STERLING ROAD WON’T BE QUITE THE SAME AFTER SEPT. 22 – WHEN ‘MOCA’ OPENS ITS DOORS

<Lois Andison’s “golden on sterling”, produced for MOCA’s Benefit Editions>

After two years in the making, TORONTO’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is about ready for its debut in the former Tower Automotive Building, 158 Sterling Road. Built in 1920, the heritage building has a long history of aluminum manufacturing, sheet-metal casting and automotive parts creating.

The neighbourhood was once home to several industrial plants dating back to the early 1900’s. <PHOTOS – City of Toronto Archives>  The Nestle Chocolate plant – home of Smarties, Kit Kat and Aero bars – is still just up the road.  You can even smell the chocolate.

<Before the reno began – PHOTO – Ryan Crouchman>

Among the opening exhibits – South African artist KENDELL GEERS’ “BELIEVE”

<‘THE COLUMBUS SUITE’, installation by the late Anishinaabe artist CARL BEAM>

<‘THE QUICKENERS’ by JEREMY SHAW, who is one of 15 artists in MOCA’s opening exhibition>

Sterling Road is within walking distance of 2 streetcar/bus lines, 2 stops on the the Bloor-Danforth subway (Line 2) & a GO transit station.  <PHOTO by Arash Moaliemi>

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