Toronto’s multicultural character has a long and complex history. A walk through any neighborhood gives clear evidence that Toronto is perhaps the most ethnically diverse city in the world.
What are not so obvious are the roots of this diversity and where we are located in this ever-evolving narrative. Many of the stories in this app, gathered under the theme “A City for All,” retell the forgotten dramas in the sites where they took place.
This trail highlights several of the stories in a walk that will offer insights into numerous eras from our past. It begins rightly enough in Ireland Park, which commemorates the first great influx of Irish immigrants, refugees from famine and disease, whose presence from 1847 dramatically changed the city.
Refugees from Great Famine Arrive , 1847
Walking for God and Raising Hell: the Jubilee Riots , October 03, 1875
King Street West and Spadina Avenue
A Microcosm of the Canadian Mosaic , 1960
The Changing Church on Cecil Street , 1891
58 Cecil St.
Anti-Greek Riots Rock City , August 02, 1918
433 Yonge Street
Slum Conditions in the Shadow of Old City Hall , 1911
Elizabeth St. and Foster Pl.
William Peyton Hubbard: Pioneering Black Politician , 1913
Old City Hall
The God that Answereth By Fire , 1928
56 Queen St. E.