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What's On

Looking for an adventure in the City? You'll find lots of fun things to do and explore at Toronto's Historic Sites! This weekend the museums offer a large range of events for you to enjoy.

The Fort York Visitor Centre grand opening celebration features the On Common Ground Festival.

On Sunday, September 21, The Arts @ the Historic Sites continues with the official opening of Memories of the Future, a thought-provoking art installation by many artists, at Gibson House Museum. Also on Sunday, enjoy a taste of fall at Todmorden Mills' Harvest Festival.

For details, click on the tabs of the Museum names below for lists of events at each site. Then, click on the name of the event and the description will open underneath it. 

Toronto's Great War Attic:
Do you have First World War keepsakes, heirlooms or stories to share?

Toronto's Great War Attic is a new project that will document these stories and keepsakes and preserve their legacy online. We're hosting a series of 'Pop Up Museums' and you're invited to be the curator - display your WWI keepsakes, share your stories, and gain insight from historians and curators.

With your permission, we will photograph your artifacts and record your stories to contribute to the Canadian Encyclopedia. In this way Toronto's Great War Attic will create a legacy for Torontonians and Canadians for generations to come.

Admission to all of these events is FREE. For more information please visit our Great War Attic webpage.

Schedule of War Attic Events

Thursday, September 25 at Mackenzie House
82 Bond St.
6:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 27 at Historic Zion Schoolhouse - Click here for more details!
1091 Finch Ave. E.
1:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 5 at Todmorden Mills
67 Pottery Rd.
1:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 18 at Colborne Lodge
South end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Dr.
1:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 19 at Montgomery's Inn - Click here for more details!
4709 Dundas St. W.
1:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 26 at Spadina Museum
285 Spadina Rd.
1:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 1 at The Market Gallery
95 Front St. E.
9:30 a.m.

Thursday, November 13 at the Joseph D. Carrier Gallery / Columbus Centre
901 Lawrence Ave. W.
4:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 15 at Gibson House Museum - Click here for more details!
5172 Yonge St.
1:30 p.m.

Friday, November 28 at Cedarbrae Library
545 Markham Rd.
5:00 p.m.

Colborne Lodge holds community events and seasonal workshops that highlight its location in High Park. Call 416-392-6916 or e-mail

PLEASE NOTE: Colborne Lodge is open throughout the road repair period in High Park for regular hours and programs. You can access the Lodge via The Queensway as that work is completed. The road closures are for repairs in conjunction with infrastructure upgrades related to the Pan Am Games.

The Howards of High Park – A Guided Walk - Sept. 21

In Association with Heritage Toronto
Sunday, September 21, 1:30 p.m.
Explore the life of John Howard, one of the first architects to come to York (early Toronto) and who, along with his wife, Jemima, founded High Park. See their home and gardens in High Park and other historical landmarks. Meet near the blue Colborne Lodge museum entrance sign at the south end of High Park, on Colborne Lodge Drive. Approximately 2 hours. Free, donations welcomed.


High Park Harvest Festival - October 5

Sunday, October 5, 12 to 4:30 p.m.
Enjoy the harvest in High Park with crafts, music, horse and wagon rides, warm apple cider, roasted potatoes and more. Purchase honey from local beekeeper, Brian Hamlin, art prints from local artist David Crighton, and photo cards and calendars from High Park photographer David Allen. Redpath Sugar will be handing out free cookies from their Acts of Sweetness Truck. Members of the Metis Fiddler Quartet will perform and dance mistress Karen Millyard will lead Regency dance workshops for the whole family. Visit the Mackenzie House table for information about their museum program and the opportunity to print a special Harvest Festival souvenir on our historic proof press! Tours of Colborne Lodge are pay-what-you-can.

Free admission to grounds, activity and merchandise fees apply. Cash is required for most purchases. Please note there is an ATM at the Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of the park.
Activities take place at the south end of High Park at Colborne Lodge and the Children's Garden.

Haunted High Park - Various dates & times

(Not recommended for children under 8 yrs. of age)

18 years & Up: Friday, October 24, Thursday, October 30 & Friday, October 31 at 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Pre-registration required. $17.50 plus tax.

Families, Children: Saturday, October 25 at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m.

Pre-registration required. Adults: $12.50 plus tax, Children $7.50 plus tax

Visit Colborne Lodge and its grounds at night and hear about legends and ghost stories that have been told about the Lodge and High Park.  Period refreshments included.


Don't miss these great events at Fort York. Contact us at 416-392-6907 or

The Bliss Ball - Sept. 20

Presented by The Dilawri Foundation
Fort York Garrison Common
September 20
In benefit of the SickKids Patient Ameities Fund, the Dilawri Foundation will bring a star-studded list of personalities, celebrities, and philanthropic families together for the 3rd annual Bliss Ball.

For more information and tickets, please visit

The Canaccord Genuity Great Camp Adventure - Sept. 27

The Canaccord Genuity Great Camp Adventure for SickKids!
Saturday, September 27 - All Day

Take on the challenge of a new adventure walk, unlike anything Toronto’s ever seen. The Canaccord Genuity Great Camp Adventure is a full day of FUN, designed so everyone and anyone can participate, from kids to kids-at-heart, 0-99 years young! Babies in strollers, gran & gramps, families, friends, co-workers and corporations.

Participants will become our ‘Campers’. Our teams will become Cabins. Join in a challenge-by choice walk along a planned route – all the way up to 20 km. It’s up to you how far you go. Play, make new friends, get creative, get sticky, sing and cheer at campsites along the way. All in support of SickKids Hospital.

Register online at or by phone at 416-4-4KEEPS(445-3377).

Please Note: Fort York will be closed to the general public all day on Saturday, September 27 for this special event 

Recipe For Victory – GREAT WAR FOOD SYMPOSIUM - Sept. 28

Sunday, September 28, 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
Keynote Speaker:
Andrew Robertshaw

Fort York National Historic Site, in partnership with the Culinary Historians of Canada, present a special food symposium that explores the fascinating history of domestic and military food and beverages during The Great War. The day will be filled with panel discussions, Great War-era cooking demos, including a re-constructed Aldershot Oven, period displays, butter-tart tasting with Elizabeth Baird and more! Guest speakers include Dorothy Duncan, Liz Driver, and Madeleine Kloske.

Our Keynote Speaker, Andrew Robertshaw, is  a noted BBC personality, military culinary historian and author of Feeding Tommy: Battlefield Recipes from The Great War, 24HR Trench and Frontline Cookbook, Battlefield Recipes from the Second World War.

Click here for the full event schedule

Pre-registration and payment required.
Early Bird Fee until September 12: $65. After September 12: $75.
Prices include tax.

To register please call 416-392-6907 ext. 221

Fort York After Dark: Lantern Tours - Various Dates

October 17, 18, 24 & 25
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Tour the grounds of Fort York at night, and hear stories about this national treasure and the history that surrounds it. From the haunted lighthouse to the bloody Battle of York, don't miss this great event. The tour will also visit two military cemeteries near the Fort. This event is not recommended for under 8 yrs.

Complimentary refreshments. Pre-registration is required. $12.50 plus tax per person.

Please call 416 392 6907 x 221


Historical Cooking Class: Pastry Making Part II - Oct. 26

 Sunday, October 26, 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Join us in the 1826 Officers' Mess Kitchen where participants will prepare (and sample!) a variety of delicious 18th and early 19th century dishes.

$75 plus tax.  Pre-registration and payment required.

For class information please call: Bridget Wranich at 416 392 6907 ext. 225

To register, call: 416 392 6907 ext. 221 


Gibson House is a welcoming place for the community to find out about the history of the area or to gather and share crafts, traditions and recipes. Contact us at 416-395-7432 or

Tea and Tour Sundays 

Sunday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m.
There's a seat for you at the harvest table in the historic kitchen on Sunday afternoons this winter. Relax and have a chat over tea and homemade cookies. Enjoy a tour of this lovely, 1850s farmhouse. Included with regular admission.



Keeping You In Stitches – Knitting and Crochet Sunday Socials

Every Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Join us in the parlour for a relaxing afternoon of knitting and crocheting. All ages and skill levels are welcome! Bring your own projects from home or try out one of our fun patterns and add something to our #yarnbomb. Extra needles, hooks, corkers, and yarn for practice and experimentation will be available. It is FREE to participate, however, donations are always welcome.

Pay What You Wish Thursday Night Socials

Open to 5 to 8 p.m.
The last Social for this year is on December 19.
We will resume our weekly Thursday get-togethers on January 16
Enjoy a relaxing, social evening 1850s style. Have some tea and sit by the fire in the kitchen, play board games and chat with neighbours and friends. Drop by the community quilt group and see what they are creating – add a stitch or two, if you wish. Children may explore hands-on activities and crafts. Activities will vary each week and we welcome your ideas and suggestions for future Thursdays. Admission is pay-what-you-wish.

Thursday Board Games Night – For All Ages
The First Thursday of each month
6 to 8 p.m. Part of our Pay-What-You-Wish Thursday Nights.
The Gibson family didn't have cable, a phone or wi-fi, so what did they do when the chores were done? They played games! Finished your work and chores for the day? Then come to the museum to play the featured games of the month as well as the classic games in the Discovery Gallery.

The Arts @ the Historic Sites - Sept. 21 to Nov. 9

Memories of the Future - Art Installation
Opening Sunday, September 21 and running until Sunday, November 9
Memories of the Future is an art installation in Gibson House Museum. Uncovering hidden stories and forgotten histories, the exhibition digs deeper into the museum's archive and provides alternate readings of historic narratives. During the exhibition, museum tours will include the history of the Gibson family and their involvement in the beginnings of North York with the special addition of tours highlighting Memories of the Future installations throughout the building.

Part of Animating Historic Sites: a partnership between Toronto Arts Council and 
City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services.

The Arts @ the Historic Sites – An Exclusive Curator-led Tour - Sept 25

Memories of the Future – An Exclusive Curator-led Tour
Thursday, September 25, 6 to 8 p.m.
Join us Thursday Night for an exclusive tour of Memories of the Future, the art installation at Gibson House Museum, led by Curators Noa Bronstein and Katherine Dennis. Hear about their ideas for the project and the inspirations behind the artist's pieces. Discover different perspectives on the site's history, as the Gibson story is re-interpreted through artworks. Part of Animating Historic Sites: a partnership between Toronto Arts Council and City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services. Admission is pay what you wish.

The Arts @ the Historic Sites - A Walking Tour - Sept. 27

Memories of the Future – A Walking Tour
Saturday, September 27, 2 p.m.
Join Memories of the Future artist Robert Hengeveld as he leads you on a journey through North York. Discover the community through an artists' lens and learn how stories are shaped by our perspectives. After the tour take part in a guided tour of Memories of the Future in Gibson House Museum and form your own perspectives on the Gibson family and North York Story. Part of Animating Historic Sites: a partnership between Toronto Arts Council and City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services. This event is also presented by Culture Days.

The walking tour is FREE. To visit the museum, admission is pay what you wish.

Culture Days - Keeping You in Stitches - Sept. 28

Sunday, September 28, 2 to 4 p.m.
Join us for the seasonal launch of Keeping you in Stitches, a relaxing afternoon of knitting and crocheting. All ages and skill levels are welcome! Bring your own projects from home or try out one of our fun patterns and add something to our #yarnbomb. Extra needles, hooks, corkers, and yarn for practice will be available. As part of Culture Days, admission is FREE to participate, however, donations are welcome.

NEW! Time Capsule Workshop - Social Art-Making - Oct. 18

Part of Memories of the Future
Psychogeography & Site/Social Art-Making
Saturday, October 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Led by John Loerchner & Laura Mendes of Labspace Studio

Distance: 4.1 km one-way; with a quick (5-7 minute) bus ride home to Sheppard subway station

In this roaming and exploratory workshop that starts at Gibson house Museum, participants will be led on a socio-historic walking journey through the liminal spaces surrounding the Gibson House. Together we'll navigate between urban and rural, present and past, using applications of memory, heritage and art to inform our journey and creative process.

With a shared goal to create a collaborative Time Capsule, participants will learn inventive strategies for conceptualizing new, site-inspired work, including ways of sensing, feeling and experiencing urban spaces, while employing methods of collecting, documenting and sharing.

Participants are required to take their learnings, ephemera and field-notes home from this workshop to craft and complete their individual contributions to our Time Capsule. This physical archive will then be ceremoniously buried in the surrounding geography of the Gibson House, and will also exist online in documentation form.

Suggested Materials to Bring:

- Camera or smart phone

- Recording device

- Notebook/sketchbook

- Snacks and water

Note: This workshop involves 2 hours of casual walking one-way (4.1 km total). Various rest stops will be made for discussion and activities. The day will end in Earl Bales Park, situated at Bathurst & Sheppard. From there it's a quick (5-7 minute) bus ride back to Sheppard subway station. Please dress comfortably and bring good walking shoes.

Toronto's Great War Attic - Nov. 15

Saturday, November 15, 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Bring your WW1 stories and treasures to Gibson House Museum to contribute to Toronto's Great War Attic. Experts will be on site to tell you more about your WW1 artifacts. Learn how the war affected residents in North York in a historic setting. 

Admission is FREE.

Willowdale During Wartime - The Dear Sadie Exhibit - March 3

Opens March 3 and runs until May 29
'Dear Sadie: Love, Lives and Remembrance from Ontario's First World War', a travelling exhibit from the Archives of Ontario, will be on display at Gibson House Museum this Spring. This exhibit uses letters between soldier Henry Mason and his sweetheart, Sadie Arbuckle, to tell the moving story of their relationship while also exploring the reality of war. The exhibit is paired with local stories of North York during the war, including the Gibson family connection to the war and wartime.

Located at 1091 Finch Ave. East, east of Leslie, this beautifully restored, one-room schoolhouse is available to groups and schools for pre-booked progams. Call 416-395-7435 for details.

Toronto's Great War Attic - Sept. 27

Saturday, September 27, 1 to 5 p.m.
Toronto's Great War Attic and Recruitment Drive - "Everyone should do his bit!"

Bring your WW1 stories and treasures to the Historic Zion Schoolhouse to contribute to Toronto's Great War Attic. Experts will be on site to tell you more about your WW1 artifacts. Learn how the war affected residents in North York. Make a wartime craft with your family and participate in mock WW1 recruitment demonstrations with costumed interpreters, creating an authentic 1914 experience.

Admission is FREE.

These are the events taking place at Mackenzie House. Contact us at 416-392-6915 or


Toronto's Great War Attic - Sept. 25

Thursday, September 25, 6:30 p.m.
This "pop-up museum-style" event will pay tribute to the sacrifices made during the Great War on the battle front and at home. Bring your family stories and keepsakes and we will document and upload them to the Canadian Encyclopedia website. This program is conducted in partnership with Historica Canada, York University's History Department and Toronto's Museums & Heritage Services.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche - Oct. 4

Saturday, October 4 from 7 p.m. to Sunday, October 5 at 7 a.m.

Mackenzie House is pleased to host the installation "Toronto - City of Dreams."

Join us at the High Park Harvest Festival - Oct. 5

Sunday, October 5, 12 to 4:30 p.m.
Visit the Mackenzie House table when you come to the High Park Harvest Festival at Colborne Lodge. We'll give you information about our museum programs and the opportunity to print a special Harvest Festival souvenir on our historic proof press! 

City of the Dead: The Necropolis Cemetery Tour - Oct. 19

Sunday, October 19, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Not recommended for children under 8 years of age.

The walk starts at the Cemetery. Meet at the main entrance.

Join us for a drama-enhanced walk through the Necropolis Cemetery to visit the graves of William Lyon Mackenzie and his family, his fellow rebels and rivals. Hear stories of murder, heartbreak and great perseverance.

After the walk, participants are invited to return to Mackenzie House, for a tour and some light refreshments. The Necropolis Cemetery is located at 200 Winchester Street, the west side of the Don Valley near Riverdale Farm.

Pre-registration and pre-payment required.
Adults (16 yrs. & older):$12.50 plus tax; Children 8-15 yrs.: $10.50 plus tax.


Spirit Walk - October 25

Saturday, October 25 - Three times available
At 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.

Not recommended for children  under 8 years of age.

Let your imagination take over as we lead you through downtown alleys and laneways to discover some of Toronto’s reputedly haunted buildings ….

Return to gas-lit historic Mackenzie House and soothe your goosebumps with mulled cider and biscuits as you hear about the ghost stories associated with the house.

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Adults (16 yrs. & older): $12.50 plus tax; Children 8-15 yrs.: $10.50 plus tax.

Montgomery's Inn has been welcoming visitors for over 180 years. Join in events that celebrate theatre, music, food and the history of  Etobicoke. Contact us at 416-394-8113 or


Montgomery's Inn Farmers Market - Every Wednesday

Every Wednesday from, 2 to 6 pm.
Buy direct form local farmers and food artisans. Organic fruit and vegetables, cheese, bread and prepared foods as well as ethically raised meat, honey and more!

Thirsty Thursdays - Sept. 25

The Last Thursday of each month, 7 to 10 p.m.
On Thirsty Thursday Tavern nights at the Inn enjoy a glass of beer, wine, or a Thomas Montgomery specialty in our restored 1847 bar room! Montgomery's Inn. Irish stew, fresh baked bread and live traditional music. Admission is free! Cash bar, $5 for a bowl of stew, while supplies last.

Women & War: They Kept the Home Fires Burning - Fund-raising Tea- Oct. 19

A Great War-themed Fund-Raising Event
Sunday, October 19, 1 to 4 p.m.

Two Seatings: 1 and 3 p.m.
In partnership with the IODE, Montgomery's Inn presents a special tea featuring a menu inspired by "foods that will win the War!" Three tasting plates, two savoury and one sweet, but watch out – we may have to save the sugar. Live wartime music and sing-a-long.
$30 plus tax. Pre-registration is required.

Toronto's Great War Attic - Oct. 19

Sunday, October 19, 1:30 to 4 p.m.
This "pop-up museum-style" event will pay tribute to the sacrifices made during the Great War on the battle front and at home. Bring your family stories and keepsakes and we will document and upload them to the Canadian Encyclopedia website. This program is conducted in partnership with Historica Canada, York University's History Department, Toronto's Museums & Heritage Services and the IODE.

Scarborough Museum hosts lots of family-friendly and fun events. Contact us at 416-338-8807 or


September Weekends

12 to 4 p.m. 
Check out these fun activities at the museum!  Experience life in early Scarborough, sample traditional autumn baked treats and take a nice stroll through beautiful Thomson Memorial Park.  Kids make a craft and take part in a Scavenger Hunt! Admission is Pay What You Can.

Super Sleuth September Saturdays - Ages 5 to 12

September 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Can you keep a secret? Scarborough Museum is looking for new recruits to train as lead detectives.  Hunt for clues, look for fingerprints, solve the case and more. Act fast, as this message will self destruct ...$60 for the series of four afternoons.   

Course Code – 2558958
Pre-register online at or call 416-338-4FUN


Culture Days: September 27th & 28th


Award winning company Keystone Theatre presents two workshops in physical theatre as part of Culture Days at the Scarborough Museum.

Yes And!! An intro to Improv

Join in for an hour of traditional improv games, to include creativity, spontaneity and lots of laughs! No experience required. Ages 8 and up. 1:30pm - 2:30pm 

Introduction to Clown Play

Discover your inner clown! Rhythm, emotion, authenticity and play will bring your clown personas to life. Ages 8 and up. 3:00pm - 4:00pm 

Be sure to stop by the Kennedy Gallery to see InPrint Collective member Shannon Moynaghdemonstrate a variety of hand stamping methods, try your hand at it and take
home your own print. 12pm-4pm

Immerse yourself in the 1920s at Spadina Museum. Contact us at 416-392-6910 or


Weekday Tours at Spadina

Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 5 p.m.
During the week, Spadina Museum takes visitors on a tour of the house through the eyes of the prominent Austin family, whose struggles and triumphs were closely tied to those of Toronto as they entered the 20th century. Call for schedule of tour times. Regular admission applies.

It's a Kid's Life - Themed Tours

Saturday afternoons at 2:30 p.m.
Fun and games aren't just kid stuff in this fascinating, hands-on tour. Experience the sumptuous world of the Austin children, and all the rules that went with it, and the working class lives of the chauffeur's son and daughter. Live the life of a 1920s and 30s child through toys, games, school lessons and more.

Regular admission: Adults $7.96, Seniors/Youth (13-18 yrs.) $5.75, Children (6-12 yrs.) $4.87 (plus tax), Children (5 and under) Free.

Spadina Landscape Tour

Discover Spadina's historic landscape! This audio-visual tour includes facts and images relating to the local and family history, geology and archaeology. The devices for the landscape tour can be rented for $5 plus tax alone or add an additional $2 to regular admission to rent the device and enjoy a tour of the house's interiors.

Much Ado About Nothing - Starts Sept. 10

September 10 to 13, 17 to 20, and 25 to 27
8 to 10 p.m.

The Single Thread Theatre Company in partnership with Spadina Museum remounts a production of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing set post WWI.  Follow the action as the performance utilizes both indoor, restored museum spaces and outdoor spaces.Tickets are
$25 plus tax. Available at or at the door, Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens, during operating hours or one hour before the show. 

View the trailer for the show here

City Cider at Spadina Museum - Sept. 14

Sunday, September 14, 12 to 5 p.m.
Spadina Museum in partnership with Not Far From The Tree present the fourth annual City Cider, an all-ages cider celebration featuring local food, craft cider, live music, fun for kids and hands-on workshops. Activities include cargo bike races, an observational bee colony, the Mackenzie House printing press, orchard tours and preserving demonstrations. $8 advance tickets, $10 at the gate, and free for kids under 12.

Advance tickets are now available online at



The Market Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the St. Lawrence Market. Call 416-392-7604 or email

Toronto Does Her 'Bit': The Home Front in the Great War

Toronto Does Her 'Bit': The Home Front in the Great War
July 26, 2014 to January 17, 2015

Using archival photographs, artworks and artifacts, this exhibition explores the texture of life on the Toronto home front during 1914-18. What was required from citizens to support the war effort? What were the consequences, both positive and negative, of that support?

Toronto quickly became a focal point for recruiting, training and sending men and women off to the war and then raising funds to support both the military overseas and the families left behind. The city’s productive energies were unleashed – from knitting circles making socks to massive new factories supplying munitions and ships – enabling women to assume new roles in Toronto society. These and many other issues are explored in this exciting new exhibition at the Market Gallery.

Look what's happening over the next few months at Todmorden Mills. Contact us at 416-396-2819 or


Eco-Art-Fest - On NOW

On until September 21
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Toronto's Historic Sites, in partnership with No. 9: Contemporary Art & the Environment
launch the inaugural 3-month-long summer Eco-Art-Fest at historic Todmorden Mills. The festival includes 8 public art installations by 7 artists, activities for youth and families and scheduled art performances. The goal is to bring awareness to environmental issues and to re-imagine how one learns about a historical site through contemporary art programming.

The featured artists include Dean Baldwin, Nicole Dextras, John Dickson, Sean Martindale, Ferruccio Sardella, Penelope Stewart and Labspace Studio (John Loerchner & Laura Mendes).

Visitors are welcome to explore the art installations and have access to the food and beverage area until 8 p.m. each day. On Friday and Saturday, after 8 p.m., a cover charge will apply in that section, as bands will be performing during the evenings.

Refreshments are available for purchase.

Educational workshops and art tours will be offered for a fee.

Sign up for daily activities such as

  • Watercolour painting and animal habitat workshops (for families - 12 to 2 p.m.)
  • Sustainable architecture and design workshops (for youth - 4 to 6 p.m.)
  • Clay stein and pizza making (all ages - 12 to 8 p.m.)

Parking is FREE.

For all the details visit

The Arts @ the Historic Sites - Voices in the Valley - On NOW

Voices in the Valley – A play presented by Words in Motion
Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m., from July 13 to September 28 (Excluding August 24)
A Saturday performance has been added on September 27

This moveable, moving play is about three people who lived in the Don Valley through three different centuries. Time and place conspire to bring together Elizabeth Simcoe, William Helliwell and Charles Sauriol. With comedy and pathos, Voices in the Valley leads audiences towards an understanding of how the past and the present create our future through constantly evolving relationships between built space and nature.

Part of Animating Historic Sites: a partnership between Toronto Arts Council and City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services.

Admission is Pay What You Can.

On display In the Papermill Gallery

  • Admission to the Papermill Gallery is free.

    Capriccio: Real and Imaginary – The work of Nora Camps

    August 27 to September 7

    With Marietta Camps, MaryAnn Camps and Pamela Williams.

Outdoor Fall Tours - Starting Sept. 3

Todmorden Outdoor Site Tours
Starting September 3 and throughout the Fall
Wednesday to Friday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 4:30 p.m.
This fall, your visit to Todmorden Mills Heritage Site will take place out-of-doors. Tours explore the stories of Todmorden and the Don Valley from their uses by the First Nations to the development of Todmorden Mills as a heritage site in 1967.
Please note: Over the next few months, exciting changes are taking place inside our historic houses. News about the current renovations will be announced later this year. Due to the renovations, no indoor tours will be taking place.
Regular admission applies.

Adults: $5.31
Seniors (65 +): $2.65
Youth (13-18 yrs.): $2.65
Children (6-12 yrs.): $1.77
Children (5 yrs. and under): Free

Harvest Festival - Sept. 21

Sunday, September 21, 12 to 4 pm.
Celebrate the harvest season in the valley! Live music, historic recipes and tastings, children's crafts, outdoor tours and more! This is the last day for Eco-Art-Festival so enjoy the art installations as you wander the grounds. Words in Motion present Voices in the Valley, a moveable, powerful play that introduces three pivotal figures from Todmorden's history: Charles Sauriol, William Helliwell and Elizabeth Simcoe. (See listing above for details). Admission is Pay what you can to Voices in the Valley. Some activity and refreshment fees apply. Admission to the grounds is FREE.


Details - Schedules, bios and more information


Recipe for Victory - Great War Food Symposium at Fort York

Sunday, September 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Early Bird Fee (Until September 12): $65 
Regular Fee: $75 (prices include HST)

In partnership with the Culinary Historians of Canada, Fort York presents a special food symposium that explores the fascinating history of domestic and military food and beverages during The Great War. The day will be filled with panel discussions, period displays and Great War-era cooking demos, including a re-constructed Aldershot Oven.

Click here for more information and to view the full event schedule.

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The Arts @ the Historic Sites this Fall

Be sure not to miss the Arts events at Todmorden Mills and Gibson House. Check the listings for details or click here. The image in the artwork above is from a photo by Zhenya Cerneacov. The dancers are Karen & Allen Kaeja of Kaeja d'Dance who will perform at On Common Ground this weekend!

Part of Animating Historic Sites: a partnership between Toronto Arts Council and City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services.