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In the Ward: Lawren Harris’ Toronto

June 29th, 2016

How well do you know Toronto’s old Ward neighbourhood? Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art, explores the historic Toronto of Lawren Harris: a city, in the 1910s as today, of great diversity and dense urban growth. Harris often painted in the Ward (St. John’s Ward), a downtown neighbourhood bordered by College and Queen, University and Yonge streets. The Ward was of deep significance to First Nations communities; it marked the end of the Underground Railroad for many fugitive slaves; it housed the city’s first Chinatown; and was home to the immigrant poor of Europe and the United Kingdom.

Interested in discovering more? Click here to learn more about Andrew’s talk on The Ward, July 15 .

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris, opening July 1.


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