Art Gallery of Ontario

Picture of the accessible winding wooden ramp to enter.

317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4

In addition to art, First Thursdays at the AGO offer live music, catered food, and cash bars. Musical headliners differ each month. This week it’s Sloan, and past musical guests have included Patti Smith and A Tribe Called Red. Tickets are a steal at $12 in advance for non-members and $10 for members. Excitingly, the concerts take place in Walker Court, an excellent accessible live music venue.

Picture of the accessible interior.

The main entrance to the AGO has several steps, but it can be accessed via a concrete ramp a few metres east. This entrance does not have an automatic door opener, but there are plenty of wide double doors through which to enter with a mobility aid (there are also automatic openers on the way out). Upon entering, you are greeted by a winding wooden ramp. Walker Court is located just beyond the top of the ramp, and you must take another ramp down to enter this area.

The closest individual accessible washroom is located east of Walker Court, and it measures 72” by 100”. It features a 34” door width, a 33” high sink with 28” of space underneath, two grab bars, a standard size change table, and handles on the door. The power towels were located a little high. There are also men and women’s washrooms with accessible stalls located on the concourse level, which can be accessed via an elevator southwest of Walker Court.

Picture of the accessible bathroom.

First Thursdays listings can be found here: http://www.ago.net/firstthursdays or via #AGO1st on Twitter.

There are several private parking lots in the area: 205 McCaul Steet, 250 Dundas Street West, 121 St. Patrick Street, 521 Dundas Street West, and 40 Larch Street. The nearest accessible subway stop is Osgoode Station.

Visit http://www.ago.net/commitment-to-accessibility for further information on the AGO’s accessibility features.

Reviews:

http://www.blogto.com/arts/2012/10/the_ago_dabbles_in_party_curation_with_1st_thursdays/

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2013/03/19/first_thursdays_attracting_younger_audience_to_ago.html

http://torontoist.com/2012/11/putting-the-art-in-party/

First Thursday featured image courtesy of the AGO.