Historian of the city, politics, and society
The post-1945 era was a hopeful and exuberant one for Canadian cities. Toronto in particular was growing faster than ever before, swallowing up neighbouring communities, absorbing hundreds of thousands of immigrants, and starting a series of huge infrastructure projects. This gem of a film from 1951 captures the city’s hopeful atmosphere and ambitious plans to become a major metropolis.
Toronto Boom Town by Leslie McFarlane, National Film Board of Canada