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What's On

Looking for an adventure in the City? From family-friendly activities, to engaging exhibits and tours, to an outdoor spring walk, you'll find fun things to and explore at Toronto's Historic Sites!

The picture above depicts an evening at No. 9 Eco-Arts-Fest at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site that starts June 20. During the day, enjoy art-themed walks and activities with an eye on the environment. At night, take in live music in the outdoor ambience of this important historic site.  Visit for details.

For that and other events, click on the tabs of the Museum names below to see what's on at each site. Click on the name of the event, and the description will open underneath it.

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

Objects Related: Art Among the Artifacts - Until July 5

Runs until July 5
Tuesday to Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
Colborne Lodge has partnered with Present Junction Gallery to exhibit Objects Related: Art Among the Artifacts - a textile art installation by Meghan Macdonald. Taking inspiration from the original artifacts on site, Meghan has created objects by "drawing with thread" that challenge visitors' perceptions. These selected pieces have been replaced with Meghan’s creations. Come and see if you can identify the art among the artifacts. Included in regular admission.


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

Please note: The historic buildings of Fort York are CLOSED for a special event and will reopen on July 9. Admission to the new Visitor Centre is free during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

2nd Annual New Generation Steelband Festival - July 19

Sunday, July 19, 2 to 8 p.m.
FREE Admission

Allstar Bands – Caribbean Food – Fun!

A celebration of Caribbean steel pan music featuring GTA youth steelbands and award winning ensembles performing outdoors on the grounds of Fort York. Enjoy authentic Caribbean food, all ages steel pan workshops and special soccer demonstrations. Plenty of opportunities for audience participation – dance, dance, dance! Come celebrate Toronto's vibrant Caribbean community and support youth engagement with this proud tradition. Presented by Fort York and the Pan Arts Network.

This year's stellar lineup includes:

  • Afropan Steelband
  • Pan Fantasy Steelband
  • Silhouettes Steel Orchestra
  • Oshawa Steel Orchestra
  • Toronto Allstars Steelband
  • St. Jamestown Youth Centre Steel Orchestra
  • Fusion Steelband Orchestra (Of Trinidad and Tobago), under the leadership of Mr. Darren Sheppard
  • Gemini Pan Groove
  • Mark Mosca & Company, Chris Lewis
  • Farmers Rhythm Section
  • Dance Caribe Performing Company
  • DJ C-Lex de Soca Flex

Hosted by MC Itah Sadu & Earl Lapierre Jr.

Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Cultural Village - Pan Am Games - July 10 - 26

The Cultural Village will be “home base” for the games. Constructed at Fort York, the village will have the feel, sights and sounds of a traditional Mississauga nation village. Visitors will journey back through time to experience a working round house. Dressed in traditional clothing, workers will show how life was lived with authentic artifacts. Artisans will teach basket weaving, braiding and other crafts. It will be a highlight of everyone’s visit to the Pan Am and Parapan American Games.

The Three Sacred Fires Ceremony takes place July 10. The Three Sacred Fires are symbolic of the Mississaugas’ traditions and political alliances with the Ojibwa, Odawa and Potawatomi Nations. The Three Fires ceremony symbolizes the renewal of this historic alliance. The first fire will be lit on the Toronto Islands. Two other fires will be lit, including one at Fort York. Fire Keepers will tend the fires 24/7 for the duration of the games. FREE ADMISSION.

Aboriginal Pavilion - Pan Am Games (Garrison Common) - July 13 - 26

The Aboriginal Pavilion is a 19 day Indigenous arts, culture, and sports festival being held at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Fort York National Historic Site's Garrison Common and Harbourfront Centre, concurrent to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games. Events at Fort York's Garrison Common run July 13 – 26.

The Pavilion will bring together Indigenous peoples from across the Americas to celebrate, share and learn through our exciting programming. From Main Stage musical performances to dance, theatre, and family programming on our Small Stage; from visual arts and traditional crafts workshops to artist talks, film screenings, a curated exhibition, there will be much to see and much to do! At the very heart of the Aboriginal Pavilion is the Cultural Village which will consist of six traditional houses. Each one representative of a specific Indigenous community or a collective of individuals from an Indigenous group or region. The traditional houses are a visual and symbolic representation of Indigenous peoples coming together for the purpose of providing a rich experience that's culturally appropriate, educational, and enriching. Energetic athletes will animate our Sports Zone, and talented artisans and chefs will offer up handcrafted works and culinary treats for visitors in our Artisan and Food Marketplace. A cultural feast awaits you! FREE ADMISSION.

For a full daily schedule please visit

Planet IndigenUS: InterNations/InterSections Exhibition (Visitor Centre) - July 13 - August 9

Co-presented by Harbourfront Centre and the Woodland Cultural Centre - Planet IndigenUS is the largest world indigneous, multidisciplinary arts festival in the world. 350 artists. 10 days. A global exploration of contemporary Indigenous civilizations. Since 2004, Planet IndigenUS has been raising public awareness, breaking stereotypes and fostering a cross-cultural dialogue between Canadians. Enjoy music, art, food and ideas from First Nations communities across Canada and Indigenous peoples around the world.

Fort York will feature the world premiere of “InterNations/InterSections” an exhibit of four Panamania commissioned visual art installations on display outdoors in front of the Visitor Centre at Fort York. FREE ADMISSION.

Gazing Back, Looking Forward - Exhibit on display until Sept. 7

Various Artists, Group Exhibit
Curator: Rhéanne Chartrand, Artistic Associate Aboriginal Pavilion
June 18 – September 7, 2015
Fort York Visitor Centre
10 AM – 5 PM daily, Included with regular admission

Gazing Back, Looking Forward presents contemporary works by Indigenous North American artists who explore, (re-)imagine, and (re-)present Indigenous identity. By challenging conventional notions of who is and what it means to be Indigenous, these artists question the validity of tropes and codifiers of Indianness pervasive in the public stereotype of the singular, monolithic and one-dimensional image of the “Hollywood Indian.”

Through their work, these artists (re-)present a complex, multi-faceted, mixed, and urban image of contemporary peoples. In doing so, they reveal that there is no singular definition or image of an Indigenous person, but a multitude of faces, voices, and stories that capture what it means to be Indigenous today. Both individually and collectively, these artists express a profound honesty in how they (re-)present themselves, and contribute to a sense of continuity of presence and diversity.

Featuring works by Jordan Bennett, Rene Meshake, Brandan Wilson, Terrance Houle, Jeff Thomas, Keesic Douglas, Anthony “Thosh” Collins, Jason Jenkins, Nadya Kwandibens, Will Wilson, Jason Lujan, Meryl McMaster, Lindsay Delaronde and others.

Niinwin-Dabaadjmowin - We Are Talking - Exhibit on display until Sept. 7

Philip Cote, Rebecca Baird, Tecumseh Collective
June 18 – September 7, 2015
Fort York Visitor Centre
10 AM – 5 PM daily, Included with regular admission

Fort York National Historic Site is pleased to present Niinwin-Dabaadjmowin - We Are Talking, an 80-foot-long mural in 20 panels created under the leadership of Philip Cote and Rebecca Baird with young people from the Na-Me-Res Tumivut Youth Shelter.

A collaboration between Fort York, the Tecumseh Collective and Na-Me-Res, Niinwin-Dabaadjmowin - We Are Talking was the culmination of an 18-month project that began in 2004. Funded through an Ontario Works Incentive Funds grant, the endeavour sought to engage young people from the Tumivut Youth Shelter in the artistic process.

The youth took part in a number of workshops with Baird and Cote. The mural process began with the youth gaining basic drawing and painting skills. Besides working on the mural, the youth learned soapstone carving and traditional beadwork. They also partook in cultural activities, which included talking circles and pipe and sweatlodge ceremonies.

Of their experience working with the young people of Tumivut, Baird and Cote said, "It has been an incredible opportunity for us to continue our work in the Aboriginal community of Toronto. Our goal with our programs is to offer First Nations youth hope and vision for a future. We provide opportunities to acquire skills, knowledge of their culture, and develop talents and ideas that will serve to expand their horizons in the future. By continuing to implement an integrated approach, we are also providing an opportunity for First Nations youth to partake in traditional cultural activities, while gaining exposure and access to the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community."

DIBAAJIMOWIN Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Girls and Men - Exhibit on display until Sept. 7

By John C., David G., Jason F., Garry S., Na-Me-Res staff and Red Pepper Spectacle Arts
June 18 – September 7, 2015
Fort York Visitor Centre
10 AM – 5 PM daily, Included with regular admission

Created by native men at Na-Me-Res with the assistance of Na-Me-Res staff and Red Pepper Spectacle Arts the exhibit portrays the infamous 1797 murders of Chief Wabakinine of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, his wife and sister.  

For viewing will be a corn husk display depicting this tragic event alongside a series of large fabric panels that tell of the first written account of these murders.  The imagery and lettering are designed, cut and stencil-printed.

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

Wartime in Willowdale Exhibit - On until August 31

Now extended until August 31
Wednesday to Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 1 to 8 p.m. (5 to 8 p.m. Pay-What-You-Wish)
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Canada's entry into World War I, Gibson House Museum is extending the run of this exhibit that features local stories of North York during the war, including the Gibson family connection to the war and wartime. Included with general admission.

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.



Community Quilt Group Get-togethers

Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m.
Relax and meet new friends while you improve your sewing skills. We invite members of all ages from North York's diverse communities to join us for informal evenings of learning and sharing. Both historic and contemporary quilting techniques are explored in a comfortable, social setting. Work on a group project or pay a small fee for materials and make your own piece. Even if you have never picked up a needle and thread before you are welcome to join in. It is FREE to participate; however, donations are always welcome.

Pay What You Wish Thursday Night Socials

Thursdays, 5 to 8 p.m.
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.

Gibson House at the Cultura Festival in Mel Lastman Square

Fridays: July 3, 10, 17 and 24, 6 to 8 p.m.
Cultura features unique performers and artists, international street food vendors, creative and interactive art installations and evening film screenings under the stars. Gibson House Museum will join the North York Central Library each Friday during the festival in Mel Lastman Square to provide children's crafts, stories, fun demonstrations and opportunities to try out your 1850's skills. Visit the Gibson House Museum booth from 6 to 8 p.m.. For more information visit

1091 Finch Avenue East (East of Leslie)
Street parking in the area. 416-395-7432

Alias Dance Project - July 10 to 12

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 10, 11 &12, 7:30 p.m.
You are invited to a unique multi-disciplinary installation performance taking place at the Historic Zion Schoolhouse. Alias Dance Project contrasts this historic backdrop, using technical components to illustrate the theme of information exchange. A collaboration of dance, sound design, and visual effects, this interactive show will transport the audience into a world where all perceptions of time and place are challenged. Physical and expressive, this promises to be an invigorating performance that is alive and in the moment – a must see!  Admission is FREE, donations gratefully accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: Admission is free but capacity is limited to 35 seats.

The Alias Dance Project at Zion Schoolhouse is part of Animating Historic Sites: a partnership between Toronto Arts Council and City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services.


Gifts and Occupations Collective Project - Aug. 22 to Oct. 3

build… build better
A Gifts and Occupations Collective exhibition project
August 22 – October 3

Bookmark the Blog and keep informed about this exciting and creative series of projects

A site sensitive exhibition that re-animates Historic Zion Schoolhouse and engages in a conversation about the legacies of modernism, architecture, creativity, curiosity and the pedagogy of Frederick Froebel. better features a series of projects by the Gifts and Occupations Collective members, Yael Brotman, Libby Hague, Penelope Stewart and Matthew Brower with guest artist Panya Clark Espinal.  It includes a short residency, an exhibition, an edition of artist multiples, talks by artists and a catalogue featuring an essay by art historian Matthew Brower. Part of Animating Historic Sites: a partnership between Toronto Arts Council and City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services.

Frederick Froebel (1782 – 1852) was a German naturalist, philosopher and educator who developed the first kindergarten program based on the philosophy of unity and connectivity. Many modernist architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Buckminster Fuller were influenced by Froebel's play-based materials and exercises, known as gifts and occupations. This provocative and thought-provoking exhibition will surely spark fascinating conversation as it speaks to the preservation of unity and nature of change with contemporary social, environmental and political implications. 

Read the group's blog and visit the museum's listings for news on openings and events throughout the project.

First up:

Saturday, August 22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Meet the members of the Gifts and Occupations Collective as they unveil their artist multiples inspired by Froebel's gifts and occupations during Suburban Steam. Learn more about Frederick Froebel – the father of early childhood education.  Have the chance to try out some of Froebel's play-based educational activities. And learn more about the upcoming contemporary art exhibition to be installed in and around the schoolhouse.


Gifts and Occupations Collective Event - Aug. 22

Saturday, August 22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Meet the members of the Gifts and Occupations Collective as they unveil their artist multiples inspired by Froebel's gifts and occupations during Suburban Steam. Learn more about Frederick Froebel – the father of early childhood education.  Have the chance to try out some of Froebel's play-based educational activities. And learn more about the upcoming contemporary art exhibition to be installed in and around the schoolhouse. Admission is FREE. Donations are welcome.

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

Suburban Steam: Steampunk Fair - Aug. 22

August 22, 11a.m. to 5 p.m.
A retro-futuristic community festival celebrating all things Steampunk! Enjoy a day of historical make-believe in an authentic 1910 Edwardian Schoolhouse. Join us for an exciting day of Steampunk family fun, with entertainment, performers and merchants to delight the senses! Tour through an outdoor arcade of Steampunk vendors and demonstrations; enjoy ongoing performances at centre stage; learn about Victorian- and Edwardian era fashions and technological advances; and try out steampunk-themed crafts for all ages in the schoolhouse. Admission is FREE. Donations gratefully accepted.

Feel free to RSVP on Facebook to stay up to date with this event!

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

Interlove: An Exhibition of Documentary Photography - until August 16

Documentary Photography by Colin Boyd Shafer
Runs until Sunday, August 16

Mackenzie House is proud to host the premiere of new works by award-winning photographer, Colin Boyd Shafer. Interlove is an exhibition of documentary photographs that explore how people with differing beliefs come together in love and shared respect. Included with regular admission.
Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax), and Children (4 and under) are Free.

The Market Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the St. Lawrence Market. Call 416-392-7604 or email Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays

Home Field Advantage: Toronto's Summer Sporting Sites - on until Sept. 26

Runs until September 26, 2015
To celebrate the upcoming Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games, the Market Gallery presents Home Field Advantage: Toronto's Summer Sporting Sites, an exhibition of historic photographs and artifacts reflecting the history of summer sports in Toronto. Through the eyes of past generations of photographers, visitors can trace the evolution of summer sports in the city - from the early days of rowing and marathon swimming to cycling and baseball. Admission is FREE.

A Victorian Tea - July & August

Please call for available dates. Guests will enjoy an illustrated talk on 19th century Toronto focusing on the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, followed by a Victorian Tea inspired by historic recipes. This pre-registered event has two price points.

Tea & Cake……….$8.00 /per person.

Tea, sandwiches…..$15.00 /per person.

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

Thirsty Thursday Tavern Night - July 30

Thursday, July 30, 7 to 10 p.m.
The last Thursday of every month is Thirsty Thursday at the Inn. Enjoy a glass of beer, wine, or a Thomas Montgomery specialty in our restored 1847 barroom! Order Irish stew, fresh baked bread and tap your toes to live traditional music. Admission is pay-what-you-wish. Cash bar, $5 for a bowl of stew, while supplies last.

Tea Time at the Inn - Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m.

Sundays: Starting June 7, 1 to 4 p.m.
Special weekly tea in our community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate, with a seasonal feature. $10 plus tax. No reservation required, just drop in.

Fret Not Ukulele Club - July 2

Thursday, July 2, 6 to 9  p.m.
Join our monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson and sing, laugh and make music. Bring your uke, but if you're just testing the waters and don't yet own one, let us know and we'll loan you one for the night. Free chord workshop is at 6 p.m. with the regular session from 7 to 9 p.m. $15.

For more details call Sue at 416-394-8120.

I Have Sand in the Gap of my Soles - Exhibit on display July 12-29

Exhibit by Laurianne Simon
July 12th – July 29th
Opening Reception: Sunday July 12th, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
At first glance, Laurianne Simon’s paintings could simply be a form of postmodern abstract expressionism. Yet still waters run deep. With titles such as “La rage des moineaux” (Fury of the Sparrows), “Message des formes” (The Message of Forms), and “Mon rêve de liberté” (Dreaming of Freedom), it is clear that there is another level. Colour is an emotional experience; it has a psychological dimension, one in which even a bird’s wing can become a resounding personal exploration into the pursuit of freedom.

Born and raised in Brest, France, Laurianne Simon lived in Montreal before moving to Toronto three years ago. Her MFA in Visual Arts from the École Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne in Quimper included a year of study at UQAM in Montreal in 2010 – 2011. She is delighted to present here a sampling of the paintings she has made out of her studio / apartment in the West End.

Gardening Workshops at Montgomery's Inn - July 29 & August 12

July 29: Introduction to Container Gardening
August 12: Pot-Scaping for Fall
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Don't miss these container gardening workshops with the Etobicoke master gardeners! Learn helpful tips, care and maintenance, what grows in containers and so much more in these hands on workshops. Don't forget to visit the Farmers' Market afterwards! Workshops are FREE (donations welcome).

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

World Game Wednesday Nights - 6 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday Nights are Wonderful - 6 to 8 p.m.

World Game Nights
Play board games from around the globe, enjoy mocktails and freshly baked goodies during these fun-filled family nights out on Wonderful Wednesdays.


6:00 to 7:00 p.m. - Ballet Creole Dance Workshops
Practice your dance moves for the Flashmob on July 25
Join in the Wednesday evening workshops with Ballet Creole from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., and be a part of the flashmob in Thomson Park on July 25. (Just dancing? Come for free!)

Admission is Pay-What-You-Can.

Please note: The Games and Dance Workshop will not be available on Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1 but please join us for our Canada Day activities!!!!!


Ballet Creole Dance Workshops - Wednesdays 6 to 7 p.m.

Wednesdays are Wonderful!

6 to 7 p.m. - Ballet Creole Dance Workshops
Practice your dance moves for the Flashmob on July 25
Join in the Wednesday evening workshops with Ballet Creole from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., and be part of the flashmob in Thomson Park on July 25. Just coming for the dance workshop? Admission is FREE!


Come from 6 to 8 p.m. and take part in World Game Wednesdays too!
Admission is pay-what-you-can for the whole evening.

Please note: The Games and Dance activities are not available on Canada Day, July 1. However, please join us for our special Canada Day activities instead!

Admission is Pay-What-You-Can.


July Weekends - 12 to 5 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 5 p.m. 
Join the Scarborough Museum Youth Collective on weekends this summer for fun filled Victorian parlour entertainments and popular 20th-century board games. Enjoy delicious local delicacies from the Americas. Family fun guaranteed. Admission is pay-what-you-can.

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

Meet the Austins: A Toronto Family Between the Wars Tour - Weekends

Begins January 10
Saturdays and Sundays
12:15 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 4 p.m.   
See Spadina, and the history of Toronto, through the eyes of the Austin family, who made it their home. Business people, artists, socialites and philanthropists, the Austins were a prominent family whose struggles and triumphs were closely tied to those of Toronto as they entered the 20th century.  Regular admission applies.

The Etiquette of Downton Abbey - Sundays: July 12 & 19, Aug. 9 & 23

At Spadina Museum: Toronto's Downton Abbey
Sundays: July 12  & 19, August 9 & 23,  12:30 p.m.

Calling all Downton Abbey fans! Live the drama and opulence of the 1920s in a tour of Spadina Museum, Toronto's Downton Abbey. Immerse yourself in the world of the hit TV show as we compare and contrast the fictional life of the Crawley's with Spadina's Austin family.  The tour will take you from our simple servant quarters to a drawing room elegant enough to impress the Dowager Countess! Adults $10, Seniors $7 (plus tax).

Call Spadina Museum to buy tickets in advance and avoid disappointment



Fascinating Flappers: The Workshop - Aug. 7

Friday, August 7, 7 to 10 p.m.
Get ready for Spadina's Speakeasy event at this hands-on workshop. Create a special fascinator or cocktail hat to complete your 1920s ensemble. Enjoy a special evening tour of Spadina.  Light refreshments.  $30 plus tax; pre-registration required. Call 416-392-6910.

Spadina After Hours: A Speakeasy - Aug. 15

Saturday, August 15, 7:30 to 11 p.m.
Kick up your heels, dance to live 1920s music and enjoy a classic cocktail.
Pre-registration and pre-payment required; 19+ only. $50 includes refreshments, music, dancing and more. Cash bar.


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

Outdoor Site Tours - On now

Todmorden Outdoor Site Tours
Throughout the  Winter
Wednesday to Friday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 4:30 p.m.
This winter, 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

No.9 Eco-Art-Fest 2015 @ Todmorden Mills - June 20 until Sept 13

June 20 to September 13
Fridays and Saturdays, Noon to 10 p.m.
Sundays, Noon to 5 p.m.
No. 9: Contemporary Art & the Environment in partnership withToronto of Toronto Historic Sites, is pleased to present the return of the outdoor summer-long Eco-Art-Fest at Todmorden Mills. The festival includes public art installations by Canadian artists, art activities for  families and all ages, guided art tours, and musical performances in a licensed outdoor space. The goal is to bring awareness to environmental issues and promote a sustainable lifestyle, while re-imagining how one learns about a historical site through contemporary art programming. Visit for details.

We are featuring Open Mic Saturdays! Apply by sending a sample to



Journey by Canoe - An Indigeous Art Project and Exhibition

Artists work in the Papermill Gallery from Tuesday, July 14 to Sunday, August 2
Exhibition: Tuesday, August 4 to Sunday, August 16
Official Opening: Thursday, August 6 from 6 to 8:30 p.m
Artists Mike Ormsby and Joseph Sagaj bring to Todmorden Mills Heritage Site their interpretations of the journeys we take, both literally, as well as, philosophically. From July 14 to August 2, the artists will work, and can be observed, in the Papermill Gallery, each painting a canoe with imagery depicting the life journeys of not only First Nations peoples, but all people. In addition, over the two weeks, ten paddles will be decorated for the exhibition.

Journey by Canoe is part of Animating Historic Sites: a partnership between Toronto Arts Council and City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services.


The Gathering of the Clans - Community Mosaic Project

Events and workshops beginning July 15
The Gathering of the Clans is a community mosaic project taking place on the grounds of Todmorden Mills throughout the summer. There will be many opportunities for visitors of all ages to participate in the making of this striking mosaic project honouring Indigenous clan systems. Other activities include mosaic and lantern-making workshops for individuals and families.

The Gathering of the Clans is part of Animating Historic Sites: a partnership between Toronto Arts Council and City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services.