Visit the Toronto Police Museum located in the atrium of Police Headquarters on College Street for something a bit different. Several historical buildings have also been turned into small museums like Fort York, Mackenzie House, and Campbell House.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is Toronto’s visual arts centrepiece, showcasing European old masters, African and Oceanic art, and Canadian art among its permanent collections (free on Wednesday evenings). Hundreds of small art galleries in or around downtown specialize in everything from acrylic/oil to sculpture, photography and watercolour.
Check out Toronto’s Street Art page for suggestions on the best in the city. Walk randomly and you’ll find outdoor sculptures and other artwork in lobbies and cafes.
Toronto’s music scene spans every imaginable style. Roy Thomson Hall is home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with a full program of classical concerts from September to June. Attend big-name rock and pop concerts at Air Canada Centre or Rogers Centre (Sky Dome). For jazz and blues, head to the Jazz Bistro, The Rex, Reservoir Lounge or Lula Lounge (also known for salsa and world music); there are performances almost every night and they all serve food.
Bars around the city have live music and in the summer check out the open-air stage at Harbourfront.
Pop into the Reference Library on Yonge Street in Yorkville, a Toronto landmark containing close to two million books on multi-level galleries surrounding a five-story atrium. Although few big chain bookstores like Chapters and Indigo remain, you can still browse vintage and new hardcovers in several quirky independent shops. Occasional book and storytelling fairs such as The Word on the Street take place in the city and the Open Book Foundation has a list of Toronto literary events.