City of Toronto marks its 175th anniversary
Web Staff, cp24.com
Published Tuesday, March 31, 2009 3:26PM EDT
***Watch the first of our four-part video series on Toronto's history in our video player off to the right.
It's a party that's been 175 years in the making as Toronto celebrated a milestone anniversary on March 6.
The city has changed quite a bit over the past 175 years, but we remain the Canadian hub of culture, entertainment, and finance.
From a bustling centre of just under 200,000 people in the late 1800s, the city has morphed into a metropolis that serves as home to over 2 million people.
Diversity has played a role shaping the city's growth, making Toronto one of the most multicultural places in North America.
To celebrate, the City of Toronto held a series of parties that took place over the weekend of its birthday.
CP24 will celebrate this birthday all month long with a special four-part series "Toronto Turns 175" hosted by Ann Rohmer or Stephen LeDrew beginning on Thursday March 12, live at 9 p.m. The four-part series will feature the history of some of Toronto's richest landmarks in episodes covering architecture, arts, theatre, hotels, transportation, food and immigration.
Hosts Ann Rohmer or Stephen LeDrew and one of Toronto's most famous historians, Bruce Bell, will commemorate Toronto's birthday with a live discussion about some of the best historic highlights. Other special guests include some of the city's most prominent figures including the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David Onley.
Below are details of each episode:
TORONTO'S ARTS AND THEATRE on March 12:
CP24 and Bruce Bell explore the history of Toronto's entertainment scene, from Vaudeville and theatre to moving pictures as well as the local arts scene. Special guest Lieutenant Governor David Onley joins Ann Rohmer for the discussion.
TORONTO'S ARCHITECTURE on March 19:
The CP24 team delves through some of Toronto's most fascinating architectural landmarks and neighbourhoods. Special guest Bruce Bell talks about some of the most beautiful and unique architectural landmarks that make up the city of Toronto.
TORONTO'S "COMFORT AND STEAM" (hotels and transportation) on March 26:
Local Historian Bruce Bell takes CP24 on a journey through Toronto's transportation system and Toronto's majestic hotels including the Royal York and the King Edward.
TORONTO'S FOOD AND IMMIGRATION on April 2:
Canada's most culturally diverse city can best be appreciated by taking a tour of the multi-cultural neighbourhoods within it, including Little Italy, China Town, Little India and marketplaces including St. Lawrence and Kensington literally teaming with cultural delicacies. Join host Stephen Ledrew and local historian Bruce Bell for a discussion about the changing face of Toronto.