TSA Walking Tour: Art and Architecture on the Spadina Line

Opened in 1978, the Spadina subway line broke from tradition: if Toronto’s subway stations had once been known for being functional but severe, the new Spadina Line redefined Toronto’s commuter experience with inspiring architecture and museum-worthy artwork that set a new standard for the city’s transit system. In 2017, six new stations—each a collaboration between local architects, celebrated international studios, and renowned artists—were added to the line, making the Spadina Line one of Toronto’s most impressive and integrated collections of contemporary art and architecture.

Join us on this one-of-a-kind subway ride as we explore the stories behind the underground gallery that is the Spadina Line! From grounded brutalist hubs to playful multi-coloured stops, we’ll explore the line’s unique stations, all drastically different from one another and featuring integrated artwork in fun and unexpected ways. Along the way we will discuss the exceptional collaboration that was needed to achieve these beautiful and functional buildings, as well as some of the challenges faced when integrating art into public settings.

Highlights on this tour include stations designed by Arthur Erickson, Foster + Partners, Grimshaw Architects, and Will Alsop.

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