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What's On

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

New Event Calendar!
To search for events by date, click on our new calendar (below our regular listings). If you want to search by site, click on the Museum names below to see what's happening at that site. Click on the name of the event, and the description will open underneath it.

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

Time Traveller P.A Day Camp (Ages 7 to 10) - February 12

February 12, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Children will travel back in time and explore life almost two hundred years ago and experience a P.A. day like no other – cooking over the fire, telling tales in the parlour, indoor and outdoor games, and unique hands-on activities. New activities every P.A. day so make Colborne Lodge your home away from home for P.A. days this year. $40 plus tax per child.

Register now! Call Colborne Lodge at 416-392-6916.  

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

Art of Peace: A dance-based performance installation - February 11 to 21

In the Fort York Blue Barracks

Show Times:

Feb 11, 2016 (preview), 7:30 pm
Feb 12, 13, 17,18 & 20, 2016, 7:30 pm
Feb 13 & 21, 2016, 3:00 pm matinee
Post-show special event, Wednesday, Feb 17

lbs/sq” performance presents

Art of Peace

Ancestral questions given life in an ancient place, haunted by peace

Art of Peace (Part 1): Invitation, a dance-based performance installation, explores our relationship to peace set inside walls built for war. Stories, images, and somatic textures weave a legacy of how we fight within and throughout to claim what is ours, to find peace and to nourish ourselves.

Join us in one of Toronto's most engaging open winter spaces as we gather intimately in the warmth of the Blue Barracks of Fort York to honour and measure the cost of peace from our Indigenous and immigrant-settler roots. Don your parka and be prepared to feast with mouth, eyes, and ears. You may leave feeling satiated and hungry.

Featuring performances by primary collaborators:
Gerry Trentham (Choreography, Writing and Direction)
Sylvie Bouchard (Translation, Text, Process Advisor)
Julia Aplin (Composer)
Lisa C. Ravensbergen (Text, Dramaturgy)
Michael Caldwell (Performance Collaborator)

With
Andjelija Djuric (Costumes and Set)
James Kendal (Video and Stage Management)
Simon Rossiter (Lighting Design)

Jessa Agilo (Producer)                                   

 

Tickets:

Tickets: $20 / $30

$60 VIP Feb 17 only (includes $40 tax-receiptable donation)

To purchase tickets, please visit www.art-of-peace.eventbrite.ca. Tickets will also be available at the door.

 

For more information:

www.poundspersquareinch.net

lbspersqin@gmail.com

647-920-6187

Family Day - February 15

Monday, February 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Explore the history of Toronto and Fort York. Visit the Fort's historic kitchen and sample some baking from the hearth. Hot chocolate and a roaring fire will make this a heartwarming and memorable visit. Kids can try an 1812 drill class, Officers' Sword Drill and some old-fashioned games, as well as a fun-filled kids' activity book.

$7.96/adults, $3.76/child, $4.87/youth & senior, FREE 5 and under (plus tax)

Mad for Marmalade, Crazy for Citrus! - February 20

Saturday, February 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join Fort York National Historic Site in partnership with the Culinary Historians of Canada for our ninth annual celebration of Marmalade and all things citrus!  This year's event has a Persian flavour. Enjoy a citrus themed workshop, lunch, guest speakers, tastings and marketplace, or enter the Marmalade Competition. Pre-registration is required. For more information please visit www.culinaryhistorians.ca. To register, please call 416-392-7484. Early bird tickets $55 plus tax ($62.15) are available until February 8, $60 plus tax ($67.80) afterward. 

A Taste of Medieval Times - Historic Cooking Class - March 13

Historic Cooking Classes at Fort York
The Historic Foodways Program promotes culinary history through the animation of the historic kitchens at Fort York and through the sharing of period foods and recipes. This unique program relies on educated volunteers and staff.

A Taste of Medieval Times
Sunday, March 13, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Led by Fort York Historic Foodways Program Volunteer Historic Cook, Mya Sangster.

Join us in the 1826 Officers' Mess Kitchen and discover fascinating recipes for "Gingerbrede" made with honey, "Figgy," an ancestor of plum pudding, "Daryols," an early custard tart, and other delights taken directly from original cookbooks and manuscripts from the late 1300s. Lunch and recipe packages are included.

$75 plus tax.  Pre-registration and payment are required. To register please call 416-392-7484.

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 gibsonhouse@toronto.ca

Spotlight on the Gibson House Artifact Collection - An Exhibit - Feb. 5 to May 15

February 5 to May 15
Have you ever wondered about museum objects that are not on display? The Spotlight exhibit will showcase interesting and rarely seen objects from the Gibson House Museum collection. Gibson family objects that fall outside of the scope and time period of the historic house will also be featured. Included in regular admission.

 

Jewelry Art Show and Sale just in time for Valentine's Day! - Feb. 6

Saturday, February 6, 1  to 4:30 p.m.
Stop by Gibson House Museum for a jewelry art show and sale by local Canadian artisans. Beautiful, one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more will be available for purchase.  Free admission to the craft sale. located in the basement of the museum.  Cash sales only.

Visitors are welcome to tour the Gibson House Museum afterwards for regular admission fees.

 

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
Last 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.

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.

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.

 

 

Sweetheart Tea - February 13

Saturday, February 13, Two sittings: 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Treat your special someone, friends or family to a Victorian-inspired tea, including finger sandwiches and sweets in Mrs. Gibson's parlour. Costumed interpreters serve afternoon tea in the setting of the elegant mid-19th century home. Guests may tour the museum at their leisure. Pre-payment is required and seating is limited, so book your tickets today!

$20 per person plus tax.

Purchase your tickets here.

Questions? Please call 416-395-7432.

not recommended for children under 6 years of age.

Zion Schoolhouse interprets its history as a rural, one-room schoolhouse for children from Kindergarten to Grade 8, focusing on the year 1910. Contact us at zionschool@toronto.ca  416-395-7432.

Zion Schoolhouse is available for school groups and group bookings. We invite the general public to visit us during special events such as Family Day and Doors Open Toronto.

Family Day at Zion Schoolhouse - February 15

Monday, February 15, 1 to 4 p.m.
This Family Day head to the Historic Zion Schoolhouse to explore this rare, one-room schoolhouse in the heart of North Toronto and contribute to our book drive! Take a step back in time with schoolmistress Miss Coulson and learn how to write with a steel nib pen or on a slate. Enjoy storytelling, making crafts and other activities - all afternoon!  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Your donations of new or gently used children's books will help Children's Book Bank provide books and literacy support to children in high needs areas of Toronto. Admission is FREE.

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

Mackenzie House Celebrates Black History Month - Weekends in Feb.

Weekends in February, 12 to 5 p.m.
Toronto has a rich legacy in the literature and the newspapers of the early Black community in Ontario. Visit Mackenzie House on weekends in February, and learn more about some of the Black Victorians of Toronto, featuring those who published newspapers during that era. Visitors can take a piece of this important history home when they print a souvenir copy of Mary Ann Shadd Cary's newspaper, The Provincial Freeman, in the re-created 1850's printshop. Included with regular admission. 

Family Day - February 15

On Family Day, visit us and celebrate Black History Month. Learn about the Black Victorians and their publishers and newspaper journalists. Take home an important piece of journalism history by printing a copy of Mary Ann Shadd Cary's newspaper, The Provincial Freeman. Children can try illumination - colouring previously drawn and printed pictures - which was a popular practice in the 19th century. Enjoy a cookie and some warm cider in our historic kitchen. Included with regular admission. 

Wish You Were Here - Storytelling, Postcard crafts & Special edition launch Feb. 11

Thursday, February 11, 7 to 9 p.m.
Gravenfeather Studio, Love Letters to a Friend and Mackenzie House partner to present an evening to launch a new, limited edition postcard series printed by Gravenfeather using historic images from the Mackenzie House print shop.  This intimate evening will feature true stories of Love, Longing and Place, post card writing with historic pen and ink, an opportunity to try your hand at illumination with watercolour, music and light refreshments.  Ticket includes a complimentary copy of the postcard booklet and must be purchased in advance as spots are limited. $15 plus tax per person. 

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

Framing Toronto: City of Toronto Art Acquisitions 2010 to 2015 - Ends Feb. 6

An exhibition of art featuring a wide variety of works in the City's collections
Continues until February 6

The City of Toronto has been collecting art since the 1850s and today the collection includes over 2500 paintings, prints and sculptures. The collection is enhanced every year through donations and purchases. This exhibit brings together a wide variety of art for viewing in the gallery. From Charlie Pachter's War of 1812 series to an interpretation of the St. Lawrence Market by Chris Albert, this exhibit demonstrates the unique and innovative work that artists in Toronto create through various media such as prints, photographs, watercolour and oils. Collectively these art works represent a cultural legacy in the visual arts.

Tunnel Vision: The Story of Toronto's Subway - Opens February 13

An exhibition of photographs, maps, plans and artifacts
February 13 to June 11

Presented in partnership with the Toronto Transportation Society, this exhibit uses photographs, maps and artifacts to examine the complexity and massive scale of the subway's operation. Toronto’s subway is much more than a few lines on a map or a list of numbers on a spreadsheet.  Every day for over 60 years, it has been the backbone of this city and has moved billions of passengers. The exhibit focuses on the enormous effort that it takes to keep the subway rolling, enabling visitors to better appreciate the vital role played by rapid transit.

 

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 montinn@toronto.ca

Montgomery's Inn Indoor Winter 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!

You don't have to pay admission to the museum just to come in and shop.

Please note:

Outdoor season: May 21 to October 29
Indoor season: Starts November 4 & continues all winter 

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. $7 plus tax. No reservation required, just drop in.

Art Exhibition - Artist Vladimir Topal - Feb. 2 to 29

In Montgomery's Inn's Briarly Room
The Vanishing Great Outdoors: Toronto Landscapes - A Solo Exhibition
Tuesday, February 2 to Monday, February 29

Opening Reception:  Friday, February 5,  6 to 8 p.m.

Please see the poster for the show below: