The Archives hosts exhibits and events throughout the year. Find out what’s on.

Atrium exhibit – now open

Black Women in Leadership

The City of Toronto Archives, in partnership with BAND, Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue Gallery and Cultural Centre, presents Black Women in Leadership – an exhibition featuring portraits of 40 Black women leaders by four Toronto-based visual artists, Janice Reid, Leyla Jeyte, Jon Blak, and Patricia Ellah. Curated by Sarah Edo and Belinda Uwase, Black Women in Leadership celebrates and highlights contributions from Black women leaders across various sectors including arts and culture, business, health and wellness and activism.  These women have led and continue to inspire change in their communities and have paved the way for the next generation of Black women leaders through community involvement and advocacy.

This ground-breaking exhibition reveals little-known, as well as renowned stories of successful women, all told through the eyes of four photographers whose creative backgrounds capture the essence of each of the featured women. In 2021, a selection of these portraits was displayed at pop up locations across Toronto as part of the public art celebration BigArtTO. Now you can see the full exhibition, showcasing all 40 portraits of Black Women in Leadership.

The exhibition is free and will run until August 2023 at the Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Road, open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grid of 40 black and white portraits of women.
Photos by: Janice Reid, Leyla Jeyte, Jon Blak, and Patricia Ellah

Web Exhibits

The TTC: 100 Years of Moving Toronto

100 Years of Moving Toronto highlights the growth and expansion of the TTC, with newly digitized images of female employees during the Second World War, early accessible vehicles, and construction of the Yonge and Sheppard subway lines.


PCC streetcar at intersection of Queen and Yonge streets
PCC streetcar at intersection of Queen and Yonge streets
August 1983
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1526, File 76, Item 1


This exhibit formed part of a larger celebration of the TTC’s centenary, which was also seen at 12 subway stations.

Progress, Economy & Heart – Celebrating 100 Years of North York

The Township of North York was established in 1922. Progress, Economy and Heart explores the development of the municipality from farmland to modern metropolis.

North York Planners working on zoning maps
Mayor Mel Lastman celebrating the 30,000th building permit issued in North York