One of Toronto’s oldest and most prominent neighbourhoods; The Annex is known for its historic architecture and its proximity to the University of Toronto. However, the Annex has a wealth of unique independent businesses that have created an atmosphere unlike anywhere else in Toronto. Here are some gems to explore in the Annex.

KOERNER HALL

Often referred to as the “temple of tone”, Koerner Hall is one of the top concert venues in the world. With its layered ribbon of wood forming a floating ceiling canopy, acoustic reflectors, performance lighting, and technical bridges, Koerner Hall provides a dramatic yet intimate ambience between the audience and performers. The spectacular glass lobbies welcome guests to Koerner Hall and offer an extraordinary view of the city.

BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA

Since the completion of its renovation in early 2012, this century old movie house has taken on a new life as a documentary-focused theatre. The theatre might boast refurbished seating and improved equipment, but still preserves the theatre’s historic charm. The Bloor Cinema also offers special screenings of fan favourite movies and events for all ages to enjoy.

CASA LOMA

A prime example of modern Toronto’s commitment to its rich history, Casa Loma is regarded a treasured heritage landmark. A perfect backdrop for special occasions, Casa Loma is host to over 250 events annually. While acting as a highly desirable location for film, television and photo shoots, Toronto’s Majestic Castle is open to the public all year long.

GREEN BEANERY

If you consider yourself to be a coffee connoisseur, meet your new favourite spot. Toronto’s Green Beanery is reinventing the modern coffee shop. Filled to the brim with the latest in coffee equipment and a selection of over 100 varieties of roasted coffee beans, you’re guaranteed to be the coffee aficionado among your social group.

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