WWI Commemoration


The Great War

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The year 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. In commemoration, City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services will be organizing various events, exhibits and initiatives to honour the service and sacrifice of the many Canadians who fought for their country. This website will provide you with an overview of planned initiatives from 2014 to 2018.


Short Documentary Films

Watch ten short documentary films produced from the stories and keepsakes shared with us through Toronto's Great War Attic.

Projects & Exhibits

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Toronto's Great War Attic

Do you have First World War keepsakes, heirlooms or stories to share? Online and in person, Toronto's Great War Attic documents personal stories and keepsakes passed down by those who lived through the war.


Featured Exhibits

Several exhibits commemorating the Great War were displayed at The Market Gallery and the Fort York Visitor Centre.



About the War

During WWI Toronto became a focal point for recruiting, training and deploying men and women, as well as raising funds to support both the military overseas and the families left behind. This article explores the experience of the Great War from a Toronto perspective.

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Curator's Picks - A Peek Inside Toronto's Great War Attic

Have you been thinking about coming to one of our Great War Attic events, but aren't sure what to expect? Click here to learn more about this exciting new project (featured on CBC's Metro Morning!) and to take a look at two of the many WWI keepsakes and stories we've documented so far.