Canada 150


City-produced exhibitions including visual art, photography and storytelling highlight moments in time in Toronto that have shaped Canada as we know it today.  For more TO Canada with Love exhibitions, visit the Canada 150 Festival and Event Calendar.

Canada 150 Exhibitions: My City My Six

My City My Six

January to May & September to October, 2017

My City My Six (MCM6) is a participatory public art project that will reveal Toronto and its residents in celebration of Canada 150, six words at a time. From January through May 2017, the My City My Six project asks Torontonians to share something essential about themselves in six words culminating in a citywide exhibition in the public realm in the fall of 2017. Visit

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Our Journey: An Art Map of Canadian Identity

Spadina Museum
February 4 to December 31, 2017

This collaborative project by Toronto artist Xenia Gonzalez invites visitors to share their stories and contribute to an art map that aims to acknowledge everyone’s place, identities and contributions to Canadian society past and present. Learn More

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Gibson House: A Centennial Legacy

Gibson House Museum
February 22 to May 28, 2017

This exhibit will explore how the Centennial celebrations of 1967 contributed to the creation of Gibson House and other local initiatives in North York. Learn More


Settling in Toronto: The Quest for Freedom, Opportunity and Identity

Market Gallery
March 25- July 15, 2017

This exhibition looks at Toronto’s changing demographics and key events in the city's history in relation to the development of Canadian identity. It explores founding peoples and the impact on identity of the War of 1812, Confederation, the First World War, Canada’s Centennial, and the current scene. Learn More

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Creative Inspiration: Painting Our Canada

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
May 3 to May 14, 2017

The Don Valley Art Club has been on the Toronto art scene since 1948 and has been associated with the Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills since the early 1970s. In celebration of Canada's 150th, more than 100 members of the Don Valley Art Club will illustrate how Canada has inspired their work. Learn More

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Street Art 2017

Mackenzie House
May 23 to September 1, 2017

History hits the streets for Canada's 150th birthday! Keep an eye out for the Mackenzie House sidewalk artist from May to September. Using only sidewalk chalk, this talented graffiti artist will trace Toronto's history throughout the downtown core. Learn More

Canada 150 Exhibitions: 1867 Rebellion to Confederation

1867 – Rebellion to Confederation

Gibson House Museum – North
June 3 to August 27, 2017

Explore the three decades leading up to Canada's Confederation through components of the Canadian Museum of History's travelling exhibition. Through graphic panels, audio visual and interactive components, follow the struggles for responsible government and the national discussions that brought Canada into being during a time of social upheaval. Learn More

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Todmorden Mills: Then & Now

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
June 28 to August 6, 2017

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site was created for Canada's Centennial in 1967. On the site's 50th anniversary and in celebration of Canada's 150th, this archival photography exhibit explores Todmorden from its beginnings as an industrial community in the late 1790s to its restoration as East York's contribution to Canada's Centennial celebrations. Learn More

Canada 150 Exhibitions: Maple Leaf Forever

Maple Leaf Forever: Toronto's Take on a National Symbol

Market Gallery
July 22 to November 25, 2017

This artifact-rich exhibition will explore how Torontonians have helped shape the maple leaf as Canada's leading national symbol over the past 150 years. From the Prince of Wales' visit to Toronto just prior to Confederation to the use of the maple leaf in commercial and industrial branding throughout the 20th century, Torontonians have forged close associations between the maple leaf as an icon and a source of identity. Full details to come at

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Eaton's Goes to War

Mackenzie House
September 21 to December 31, 2017

During the First World War, 3,327 Eaton's employees enlisted to fight, and each had a portrait displayed prominently in the Toronto store. More than 2,000 of these portraits survive today in the Archives of Ontario. Explore this unique exhibit to learn more about the personal stories of some of these employees and see how the Great War transformed Canada. Learn More

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Gibson House Preserves

Gibson House Museum
September 23 to December 3, 2017

Gibson House Museum will provide canning jars, guidelines, and suggestions for North York residents and community organizations to create their own Canada Memory Jar for inclusion in the Museum's fall 2017 exhibit: Gibson House Preserves. Learn More

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A Colourful History: Toronto's Historic Sites

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
October 2 to October 16, 2017

Toronto artist Daniel Rotsztain has visited and sketched more than 100 of Toronto's historic sites for the creation of a new colouring book published by Dundurn Press. Visit Todmorden Mills to see the original drawings along with the artist's captions and comments. Learn More

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Innovation Circa 1867

Colborne Lodge
October 14, 2017 to January 15, 2018

An exhibit featuring artifacts, reproductions and images highlighting new and emerging technologies and ideas circa 1867. Learn More

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