Black and white image of the front of Toronto's Naaz Cinema. The theatre is flanked by an Indian record shop and an Indian restaurant. There are 1980's cars parked in front of the theatre.

Big Stories in Little India Walking Tour


May 19 @ 3:00 pm 4:30 pm

About the Tour

Explore Gerrard Street East! Discover how a former industrial brickyard is now a hub for Toronto’s South Asian community. Learn how one of Toronto’s first Bollywood movie theatres transformed this East End neighbourhood to an international destination for South Asian culture during the 1970s and 80s.

This tour will be led by Emerging Historian Sarah Takhar. She holds an undergraduate degree in Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh and a master’s degree in Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of St Andrews. Sarah is an experienced international researcher and museum educator who has previously worked with organisations such as the Museum on the Mound, the Scottish Maritime Museum, and the Aurora Historical Society. Sarah is passionate about investigating heritage through a transnational lens, and exploring the cross-cultural connections of history.

Indian Sweets Tasting

For an additional $2 tour participants will be able to select one sweet or taste samples from a mix of popular Indian sweets from a staple Gerrard India Bazaar restaurant, Moti Mahal. Samples include gluab jamun, barfi (varied flavours), kalakand, and jalebi. All sweets are vegetarian, but please be aware sweets may contain dairy, nuts and trace amounts of wheat.

Alternate Dates

This tour is also offered on Saturday, June 22 at 4pm.

Cost and Registration

This tour is provided for $8.00/person. The total cost is $9.85 (includes a $1.85 transaction fee). Please note that space is limited on our tours. You may not be able to join a tour group if you have not registered ahead of time through our website.

Further Information

This tour runs rain or shine and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and consider bringing sunscreen and water to make your tour as enjoyable as possible.

This tour covers approximately 2 kilometers in distance, and takes place mostly on city sidewalks. Please be aware there are some grade changes on the route.

This tour uses individual audio headsets. All registered participants will be provided with an individual headset that will allow you to hear the live tour guide throughout the tour.

If you share our passion for accessible and inclusive heritage programming, we invite you to make a donation while on the tour to help fund one of our next walks. Staff can accept donations via credit or debit card onsite, and gifts of $20+ will receive a charitable tax receipt. Cash donations will not be accepted.

If you have any questions prior to the tour, please contact us at [email protected]

Start Point

Northeast Side of Greenwood Park (150 Greenwood Ave)

End Point

East End United Church (1470 Gerrard Street East)


$9.85 ($8.00 ticket + $1.85 Eventbrite transaction fee). There is also an optional $2 add-on for a post-tour tasting.


Pre-registration is required.

Tour Start Location

Greenwood Park

150 Greenwood Avenue
Toronto, Canada
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