Perspective Alignment

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Chloë Bass’ sculptural benches, formed from solid Ontario rock and engraved with poetic reflections, welcome visitors to sit alongside a friend (or stranger) and consider the difficult but necessary work of softening our perspectives towards one another through empathy and care.

Summer Opening Night Party (2024)

Join us for a fabulous party to kick-off summer in the city! Come mix, mingle, and dance under the Gardiner. The evening culminates with a massive collective performance led by local queer line dancing icons, SPURS. And, be the first to see The Bentway’s new public art exhibition Softer City.

Wind Ensemble

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Brightly coloured windsocks dance overhead while windchimes echo throughout, picking up the movement of the wind and the energy of the city. Toronto-based artist Heather Nicol invites you to add your voice to this chorus, to pause and connect to your surroundings and one another.

Soft Fits

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Few public spaces are designed with teenagers in mind. For Soft Fits, Brooklyn’s WIP Collaborative worked with local youth to create a playful lounge-scape under the trees at the edge of The Bentway Studio Terrace facing Canoe Landing Park.

Tracings

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How can we show care for our infrastructure and, by extension, for each other? Nico Williams applied “patches” (made with woven fabric and jingle cones) to the Gardiner’s concrete columns, incorporating traditional Indigenous regalia designs. These soft interventions add joy, beauty, and a caring touch to the Expressway.

Holding Space

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Nnenna Okore uses scaffolding, pipe, and Ankara – a versatile and iconic African fabric that embodies a deep sense of identity and community – to create a new space for human connection. Vibrant fabric hues weave around the Gardiner’s hard edges, softening the concrete infrastructure.

Walking:Holding: May 25

Walking:Holding is a unique, experiential performance that invites audience members (one at a time) on a guided walk through the neighbourhood, where they encounter and hold hands with a series of people along the way. Rosana Cade’s project embraces social connections between strangers, illuminating how identity, intimacy, hypervisibility, and vulnerability intersect in public space.

Softer City Curators’ Tour: May 25

Be the first to explore our Softer City outdoor exhibition by joining a curators’ tour on opening weekend. Learn about the inspiration behind the exhibition theme and come see how Softer City invites artists, architects, and designers to explore new approaches to social connection and soft encounters in our city.

Walking:Holding

May 25, 2024 to May 26, 2024

Walking:Holding is a unique, experiential performance that invites audience members (one at a time) on a guided walk through the neighbourhood, where they encounter and hold hands with a series of people along the way. Rosana Cade’s project embraces social connections between strangers, illuminating how identity, intimacy, hypervisibility, and vulnerability intersect in public space.

Softer City Curators’ Tour

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Be the first to explore our Softer City outdoor exhibition by joining a curators’ tour on opening weekend. Learn about the inspiration behind the exhibition theme and come see how Softer City invites artists, architects, and designers to explore new approaches to social connection and soft encounters in our city.

Walking:Holding: May 26

Walking:Holding is a unique, experiential performance that invites audience members (one at a time) on a guided walk through the neighbourhood, where they encounter and hold hands with a series of people along the way. Rosana Cade’s project embraces social connections between strangers, illuminating how identity, intimacy, hypervisibility, and vulnerability intersect in public space.

Softer City Curators’ Tour: May 26

Be the first to explore our Softer City outdoor exhibition by joining a curators’ tour on opening weekend. Learn about the inspiration behind the exhibition theme and come see how Softer City invites artists, architects, and designers to explore new approaches to social connection and soft encounters in our city.

People walking on built pathways underneath a highway at night. Highway columns and large-scale screen installations showing abstract are brightly lit.
Fountain Monumental

On view now

Logan MacDonald premieres Fountain Monumental, a series of 20-foot-tall images situated within the new Bentway Staging Grounds public space pilot. MacDonald re-imagines the original shoreline of Lake Ontario and invites us to consider the unique history of our city’s waterways while also imagining a decolonial future that prioritizes ecological preservation.

Bentway Staging Grounds

On view now

Bentway Staging Grounds is a site of active, environmental learning that continues The Bentway’s creative work along the Gardiner Expressway. Visitors are invited into a living laboratory for urban ecology, with experimental gardens that use rainwater run-off from the highway above to support the growth of flowering plant species.

Pedestrians explore a colourful wall under an expressway.
Waterfront ReConnect: Pixel Story

On view now

Pixel Story references the multitude of vantages, scales, speeds, and distances at which to view the Expressway, enticing passersby to move forward towards the waterfront, or pause to reflect on its diverse stories.

An intersection under an urban highway is painted blue; maintenance equipment have been converted into bright, friendly characters with "googly eyes" overlooking passers-by
Waterfront ReConnect: Boom Town

On view now

Boom Town employs vibrant colour, playful characters, and environmental lighting to enliven the York Street intersection, improving safety and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists.

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The Bentway is active at multiple sites under and near the Gardiner Expressway:

Getting there

250 Fort York Blvd, under the Gardiner

The Bentway Skate Trail is situated on the lands of Fort York National Historic Site, running from just east of the Fort York Visitors Centre to Bastion St.

Find at: bents 83-89

By TTC

511 Bathurst (at Fort York Blvd)
509 Harbourfront (at Fleet St)

A couple walks through a trail under an elevated highway, surrounded by greenery
Children and adults ice skate along a trail, underneath an elevated highway
Parking

Paid parking available @ Green P lots, located at 250 Fort York Blvd and 800 Fleet Street.

Accessibility

This space is fully accessible to mobility devices, with flat paved and wooden decked surfaces. 

Free wifi

Free wifi is provided by Beanfield. Sign onto “Beanfield1hfree” and get one free hour of wifi at The Bentway.

Washroom Hours

On-site washrooms are currently open 10am to 6pm daily.

Getting there

250 Fort York Blvd, under the Gardiner

The Bentway Strachan Gate is situated on the lands of Fort York National Historic Site, at Strachan Ave.

Find at: bents 46-50

By TTC

509 Harbourfront (at Fleet St)
63 Ossington (at East Liberty St)
511 Bathurst (at Fort York Blvd)

Parking

Paid parking available @ Green P lots, located at 250 Fort York Blvd and 800 Fleet Street.

Accessibility

This space is partially accessible to mobility devices. In addition to flat and sloped paved surfaces, a large surface is covered in compacted gravel. Washrooms are accessible to mobility devices. Recommended entry to the site: from the east or the south.

Free wifi

Free wifi is provided by Beanfield. Sign onto “Beanfield1hfree” and get one free hour of wifi at The Bentway.

Getting there

55 Fort York Blvd

The Bentway Studio is a mixed indoor/outdoor facility that faces into Canoe Landing Park, just west of Spadina Ave.

Find at: north of bent 116

By TTC

510 Spadina (at Bremner Blvd / Fort York Blvd)

Children practice stilt-walking on an outdoor terrace
An intimate, night-time musical performance underneath twinkly string lights
Parking

Paid parking available at local InPark and Green P lots, and on local streets (including Dan Leckie Way and Housey St).

Accessibility

This space is fully accessible to mobility devices, with flat surfaces. 

Off-Site Projects

In addition to operating permanent public spaces, The Bentway is testing out new ideas for the Gardiner Expressway through a series of temporary shorter-term projects.

Explore these off-site projects here:

Staging Grounds Under Gardiner
Staging Grounds

Viewable 24 hrs/day
Find at: bent #113-117
Under the Gardiner @ Dan Leckie Way

Get directions on Google Maps ->

Pixel Story Under Gardiner
Pixel Story

Viewable 24 hrs/dav
Find at: bents #169-170
Under the Gardiner @ Simcoe Street

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Boom Town Under Gardiner
Boom Town

Viewable 24 hrs/day
Find at: bents #179-182
Under the Gardiner @ York St

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