With thousands of frame and mat samples, Framing & Art Centre can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (diploma framing starts at around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (starting around $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (under $100 for 24"x36" pieces). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoe-box photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts.
Although it memorializes the lives and exploits of countless Canadian pilots and engineers, The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum began as the dream of just four men. From a hanger at Hamilton Airport, friends Dennis Bradley and Alan Ness, along with their partners Peter Matthews and John Weir, set about preserving Canada's warplanes for the benefit of future generations. From the acquisition of their first Fairey Fireflies
to the ambition rescue of an Avro Lancaster previous mounted for use as a statue, the collectors behind the museum painstakingly restored and recreated the planes that defended the nation and defined Canada's military aviation identity.
Pilots welcome the public into the same Fairey Firefly and other vintage aircraft for special flights, but visitors don't need to leave the ground to peer into the cockpit of Canada's aviation history. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's 108,000-square-foot hanger houses more than 40 historic aircraft, from biplanes such as a Fleet Finch to the nose of a Boeing 727. Viewing stands allow for up-close looks at many of theses aircraft, and visitors can even sit in the cockpit of a CF-100 when volunteers are on duty. The museum's value as a storehouse of history hasn't gone unnoticed; it's one of a handful of museums designated as a Cultural Property Institution by the Canadian government.
Since opening in 1978, Artworld Fine Art has expanded along with Toronto's art scene, expanding into a 7,200 square-foot open-concept space that allows paintings and sculpture to be displayed around performance art such as dance, music, and literature readings. Gallery Director Donna Child??who has headed the space since 1995??and her team represent more than 30 local and international artists.
In addition to displaying art, Artworld also helps clients take care of their own, offering restoration, cleaning, appraisals, and custom framing. Not surprisingly, their framing materials are museum quality, including acid-free matting and UV-protective glass that prevents 99% of glare.
When George Gardiner began collecting ceramics in 1976, he was only interested in decorating his home. But soon his passion for pottery and porcelain grew, and, rather than build a second home entirely from teapots, he co-founded the Gardiner Museum in 1984 with his wife, Helen. Today, the museum's collection has ballooned to include more than 3,000 pieces, encompassing everything from Japanese sake pots and Canadian ceramic sculptures to Italian Renaissance maiolica plates.
Objects from the core collection share space in the museum with special exhibitions. One of these is the annual 12 Trees of Christmas, a display of holiday trees. The museum supplements its showings with events such as lectures and ceramics-inspired meals, as well as clay classes for budding adult and child ceramicists. Visitors can even take home pieces from the Gardiner Shop, which sells Canadian ceramics, as well as international jewelry, scarves, and glasswork.
2014 marks the 40th-year the Toronto Zoo has been saving and protecting species. The more than 5,000 animals representing over 450 species that call this zoo home probably have no idea they're citizens of Canada's most populous metropolis. Sprawling across 710 acres, their award-winning exhibits accurately recreate habitats from seven geographical zones, including Africa, Australasia, and the tundra.
Size: one of the largest zoos in the world with 5 indoor pavilions and 10 kilometers of walking trails that take visitors past the homes of over 450 species
Eye Catchers: Masai giraffe calf, baby gorilla, lemurs, polar bear cub, African lions, and Canada's only giant pandas Er Shun and Da Mao
What to See Undersea: the Great Barrier Reef exhibit, filled with moon jellies, seahorses, and many striking fish
Ben Navaee Gallery is dedicated to two causes: first, to present and promote local Canadian artists in its gallery space, and second, to raise funds and awareness for philanthropic causes related to poverty, homelessness, and natural disasters. With classes, the gallery aims to educate its visitors, helping them learn about the work of a new artist or teaching them how to paint a heartfelt message onto that artist's car. During each calming session, students leave outside stress behind as they unlock hidden artistic talents with the help of gentle, encouraging instruction. This nurturing environment is an extension of Ben Navaee himself; a veteran painter, sculptor, and photographer, Ben has spent the last 25 years helping students better their lives through art, as well as yoga and meditation.