Market Gallery Exhibit Highlights Impact of Immigration in Toronto

The City of Toronto's Market Gallery is showcasing the impact of immigration on Toronto from the 1700s until present in a new exhibit, Settling in Toronto: The Quest for Freedom, Opportunity and Identity, running from March 25 to July 15. The exhibit examines the experiences of new Canadians and illuminates how Toronto has grown and changed over time.

The exhibit will use videos, oral histories, artifacts and historical documents to reveal the evolution of Toronto through personal stories of struggle, triumph and celebration. The history of indigenous peoples in the Toronto area will also be highlighted. The name Toronto is derived from the Mohawk word tkaronto (meaning trees standing in water) and Toronto has been the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, including the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.

The Market Gallery, one of 10 historic sites operated by the City of Toronto, presents exhibitions dedicated to Toronto’s art, culture and history and offers educational programs for school groups and adults. The gallery is located on the second floor of the South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. E. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed Sunday, Monday and holidays. More information is available at

This exhibit is presented by the City in partnership with the Ontario150 program to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Province of Ontario in 2017 (

This exhibit is also a part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday. For more information, visit, on Twitter at, on Facebook at, on Instagram at and Snapchat at SpecialEventsTO. The program hashtag is #C150TO. 

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