Last year we took you on your first tour of the Adelaide Club’s Toronto Photography Collection, and now we’re back for round 2! We’ve curated so many phenomenal photos, pieces of art, and more, we just have to keep showing them off. This stop features 5 more pieces highlighting memorable moments and iconic landmarks that help to define Toronto.
Toronto’s Remaining Banksy, Church St. & the Esplanade
In 2010, Banksy released the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. While he was promoting the documentary in Toronto, he left a few pieces of his signature artwork around the city. All-in-all, Banksy left 7 pieces, however, the majority have since been removed, painted over, or tagged over – with one being removed from the building and placed in the PATH. A single piece of Banksy’s artwork remains on the street, near the corner of Church and the Esplanade. Now a fairly popular tourist attraction, Banksy’s remaining piece is a highlight of iconic Toronto.
Last Time with the Cup, Toronto Maple Leafs & Nathan Phillips Square
Deeply ingrained in the history of Toronto, we would be remiss if we didn’t include at least one photo of the Maple Leafs in this list. Highlighting the last Stanley Cup celebration Toronto has hosted, this iconic image features captain George Armstrong and team owner Harold Ballard, with a backdrop of Nathan Phillips Square, one of the city’s central landmarks known for hosting important celebrations throughout the city’s history. A day not only important in Leafs history, but also Toronto’s history.
Lorne Michaels & Canada’s Walk of Fame, Lorne Michaels
Lorne Michaels, raised in Toronto, is a Canadian-American television producer, writer, comedian, and actor, most well-known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live – a show which has gone on to launch the careers of some of today’s most successful comedians. In 1999, Michaels was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which he followed up in 2003 with his star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. Michaels is a proud Torontonian, who represents our city brilliantly, in New York City and beyond.
Man Machine Poem Tour, The Tragically Hip
Just one day following Gord Downie’s revelation that he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, the Tragically Hip announced they would be going on a 15 show tour across Canada, with three nights in Toronto – August 10, 12, and 14, 2016. And while they originally refused to call the tour their farewell, following Downie’s death in October 2017, they have admitted that “The Tragically Hip” will never tour again. The Hip are deeply ingrained in Canadian culture, and our collection just wouldn’t be complete without a shot from their final Toronto concert.
The Bat Flip Heard ‘Round the World, Jose Bautista, Roger’s Centre
It was October 14, 2015. The Toronto Blue Jays were down in the ALDS, and fans were in the midst of watching one of the wildest and most chaotic innings in MLB history. Jose Bautista stepped up to the plate. And with one simple swing (and flip) of the bat, the Blue Jays were leading, the Roger’s Centre was rocking, and fans across the city were beyond ecstatic. It’s a moment in Toronto sports history that won’t soon be forgotten – so our Toronto collection just wouldn’t be complete without it.
This time we took a look at some of the most iconic images in our Collection, featuring a few that I bet you can remember exactly where you were when they happened. They helped to define our city, and we’re proud to give them a home right here in the heart of Toronto!
Did we miss one of your favourites from our Collection? Let us know your favourites!