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Market Gallery's "Tunnel Vision" exhibition
highlights Toronto's subway story


Toronto’s subway system is much more than a few lines on a map or a list of numbers on a spread-sheet. Every day for more than 60 years, it has been the backbone of the city and has moved billions of passengers.

From Saturday, February 13 until Saturday, June 11, the Market Gallery presents “Tunnel Vision: The Story of Toronto’s Subway” in partnership with the Toronto Transportation Society and the Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation. The exhibit focuses on the enormous effort to keep the subway rolling, enabling gallery-goers to better appreciate the vital role rapid transit plays in Toronto. It highlights the building of Toronto’s subway system with photographs, maps and artifacts and explores the complexity and massive scale of subway operations.

Toronto Transportation Society members, Adam Zhelka and Robert Lubinski, are guest curators for the exhibition — Robert is also a contributor to Transit Toronto.

The Market Gallery — on the second floor of St. Lawrence Market, the site of Toronto’s first City Hall — occupies space that once served as the council chamber. The present market building encloses the original exterior brick walls and fan windows of the former council chamber, which now overlook the main floor of the market, instead of Toronto Harbour.

The gallery, at 95 Front Street East, is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. It’s closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Getting there by public transit:

  • TTC subway trains operating along the 1 Yonge - University line to King Station. Transfer to eastbound streetcars operating along the 504 King route. (Make sure you pick up a transfer when you pay your fare, if you pay by token, ticket or cash.)
  • Streetcars operating along the 504 King route to King Street East and Jarvis Street. Walk one block south to St. Lawrence Market on the southwest corner of Front Street East and Jarvis Street. The elevator to the gallery is beside the Front Street entrance.