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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!

It's the last week to get out and enjoy Scarborough Museum's new Summer Fun Evenings. There's a different theme each night. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 8 p.m. As summer is winding down, our last evening will be this Sunday, August 30.

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.

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

Summertime at Colborne Lodge in High Park

Tuesday to Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
This summer, enjoy one of Toronto’s most popular green spaces, High Park, and when you are in the south end of the park, drop by historic Colborne Lodge. This elegant, yet comfortable home was a summer retreat for John Howard and his wife Jemima. Howard was one of Toronto's first architects, as well as a City engineer and surveyor. He built the original cottage in 1837, with additions being completed in 1843 and 1855.

During your tour you will see many original furnishings and artifacts as well as some of John Howard's own watercolours depicting images of early Toronto.

Colborne Lodge is a rare example of Regency picturesque architecture. Based on the concept of allowing nature into the home, you’ll notice it is designed to allow the optimum view of the lovely grounds surrounding the house. 

Regular admission: Adults: $6.19, Seniors (65 +) and Youth (13-18 yrs.): $3.54, Children (4-12 yrs.): $2.65 (plus tax)


Myths and Legends Walking Tour - Sept. 6

Sunday, September 6, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Colborne Lodge staff lead a walking tour recounting the many myths and legends told about High Park.  By their very nature, myths and legends generate a certain amount of skepticism.  Are they entirely myth, are the simply cautionary tales, is there a modicum of truth somewhere? Join us and decide for yourself! Participants enjoy a light refreshment at the Lodge at the end of the walk.  Meet at the benches across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant.  Free, part of the High Park Walking Tour program. 

Regular admission applies to tours of Colborne Lodge

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

Please note: Ongoing construction in the area is causing frequent closures of the parking lot across from the Visitor Centre. Guests are encouraged to take public transit or park at the Green P lot at 800 Fleet Street (currently $30/day during the CNE).

Mad Decent Block Party - August 29

Saturday, August 29
On the Garrison Common

The Mad Decent Block Party is an electronic music festival that brings a beat-blasting block party to cities across North America. This is the tour’s only stop in Canada, aside from one other date in Vancouver, so fans of electronic music should do their best not to miss it. This year’s performers are Thugli, Jauz, Major Lazer, and many more.


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.

Summer at Fort York

Daily until Saturday, August 29
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thrill to the booming of the cannon, the firing of muskets, the vibrant colours of the uniformed guard and the lively music of fife and drum. These are the sights and sounds of Fort York this summer. Visitors will enjoy hourly demonstrations of military music, drill, musketry and artillery performed by students representing the Canadian Fencible Regiment that was garrisoned at the fort at the end of the War of 1812. Highlights include musket and cannon firings, and the music of the Fort York Drums (a fife & drum corps).

Program varies daily. Call for specific details. 416-392-6907. Regular admission applies.

Adults $7.96, Seniors/Youth $4.87, Children $3.76 (plus tax) Children 5 years and under are free.

OBHS Presents: Blacks in the Military - Exhibit on display now

An exhibit designed to display Black Canadian service, dedication and pride in the Military. This unique exhibit features service men and women, both past and present, and is sponsored by the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games through the IGNITE program and supported by the Friends of Fort York. The exhibit aims to show the contributions, experiences and achievements of Black defenders.

Black Canadians have a long history of service in uniform. Often having to overcome great challenges just to enlist in the military in earlier eras when our society was less inclusive, they persevered to make their mark. From the days before Canada was even a country of its own, to the efforts in Afghanistan, the sacrifices and achievements of Black Canadians have shone through. 

Click here to learn more about the Ontario Black History Society.

TURF - September 18 to 20

Garrison Common, September 18 – 20

The Toronto Urban Roots Festival will be closing out a jam-packed summer of music festivals in the city when it returns to Fort York Garrison Common for its third instalment. This year's lineup features 52 artists including the Pixies, Lucinda Williams, Of Monsters and Men, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Wilco, the Avett Brothers, Neko Case, UB40, Cake, Lord Huron, Desaparecidos, Deerhunter, Built to Spill, and many more.

TIFF in Your Park - September 25

TIFF in Your Park – The Sapphires
September 25, 7:30 PM

Plucked from obscurity in a remote Australian mission school in 1968, four talented young Aboriginal girls are formed into a dynamic singing group and sent to Vietnam to entertain the troops. Fort York celebrates TIFF's 40th anniversary by hosting the final screening of TIFF's popular city-wide outdoor film series TIFF in Your Park. Premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, The Sapphires is an entertaining, inspirational tale set in the heady days of the late ‘60s about a quartet of young, talented singers from a remote Aboriginal mission in Australia. Starring Chris O'Dowd, Deb Mailman, Jess Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell.  FREE ADMISSION.

Small World On Common Ground Festival - September 26 & 27

September 26 & 27, 1 – 8 pm daily.

Enjoy a free weekend festival of music, arts and community on the grounds of historic Fort York with a superb array of artists. Featuring music from the Turkish folk of Turkwaz to the full-on funk of KC Roberts & the Live Revolution, the Afro-Cuban jazz of Jane Bunnett & Maqueque to eccodek's unstoppable global dub. A Tribe Called Red's hoop dancer James Jones will lead powwowFit sessions, Clay & Paper Theatre explores Animal Nature, Red Pepper Spectacle Arts leads collaborative art making for all ages, and spoken word artists journey to the heart of the soul. Combine with food, beverages, crafts and more for a family-friendly feast of culture.  FREE ADMISSION.

Sick Kids Great Camp Adventure - September 26

Garrison Common - September 26

Take on the challenge of a new adventure walk unlike anything Toronto’s ever seen: a full day designed so everyone and anyone can participate. Join in a challenge-by-choice walk along a planned route – all the way up to 20 km. Support SickKids Hospital.

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

Family Yarns on the Gibson House Lawn - Aug.27

Thursday, August 27, 6 to 8 p.m.
Join staff from the museum and North York Centre Library this Thursday night for a summer evening of family fun.  Enjoy stories, games and crafts on the lawn beside Gibson House Museum and Gibson Park. The museum is also open for self-guided tours. Admission is FREE, donations welcome.

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.

Fall Festival - September 26

Saturday, September 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In partnership with the North York Historical Society, Gibson House Museum is bringing back the Fall Festival! Featuring local community groups, vendors, heritage demonstrations, hands-on activities and games, it's sure to be a day of fun for all ages.  Meet your neighbours, tour the museum and try your hand at our games of skill and chance! Visit the new Gibson Park apple orchard and learn about the historic apple orchard that grew on the Gibson's farm. Admission is FREE; donations of non-perishable food items encouraged.

Sporting Good Times in North York - On until Sept. 27

On Until September 27
Gibson House Museum celebrates the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games from July to the end of September with a sports display in our Discovery Gallery. Included with regular admission. Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax)


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.

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

Gifts + Occupations Collective Project - Sept. 8 to Oct. 3

build… build better
A Gifts + Occupations Collective exhibition project
September 8 – 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 teachings of Frederick Froebel, the creator of kindergarten. better features a series of projects by the Gifts + Occupations Collective members, Yael Brotman, Matthew Brower, Libby Hague, and Penelope Stewart 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 and Museums: 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.

Highlights include:

Artists Residency Open House
Tuesday, September 8 to Thursday, September 10, 2 to 6 p.m.

The Gifts + Occupations artists will be in residence at Zion Schoolhouse. Please drop by to engage with them, as they install their site-sensitive work inspired by Froebel's philosophies. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 12, 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Official remarks @ 2 p.m.
Tour the exhibition and talk with the artists.

Exhibition with daily tours by the Artists
September 12 – October 3
Saturdays & Sundays, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Fridays & Mondays, 2 to 6 p.m.

Explore collaborative and independent installations on display in and around the historic schoolhouse. Enjoy the opportunity to meet the artists - Yael Brotman, Libby Hague and Penelope Stewart – who created the works based on Froebel's early education methods and discuss the artists' inspirations, interpretations and creative processes. Take home a sample multiple - while quantities last - as a souvenir and continue to explore your creativity and curiosity!

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

Kids' Crafts - Saturdays & Sundays in August

12 to 4:30 p.m.
Bring the family to visit the last home of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie, then enjoy some kid time doing an historically-based activity. Regular admission applies.

Visit Mackenzie House at Spadina Museum's City Cider event - Sept. 20

Visit us at City Cider presented by Spadina Museum-in partnership with Not Far From the Tree
Sunday, September 20, 12 to 5 p.m.

Drop by the Mackenzie House table for information about our museum programs and the opportunity to print a special City Cider souvenir on our historic proof press! Included in admission to City Cider.

Walking Together - An Art Exhibition - Opens September 24

September 24 until November 15
An exhibition inspired by the poignant stories of loss and courage shared by survivors of the Mohawk Institute, a residential school from 1831 to 1969.  Featuring mixed-media artwork by First Nations students from Pauline Johnson Collegiate Vocational School, Brantford, Ontario, the project is the culmination of an inter-generational community arts program coordinated by the Woodland Cultural Centre.

Included with regular admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax)

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 - in 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 /per person.

Tea, sandwiches…..$15 /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

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.

Thirsty Thursday Tavern Night - August 27

Thursday, August 27, 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.

Fret Not Ukulele Club - September 3

Thursday, September 3, 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.

Corn Roast, Market and Heritage Fair - September 10

Thursday, September 10, 5 to 8 p.m.
This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever, because we’re also celebrating the 40th anniversary of Montgomery’s Inn as a museum.

Join us for a late afternoon in the park, with a corn roast, a grand bake sale, sales of local produce, live music, displays from west-end heritage organizations and special activities.

Inside the Inn, the historic barroom will be open, tended by Thomas Montgomery himself, serving his own special 40th-anniversary beer, custom-made for the Inn by Great Lakes Brewery.

Have a taste of the special anniversary cake, created by the Inn’s volunteer bakers, enjoy
live, traditional folk music by Gin Lane, and take part in Irish Country Dance with lessons by Maureen Mulvey-O’Leary of Maureen’s Reel Irish Dancing.

Special activities and games for kids include hands-on Printmaking activities with the InPrint Collective (

Visit the memorabilia table and chat with from past employees and volunteers who join us for the 40th anniversary celebrations. Take a tour of the Robert A. Given Library.

Admission is FREE there's no charge to listen! Various prices for refreshments and foods. Bring your lawn chairs.

InPrint Collective joins us for the Corn Roast - September 10

Thursday, September 10, 5 to 8 p.m.
Montgomery's Inn continues its 40th Anniversary celebrations at the annual community Corn Roast. Joining in the festiviteis will be InPrint Collective, who will offer hands-on printing demonstrations to our visitors. See the other Corn Roast listing for details on other activities and prices. See you there!

For more info on the In Print Collective visit:



Greening Your Grounds: Getting Started - Sept. 23

Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Learn about the latest trends in residential landscaping using rain barrels, rain chains, rain gardens and permeable pavement walkways. Take home a free copy of our step by step landscaping guide book and get started! A short tour will follow the indoor presentation. Register online at or call Liana D'Andrea at 416-661-6600 x5855.



Jane Austen at Home - Music & Poetry & Tea - September 12

A Tea-Concert
Saturday, September 12, 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Join us for a program of music and poetry written by Austen’s contemporaries in the ambience of the historic inn.

The drawing rooms of Regency England were filled with music and Jane Austen’s was no exception. She loved to play her pianoforte and had a large collection of both printed and painstakingly hand-copied sheet music. Our pieces have been chosen from both Austen’s favourites and beyond, including the work of Jane Mary Guest and other fashionable composers of the time.

Enjoy the elegant, charming and sometimes dramatic music of Jane Austen’s world played by Barbara Ackerman, flute; Stephen Fuller, violin; Susanna McCleary, soprano, violin; Dorothy de Val, piano .

A simple afternoon tea will be served.

Tickets $20, $15 for students and seniors To reserve, or for more information, see or phone (416) 578-1031.



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

Our NEW SUMMER FUN EVENING HOURS conclude this Sunday, August 30
Wednesday to Sunday - Noon to 8 p.m. Be sure to come out for a fun family evening before they are over!

Hours September 1 to 30 - Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat. & Sun. Noon to 4 p.m.

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!!!!!


August Weekends - 12 to 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 8 p.m. 
Join the Scarborough Museum Youth Collective on weekends this summer for fun filled Victorian parlour entertainments and popular 20th century board games. Sample fresh churned ice cream. Admission is pay what you can.

September Weekends - 12 to 4 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays in September  – 12 to 4 p.m. 
Check out some fun activities at the museum! Experience life in early Scarborough, sample traditional autumn baked treats, and maybe 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.



Contact us at 416-392-6910 or

Meet the Austins: A Toronto Family Between the Wars Tour - Weekdays & Holiday Mondays

Weekdays & Holiday Mondays
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.

Dear Sadie: Love, Lives and Remembrance of the First World War - opens Sept. 8

Dear Sadie: Love, Lives and Remembrance from Ontario's First World War
Opens Tuesday, September 8 and runs until Sunday, November 29

Spadina Museum is pleased to host this travelling exhibit from the Archives of Ontario. "Dear Sadie" 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. Included with regular admission.

City Cider at Spadina Museum - September 20

Sunday, September 20, 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

Atop Davenport Hill in the 1920s – A Guided Walk - Sept. 27

Sunday, September 27, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Explore Davenport Hill during a key transitional period - when it changed from a neighbourhood of grand estates into an area of suburban development. The walk begins at Spadina Museum and ends at Winston Churchill Park, the corner of Spadina Rd and St. Clair Avenue. Admission is pay-what-you-wish.        

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

The Gathering of the Clans Community Mosaic Project

Wednesdays & Thursdays, August 12 & 13, 19 & 20 - 12 to 3 p.m.
and Saturday, August 22 - 12 to 3 p.m.

The Gathering of the Clans Mosaic Project is an artistic collaboration, with design by Philip Cote
and Rebecca Baird of the Tecumseh Collective, facilitated by Red Pepper Spectacle Arts and in
partnership with Todmorden Mills. This project will offer a series of public workshops in mosaic
methods, for a site specific public installation to inaugurate community participation that honours
the Anishinaabe Culture and History at Todmorden Mills and connecting areas.

The Gathering of the Clans Mosaic honours the rich history, contributions and worldview held by First Nations communities and the connections they had to the site prior to European settlement. There will be many opportunities for visitors of all ages to participate in the making of this striking mosaic project honouring Indigenous clan systems. Later in the summer, join us for a lantern-making workshop and procession to celebrate the completion of the mosaic. On the dates above, from noon to 3 p.m., visit Todmorden Mills to watch the artists working on the installation of "The Gathering of the Clans" mosaic. Learn about the meaning of the work as well as how the piece was created.

Admission is free.

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

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

On until 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



Harvest Festival - Two Days! Sept. 19 & 20

Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, September 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate the harvest season in the valley! Family crafts, historic recipe tastings, food vendors and more! Admission to the grounds is FREE.

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