Collection by Miyoko Ohtake

Touring Toronto, Part 2

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I traveled to Toronto last week to serve on the curatorial committee of Twenty+Change, report a story, and check out the city's current design scene. Having already visited the TIFF Lightbox and having strolled up and down Queen Street West in Part 1, I continue my journey here in Part 2, visiting several new museums and performance centers, shopping in The Junction along Dundas Street West, and meandering through the new Evergreen Brick Works.

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I started my tour of cultural institutions with a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum, more commonly known in Toronto as...
Completed in 2007, the addition sparked heated discussion as soon as its design was chosen in 2002.
Next, I headed to another starchitect museum renovation: the new Frank Gehry-designed facade and additions at the Art...
The 600-foot-long, glass-and-wood facade stretches along the Dundas Street entrance.
Inside, sculptural wooden additions twist and turn through the building, including in the lobby where a mazelike...
After visiting the AGO, it was a quick walk down to check out the exterior of the Ontario College of Art and Design...
OCAD is housed in the Sharp Center for Design, which opened in May 2004 and was designed by UK-based Alsop Architects...
The black-and-white pixellated box hovers above a tower and lower building and is supported by 12 multicolored...
Finally, I headed to the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts, home to the Canadian Opera Company and...
I was lucky enough to catch a performance of Don Quixote starring the incredible Sonia Rodriguez.
For lunch, I enjoyed my very favorite Canadian dish: poutine! A Quebecois specialty, poutine comprises French fries...
The next part of my wanders around Toronto took me to a recently up-and-coming area called The Junction, located on...
The Junction has recently become a new destination for Torontonians.
Salvaged and reclaimed pieces are the calling of The Junction and one shop that caught my eye was Metropolis Living.
Down the street is Mjölk (pronounced mi-yelk).
On the culinary front, Bunner's offers vegan and gluten-free baked goods.
Nearby was Junction Fromagerie, which specializes in Canadian artisan cheeses.
My last stop before flying back to San Francisco was at the new Evergreen Brick Works.
The 12-acre site features 16 buildings that Evergreen is working to restore as well as space for farmers' markets and...
Before I boarded my plane out of Toronto's Pearson International Airport, I treated myself to another Canadian...
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