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Building Storeys - CONTACT Photography Festival Art Show

Third bi-annual photo exhibit highlights Toronto's rail and marine transportation infrastructure.


During the month of May, Steam Whistle Brewing Gallery will take part in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. This art exhibit is in association with Heritage Toronto and is pleased to announce the third edition of its successful photo exhibition, Building Storeys. 

Through the adventurous lens of the Building Storeys photography group and Heritage Toronto, intriguing images of often unseen rail and marine transportation infrastructure in Toronto will be unveiled. Building Storeys changes the perception of transportation heritage in our city, by revealing the hidden beauty of these structures. The exhibit is co-curated by Christopher Hume of the Toronto Star and Gary Miedema, Chief Historian at Heritage Toronto.


Building Storeys opens with a public launch reception on Wednesday, May 2 from 7pm-11pm at Steam Whistle Brewing at 255 Bremner Blvd and is open daily until May 31st.


Featured in this year’s free exhibit are 24 images of Toronto’s notable – and in some cases closed to the public – rail and marine transportation sites:

  • Queen's Wharf Lighthouse and Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

  • The Trillium Ferry

  • Toronto Transit Commission Maintenance Yards and Subway Stations

  • CN Rail Yard

  • Rail Bridges over Landsdowne Ave, Bathurst St, Dundas St and Carlaw Ave,  and in the Don Valley

Heritage Toronto works with the citizens of Toronto to advocate for, preserve, and promote a greater appreciation for our city’s rich heritage. Through partnerships with local community groups and volunteers, Heritage Toronto works to heighten awareness of our shared history by providing city-wide programs and services. Programs include free neighbourhood walking tours, the annual Heritage Toronto Awards and William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture, and a heritage plaques and markers program.


The Building Storeys Collective is composed of seven Toronto photographers: Robert Dyke, Sean Galbraith, Rick Harris, Mathew Merrett, Timothy Neesam, Olena Sullivan and Toni Wallachy.

Steam Whistle Brewing hosts monthly art exhibitions in their Gallery to showcase local creative talent.  Although many exhibitors are established artists, some are showing for the first time.  Steam Whistle does not charge rent for their gallery space, nor is a commission earned on any works that are sold.  At the close of each show, one piece from the show (of the artist’s choice) is donated to their permanent collection bringing further profile to artists through the thousands of visitors to the brewery annually.


Event Details

Date: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
End Date: Thursday, May 31, 2012
Event Type: Art
Location: 255 Bremner Blvd (Steam Whistle Brewery)
Time: Opening Launch: 7pm May 2nd
Ticket: Free