Stretching 50-acres from Bathurst Street to Spadina Avenue and the Gardiner Expressway to Front Street, CONCORD CityPlace by Concord Adex is a massive mixed-use community in the heart of downtown Toronto. The land was once part of the city’s neglected Railway Lands until its acquisition in 1997 and is now home to over 20,000 residents, shops and restaurants and an eight-acre public park designed by Canadian artist Douglas Coupland.
However, even before the trains, the land that CONCORD CityPlace was built on was actually once full of ships. That’s because Toronto’s shoreline originally ran along Front Street — approximately 800 metres north of where it is now — before the city began a program of infilling during the mid-1800s.
After 20 years of development, CityPlace is now approaching completion with the introduction of its flagship residence called CONCORD Canada House. Launched in time for Canada’s 150th birthday, the appropriately named project will feature a pair of Page + Steele IBI Group Architects-designed towers housing up to 1,364 units and unique features and amenities, including a Rideau Canal-inspired skating rink which transforms into a water garden for all season enjoyment.
To celebrate the two major milestones, Concord Adex will be hosting a Canada-themed museum this Saturday, July 1st at the CONCORD CityPlace presentation centre at 23 Spadina Avenue. Starting at noon until 11pm, guests are invited to join in the Canada Day festivities and learn more about the community and its rich history.
“As we’re coming to the final phase of our neighbourhood, we thought we would organize this event to show some of the area’s history,” says Isaac Chan, Vice President of Sales at Concord Adex Inc. “The Fort York Museum and the Maritime Museum were very generous and loaned us several displays of artifacts that were discovered within the CONCORD CityPlace grounds.”
Photos: James Bombales
Historical artifacts that will be on display include tools, plates, bayonets and even a replica of an 1830s schooner that was discovered at 70 Queens Wharf Road in 2015. The 50-foot sailing vessel was unearthed during excavation of Concord’s Newton Condos and is believed to have been used for cargo shipping. It likely originated from the United States given the US coins found inside and may have been intentionally sunk to provide scaffolding to workers during construction of the Queen’s Wharf.
In addition to the exhibits, Canada Day revellers can enter a lucky draw to have the chance to win a 1oz Royal Canadian Mint Maple Leaf gold coin valued at $1,800. All you have to do is drop by the presentation centre and fill out a ballot! The winner will then be contacted by phone.
Children can also get in on the fun by entering the “Draw the Future Contest” to win $25,000 worth of education funds. Participants are asked to imagine what Toronto could look like in the year 2067 and have a choice of drawing the future Toronto skyline or the future view from Canoe Landing Park in CONCORD CityPlace. Entries must include the CN Tower, the two CONCORD Canada House towers and Lake Ontario for those drawing the skyline.
The grand prizes include two $10,000 prizes awarded to the most interesting submission judged by David O’Hara, Manager at Fork York National Historic Site and a People’s Choice competition held on Facebook. The remaining $5,000 will go to the 2nd to 6th place winners of the Facebook People’s Choice contest.
All children between the ages of 8 and 12 are eligible and entries can be submitted on-site or online by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before 11pm (EST) on Saturday, July 1st, 2017.
To learn more about Canada House Condos, register online at concordcanadahouse.ca. And be sure to drop by the presentation centre at 23 Spadina Avenue this Saturday to celebrate Canada’s 150th!
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