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June 16, 2004
People and Places of Riverdale opens at the Market Gallery
People and Places of Riverdale opens at the Market Gallery on June 26 and is
on exhibit until September 26, 2004.

The exhibit explores the history of the Riverdale neighbourhood from its
beginnings as the land 'East of the Don' to a village of farmers and later to a
working class suburb of Toronto and its annexation to the city in 1884.

Through displays of historic and contemporary maps, photographs and artwork,
visitors can discover the people who called Riverdale home, visit the
distinctive parks and buildings of this unique neighbourhood, and view the
streets of yesteryear.

People and Places of Riverdale covers the area east of the Don River to
Coxwell Avenue, north to Danforth Avenue and south to Lake Ontario. The exhibit
also includes Riverside (as it was known before annexation) and Leslieville.

Historical maps and photographs from collections housed at the Toronto
Reference Library and the City of Toronto Archives, as well as selected artwork
from the Artists' Network of Riverdale, are included in the exhibit.

The Market Gallery offers changing exhibitions dedicated to Toronto's history,
art and culture as well as educational programs for school groups and adults.
Located inside the South St. Lawrence Market, in Toronto's oldest
neighbourhood, the main gallery occupies the 19th century City Council Chamber
which is all that remains from the City Hall that once stood on this site from
1845 to 1899.

Admission is free. The Market Gallery is located on the second floor of the
South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. E. Gallery hours are Wednesday through
Friday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Media contact:
Pamela Wachna, Co-ordinator of Collections and Outreach,



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