Designed in the Beaux-Arts style by Toronto Firm of Chapman and Oxley, the gates -- including the sculptures – were constructed of “artificial stone” made from cement. The sculptures were modeled by Charles D. McKechnie. Designed during a period of great national confidence, the gates use the style of ancient Greece & Rome to celebrate both Canada and the Canadian National Exhibition. Originally named “The Diamond Jubilee of Confederation Gates”, the structure was renamed the “Princes’ Gates” for Edward, Prince of Wales, and his brother Prince George, who were both present at its official opening August 30, 1927.
On each side of the classical triumphal arch, nine Doric columns represent the nine provinces of Canada in 1927.
Above the central arch is “Winged Victory” holding aloft a hero’s crown (originally adorned with a lamp). In her left hand, she holds a single maple leaf, symbol of Canadian independence. Guarded by sea horses in waves, she stands in a “ship of state” the Coat of Arms of Canada on its stern. Representing “progress and advance” Winged Victory leads Canada into a promising future.
The beehive symbolizes productive labour, and perhaps here the mixed farming of rural Ontario.
The cornucopia is a symbol of agriculture and the fruits of the harvest.
Ontario’s Coat of arms marks the pinnacle of the gates’ curved end walls. To the left, a woman with a sheaf of grain on her knees represents farming. At right, a man-his hand resting on a cogged wheel, drawings on his lap, and chains at his feet – represents construction and industry.
Heritage Toronto 2006
B-P, as he became familiarly known, founded Boy Scouts in 1907 and Girl Guides in 1910. The movements grew spectacularly and have touched the lives of over 300 million throughout the world. At our investiture we undertake to love and serve God and country and to develop ourselves fully so that we can help others at all times. For over forty years, Scouts Canada of the Greater Toronto Council has operated a free wheelchair service for those who cannot easily get around the EX. Many thousands of visitors appreciate the help provided by the youth and adults of this volunteer Service Corps.
August 30, 2010
Greater Toronto Council – Scouts Canada
Its Art Deco architecture, designed by Crai and Madill Architects, is modeled after the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. The Bandshell was officially opened on August 28, 1936 by Toronto Mayor Sam McBride and Sir Percy Vincent, Lord Mayor of London, as part of the CNE Opening Ceremonies.
Since that time, it has been home to a host of the world’s finest entertainers including military and jazz bands, orchestras, vocalists,choirs, comedians, cartoon characters, musical shows, rock ‘n’ roll bands, urban music, and dignitaries from across Canada and around the world.
This plaque commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the Bandshell.
Controllers: Donald D. Summerville, Philip G. Givens, Q.C.President of Council: William Dennison, Herbert Orlife, Q.C. Alderme William L. Archer, Fred Beavis, Horace Brown, Mrs. Margaret Campbell, Q.C., W. Frank Clifton, W.M.C Davidson, Q.C., B. Michael Grayson, B.A, Alex Hodgins, Harold Menzies, Frank L. Nash, Q.C., Kenneth M. Ostrander, Joseph J. Piccininni, Mrs. May Robinson, David Rottenberg, B.A., Mrs. Mary Temple, Charles Tidy, Thomas A. Wardle, Kenneth G. Waters
W.P. Freyseng President, Canadian National Exhibition
Marani, Morris & Allan-ArchitectsRedfern Construction Company Limited-General Contractor
The Canadian International Air Show originated in 1946 when the National Aeronautical Association of Canada attracted overflow crowds to a show at De Havilland Airport in Downsview. Staged annually thereafter, the air show moved to Exhibition Place in 1949 and became a regular feature of the Canadian National Exhibition in 1956. Here it developed into a world class exhibition featuring diverse types of aircraft, precision and stunt flying, and aeronautical technology.
Ontario Heritage Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario
(French translation provided)
President Richard R. Horkins
Honorary President Julian Porter, Q.C.
First Vice-President William R. Allen, Q.C.
Second Vice-President Everett Biggs, C.D., F.A.I.C.
Third Vice-President Alderman Arthur C. Eggleton
General Manager William A. Mallatratt
Assistant General Manager Howard C. Tate
Treasurer Christopher J. Reid, C.A.
Corporate Secretary Shirley P. Hughes
Board of Directors
William A. Harris, William R. Allen, Q.C., Harry I. Price, Vern T. Barber, D.F.C., W. P Freyseng, Howard A. Gilkeson, Jack M. Fraser, Orval J. McKeough, W.H. Evans, Samuel V. Shefsky, George C. Hendrie, Murray Tate, John S. Corrigan, M.N. Vughnich, Douglas V. Palmer, Hon. Eugene F. Whelan, P.C., MP, Julian Porter Q.C., Hon. William G. Newman, M.P.P., Metropolitan Chairman, Everett Biggs, C.D. F.A.I.C., Paul V. Godfrey, P.ENG, Donald G. Davis, D.V.M., Mayor David E. Crombie, Hon. R. Roy McMurtry, Q.C., M.P.P., Mayor Frederick J. Beavis, Margaret E. Ashdown, Alderman Arthur C. Eggleton, Diana L. Goad, Controller Kenneth I. Morrish, C.D., Grant G. Brown, Alderman Joseph J. Piccininni, James D. Fraser, Controller Nora Pownall, Reford W. Gardhouse, Alderman Gordon Risk, Knox M. Henry, Alderman Leslie Saunders, James W. Howell, Controller Esther Shiner, Ward C. Pitfield, Richard R. Horkins, Isabelle M. Johnston, Karl L. Mallette, Gary W. McMahon,
Hon. Jack H. Horner, P.C., M.P., Tommy R. Thompson, Hon. John Rhodes, M.P.P., John B. Withrow, C.D., F.R.S.A., C.A.
S.C. Malcom Ambler, Donald H. Hartford, W.W. Bartlett, M.D., Reverend Derwyn S. Shea, F.A.P.C., William B. Boggs, O.B.E., F.C.A.S.I., Harold D. Shield, Vern C. German, P.ENG, Neil R. Wood, A. Davidson, C.A., Sam Sniderman, C.M.
Dedicated August 18, 1977, in the twenty-fifth year of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by the Honourable Pauline M. McGibbon, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario.
Staged by the Industrial Exhibition Association of Toronto, it offered medals and prize money to encourage innovation and improvements in agriculture, manufacturing and the arts. The fair quickly became a popular attraction and a boon to the local economy. A national event since 1912, the CNE continues to showcase Canadian creativity and achievement.
Ontario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation
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With additions made in 1926, the complex ranked as the largest exhibition space under one roof in the world. Its towers and classical detailing complemented the Beaux Arts Buildings at the west end of the exhibition grounds. During the Second World War, the Coliseum served as a recruitment centre, known as Manning Depot Number One, for the Royal Canadian Air Force. It has hosted a wide range of entertainment and sporting events and has served as a showplace for livestock and other farm products. Today, the Coliseum is part of the Metropolitan Toronto’s National Trade Centre, the largest trade and consumer facility in Canada.
Unveiled by HRH Prince Philip, K.G., K.T., The Duke of Edinburgh.
November 5, 1996
Toronto Historical Board