With 2017 marking 150 years since the confederation of Canada, the nation has a lot to celebrate. Toronto is taking part in the festivities with events happening throughout the city, honouring Canada’s rich history and culture.

Doors Open Toronto

In lieu of Canada's 150th birthday, Doors Open Toronto is offering free access to a diverse list of 150 historically, culturally and architecturally significant buildings across the city. The two-day event begins on May 27 and provides everyone with the opportunity to take part in the festivities in a unique and experiential way – Toronto style! The Aga Khan Museum, Black Creek Pioneer Village and City and OMNI Television Studios are among many of the doors that will open to exploration.

Doors Open Toronto
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Snap and Share Photo Contest

Toronto's Snap and Share photo contest, run by the city's Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division aims to exhibit Toronto's parks, natural spaces and recreation centres. Sponsored by Nikon Canada, weekly prizes will be given to local photographers. With over one-thousand entries per year the contest exhibits the best Toronto has to offer.

Snap and Share Canada
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Street Art

The Mackenzie House, originally owned by the first mayor of Toronto, William Lyon Mackenzie, now serves as one of the many historic museums of Toronto. To celebrate Canada's 150th, starting May 23 a Mackenzie House artist will be sketching the city's history throughout various downtown spots. His only tool, sidewalk chalk. To find out where these installations will pop-up next, follow @MackenzieHouse on Twitter and you can quite literally take a walk through our nation's rich and colourful history.

Mackenzie House
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Art Gallery of Ontario

Taking over the entire fourth floor of the contemporary tower, the AGO’s exhibit "Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood" explores three main questions: Where has Canada come from, what it is now and where is it going? The installation opens June 29 and features 33 projects created by artists from across Canada. "At the heart of this exhibition is our fundamental belief that Canada is a dynamic work in progress," says curator Andrew Hunter.

Art Gallery of Ontario
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Becoming Canadian in Toronto: Snapshots Through Time

The Market Gallery, located at 95 Front Street East presents "Becoming Canadian in Toronto: Snapshots Through Time", an exhibit looking at the key events that have shaped and defined the Canadian identity. Running from March 25 to July 15, it will focus on events such as the First World War, Confederation and Canada’s Centennial appealing to history buffs and everyone in between.

Art Gallery of Ontario
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