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A Gardens Gallery

Shoppers join sermons, Shakespeare, singers, and skaters as part of the eclectic history of Maple Leaf Gardens.

Sketch of Maple Leaf Gardens as it was first unveiled in the press. The Telegram, March 5, 1931.

Where pucks once flew 15 feet or more on the ice, shoppers will stare at a 15-foot wall of cheese.

Today’s grand opening of the new flagship Loblaws store at Maple Leaf Gardens is a long-awaited step in the repurposing of a Toronto landmark. Along with Ryerson University’s Peter Gilgan Athletic Centre at the Gardens, which is scheduled to open in spring 2012, the supermarket adds another chapter to the rich history of the building. Built upon Conn Smythe’s vision of a classy entertainment venue 80 years ago, the Gardens have witnessed everything from political rallies to Shakespearian theatre. And a few hockey games…