Sunday, September 13 will mark the 50-year anniversary of the official opening of Toronto City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square. The day will be marked by live entertainment on the square and exhibits in the City Hall rotunda from noon to 5 p.m. The event, free and open to all, will go ahead rain or shine.
Talent on the main stage of Nathan Phillips Square will include the Jordan John Band and the Clamshell Quintet – a musical group consisting of four City councillors and a deputy city manager – and a performance by STOMP competition finalists, who will demonstrate their talents in many dance styles.
Also on the square, LEGO lovers of all ages are encouraged to work side-by-side with master builders to build a replica of City Hall and the surrounding city – an activity sponsored by LEGOLAND Discovery Centre.
The City Planning division, through its Planners in Public Spaces in partnership with Imagine My City, will showcase its virtual reality (VR) technology. Residents will be able to imagine a sustainable Toronto by using simple VR headsets. Participants will also be able to use their smart phones to experience virtual 3D views of Nathan Phillips Square.
OCAD University students will be on-site with two custom-made, interactive exhibits that will enable participants to experience a virtual timeline of the City's development from 1965 to present day, and learn the history and purpose of some of Toronto's landmarks.
In addition to attending the activities on Sunday, September 13, residents are invited to attend free lectures exploring how Toronto's City Hall came to be, and how it has shaped the city. The lectures will take place on September 10 and 24 at 7 p.m. in the City Hall council chamber.
The full schedule of events for the 50th anniversary celebration can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/cityhall50th.