Child walking through a park with houses in the background. Aged photo that has the text Wide open world, a celebration of the suburbs in Toronto

The post-war suburbs transformed our national ideal of the good life. The farmland outside the city suddenly sprouted houses, schools, apartment buildings, community centres, shopping malls—all of it new, all of it promising something different: the best of both the city and the country, offering privacy and quiet and space, but with the excitement and opportunity of downtown only a short commute away.

More recently, suburbia has been criticised as conformist and car-dependent. But when these photographers turned their cameras on the suburbs, they saw more than parking lots and lawns.

This exhibit from the City of Toronto Archives features the work of official city photographers, as well as freelancers and amateurs, as they documented people raising families, building communities, working together and celebrating together in the wide open world known as the suburbs.

Exhibition opens: September 21, 2017

City of Toronto Archives
255 Spadina Rd.

Telephone: 416-397-0778

Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Saturdays: October 14, 2017 to April 28, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.