Let’s call Nathan Phillips Square the premiere “piazza” of Toronto. It’s a sort of an urban park between Toronto’s “New” City Hall and it’s “Old” City Hall.
Named after Toronto’s Mayor, Nathan Phillips, the square became what it is today in 1965. The square started simply and over the years it’s been used for more and more community and special events. Prior to becoming the space that it is today, it was Toronto’s first Chinatown! And even before that it was a Toronto neighbourhood called “The Ward”, sort of the slums of Toronto.
Most Torontonians know that the Square is surrounded by both City Halls and that the summer reflecting pool is actually a skating rink in the winter, but there is so much more to inspire and consume inside our city piazza. There’s Concerts, Festivals, Food Trucks, Art Shows & Installations, Parties, Fireworks, Farmers Markets, Ceremonies… AND skating! You may have even attended one of these events – maybe the annual New Year’s Eve celebrations? Or the Cavalcade of Lights when they light the Christmas Tree for the holiday season every year? Or maybe you went to some of the plethora of events held there during the 2015 PanAm Games? Love the square or hate it, it’s pretty safe to say that most Torontonians have experienced the Square at some point.
Want to learn more? Watch the video…! We spill a little history and a little fun in our latest J & C Vlog, dedicated to this Square we’ve spent so much of OUR life in.