Opened in 1978, the Spadina subway line broke from tradition – if Toronto’s subway stations had once been known for being functional but severe, the Spadina Line redefined Toronto’s commuter experience with inspiring architecture and museum-worthy artwork that set a new standard for the city’s transit system. In 2017, six new stations – each a collaboration between local architects, celebrated international studios, and renowned artists – were added to the line, making the Spadina Line one of Toronto’s most impressive and integrated collections of contemporary art and architecture.
Taking place on the Sundays of July 21, August 18 and September 22, this one-of-a-kind subway ride, from St George station to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station, explores the stories behind the underground gallery that is the Spadina Line. From grounded brutalist hubs to playful multi-coloured stops, the line’s unique stations are all drastically different from one another and featuring integrated artwork in fun and unexpected ways. Along the way participants discuss the collaborative process between architects, artists and engineers to achieve these beautiful and functional buildings, as well as some of the challenges faced when integrating art into public settings. Highlights include stations designed by Foster + Partners, Grimshaw Architects and Will Alsop.