Museums

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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 is from an exciting new exhibition that has been mounted at Mackenzie House, entitled Interlove: An Exhibition of Documentary Photography by Colin Boyd Shafer. It will run until Sunday, August 16. See the listing for information.

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 clodge@toronto.ca.

Objects Related: Art Among the Artifacts - Opens May 23

Opens May 23 and runs until July 5
Tuesday to Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
Colborne Lodge partners with Present Junction Gallery to exhibit Objects Related: Art Among the Artifacts - a textile art installation by Meghan Macdonald. Taking inspiration from the artifacts on site, Meghan draws with thread to create objects that evoke memories and challenge perceptions. For the installation selected original artifacts at Colborne Lodge will be replaced with Meghan’s creations. Come and see if you can identify the art among the artifacts. Included in regular admission.

 

Doors Open Toronto - May 23 & 24

Saturday and Sunday, May 23 & 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tours every twenty minutes, last tour at 4:30 pm.

Colborne Lodge participates in this city-wide celebration of Toronto’s architectural heritage.

This year featuring Objects Related: Art Among the Artifacts - a textile art installation and open studio by Meghan Macdonald presented in partnership with Present Junction Gallery.  Taking inspiration from the artifacts on site, Meghan draws with thread to create objects that evoke memories and challenge perceptions. For the installation, selected original artifacts at Colborne Lodge will be replaced with Meghan’s creations. Come and meet Meghan, learn about her process, see if you can identify the art among the artifacts.

Admission is FREE.

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

Gertrude Kearns: The Art of Command - Until June 14

Portraits and Posters from Canada's Afghan Mission
Fort York Visitor Centre
On until June 14
Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Since 1991, Toronto artist Gertrude Kearns has explored the engagement between Canada's military and conflicts around the world. In 2005-06, she was embedded with Canadian Forces in Afghanistan while on contract with the Department of National Defence.

Following the DND commission, Kearns has continued to address the Afghan Mission while working as an independent artist.  Between 2006 and 2015, Kearns created the 46 portraits and posters on exhibition in The Art of Command. Most of these works appear on public display for the first time. 

Drawing on Kearns' unprecedented access to senior Canadian officers who served in Afghanistan, this exhibition focuses on the complexities and consequences of military command in challenging situations.

The Art of Command contains two parallel but related components. The portrait component comprises 20 large paintings and drawings of individual commanders. The poster component consists of 26 texted art prints. Each poster incorporates an image of a portrait; the accompanying text was developed in consultation with the subject.  

While Kearns has been hailed as Canada's leading active contemporary war artist, her earlier work on Somalia, Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia prompted debate about the relationship between art and conflict. As some works in The Art of Command contain provocative images and strong language, this exhibition may not be appropriate for all audiences.

Included with regular admission.

Two Centuries of Firepower: Artillery Day - May 23

Saturday, May 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In conjunction with the Doors Open Toronto activities being held today.

Join us for Artillery Day at Fort York and see displays of historic and modern guns from the 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (Petawawa, Ontario), the 7th Toronto Regiment (Royal Canadian Artillery) along with Fort York's own on-site collection of original garrison guns from the War of 1812 and Victorian eras. See demonstrations, presentations and firing through the day. The Fort is also participating in Doors Open Toronto, the City's annual celebration of history and architecture. In addition to the Artillery Day programming, enjoy special tours of some of Toronto's oldest and original War of 1812 buildings. Admission is FREE.

Doors Open Toronto - May 23 & 24

Saturday and Sunday, May 23 & 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort York opens its doors for this annual celebration of history and architecture. Enjoy special tours of some of Toronto's oldest architecture and original War of 1812 buildings or stroll the grounds of this National Historic Site. Admission is FREE.

 

Curating Kearns: Understanding The Art of Command - May 27

May 27, 2 p.m.

Join Wayne Reeves, the City of Toronto's Chief Curator, for a one-hour walk-through of the Art of Command exhibition. He will provide insight into why and how the exhibition was created and the significance of Gertrude Kearns' military art, and will share stories about her approach and some of her subjects.

Included with regular admission.

 

Indigenous Arts Festival @ Fort York - June 18-20

June 18 - 20, 2015
FREE Admission
The Indigenous Arts Festival @ Fort York celebrates traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre, storytelling, spoken word, visual arts, crafts, and food created by indigenous artists. Energizing the grounds and buildings of Fort York National Historic Site in downtown Toronto with powerful ancient traditions and compelling contemporary creations.

Full performance schedule coming soon! Click here for more information.

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

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.

Doors Open Toronto - May 23 & 24

Saturday and Sunday, May 23 & 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Last tour at 4:30 p.m.
Gibson House Museum participates in this city-wide celebration of Toronto’s architectural heritage with self-guided tours through the historic house, some behind-the-scenes access to artifact storage areas and an opportunity to learn how the museum documents, conserves and manages its collection of artifacts. In keeping with this year's theme - "Sports, Recreation & Leisure" – a number of artifacts related to the Gibson family's participation in sport and recreation will be on display. Admission is FREE.

What's Springing Up at Gibson House Museum - May 30

Saturday, May 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Official Remarks at 11:30 a.m.

Join Gibson House Museum as we officially open the heritage garden and celebrate our new access from Park Home Avenue. Learn about what is being planted in the new garden and take in horticultural demonstrations. Make ice-cream on the porch and watch heritage demonstrations in the historic house. Join us for tea and hands-on activities on the lawn. Admission is pay-what-you-wish.

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.

 

 

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.


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.

Knitting and Crochet Sunday Socials - until June 21

Every Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. until June 21; restarts fall, 2015
Join us in the parlour for 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 and experimentation will be available. It is FREE to participate, however, donations are always welcome.

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

Doors Open Toronto - May 23 & 24

Saturday and Sunday, May 23 & 24, 10 to 5 p.m.
Walk right into 1910 when you visit Zion Schoolhouse, which is participating in this city-wide celebration of Toronto’s architectural heritage. This is a great opportunity to explore this rare, one-room schoolhouse and find out what it was like to go to school when the area was primarily a farming community. In keeping with this year's theme 'Sports, Recreation and Leisure' there will be a small display on recess activities. Admission is FREE.

 

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

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.

Doors Open Toronto - May 23 & 24

Saturday and Sunday, May 23 & 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Last admission: 4:30 p.m.

Mackenzie House participates in this city-wide celebration of Toronto’s architectural heritage. Admission is FREE.

 

Toronto Jane Austen Festival - May 29 to 31

May 29 to 31, Hours vary
Taste, touch, smell and hear the textures of life in Regency England - experience Jane Austen's world through food, fashion, music, games, lectures, hands-on workshops, and dancing. From delicious historical meals to writing with a quill pen and learning the coolest dance moves from 1815, this weekend will immerse you in the world Austen lived in. The festival will take place at the Market Gallery, Mackenzie House and Montgomery's Inn. Visit www.JaneAustenDancing.ca for updates or call 416-578-1031. Final details will be available closer to the date.

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

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.

Doors Open Toronto - May 23

Saturday, May 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Last Admission: 3 p.m.

The Market Gallery participates in this city-wide celebration of Toronto’s architectural heritage. There will be a special St. Lawrence Neighbourhood and market history presentation with behind-the-scenes tour of the art vault will be available on the hour throughout the day. Admission is FREE. 

Toronto Jane Austen Festival - May 29 to 31

May 29 to 31, Hours vary
Taste, touch, smell and hear the textures of life in Regency England - experience Jane Austen's world through food, fashion, music, games, lectures, hands-on workshops, and dancing. From delicious historical meals to writing with a quill pen and learning the coolest dance moves from 1815, this weekend will immerse you in the world Austen lived in. The festival will take place at the Market Gallery, Mackenzie House and Montgomery's Inn. Visit www.JaneAustenDancing.ca for updates or call 416-578-1031. Final details will be available closer to the date.

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

The Sonnet Show - May 22

Presented by the Humber River Shakespeare Company
Friday, May 22, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

The Inn provides the set for the sixth annual Sonnet Show - theatre based on Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Tickets are $35, call 416-209-2026 or visit www.humberrivershakespeare.ca

 

Doors Open Toronto - May 23 & 24

Saturday & Sunday, May 23 & 24, 12 to 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate this architectural urban adventure with free admission to the museum. Hourly trolley tours of the Islington Village Murals courtesy of the Islington Village BIA.

Thirsty Thursday Tavern Night - May 28

Thursday, May 28, 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.

Toronto Jane Austen Festival - May 29 to 31

May 29 to 31, Hours vary
Taste, touch, smell and hear the textures of life in Regency England - experience Jane Austen's world through food, fashion, music, games, lectures, hands-on workshops, and dancing. From delicious historical meals to writing with a quill pen and learning the coolest dance moves from 1815, this weekend will immerse you in the world Austen lived in. The festival will take place at the Market Gallery, Mackenzie House and Montgomery's Inn. Visit www.JaneAustenDancing.ca for updates or call 416-578-1031. Final details will be available closer to the date.

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

May Weekends

Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 5 p.m.  

Come celebrate Mother's Day every weekend at Scarborough Museum! Enjoy fresh baked treats and share your family story at the Communities Memories Kiosk.

Admission is Pay What You Can.

Doors Open Toronto - May 23 & 24

Saturday and Sunday, May 23 & 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit the Cornell House and McCowan Log House. Check out what's baking and go on an exciting scavenger hunt.  Prizes for all!  Admission is FREE.

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

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.

Doors Open Toronto - May 23 & 24

Saturday and Sunday, May 23 & 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Spadina Museum participates in this city-wide celebration of Toronto’s architectural heritage. Admission is FREE. 

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

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

What's On in the Papermill Gallery

The Past is Never Far
An Exhibition of Photographs by Summer Leigh
Opens Wednesday, May 13 and runs until Sunday, May 24
The Past is Never Far exhibition explores the extraordinary changes Toronto has experienced since its founding by contrasting the locations of historic watercolour works by painter Elizabeth Simcoe and photographer William James Sr, with digital images, by show curator and photographer Summer Leigh, highlighting the current state of those locations.

Don Valley Art Club presents
SPRING INTO SUMMER Art Show & Sale

Wednesday, May 27 until Sunday, June 7
Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.
Wednesday to Friday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Opening Reception:
Saturday, May 30, Noon to 5 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to join us for refreshments and to meet the artists.

 

East Side Players present Ron Harwood's Quartet - Opens May 21

Opens May 21 and runs until June 6
Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred are in a home for retired opera singers.  Each year on October 10th, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday.  Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium.  She still acts like a diva and refuses to sing, but the show must go on. By turns funny and poignant, Quartet premiered in September at the Albery Theatre, London.

For tickets, please call 416- 425-0917 or visit http://www.eastsideplayers.ca.

Doors Open Toronto - May 23 & 24

Saturday and Sunday,  May 23 & 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry at 4:30 p.m.)
Tour the grounds and learn about the rich history of Todmorden Mills and the surrounding Don Valley. Daily tours of the Wildflower Preserve will explore the varied habitats that have been re-created by the Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve Volunteer Committee.

Saturday Highlight: Guided tours of the Papermill Theatre

Admission is 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 www.no9.ca/ecoartfest for details.

We are featuring Open Mic Saturdays! Apply by sending a sample to music@no9.ca