The Ismaili Centre, Toronto

An artist-rendering of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. Copyright: Imara Wynford Drive
An artist-rendering of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. Copyright: Imara Wynford Drive

To be situated in a 6.8 hectare landscaped park adjacent to the Aga Khan Museum and within sight of a major Toronto thoroughfare, the Ismaili Centre, Toronto will be the second Centre in Canada after the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby, which opened in 1985.

The Foundation Ceremony of Centre, as well as the Museum and their Park, was performed by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mawlana Hazar Imam on 28 May 2010. Designed by renowned architect Charles Correa, it will incorporate a Jamatkhana, spaces for intellectual engagement, as well as facilities for social and cultural gatherings. Like Ismaili Centres elsewhere, it will host an active series of programming to engage the Jamat and the wider public in dialogue, learning, and bridge-building.

Garden in the city will draw from the past to connect communities today and tomorrow

Jan 2012: A view of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, with concrete structures for the garden water features prominent in the foreground. Photo: Imara Wynford Drive Ltd / Moez Visram

Over the past year, the construction of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park on Wynford Drive has seen immense progress. Integral to their overall design, the Park will connect the Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Museum, offering a welcoming green space to visitors.

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As construction continues along Wynford Drive, BC Premier visits exhibition at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and Samira Alibhai, President of the Ismaili Council for British Columbia, engage in discussion at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby. Photo: Hakam Bhaloo

Twelve months after Mawlana Hazar Imam presided over the Foundation Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park, the buildings along Wynford Drive are taking shape. As construction progresses, a cross-country exhibition about the projects stops at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby where the BC Premier is among the visitors.

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As construction progresses, Torontonians get to peek at plans for the Ismaili Centre, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park

Formation of the floor slab of the Prayer Hall of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto on 12 November 2010. Photo: Courtesy of Imara Wynford Drive

With the walls of the new Ismaili Centre and Aga Khan Museum beginning to emerge along Wynford Drive, Toronto architectural firm Moriyama & Teshima discussed the projects at a recent event held at the Ontario Science Centre. Their presentation, which took place against the backdrop of an exhibition of images and architectural renderings, was attended by prominent guests including Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

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Canadian Jamat rejoices around the Foundation Ceremony in Toronto; reflects on impact of new institutions

Youth volunteers take a moment to join in the fun and have their faces painted.
. Photo: Zahir Daya

After years of anticipation, the Jamat across Canada came together to celebrate the Foundation Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park in Toronto. They eagerly shared their thoughts and feelings about how the new developments will impact their identity as Ismaili Muslims in Canada.

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Gallery: Construction of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park


Gallery: Artist renderings of the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park


Gallery: Foundation Ceremony of the Ismaili Centre, the Aga Khan Museum and their Park in Toronto


 
 
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