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What's On

Looking for an adventure in the City? You'll find lots of fun things to do and explore at Toronto's Historic Sites! 

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

The Halloween-themed events at the City of Toronto Historic Sites

Go to these events IF YOU DARE!!

At Colborne Lodge  11 Colborne Lodge Drive  416-392-6916
Haunted High Park
Visit Colborne Lodge and its grounds at night and hear about legends and ghost stories that have been told about the Lodge and High Park.  Period refreshments included.
18 years & Up: Thursday, October 30 & Friday, October 31 at 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Pre-registration required. $17.50 plus tax.
Families, Children: Saturday, October 25 at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m.
Pre-registration required. Adults: $12.50 plus tax, Children $7.50 plus tax(Not recommended for children under 8 yrs. of age)

At Fort York National Historic Site  250 Fort York Blvd.  416-392-6907
Fort York After Dark Lantern Tours
October 24 & 25, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Tour the grounds of Fort York at night, and hear stories about this national treasure and the history that surrounds it. From the haunted lighthouse to the bloody Battle of York, don't miss this great event. The tour will also visit two military cemeteries near the Fort. This event is not recommended for under 8 yrs. Complimentary refreshments. Pre-registration is required. Please call 416-392-6907 ext. 221 for more information or to pre-register. $12.50 plus tax per person.

Hosted by Mackenzie House 

City of the Dead: The Necropolis Cemetery Tour SOLD OUT!
Sunday, October 19, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Not recommended for children under 8 years of age.
The walk starts at the Cemetery. Meet at the main entrance. The Necropolis Cemetery is located at 200 Winchester Street, the west side of the Don Valley near Riverdale Farm.
Join us for a drama-enhanced walk through the Necropolis Cemetery, to visit the graves of William Lyon Mackenzie and his family, his fellow rebels and rivals. Hear stories of murder, heartbreak and great perseverance.

After the walk, participants are invited to return to Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street, for a tour and some light refreshments.

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

At Mackenzie House  82 Bond Street  416-392-6915
Spirit Walk
Sorry! Sold Out!
Not recommended for children under 8 years of age.
Let your imagination take over as we lead you through downtown alleys and laneways to discover some of Toronto’s reputedly haunted buildings ….

Return to gas-lit historic Mackenzie House, and soothe your goosebumps with mulled cider and biscuits as you hear about the ghost stories associated with the house! Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather. For further details, please call 416-392-6915

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

 

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

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

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

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

Schedule of War Attic Events

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

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

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

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

Friday, November 28 at Cedarbrae Library
545 Markham Rd.
3:30 p.m.

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.

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

Haunted High Park - Various dates & times

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

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

Pre-registration required. $17.50 plus tax.

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

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

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

 

High Park Conveyance Day - Nov. 15

Saturday, November 15, 12 to 4 p.m.
November 15, 1873 John and Jemima Howard signed the conveyance to transfer their High Park property to the City of Toronto three years hence.  Since then, High Park has been the jewel of Toronto's parks. Join Colborne Lodge in celebrating the Howards' generous legacy to the citizens of Toronto and discover the motivation behind, as well as the terms of the conveyance. Sample treats from the historic kitchen in the spirit of the Howards' wishes for "wholesome" refreshments in the park. Included with regular admission.

Join Colborne Lodge at Toronto Public Library - Nov. 15

MAP Family Saturdays Afternoons at Toronto Public Library
Time Travel with Colborne Lodge
Saturday, November 15, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Locke Branch - 3083 Yonge Street

Travel in time with Colborne Lodge: Enjoy games and toys from more than 150 years ago. Share your favourite riddle and listen to a story or two. Fun for the whole family! Free.

 

Christmas at Colborne Lodge - Nov. 22 to Jan. 4

From Saturday, November 22 to January 4
Tuesdays to Sundays: Noon to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays, Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1
Warm up by the hearth at Colborne Lodge and take in the sights and smells of a Victorian Christmas.  Enjoy the natural greenery decorations, toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats.  The Lodge is nestled at the south end of High Park.  Holiday admission prices apply: Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youths/Children $4.42 (plus tax).

 

Christmas Open House - Nov. 27 - FREE!

Thursday, November 27, 5 to 7:30 p.m
Join us in celebrating the start of the Christmas season at our biennial Open House. Everyone is welcome to drop by to tour the Howards' 1837 home decorated for a 19th-century Christmas and enjoy period refreshments by the hearth in the winter kitchen.  Bring your family and friends. Free.

Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops - Adults - Dates vary

Saturday, November 22 & Sunday, November 23 at 2 p.m.;
Saturday, December 6 in the Coach House* at 10 a.m., Thursday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Start your Christmas preparations by creating your very own Christmas wreath using nature’s bounty. This 2-hour workshop is a popular pre-Christmas get-together activity for groups of friends and families. Set in picturesque High Park, the house offers a cozy historic ambience for this seasonal craft. A tour of the decorated parts of the house and light refreshments are included. Pre-registration required. $32.50 plus tax.

*The Coach House is fully accessible, the tour in Colborne Lodge can accommodate wheelchairs up to 33" in width.

 

Christmas Wreath-Making - Adult and Youth (Ages 10 to 15) - Dates vary

Saturday, November 22 at 10 a.m. and Saturday, December 6 at 2 p.m.
Adults and youths make their own Christmas wreaths. This 2-hour workshop is a unique opportunity to start the season doing a special activity together in the cosy historic ambience of Colborne Lodge’s 19th-century kitchen. A tour of the decorated parts of the house and light refreshments are included. Pre-registration required. Youths must be accompanied by an adult, maximum of 2 youths per adult. $55 plus tax for one adult and one youth, $22.50 plus tax for an additional youth.

 

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

Fort York After Dark: Lantern Tours - Various Dates

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

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

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

Please call 416 392 6907 x 221

 

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

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

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

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

To register, call: 416 392 6907 ext. 221 

 

Remembrance Day - Nov. 11

Tuesday, November 11, 10:45 a.m.
Fort York National Historic Site and the Toronto Municipal Chapter IODE (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire) are proud to present one of this City's most evocative Remembrance Day Services at the Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery on Garrison Common. Commencing at 10:45 am from the west gate of Fort York, a processional, led by period uniformed military staff and standard bearers of the IODE, will make their way to the adjacent Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery, where the public will be gathered. There, at the eleventh hour, all soldiers of the Toronto Garrison who fell in the War of 1812; The Rebellion Crises; The Crimean War; Northwest Rebellion; South African (Boer) War; the two World Wars and recent conflicts around the globe will be remembered and honoured. Please join us.

Historic Cooking Class: Christmas Fayre - Nov. 16

Sunday, November 16, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Christmas has been celebrated with food for centuries. Using period recipes and techniques in the 1826 Officers' Mess Kitchen, participants will discover, make and taste historic recipes for Sawse Madame from The Forme of Cury, 1390 (a Roast Goose), an 18th-century Plum Pottage, and a 19th-century Plum Pudding with pudding sauce.

Lunch and recipe package included. Pre-registration and payment required
$75 plus tax per person.
416-392-6907 ext. 221

 

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

The Arts @ the Historic Sites - Until Nov. 9

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

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

Gibson House P.A. Day Adventures - Ages 7 to 11 - Nov. 14

Friday, November 14, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For ages 7 to 11
Sign your child up for a day filled with crafts, cooking, games and more!
Participants make their own hearth-cooked lunch in the historic kitchen.
Pre-registration and pre-payment required.
$30 plus tax per child.

Extended care is available 8-9 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m.

$10 plus tax for AM or PM, $15 plus tax for both.

Toronto's Great War Attic - Nov. 15

Saturday, November 15, 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Bring your WWI stories and treasures to participate in Toronto's Great War Attic. At this "pop-up museum-style" event, experts will document your family stories and keepsakes. Over the coming months, these records will become part of a special section of the Canadian Encyclopedia website that will pay tribute to the sacrifices made during the Great War on the battle front and at home. Toronto's Great War Attic will create a legacy for Torontonians for generations to come. This program is a joint initiative created by City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services, Historica Canada, York University's History Department and the Multicultural History Society of Ontario. At Gibson House Museum, you will learn how the war affected residents in North York in a historic setting. Admission is FREE.

Bygone Theatre presents "The Rope" - Nov. 21, 22, 28 & 29

Bygone Theatre presents "The Rope"
Fridays & Saturdays, Nov. 21, 22, 28 & 29
, Shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Bygone Theatre presents The Rope, in situ, at Gibson House Museum. Inspired by true events, Patrick Hamilton’s 1929 play is an edge-of-your-seat thriller about two young men who murder a classmate in cold blood, just for the sheer “thrill of it.” The story unfolds in real-time, watching as the young men host a party with the deceased still in their apartment. Director Emily Dix has updated this text and adapted the story for a Canadian audience in the beautiful site-specific setting of the historic Gibson House Museum. In-keeping with Bygone Theatre’s mandate and style, the show will be a beautiful period piece with authentic-styled props and costumes.

 Ticket Info: Tickets are $20 and are available online at TO Tix or at the TO Tix box office. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door; cash only.

 

Victorian High Tea - Nov. 30

Sunday, November 30
Two Seatings: 12:30 and 2:30

Enjoy an authentic Victorian tea, finger sandwiches and sweets in Mrs. Gibson's parlour. Costumed interpreters host an afternoon tea in the setting of a mid-19th century home. Guests may tour the museum at their leisure. All ages are welcome. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Seating is limited. $20 plus tax. 

Please call 416-395-7432 to book.

Tea and Tour Sundays 

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

 

 

Keeping You In Stitches – Knitting and Crochet Sunday Socials

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

Pay What You Wish Thursday Night Socials

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

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


Community Quilt Group Get-togethers - Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m.

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.

Willowdale During Wartime - The Dear Sadie Exhibit - March 3

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

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

 

City of the Dead: The Necropolis Cemetery Tour SOLD OUT!

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

Not recommended for children under 8 years of age.
The walk starts at the Cemetery. Meet at the main entrance.
Join us for a drama-enhanced walk through the Necropolis Cemetery to visit the graves of William Lyon Mackenzie and his family, his fellow rebels and rivals. Hear stories of murder, heartbreak and great perseverance.

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

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

 

Spirit Walk - October 25 - SOLD OUT!

Saturday, October 25 - SOLD OUT!
At 7:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.

Not recommended for children  under 8 years of age.
Let your imagination take over as we lead you through downtown alleys and laneways to discover some of Toronto’s reputedly haunted buildings ….

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

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

A Victorian Christmas & Letter to Santa - Starts Nov. 25

Tuesday, November 25, until Sunday, January 4
Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m
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This festive season take a step back in time to Victorian Toronto and experience the magic of a traditional Christmas in an 1859 row-house.  Escape from the hustle and bustle while you enjoy a sample of mulled cider and a biscuit in the warmth of the historic kitchen. Discover the story of how families celebrated Christmas in 19th century Toronto as you tour the Mackenzie home which is dressed in greenery for the holidays.

During the Victorian Christmas program, until December 24, children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus during their visit. Children love writing to Santa Claus to tell him about their Christmas wish lists. Select a card that has been printed on our 1845 printing press, and write a personal message. Drop the wish card into our magic post box and it will go to Santa! Included with admission. Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth/Children: $4.42 (plus tax)

 

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

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

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

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

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

Toronto's Great War Attic - Nov. 1

Saturday, November 1, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Bring your WWI stories and treasures to participate in Toronto's Great War Attic. At this "pop-up museum-style" event, experts will document your family stories and keepsakes. Over the coming months, these records will become part of a special section of the Canadian Encyclopedia website that will pay tribute to the sacrifices made during the Great War on the battle front and at home. Toronto's Great War Attic will create a legacy for Torontonians for generations to come. This program is a joint initiative created by City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services, Historica Canada, York University's History Department and the Multicultural History Society of Ontario.

Admission is FREE.

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 Farmers Market - Every Wednesday

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

Thirsty Thursdays - October 30

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

Tea Time at the Inn - Nov. 2

Sunday, November 2, 1 to 4 p.m.
Join us for our special monthly tea in our community room. Choice of sweet plate, cheese plate or seasonal feature with a different theme each month. $5 plus tax.

Fret Not Ukulele Night - Nov. 6

Thursday, November 6, 7 to 9 p.m.
On the first Thursday of every month, join us for a fun evening of music and song as Doctor of Music, Chris Wilson guides us through ukulele instruction with new and old tunes. Perfect for all skill levels. Bring your own ukulele, some spares available but they go fast! $15.

Toussaint: Traditions of the Dark Months - Nov. 21

Friday, November 21, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Featuring renowned performers Anne Lederman on fiddle and storyteller Bruce Carmody.

Please note: we advise that some of the stories may not be suitable for children under 12 years of age.

A bewitching evening of storytelling and music from the Celtic tradition of Breton folklore, where during the "Black Months" of  November and December all gathered by the fire to hear the bleak and eerie tales of northern coastal France. With roots reaching far into ages past, this oral tradition stretches from pagan times through the Middle Ages (including tales of Merlin, Morgan le Faye and the ancient  forest of Broceliande) and even later. Our evening will take you beyond King Arthur into the lesser-known realms of these rich and haunting tales. Tickets $20 plus tax for adults, $15 including tax for youth, students and seniors. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. For more details please call 416- 578-1031 or visit www.danceweavers.ca/toussaint.html.

Christmas Cookie Decorating for Families - Nov. 22 or Nov. 23

Saturday November 22, Sunday November 23, 2 to 4 p.m.
Suitable for Kids ages 6 to 12 years old accompanied by adults
Master Baker Monika Paradi will prepare you for Christmas with this hands-on workshop. Learn to decorate seasonal cookies like a pro and leave the workshop with a half dozen decorated goodies, recipes and the inspiration to create your own edible Christmas treats! Pre-registration required. $25 plus tax.

Solfeggio Music Series - Nov. 22 & 23 & 29

Saturday, November 22, Sunday, November 23 and Saturday, November 29, 2 to 4 p.m.
Join us for classical music in the Community Room in partnership with Neapolitan Connection. Tours of the museum and refreshments are included in the ticket price. Adults $25 plus tax, children under 12 $12.50 plus tax. Tickets available at http://www.neapolitanconnection.com/.

 

Stir Up Sunday! - Nov. 23

Sunday, November 23, 1 to 5 p.m.
Witness a working 19th century commercial kitchen when the Inn's team of Historic Cooks present an afternoon of cooking demonstrations. Samples while supplies last! Regular admission applies.

Thirsty Thursday Tavern Night - Nov. 27

Thursday, November 27, 7 to 10 p.m.
The last Thursday of every month is Thirsty Thursday. Enjoy a glass of beer, wine, or a Thomas Montgomery specialty in our restored 1847 barroom! Montgomery's Inn. Irish stew, fresh baked bread and live traditional music. Admission is free! Cash bar, $5 for a bowl of stew, while supplies last.

 

 

Gingerbread House Workshop - Nov. 29 or 30

Saturday, November 29 or Sunday, November 30 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
Decorate your family's dream house all together. All the supplies you need to create a classic gingerbread house will be provided. Pre-registration required. $30 plus tax per house. 

Fezziwig's Family Christmas Ball - Dec 14

Sunday, December 14, 1 to 4 p.m.
Suitable for children 7 and older, accompanied by an adult.

Enjoy the seasonal pleasures of times gone by with this recreation of Fezziwig's Ball as it appears in Dicken's A Christmas Carol. Learn the simple, joyous dances of young Scrooge's day, eat foods from his time and listen to live traditional fiddle music. Includes a cold lunch and tour of the Inn, hot cider and cookies. Tickets must be booked by Monday, December 8th. Children $20, adults $24 including tax. For more details please call 416- 578-1031 or visit www.JaneAustenDancing.ca

 

Jane Austen Christmas Supper - Dec. 19

Friday, December 19, 7 to 10 p.m.
Dress code: historical clothing is encouraged, but optional.

Here's your chance for an actual taste of Jane Austen's world. Sit at an elegant table by the fire and eat the foods she and her contemporaries knew, at historic Montgomery's Inn. A blend of the familiar and the intriguingly different, these dishes show us a lesser-known aspect of her time. We hope that you will join us for the rare opportunity to experience a full historical meal within the walls of one of Toronto's best-loved heritage sites.

Tickets must be purchased by Friday, December 12. Space is limited. $45. Details at www.JaneAustenDancing.ca  or call 416-578-1031.

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

 

October Weekends – 12 to 4 p.m.

Come on in and celebrate World Food Day this October at Scarborough Museum! Sample hot apple cider and scrumptious pumpkin muffins. Bring in your favourite recipes and swap it with popular museum favourites!   Admission is Pay What You Can.

MOVember Weekends – 12 to 4 p.m.

Things are getting hairy at Scarborough Museum! Make your own moustache or bake one and sample it with some freshly potato soup. Admission is Pay What You Can.

Super Fun P.A. Day Camp for ages 5-12 - Nov. 14

Friday, November 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Scarborough Museum is the boredom buster for P.A. days and special school holidays!  Bake over the open hearth, make crafts, play games and explore Thomson Memorial Park. Lunch is included. Pre-register for these camps online at www.toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-338-4FUN (4386). 

$33 per child 

Course Code: 2650471

Extended care 8 to 9 a.m. and  4 to 5 p.m / $2.75 each

Course Codes for extended care:

AM:  2345712

PM: 2345714

 

 

Super Fun P.A. Day Camp for Ages 5-12 - Dec. 5

Friday, December 5 - 9 to 4 p.m.
Scarborough Museum is the boredom buster for P.A. days and special school holidays!  Bake over the open hearth, make crafts, play games, and explore Thomson Memorial Park. Lunch is included. Pre-register for these camps online at www.toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-338-4FUN (4386). 

$33 per child 

Course Code: 2650472

Extended care 8 to 9 a.m. and  4 to 5 p.m -  $2.75 each

Course Codes for extended care:
AM:  2345718
PM:  2345719

         

Festive Weekends in December - 12 to 4 p.m.

'Tis the holiday season! Sample hot chocolate, and baked holiday goodies. We ho-ho –HOPE everyone enjoys their time here at Scarborough Museum this month! Admission is Pay What You Can. 

Holiday Baking Bonanza for Ages 5 to 12 - Dec. 7

Sunday December 7, 1 to 4 p.m.
Register your child to join us in baking holiday treats using traditional methods in the woodstove and at the hearth. Kids take home a recipe booklet and selection of goodies to share with the family!  Pre-register online at www.toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-338-4FUN. 

$25  per child     

Course Code: 2650517

 

Desserts by Lamplight - Dec. 13

Saturday, December 13, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
A magical evening of lamp-lit rooms, decadent desserts and carolers.  Space is limited for this fundraising event. Early bookings recommended. Pre-registration only. Call 416-338-8807 to purchase tickets. Ticket price $20.

 

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

 

Weekday Tours at Spadina

Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 5 p.m.
During the week, Spadina Museum takes visitors on a tour of the house through the eyes of the prominent Austin family, whose struggles and triumphs were closely tied to those of Toronto as they entered the 20th century. Call for schedule of tour times. Regular admission applies.
416-392-6910.

It's a Kid's Life - Themed Tours

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

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

Spadina Landscape Tour

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

Toronto's Great War Attic - Oct. 26

Sunday, October 26 at 1:30 p.m.
Bring your WWI stories and treasures to participate in Toronto's Great War Attic. At this "pop-up museum-style" event, experts will document your family stories and keepsakes. Over the coming months, these records will become part of a special section of the Canadian Encyclopedia website
that will pay tribute to the sacrifices made during the Great War on the battle front and at home. Toronto's Great War Attic will create a legacy for Torontonians for generations to come. This program is a joint initiative created by City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services, Historica Canada, York University's History Department and the Multicultural History Society of Ontario.

Admission is FREE.

The Austins During the Great War - Nov. 8 & 9

Saturday, November 8 & Sunday, November 9, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
In many ways the Austin family typified Toronto's Great War experience; they lived the terrors of the front, saw first-hand the horror of modern warfare and struggled with the demands and sacrifices of the conflict at home. Join us for this unique program as we follow the Austin family during the Great War. Regular admission applies.

 

A Roaring Twenties Christmas - Starts Nov. 25

November 25 to January 4
Tuesday to Friday: 12 to 4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 12 to 5 p.m.

Experience a 1920s Christmas on a guided tour of Spadina. Holly wreaths, garlands of evergreens and mistletoe festoon the house based on the memories of the Austin family grandchildren. In the kitchen visitors will enjoy holiday treats made from original recipes and sip mulled cider warmed on the art deco gas range. Holiday admission applies.

 

Flashman Returns! 1930s Radio Play fun! - Dec. 7, 14 & 21

Christmas in the Golden Age of Radio
December 7, 14 & 21, 12 to 5 p.m.
Shows at 1 & 3 p.m.

Family fun is On the Air! Join us at Spadina Museum for a recreation of a 1930s radio show —commercials included! Watch the behind-the-scenes fun of a live radio drama.
Holiday Season admission applies.

A TOY Pop-up Museum: Child's Play - Dec. 7

Child's Play: A Community Pop-up Museum for All Ages
Sunday, December 7, 2 to 4 p.m.
In the Spadina Museum Media Room
Come and play at Spadina Museum this Christmas! Young or old, bring your favorite toy to this community-curated Pop-up! You can display whatever you like: dolls, blocks, musical instruments, games, or action figures – don't be shy! Your object doesn't need to be historic or collectable - what's important is what it means to you. We will also be displaying vintage toys from the City of Toronto's collection.

Whether you're a kid who wants to show off your favourite toy, or a grownup looking for a little nostalgia, all ages are welcome. Think of it like show-and-tell, for grownups AND kids! While you're here, enjoy Spadina's cozy Christmas atmosphere and check out other events, such a live 1930s radio play and a childhood-themed tour. The Pop Up Museum is free. All other events are included with Holiday Season admission.

Questions about this event? Feel free to email us at tohistoricsites@toronto.ca. You can also RSVP to our Facebook event to invite your friends and help spread the word.

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

 

On display In the Papermill Gallery

  • Admission to the Papermill Gallery is free.

    October 8 to 19 – Ed Yaghdjain

    October 22 to November 2 – Hungarian Artists

    November 5 to 16 – Toronto Watercolour Society

    November 19 to 30 – Don Valley Art Club

    Dec 3 to 14 – Lynda Pogue


Outdoor Fall Tours - On now

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

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

In the Papermill Theatre - The 39 Steps - Oct. 23 to Nov. 8

East Side Players present The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow
From October 23 to November 8
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with non-stop laughs. Tickets available at http://www.eastsideplayers.ca or 416-425-0917.

 

In the Papermill Theatre - Cyrano de Bergerac - Nov. 13 to 22

Amicus Productions presents Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
November 13 to 22
Cyrano has it all in 1600’s Paris! He’s brimming with brains, talent and vigour. But he has a grotesquely long nose that prevents him from courting his secret love, the beguiling Roxane, so he enlists the help of his friend, Christian, to woo Roxane in his place. Enjoy a ribald evening of wits, wordplay and swordplay that will answer the burning question—who will Roxane fall for: Christian or Cyrano? Tickets available at http://amicusproductions.wordpress.com or 416-860-6176.

Autumn in the Valley - An Outdoor Guided Walk - Nov. 16

Sunday, November 16, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
As the cold winter months approach, learn how the birds, plants and animals in our Wildflower Preserve prepare for the season. Refreshments provided after the walk. Adults: $5.31; Youth/Seniors: $3; Children: $2 (plus tax).

Holiday Greeting Cards – A Workshop for Families - Nov. 29

Saturday November 29, 1 to 4 p.m.
Suitable for children 6 years and up, accompanied by an adult.
From pop-ups to collage! Learn about the origins of holiday greeting cards while you create a set of personalized cards to send to loved ones. Advanced ticket purchase required. Adults: $15; Children: $8 (plus tax).

Christmas in the Valley - Starts Dec. 7 - dates vary

Sundays, Dec. 7 & 14, Dec. 20 to 23, 27 to 30, Jan. 2 to 4, Noon to 4 p.m.
December 24 & 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Experience two different eras of Christmas at Todmorden Mills as we explore the holiday traditions of the 1890s and the 1940s. Sample historic recipes, create a take-home craft, and join us for a winter-themed outdoor tour of the Wildflower Preserve.

Adults: $5.31; Youth/Seniors: $3; Children: $2 (plus tax).

 

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - Nov. 27 to Dec. 7

Alexander Showcase Theatre presents Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
November 27 to December 7

This unique production is a play of a group of radio actors in the late 1940’s putting on an adaptation of Dickens’ beloved tale. Sit back and watch the voice actors at radio station WAPR give life to Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, and little Tiny Tim. Rediscover the Golden Age of radio as “A Christmas Carol” is presented in its entirety as a fully staged 1940’s radio play. Please call 416-324-1259 or visit www.alexandershowcasetheatre.com for tickets.

 

Miniature Gingerbread House Workshops - Dec. 6 (2 times availalble)

Saturday, December 6
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. OR 2 to 4 p.m.

Suitable for ages 4 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Build and decorate your very own holiday gingerbread house and learn about holiday customs from the past. Pre-registration required. $30 plus tax per house (maximum 1 adult & 2 children per house).

Details - Schedules, bios and more information

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The Arts @ the Historic Sites this Fall

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

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