting, almost celestial.
When asked about his intention in creating these stunning images, Smilde is quizzically paradoxical. “On the one hand I wanted to create an ominous situation; you could see the cloud as a sign of misfortune. You could also read it as an element out of the Dutch landscape paintings in a physical form in a classical museum hall.” Whatever his intention, his “heavenly” nimbus images have transfixed gallery goers around the world with their other-worldly beauty. Soon, Cielo will do the same, elevating the Toronto skyline – architecturally and artistically – to new heights.
To learn more about Cielo, the Bloor Street residence bringing an uncommon luxury to the Annex – Toronto’s celebrated Arts & Cultural hub – visit cielocondos.com.
PHOTO: MICHAEL HOLLY <br/ >NIMBUS VISUAL, 2013
Creating things that look good and that do good for the world and the people who inhabit it – it’s a philosophy that aligns perfectly with our ethos at Collecdev, and it’s exactly what’s taking place this week at Fleurs de Villes ROSÉ.
From August 4th to 8th, Fleurs de Villes, the globally-renowned cultivator of bespoke floral installations, returns to Toronto’s Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood, bringing with it a trail of floral creations touching down at Manulife Centre, Holt Renfrew, Pusateri’s, Brunello Cucinelli, The Hazelton Hotel, Yorkville Village, Yorkville Lane and more.
Over 35 pop-up installations are in full bloom, including floral couture mannequins, floral sculptures, fresh flower market stalls, and Fleurs de Villes CHIEN – a floral tribute to six delightful dogs.
In the plaza at 150 Bloor Street West, Collecdev and Cielo proudly present “The Cloud,” a light-as-air installation of pink gypsophilia, phelenopsis orchids, white ashley garden roses, white plumosa and pink and white hydrangeas.
Inspired by the ephemeral cloud installations of Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde, the piece pays tribute to Cielo, Collecdev’s latest community, coming soon to 300 Bloor Street West.
The incomparably iconic building will reach toward the sky with an architectural beauty that seems otherworldly, in a profoundly connected location next to some of the city’s most important arts, retail, educational, and cultural institutions, many of which are hosting the colourful installations at Fleurs de Villes.
Visitors can pick up a map or scan a QR code to begin at Manulife Centre, and follow the trail throughout the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood. In addition to The Cloud, be sure to stop by Il Patio di Eataly for an Aperol Spritz from the Floral VW Van (dubbed #SpritzBus), “paws” for a moment at Yorkville Village to see the spectacular floral interpretations of man’s best friend, and shop for fresh blooms at the pop-up flower markets on Saturday, August 7th, with a portion of proceeds supporting breast cancer research.
The entire event raises money for this important cause, with 10% of sponsorship and flower market sales donated directly via the Breast Cancer Society of Canada and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Best of all, the event is open to the public and entirely free!
“The Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood sets the perfect stage to showcase the world-class talent of Toronto,” says Fleurs de Villes Co-Founder, Karen Marshall. The neighbourhood’s internationally-renowned reputation as a destination for the very best fashion, food, wellness and culture is what attracted the creators of the event, the same traits that will appeal to residents at Cielo. Stop and smell the roses in Toronto’s most coveted neighbourhood, and discover what life can be like from a new home on Bloor Street West.
Icebergs floating on the waterfront. A curbside fortune teller. Indigenous animal carvings on the TTC. Creativity and imagination are all around us these days, and it’s all thanks to ArtworxTO, a public art initiative from the City of Toronto.
Kicking off the city’s new 10-Year Public Art Strategy, ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022 is designed to “celebrate Toronto’s exceptional public art collection and the artists behind it.”
This exciting initiative supports artists and both new and existing artwork that reflects Toronto’s diversity and creates more opportunities for the public to engage with free public art in their everyday lives, across the entire city.
It’s in perfect alignment with our pillar of Social Sustainability, a commitment to integrating diverse programmatic elements that stimulate conversation and ensure private and public spaces are designed to enrich society as a whole. It’s why so many Collecdev communities include original art, space to create, and locations near rich cultural hubs.
Public art, as a tool for community development, civic engagement, and urban design, is everyone’s responsibility, especially those who play a direct role in shaping city growth. That’s why Collecdev is thrilled to announce our sponsorship of an ArtworxTO installation – the Dupont Street Mural by the prolific street artist Troy Lovegates.
One of the most recent additions is “Generally Speaking,” a brand-new 120-foot mural that can be found in Yorkville, near Cielo Condos. The mural is the first public piece in Canada by NYC-based African American artist Nina Chanel Abney. A self-identified queer woman, Abney’s works often explore themes of race, gender, pop culture, homophobia, and politics, and “Generally Speaking” is no exception.
The piece is full of graphic shapes, text, and icons that define an energetic visual language designed to raise awareness about cultural- and gender-based hate, and that urges the viewer to “‘stop’ for a moment of consideration on how we can embark on a communal process of healing through art and intentional contemplation.”
Plan your own route to discover Toronto’s impressive art scene using the city’s interactive artworks map where you can filter by artist, artwork name, type, neighbourhood or city program and set out to discover them all.
As Toronto continues to carve out a name for itself as a global leader in public art, Collecdev will continue to support the endeavours with commissions like the Dupont Street Mural and communities that put residents within easy reach of inspiring works. Join us for the unveiling and be a part of the legacy!
Learn more about Collecdev Communities by registering today.
If you’ve spent any time walking through the neighbourhood surrounding 300 Bloor Street West then chances are that you’re already familiar with the work of KPMB. The award-winning, internationally-recognized Canadian architectural practice is responsible for more than half a dozen notable projects within a 1-kilometre radius.
Contemporary Collegiate to contemporary Modern – KPMB’s projects are defined by a deep and diverse response to place and people. The practice is united in their pursuit of community and sustainability, rooted in an essential belief in the power of architecture to have a positive influence on the way we live.
The firm has been repeatedly recognized for architectural excellence and has received over 300 awards, including 16 Governor General’s Medals, Canada’s highest honour. Founding partners, Bruce Kuwabara, Marianne McKenna, and Shirley Blumberg are each recipients of the Order of Canada for their contribution to Canadian culture and society. Read on to discover some of their signature work in the neighbourhood, and what they have in store for 300 Bloor Street West.
University of Toronto St. George Campus | 7-minute walk<b/r>As part of a consortium with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Urban Strategies, KPMB developed the winning proposal to transform 20 acres of the University of Toronto’s historic St. George campus into one of the largest landscape infrastructure projects ever proposed in Canada. Principal at University College and Co-chair of Landmark Committee, Donald Ainslie, called the site “one of the crucial landscapes of the country” with a mandate to “make it live up to its history.”
The future landscape will include a series of meandering, interwoven, car-free paths and stately columns of oak trees, creating a pedestrian-friendly realm that will reimagine four landmark spaces and redefine the storied university campus for future generations.
Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto | 8-minute walk
The Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto combines international studies with a Canadian point of view. Similarly, KPMB’s expansion of the facilities combines two diverse elements – the existing traditional Romanesque Revival style with distinctively contemporary additions, where glass and steel act as counterpoints to the rough-hewn texture of historic Miramichi sandstone.
The overall vision embraces the prime location on Bloor Street West, preserving the historic elevation and creating a prominent portal onto the campus.
The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management Expansion, University of Toronto | 6-minute walk
In 2012 KPMB envisioned an expansion for the Rotman School of Management, a nine-storey, 161,500 square foot LEED-accredited vertical campus that has played a major role in establishing Rotman as the #1 Business School in Canada, as named by Business Insider, QS Global MBA Rankings, and the Financial Times.
The innovative campus brings the power of integrated thinking to life, using a central atrium staircase that acts as a catalyst to encourage interaction between students, alumni, and faculty, comprising some of the top business minds in the world.
Home to the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking; the Lloyd and Delphine Martin Prosperity Institute; a 400-seat multi-purpose lecture/event hall; a diverse mix of classrooms, conference and multimedia rooms; innovation labs; student lounges; study rooms; offices; and many other research programs and Institutes for Excellence, the expansion creates an environment in which ideas about business strategy and thought leadership for economic prosperity combine in a vibrant global hub.
Park Hyatt | 9-minute walk
Located at the north-west corner of Avenue Road and Bloor, the Park Hyatt reimagines the boutique hotel experience, establishing the historic building as a prime location for cultural and commercial convergence.
Mindful of the impressive heritage of the original Park Plaza, a hotel that welcomed generations of Canadian and international authors, opera singers, celebrities, and politicians for over a century, KPMB tapped into the rich memory of the past while anticipating a vibrant future. The renovated Park Hyatt continues the tradition of sophisticated hospitality in 240 hotel rooms; 65 luxury rental residential units; a redesigned lobby, restaurant, and roof-top bar; conference centre and ballroom; and a new 8,000 square foot Stillwater Spa with 13 treatment rooms.
Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Koerner Hall & Ettore Mazzoleni Hall | 6-minute walk
KPMB’s vision for the award-winning Royal Conservatory helped define a new cultural precinct for Toronto. With a prominent position on Bloor, at the threshold of the University of Toronto’s downtown campus, the breathtaking home for Canada’s premier music and arts educator includes a unique hybrid of a teaching and rehearsal facilities, along with three major performance venues.
Once again demonstrating a flair for seamlessly combining historic buildings with contemporary design, KPMB created a glass and steel sky-lit pedestrian court that links the Bloor Street entrance to the lobby and concert hall and provides a dynamic counterpoint to the façades of the heritage buildings. Siting, massing, and articulation were carefully considered to respect the 19th century heritage buildings that have housed the Conservatory since 1962.
The 1,135-seat Michael and Sonja Koerner Concert Hall is the performance heart of the Conservatory, a world-class venue renowned for both its acoustic excellence and its architectural beauty. Its undulating wood ‘veil’ has become an iconic image for the RCM. Just down the hall, the 240-seat Ettore Mazzoleni Hall has been restored to its original splendour, contemporary interventions integrating with the restored shell to create a flexible performance space for voice, solo, and orchestral recitals.
One Bedford | 5-minute walk
A high-end residential development bordering the Annex, One Bedford marks the transition from the heritage neighbourhood to the north, to the retail/institutional area to the south. To create a seamless evolution, KPMB designed a hybrid building form composed of two towers set on an eight-storey limestone-clad base. The north tower, a lower glass building, mediates between the base and the south point-tower, rising above with an exterior expression that echoes the masonry of the Annex neighbourhood.
Gardiner Museum | 9-minute walk
In 2006 KPMB took on the renewal of a small museum for ceramic arts and the façade of the Gardiner Museum was forever changed. The original building, completed in 1983, was stepped back from the street to preserve unobstructed views of an adjacent neoclassical-style limestone façade, and completely reclad in limestone to match new additions.
Vertical circulation and below-grade excavation produced a complete reconfiguration of the museum. Working closely with the exhibit designers, KPMB also designed the new exhibition display casework. The Gardiner has expanded its audience and has become a highly sought-after venue for Toronto events.
300 Bloor Street West | 0-minute walk
KPMB has a bold vision for 300 Bloor Street West, a plan that will transform the site into a skillfully designed mixed-use community of retail, offices, residential, and a completely renovated home for Bloor Street United Church. Evident in so many of KPMB heritage projects, the plans for 300 Bloor Street West give due deference to the historic church façade, respecting and engaging the existing masonry structure, while the tower’s minimal form and detailing introduce openness, space, and light. The church will maintain a prominent presence along Bloor, while along Huron Street, the residential lobby will present a lively and inviting gesture to the neighbourhood.
Bloor Street is known for many things – luxury retail, the tree-lined paths of Philosopher’s Walk, the beautiful Gothic Revival buildings that dot the campuses at UofT, and a slate of restaurants and cafés loved by gourmands around the city.
It’s also a bustling hub of culture with the Bloor Street Culture Corridor stretching one mile from Bathurst to Bay, home to a dozen permanent world‐class arts organizations and venues.
From your new suite at 300 Bloor Street West you’ll be steps away from the city’s most venerable institutions for music, film, art, and history. Whether your tastes run classic or contemporary, whether you favour Westwood, Wes Anderson, or Wagner, you’ll find something to surprise and delight. Clear your calendar, culture is on the agenda.
Royal Ontario Museum
The Royal Ontario Museum is home to a world-class collection of art objects and natural history specimens from around the world and across the ages. Upcoming exhibits include an immersive and playful exhibition on one of the most adored fictional characters of all time – Winnie-the-Pooh; a look at thousands of years of India’s painted and printed cottons; and photographs from the most prestigious nature photography competition in the world. Have fun exploring the largest museum in Canada.
100 Queens Park | 9-minute walk
Bata Shoe Museum
North America’s world-renowned shoe museum is a veritable treasure trove of shoes and shoe-related artifacts. Explore an unrivalled collection across five floors. Marvel at heels, sneakers, platforms, sandals, and pointe shoes that once belonged to Roger Federer, Elton John, Karen Kain, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, Elizabeth Taylor, Queen Victoria, and Terry Fox.
327 Bloor Street West | 2-minute walk
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
This historic, century-old cinema was one of the first picture palaces in Toronto and is now home to first-run Canadian and international documentaries year-round. It began its illustrious history as the Madison Theatre, and has since had many names including The Capri, Eden, Bloor Theatre, and the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. In 2016, following a generous gift from the Rogers Foundation, the cinema was officially named the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.
Today the theatre, conveniently located at Bathurst Subway Station, continues to share the best in documentary programming, including The Great Green Wall, a breathtaking music-filled journey documenting an initiative to restore 8000 km of land across Africa and Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly, where the renowned artist and activist transforms Alcatraz prison into an astonishing act of socially engaged art;
506 Bloor Street West | 9-minute walk
The Royal Conservatory of Music
The Royal Conservatory is one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world. It’s also home to Koerner Hall, a dazzling “shoebox-style” venue described by famed concert pianist Lang Lang as “the best acoustic hall in the world.” The space has attracted performers as diverse as Yo-Yo Ma and Meryl Streep, and is renowned for its unparalleled acoustics.
273 Bloor Street West | 6-minute walk
This may not be one venue per se, but the collection of galleries in Yorkville is certainly a cultural experience not to be missed. From the contemporary Canadian and international art at Mira Godard Gallery, to the fine arts and photography at LUMAS, there are myriad spaces that will inspire. Flip through rare, out of print, and limited-edition Canadian art books at Ingram Gallery. “Score” a great Instagram pic with the sculpture of a Canadian hockey goalie out front of Loch Gallery on Hazelton Avenue.
Yorkville | 11-minute walk
When Toronto entered Stage 3 of the province’s reopening plan late last month, gyms were among the many businesses finally allowed to reopen their doors, but with mandated capacity limits and physical distancing, plus some places opting to enforce the use of masks, not everyone is rushing to jump back on the treadmill, especially when there’s the option to stay outside.
Studies show that exercising al fresco lowers blood pressure, improves your mood, helps with depression, and reduces stress.
Plus it’s absolutely free! So while the sun is shining and Mother Nature is cooperating, why not swap your gym time for a little stress-busting outdoors. Here are five perfect spots near 300 Bloor Street West to do just that.
Sprints on Philosopher’s Walk
This scenic footpath runs north-south, from Bloor Street to Hoskin Avenue, carving a path along a ravine landscape that was one a natural waterway, buried during the Industrial Age. Though just 400 metres long, the Walk is a fantastic spot for sprint training or a marathon leg day of never-ending frog leaps, step-ups, and walking lunges. With the architecture of the ROM, the Royal Conservatory of Music, Trinity College, the U of T Faculty of Music, and the U of T Faculty of Law to distract you, you’ll hardly notice the time fly by.
Cross-Training in Huron-Washington Parkette
Two minutes from home you’ll find the Huron-Washington Parkette. Don’t let the primary colours fool you – this is the perfect spot for expert calisthenic (read: bodyweight) training. Work your way from head to toe through a series of pushups, pullups, lunges, plank holds, air squats, burpees, and tricep dips. Use the benches, the playground, the grass. Get creative. Who says kids get to have all the fun?
A Walk Through Queen’s Park
If you want to do good for your mind, body, and soul then call up some friends and head out for an hour of socializing in the sunshine with a walk through neighbouring Queen’s Park. Named in honour of Queen Victoria, the urban park offers myriad ways to crisscross its oval layout. The north end is dominated by a canopy of large trees that provide welcome shade when temperatures rise. The south end is home to the Queen Elizabeth II Rose Gardens. Footpaths radiate in every direction – see how many new paths you can chart without repeating.
Outdoor Running Along the Beltline Trail
Mid- to long-distance runners take note, 300 Bloor Street West is a great home base for your outdoor runs. A 5-kilometre route that cuts across the leafy ravine of the Park Drive Reservation Lands and the forested trails of the Evergreen Brick Works will deliver you to the start of the Beltline Trail and back again in 10k. Another 1.4 kilometres and you’ll be in the heart of Mount Pleasant Cemetery where you have the option to continue along the Kay Gardner Beltline trail to complete 18k before arriving back home.
Bike the Humber Valley Trail
A straight shot across Bloor Street West will take you to Old Mill station where you can descend to the Humber Valley Trail. Head south along a paved route from the Old Mill through parklands and marshy areas until you arrive at the shores of Lake Ontario. Or head north where advanced riders can clock 56 km in total if you cycle the entire route from the Old Mill to Etobicoke and back again.
300 Bloor Street West is the perfect home base to break a sweat in nature, on two wheels or on two feet. Register today and find your new home.