Home to the worlds only architecture research center and some of the most innovative architects and designers in the world, as well as hosting an array of creative festivals each year to celebrate the countries incredible talent, you have to agree, Canada is an exciting place to be all year round. We could write all day about Canada’s creative juices but we’ve managed to (painstakingly) whittle it down to some of our top design and architecture highlights just for you. Enjoy.
Canadian Centre of Architecture
The world’s only international research center for architecture, this Montreal based hub of innovation aims to encourage individuals to see the nature of architecture as a public concern and stimulate the innovative and creative minds of Montreal. Here you can expect to see abstract, complex and no doubt thought-provoking pieces.
Toronto Society of Architects’ Guided Tours
If you’re in Toronto between May and October then we recommend you join one of the daily walking tours led by knowledgeable guides for a 2 hour insightful journey past some of Toronto’s best architecture. Given Toronto’s real mix of heritage and contemporary buildings, as well as the sheet variety in styles amongst the city’s best architects, its a tour that will offer you an invaluable low down on Canadian architecture and design and will add context to your city trip.
Quite possibly our favorite Canadian designer, Montreal based graphic designer Julien Vallee is an exciting and innovative national treasure. His paper sculptures, static and motion-based pieces and animations inspire curiosity and excitement amongst all who see them. He’s even got clients spanning from the New York Times magazine to Coca Cola and has exhibitions of his work popping up across the globe. A designer Canada should be proud of.
Toronto Design Offsite festival
A festival to showcase the very best in design, the Toronto Design Offsite Festival is a relatively new festival that is held annually in January. Despite only being in its fourth year, last year’s event saw over 42 events, workstores, exhibitions and installations at venues all over the city. Works from either end of the design spectrum, ranging from interior design to industrial design to architecture can be viewed, making this an eclectic hive of creativity. One to put in the calendar.