Danforth at the Story Arts Centre: Your gateway to culture
The Story Arts Centre is Centennial College's creative media hub, designed to teach artistic and creative students the skills and tools of their trade and to help connect them with real careers. The campus contains a host of tools for creating media, including a fully functional television studio, radio broadcasting equipment, news labs, and visual arts spaces.
As a campus versed in culture and arts, it makes sense that it's located next to a hub of those things, in this case, Danforth Avenue. Situated just a short walk away from the campus, it's Toronto's Greektown, and offers food, shopping and arts for when class is out. Fittingly, the school even publishes a magazine called "On the Danforth" twice yearly, created by students from our publishing program. Whether you're a native Toronto resident, someone new to the area, or even an international student, it's worth taking the time to come down to the Danforth, and immerse yourself in the culture.
There's plenty of places to eat
As mentioned above, the Danforth is home to Greektown, so there's plenty of great Greek eating on the street. Here's a guide to some of the best places to eat on The Danforth from Toronto Life. As a personal recommendation, when I was at the Story Arts Centre, I got a certain guilty pleasure heading down to the Bite Me Grill on my lunch breaks and chowing down on a Canadian Omelette.
There's even a festival dedicated to it
If you're planning on taking summer classes at the Story Arts Centre, you're in for a treat. In early August every year, the street holds its yearly Taste of the Danforth festival, which offers a wealth of food and free activities. It's one of Canada's largest street festivals and features booths selling food, as well as stages full of live performances and art. Watch our video of last year's Taste of the Danforth and discover How organizers prepare for Canada's largest street festival. And speaking of art…
There's more than just food
There's more culture on the Danforth than just-food. For example, there's the Danforth Music Hall. Almost a century old, the former movie theatre was converted to a live concert space in the 1970s and specialized in live acts both famous and obscure. Have a look at the Danforth Music Hall's current lineup.
There's a festival for the arts, too
The Art of the Danforth Festival started in 2010, and pops up every two years. This summer, it's happening June 17 –26. It involves art installations all up and down the Danforth, themed around "Neighbourhood Tectonics," or cracks in structures created by opposing forces. If you're in one of our visual arts programs, such as our Fine Arts Studio or Graphic Design program, it's a must-see.
By Anthony Geremia