These audio tours and walking podcasts will guide you through your next neighbourhood stroll
Ashley McDonough started this audio walking tour podcast during the pandemic, when ambling around became a crucial mental health mechanism. You notice things more, wonder what’s up with that mural or that plaque on the wall of that unassuming house. In the calming Walking In Place, McDonough accompanies gives you history and hints on what to pay attention to. The most recent episode takes you around the AGO/Village By The Grange area and explains why so many things in the city are named after St. Patrick.
To accompany his book on the history of live music in the city, Wavelength head Jonny Dovercourt recorded this five-part podcast series of musical walking tours for the Toronto International Festival of Authors in October. Music venues may be closed right now, but you can still walk through neighbourhoods where some of the most iconic shows went down – from the coffee house folk haunts of Yorkville to the Queen West and Yonge scenes to the art-punk emanating from OCAD – and learn about their impact through your earholes.
The citizen-led series of urban walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs is fully virtual this year. But just because you can’t meet a big group of fellow nerdy pedestrians on the street doesn’t mean you can’t go on one of the festival’s signature “hmm”-inducing walks. The event runs May 7-9 and will feature three kinds of virtual walks: self-guided tours (with video/audio and text), live-streamed walks and 3D walks made with Google VR Tour Creator or Lapentor. The festival is soliciting walk-leaders, so you could even lead one of your own.
Myseum, a Toronto city museum without a physical space, is running a series of virtual walking tours. These tours combine maps, audio and historical materials that focus on specific historical subjects: Black slavery in Toronto, the waterfront (narrated by former mayor David Crombie), and the evolution of the city’s movie theatres. Experience them while out and about or sitting at home. We prefer out and about.