Carillon Tower – The 50-Bell Musical Instrument at Exhibition Place

2022 - Carillon Tower, originally the Carlsberg Carillon, is located in Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place. The percussion instrument was presented to the Canadian National Exhibition in 1974 by Carling-O’Keefe Breweries
2022 – Carillon Tower, originally the Carlsberg Carillon, is located in Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place. The percussion instrument was presented to the Canadian National Exhibition in 1974 by Carling-O’Keefe Breweries

Carillon Tower, originally the Carlsberg Carillon, is located in Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place in Toronto. The musical instrument was manufactured in the Netherlands by the Royal Eijsbouts bell foundry and presented to the Canadian National Exhibition by Carling-O’Keefe Breweries in 1974.

In its opening year, the Carlsberg Carillon featured four 30-minute concerts plus hourly tunes each day of the CNE.

About Carillon Tower

Carillon Tower stands 26 m tall. It contains 50 bells ranging in size from 20 to 152 cm and weighing 13 to 2,177 kg. The instrument can be played manually using a keyboard by a carillonneur or automatically using a roll player or computerized tapes. The green tower also has a clock at the top and a cabin for the carillonneur.

Just below the bells, about halfway up the tower, is a compartment that featured characters based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, “The Swineherd.” While they are no longer operational, the figures once moved when carillonneur activated them.

Carillon Tower received heritage status from the city in 1993.

What is a Carillon?

It’s a percussion instrument with a minimum of 23 cast bronze bells arranged in chromatic sequence and is usually housed in a tower. The bells are tuned so that when they ring, they have a harmonious relationship with each other.

CNE Carillon Tower Photos

1980s - Carlsberg Carillon, today's Carillon Tower, is located in Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place in Toronto. The tower stands 26 m tall and contains 50 bells tuned so that when they ring, they have a harmonious relationship with each other
1980s – Carlsberg Carillon, today’s Carillon Tower, is located in Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place in Toronto. The tower stands 26 m tall and contains 50 bells tuned so that when they ring, they have a harmonious relationship with each other (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 94, Item 131)
2022 - Carillon Tower, originally the Carlsberg Carillon, is located in Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place. The percussion instrument was presented to the Canadian National Exhibition in 1974 by Carling-O’Keefe Breweries
2022 – Carillon Tower, originally the Carlsberg Carillon, is located in Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place. The percussion instrument was presented to the Canadian National Exhibition in 1974 by Carling-O’Keefe Breweries
1980s - Carlsberg Carillon, today's Carillon Tower, is located in Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place. The tower is a percussion instrument and houses 50 bronze bells arranged in chromatic sequence
1980s – Carlsberg Carillon, today’s Carillon Tower, is located in Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place. The tower is a percussion instrument and houses 50 bronze bells arranged in chromatic sequence (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 94, Item 130)
1974 - Carlsberg Carillon, today's Carillon Tower, is located in Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place. This photo of the lower portion of the Carillon was taken during its inaugural year at the 1974 CNE
1974 – Carlsberg Carillon, today’s Carillon Tower, is located in Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place. This photo of the lower portion of the Carillon was taken during its inaugural year at the 1974 CNE (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 95, Item 41)
2022 - The Bar and Carillion Tower in Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place
2022 – The Bar and Carillion Tower in Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place
Between 1978 and 1987 - Vintage automobiles near the Carlsberg Carillon, today's Carillon Tower, at Exhibition Place in Toronto
Between 1978 and 1987 – Vintage automobiles near the Carlsberg Carillon, today’s Carillon Tower, at Exhibition Place in Toronto (City of Toronto Archives, Series 1465, File 362, Item 7)
2022 - Looking west from Prince Edward Island Cres and Princes' Blvd at Exhibition Place during the CNE. In the background is Carillon Tower, the dome of The Horticulture Building (under restoration) and the Princess Margaret Fountain
2022 – Looking west from Prince Edward Island Cres and Princes’ Blvd at Exhibition Place during the CNE. In the background is Carillon Tower, the dome of The Horticulture Building (under restoration) and the Princess Margaret Fountain
1974 - Looking north from the Shrine Peace Memorial towards the Carlsberg Tower, today's Carillon Tower, at Exhibition Place in Toronto
1974 – Looking north from the Shrine Peace Memorial towards the Carlsberg Tower, today’s Carillon Tower, at Exhibition Place in Toronto (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1526, File 95, Item 43)
2022 – At Exhibition Place, from left to right, Acqua Dolce (originally the Bandshell Cafe), the Bandshell, the Shrine Peace Memorial and in the distance, Carillion Tower
2022 – At Exhibition Place, from left to right, Acqua Dolce (originally the Bandshell Cafe), the Bandshell, the Shrine Peace Memorial and in the distance, Carillion Tower
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