Nine Artworks in TD Gallery's Toronto Revealed

March 13, 2018 | David

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Inside the TD Gallery with paintings hanging on purple walls

TD Gallery's Toronto Revealed exhibit showcases modern and contemporary highlights from the library's Canadian Documentary Art Collection (a collection with 15,000 pieces of art, over a million photographs and more than 3,000 postcards). 

Works in the exhibit span from the 1930s to as recent as 2017. This is the first time that many of these works have ever been exhibited.  All of these paintings, drawings and prints preserve views of a city in constant flux — places that are familiar, others that have gone unnoticed and ones that are lost and forgotten.

Below is a map of downtown Toronto along with pins for each of the nine artworks in this post. A version of this map can be found in an interactive installation as part of Toronto Revealed (see more info about the exhibit at the end of this post).

Map showing downtown Toronto with numbered pins that indicate the location of the subject matter of the associated painting

Select a number below to jump to the corresponding artwork from the map — or, if you're feeling old-fashioned, go ahead and scroll down.

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Brian Harvey Artwork


Parkdale, Queen Street West

Brian Harvey


Copyright © Brian Harvey

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Brent Arlitt artwork


Honest Ed's

Brent Arlitt


Copyright © Brent Arlitt

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William Sherman artwork


Nassau Street, Looking southeast across Augusta

William Sherman


Copyright © Charles William Sherman

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Leslie Tait artwork


Queen Street West, near Simcoe Street

Leslie Tait


Copyright © Leslie Tait

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Aba Bayefsky


Yonge Street Subway, Shuter Street Ramp

Aba Bayefsky


Copyright © Evelyn Bayefsky

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  Vernon Mould artwork


King and Jarvis Streets

Vernon Mould


Copyright © Vernon Mould

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Vello Hubel artwork


Trefann Street (Toronto)

Vello Hubel


Copyright © Estate of Vello Hubel

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Traven Benner artwork



Traven Benner


Copyright © Traven Benner

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Walter J. Coucill artwork


Skyline from Riverdale Park, March 1977 

Walter J. Coucill


Copyright © Estate of Walter Jackson Coucill

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 Toronto Revealed logo and copy that reads Toronto Revealed  illuminating views of our city streets

Visit the current exhibit Toronto Revealed in the TD Gallery at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street, main floor). Free admission. 

February 10 - April 22, 2018


Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 8:30; Saturday, 9:00 - 5:00; Sunday, 1:30 - 5:00


Digital Archive

Toronto Public Library has digitized all the artwork in this exhibit. View them in the Digital Archive.