Gooderham and Worts Distillery
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Gooderham and Worts Distillery
During the 1800's the Gooderham and Worts Distillery was a huge manufacturing district in the city of Toronto and the largest distillery in the British Empire. Today the Distillery district is not only Toronto's only heritage district; it is also Canada's largest centre for arts and culture.
Founded in 1832 by brothers-in-law William Gooderham and James Worts, the Gooderham and Worts Distillery produced millions of gallons of distilled whiskey and spirits in the 1800's. After the Great War prohibition set in and business began to slow. In 1990 after over a century and a half of continuous production the distillery ceased operations.
In 2001 the area was bought by Cityscape Holdings Inc. and in 2003 was unveiled as a pedestrian-only village entirely dedicated to arts, culture and entertainment. Set on 13 acres in downtown Toronto, The Distillery is the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian Industrial architecture in North America. Aside from tours of the distillery and segway the area boasts about 15 art galleries, and several performing arts theatres. Along with arts it also offers a sophisticated shopping district with interesting boutiques for every kind of shopper as well as a variety of restaurants and cafes.
Throughout the year, the Distillery hosts celebrations and special events such as the Distillery Jazz Festival, Partigras, Roots Music Festival, Antique Festival, Art exhibitions and much more.
During the nineties the empty distillery buildings became the number one film location in Canada and continue to be used for that purpose. Past productions include Chicago, X-Men, Cinderella Man, Against The Ropes and The Hurricane .
The Distillery Historic District
55 Mill Street Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
Phone: (416) 364-1177 Fax:(416) 364-4739 Business Type: Historic District Neighbourhood: Toronto,Toronto West,Downtown Hours: Open 7 days a week