New exhibit at Toronto Archives celebrates life in the suburbs

A new exhibit at the City of Toronto Archives called Wide Open World: A Celebration of the Suburbs in Toronto opens to the public today. 

“This remarkable collection of photographs conveys a strong sense of what life in Toronto’s suburbs has meant to so many people,” said City Archivist Carol Radford-Grant. “Wide Open World shows residents making new friends in brand new spaces to create and experience community. People coming together to work, to play and to live.” 

Wide Open World illustrates life in the post-war suburbs in Toronto from the 1950s to the 1980s and includes numerous photographs that have never been displayed at the Archives previously. The exhibit features work from official City photographers, as well as freelancers and amateurs who documented people raising families, building communities, working and celebrating together in the former suburban neighbourhoods of Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough. 
The exhibit runs through August 2018 at the City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Rd. Admission is free.

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