Spadina Avenue is one of Toronto’s most prominent streets, running through the western section of downtown. The name originates from the Ojibwa word ishpadinaa, meaning "high place/ridge”

The intersection of Queen and Spadina was born nearly 200 years ago, when the town of York (yet to be christened ‘Toronto) housed a mere 2000 people. Queen street was one of the first roads built by the British upon their arrival in 1793.

This corner reflects a microcosm of the Toronto’s rich cultural landscape, with its still active streetcar service, the diversification of the city’s ethnic population, and now the hub of a bustling district.

Comparing the view at Queen and Spadina in the 1920s with what you’ll see during this festival, it’s exciting to see how close the past can seem, and how far we’ve come in the meantime.