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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!


Events by Date - Calendar below

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

Colborne Lodge holds community events and seasonal workshops that highlight its location in High Park. Call 416-392-6916 or e-mail clodge@toronto.ca. Click here for admission prices and hours of operation.

Easter Egg Centrepiece Workshops for Youth and their Adults - April 1 & 2

Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 2, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Spring is almost upon us! Get ready for the season with our Easter egg dyeing and centrepiece workshop. Learn traditional egg dying techniques using homemade natural dyes. Then, practice your sewing skills as everyone creates a personalized centrepiece to show off their Easter eggs. Do not fear if your sewing skills aren't as grand as your peers – a simple stitch is all it takes! Enjoy a customized exploration of the Howards' home and then gather for a delightful tea, including an assortment of sweet and savoury treats.

One Adult & One Youth (Age 8-13) $50.00 + HST
Additional Youth (Age 8-13) $ 17.50 + HST
Additional Adult $32.50 + HST

Youth must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by a youth! 

Click here to purchase your tickets

High Park Easter Egg Hunt - April 9

Sunday, April 9 (a week before Easter), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt in High Park – on the grounds of Colborne Lodge Museum.  Outdoor egg hunts for children are scheduled every 30 minutes starting at 11 am – the last hunt at 3:00 p.m.  Other activities include - egg dyeing, making bunny-themed crafts, face painting, explorations of Colborne Lodge and a visit from the our friend the Bunny. Small fees apply for some activities.

Please click here for full details in order to plan your day at the High Park Easter Egg Hunt!

TO Canada with Love - Harvest Festival - October 1

Sunday, October 1, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE (Some small activity fees apply)

A Canada 150 community celebration of the story of High Park - a place that reflects the human and natural history of Toronto and Canada. Colborne Lodge, local artists and members of the community will join together to explore and share the story of High Park and its significance to Canada through onsite arts activation (mural, puppetry, dance, music, theatre, processions) at this year's Harvest Festival. All of your Harvest Festival favourites will still be here as well – artisans, local food, community organizations, museum friends, music, dance, pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, wagon rides – and of course our famous roast potatoes. This event is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

TO Canada with Love - Innovation Circa 1867 - Opens October 14

October 14 to January 15, 2018
Included with regular admission
An exhibit featuring artifacts, reproductions and images highlighting new and emerging technologies and ideas circa 1867. Explore some of the technologies in an interactive space. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

Don't miss these great events at Fort York. Contact us at 416-392-6907 or fortyork@toronto.ca. Click here for admission prices and hours of operation.

Vimy 100 Toronto - April 8 & 9

Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FREE
The City of Toronto honours the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 8 and 9, 2017 at Fort York National Historic Site. On April 8 the public will experience educational programming and First World War re-enactor displays of infantry, artillery, cavalry, medicine, music and food as well as Great War related exhibits and films. On April 9 a military remembrance parade and commemorative service by the Canadian Armed Forces will later be followed by the dedication of a Vimy oak tree within Garrison Common. The commemorative service will be attended by Mayor John Tory and the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell as well as other dignitaries. VIMY 100 Toronto is part of the City's Canada 150 TO Canada with Love program.


Schedule:

Saturday, April 8

  • On the hour and half hour throughout the day: Firepower & tactical demonstrations; trench course & cavalry demonstrations
  • Open all day: Great War-themed exhibits and Great War Heritage Café

Sunday, April 9

  • 2 p.m.: Military Parade and Commemorative Service
  • 3:30 p.m.: Vimy Oak Tree Planting Ceremony
  • Open all day: Great War-themed exhibits and Great War Heritage Café

Battle of York Weekend - April 22 & 23

Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

Spend some time with one of the actual survivors of the Battle of York!  

Now on display in the special collections Vault at Fort York's new Visitor Centre, the original Regimental Colours of the 3rd Regiment of York Militia who fought gallantly against American invaders at the Battle of York fought on April 27, 1813. After many years, the colours have returned to Toronto for permanent public display. Produced by the young women of York during the War of 1812, they were secreted away to keep them from being seized as a war trophy by American troops. The flags were donated to the City of Toronto in 2009 and have not been publicly viewable for many years. After years of laborious conservation work, they return to the post as a testament to what historians have called Toronto's most traumatic day – the attack and occupation of the Town of York. Fort York's Visitor Centre now has permanent exhibits telling the story of the Fort's founding, the War of 1812 and a Battle of York audio/visual experience. 

On Sunday, honour the 204th anniversary of the Battle of York fought on April 27, 1813. The fort comes alive with musket firing demonstrations, Georgian cooking in the Officers' Quarters kitchen, site tours and period animation. Kids can try "falling-in" for 1812-era soldiering drill!

Regular admission applies: Adults: $7.96, Seniors /Youth: $4.87, Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 (plus tax). Children 5 and under are free.

Battle of York Walking Tours
Sunday, April 23, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
In addition to the scheduled demonstrations and activities at the fort, there will be a special walking tour focusing on the Battle of York. This tour will begin at the canteen/museum store at Fort York, using the Fort, Garrison Common and areas of the original shoreline to highlight the dramatic battle that took place here 204 years ago. Regular admission applies. 

TO Canada with Love - National Aboriginal Day and the Indigenous Arts Festival - June 21-25

Wednesday, June 21 to Sunday, June 25
Admission details TBC

Presented by Fort York and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, National Aboriginal Day followed by The Indigenous Arts Festival will celebrate the very best in Indigenous and Metis culture. Plan to spend the days under the open skies in downtown Toronto enjoying traditional and contemporary music, educational programming, storytelling, dance, theatre, and food. The series of events will energize the grounds of this historic site with powerful ancient traditions and compelling contemporary creations by Indigenous artists. This event is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

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. Click here for admission prices and hours of operation.

TO Canada with Love - Gibson House: A Centennial Legacy - Feb. 22 to May 28

Until May 28
This exhibit will explore how the Centennial celebrations of 1967 contributed to the creation of Gibson House and other local initiatives in North York. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

Tartan Day - April 8

Saturday, April 8, 1 to 5 p.m. (Last tour at 4:30 pm)
Come celebrate all things Scottish in recognition of National Tartan Day (April 6th). Make your best guess at the "Which Tartan is Which?" station then try on a tartan and take a selfie. Sample traditional treats on your tour of Mr. Gibson's farmhouse and enjoy the Scottish dance demonstrations. Learn about prominent Scottish Canadians who contributed to Canada's confederation like the Gibsons. Take a turn at the outdoor Scottish games activities. Regular admission applies BUT wear tartan and get in for half price! 

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. You'll explore both historic and contemporary quilting techniques 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 welcome.

Pay-What-You-Wish Thursday Night Socials & Board Games Night

Thursdays, 5 to 8 p.m.
Visit the museum on Thursday nights and take a self-guided tour through the historic house.  Relax in the historic kitchen with a cup of tea and learn about the Gibson family and history of North York. All ages welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult). Admission is pay what you wish.

Board Games Night - Last Thursday of the Month, 6 to 8 p.m.
As part of our Pay-What-You-Wish Socials, the last Thursday of each month is Board Games Night at Gibson House Museum. 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 challenge us to a game.  Check /GibsonHouse for our featured games of the month. All ages welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult). Admission is pay what you wish.

Tea and Tour Sundays

1 to 4:30 p.m.
There's a seat for you at the harvest table in the historic kitchen on Sunday afternoons throughout the year. Relax and have a chat over tea and homemade cookies. Enjoy a tour of the lovely, 1850s farmhouse. Included with regular admission.

TO Canada with Love - 1867: Rebellion and Confederation - Opens June 3

June 3 to August 27
Included with regular admission

Gibson House Museum will host the Canadian Museum of History's travelling exhibit: 1867 – Rebellion and Confederation.  Don't miss this opportunity to explore the 3 decades leading up to Canada's Confederation.  Through graphic panels and images, audio visual and interactive components, visitors can follow the struggles for responsible government and the national discussions that brought Canada into being during a time of social upheaval.  Learn about the local Toronto personalities, conditions and events of this era through a parallel exhibit featuring artifacts from the City of Toronto's collection. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

TO Canada with Love - Gibson House Preserves - Community contribution begins June 3

Wednesday, June 3 to Thursday, August 31
Included with regular admission

Launching at our anniversary garden party on June 3, Gibson House Museum will provide canning jars, guidelines, and suggestions for North York residents and community organizations to create their own Canada Memory Jar for inclusion in the Museum's fall 2017 exhibit: Gibson House Preserves. Participants are encouraged to assemble items in their jar to depict a favourite memory of being or becoming Canadian. Submitted jars will be displayed in the Discovery Gallery of the Gibson House Museum with all of the Canada's 150th celebration ephemera in juxtaposition with light-hearted panels and related artifacts and props to discuss the different notions of preserving ~ food, memory and family heirlooms ~ in order to explore the idea of individual versus collective memory. This project is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

TO Canada with Love - Anniversary Garden Party - June 3

Wednesday, June 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join us at Gibson House Museum as we celebrate the 46th anniversary of the Museum's opening and Canada's Sesquicentennial! Learn about what is being planted in the heritage garden and take in a container garden demonstration. Make ice-cream on the porch and watch heritage demonstrations in the historic house. Visit the Collection and Conservation Unit's Pop Up Museum to see some rarely-seen objects from the City of Toronto's collection. Come play games and try out hands-on activities on the lawn.

Launch of "Gibson House Preserves" project: Residents are invited to participate in a community exhibition celebrating Canada and Canada's 150th by creating their own memory jar (kit to be provided) to be displayed at Gibson House Museum September 23 – December 31, 2017.

Admission: FREE, donations gratefully accepted.

TO Canada with Love - Rebel Evenings - July 8, 15 & 22

Saturdays, July 8, 15 and 22, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Journey back to the 1830s. Currents of discontent and rebellion are sweeping through the concession roads, farms and inns of Upper Canada. After a hearty, farmhouse supper, served on the lawn outside Gibson House, join rebel leader David Gibson, recreated by master storyteller Bruce Carmody, as he expounds on the ideas and issues fueling the reformers.  Guests may tour the Gibson House at their leisure and explore the Canadian Museum of History's travelling exhibit "1867:  Rebellion and Confederation". $40 per person plus tax; not recommended for children under 12 years of age. Pre-payment is required and seating is limited, so book your tickets today! Ticket link coming soon. This event is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday. 

TO Canada with Love - Rebellious Women: Tea & Matinee - August 12, 19 & 26

Saturdays, August 12, 19 and 26, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Discover the aftermath of the Rebellion of Upper Canada through the perspective of three women whose lives were touched by the turbulent events of 1837. Join playwright and actor, Adrianna Prosser as she portrays Mrs. Gibson and her guests Mrs. Cummer and Mrs. Sheppard, gathering for tea in 1851. Includes a Scottish tea in the historic rooms of the Gibson farmhouse.  Guests may tour the Gibson House at their leisure and explore the Canadian Museum of History's travelling exhibit "1867: Rebellion and Confederation". $30 per person plus tax; not recommended for children under 12 years of age. Pre-payment is required and seating is limited, so book your tickets today! Ticket link coming soon. This event is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

Located at 1091 Finch Avenue East, this restored one-room schoolhouse interprets a typical day for students in 1910, in the rural community of L'Amaroux. The schoolhouse is available for group and school bookings. It is open to the public during Doors Open Toronto, Family Day, Suburban Steam and other special events throughout the year. Contact us at (416) 395-7435 or zionschool@toronto.ca

PlayME Past by Expect Theatre - April 22 & 29

Saturday, April 22, 2 p.m. Pow Pow Piano by Griffin McInnes
Saturday, April 22, 7 p.m. Ms. Dejardins by Norman Yeung
Saturday, April 29, 7 p.m. Back to Bridge by Andrea Scott

Times to be confirmed

Funded through the TAC Animating Historic Sites program, PlayME Past is a series of original radio plays, inspired by the Historic Zion Schoolhouse that will be performed by professional actors in front of a live audience and recorded in the classic radio drama style using foley (sound effects). The audience will have an integral role in the recording process, acting as foley artists and background performers. The plays will be edited in postproduction and, starting in September 2017, will be available online to an international audience as part of a special series called PlayME Past on PlayMe Podcast – Canada's National Digital. In addition to the plays, the PlayME Past podcast series will provide background information on Toronto and the Zion Schoolhouse.

TO Canada with Love - Suburban Steam Community Festival - June 24

Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pay What You Wish

Enjoy a day of historical make-believe in an authentic 1910 Edwardian Schoolhouse at our retro-futuristic community festival, celebrating all things Steampunk with a special, Canadian flare in honour of Canada's 150th! Join us for an exciting day of Steampunk family fun, with entertainment, performers and merchants to delight the senses! Tour through an outdoor arcade of Steampunk vendors and demonstrations, enjoy ongoing performances at Centre Stage, learn about Canadian inventions during the Victorian and Edwardian eras, try out steampunk-themed crafts for all ages, and indulge in our Tastes of Canada snacks. This event is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

These are the events taking place at Mackenzie House. Contact us at 416-392-6915 or machouse@toronto.ca. Click here for admission prices and hours of operation.

Walking Tour - From Storefront to Home Front: Memories of Eaton's at War - April 9

Sunday, April 9, 1 to 2:30 p.m. 
Starting and ending at Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street
On the the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, join us on a walking tour in the Yonge and Dundas neighbourhood and learn about the role of the iconic T. Eaton Company, whose flagship store was located on Yonge at Queen Street. Discover the lives of Eaton's employees who enlisted in the Great War, as well as those of their families who stayed behind. No longer here to tell the tales for themselves, these ordinary people risked their lives serving in one of the worst wars in modern history. The tour will take place on April 9th, the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

$10 per person including tax. 

Journal Making Workshop - April 12

Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Join Carolyn Eady of Sprouts Press at Mackenzie House for an evening of book and paper fun! Learn how to craft your own, hand bound, soft cover journal. Then use the 1850s press to print the cover of your book. This workshop will introduce you to the tools of the trade, material and techniques to make a soft cover book. All supplies included. Everyone will leave with a finished product. $45/person plus tax. Only 12 participants per workshop

Exploring Toronto's Immigration: A Food History Walking Tour - April 22

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Begins at Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street
Find out how immigrant culture has changed local food life in Toronto with Chris Theofilogiannakos, a Greek-Canadian and historical interpreter. Chris will share his immigrant experience to reflect on questions of identity, migration, home, citizenship and belonging. The walking tour will end at the Market Gallery in St. Lawrence Market to explore the exhibit, Settling in Toronto: The Quest for Freedom, Opportunity and Identity. No Food is included in the ticket price. $10 tax included. 

Print a Poster Workshop - April 26

Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
In partnership with Gravenfeather Studio, Mackenzie House presents a workshop where participants will learn about early printing in Toronto, and design and print their own poster on a 1850s Washington Press. $65/person plus tax. Only 6 people per workshop.

TO Canada with Love - The Past is Never Far: Contact Photography Festival - Opens May 2

May 2 to September 15
Included with regular admission

Photographer Summer Leigh presents an exhibition of photos that combine historic images with contemporary and capture the changing streetscapes of urban Toronto. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

TO Canada with Love - Street Art 2017 - Begins May 23

May 23 to September 1
FREE

History hits the streets for Canada's 150th birthday!  From the end of May through to the end of August keep an eye out for the Mackenzie House sidewalk artist.  Using only sidewalk chalk, this talented graffiti artist will trace Toronto's history throughout the downtown core. Where will tidbits from Toronto's history turn up next?  Keep an eye on the Mackenzie House social media streams to follow the summer long adventure.  This program is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

TO Canada with Love - Eaton's Goes to War - Opens September 17

September 17 to December 31
Included with regular admission

The First World War transformed Canada. During that war, 3,327 Eaton's employees enlisted to fight. Each time one of them was shipped overseas, a photo was displayed prominently in the Toronto store just steps from Mackenzie House. 2,000 of these portraits survived and have become part of the T. Eaton Company records at the Archives of Ontario. In commemoration of Canada's 150th birthday, Mackenzie House staff have been actively searching out accounts of the lives of these men and urging the public to come forward to share their stories of the soldiers with us. Who were these men? Come to our exhibit and find out. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

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

TO Canada with Love - Settling in Toronto - Opens Mar. 25

March 25 to July 15
The exhibit will explore how immigration and the experiences of new Canadians has transformed the city from the 1700s to the present. Through videos, oral histories, artifacts and historic documents; the exhibit will reveal the evolution of Toronto through personal stories of struggle, triumph, and celebration. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

TO Canada with Love - Maple Leaf Forever: Toronto's Take on a National Symbol - Opens July 22

July 22 to November 18
This artifact-rich exhibition will explore how Torontonians have helped shape the maple leaf as Canada's leading national symbol over the past 150 years. From the Prince of Wales' visit to Toronto just prior to Confederation to the use of the maple leaf in commercial and industrial branding throughout the 20th century, Torontonians have forged close associations between the maple leaf as an icon and a source of identity. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

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. Click here for admission prices and hours of operation.

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

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

Fret Not Ukulele Night - First Thursday of every month

Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m.
Our monthly ukulele gathering – the first Thursday of every month, with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Come, 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. $15 per person.

Thirsty Thursday Tavern Night - Last Thursday of the month

The Last Thursday of each month from 7 to 10 p.m.
Enjoy a glass of beer, wine, or a Thomas Montgomery specialty in our restored 1847 bar room! 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.

TO Canada with Love - Annual Corn Roast - September 7

Thursday, September 7, 5 to 8 p.m.
FREE (Charges for food will apply)

Montgomery's Inn's famous annual corn roast, with corn baked in the Inn's own outdoor bake oven. Freshly made pizza and other refreshments also for sale. Enjoy displays from west-end heritage organizations, children's activities, and the chance to see the new presentation of the historic Inn interiors. This event is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

Scarborough Museum hosts lots of family-friendly and fun events. Contact us at 416-338-8807 or shm@toronto.ca. Click here for admission prices and hours of operation.

More than Sport

Sport has played an important role in Scarborough's history from its early football and curling tournaments to the almost endless sport activities available across the community today.

There is a longstanding tradition of encouraging sports at all levels. This exhibit shares the thoughts of athletes who live, train or compete in the Scarborough community.

Canada Cooks! - Last weekend of each month

Canada Cooks!  

Roll up your sleeves and bring history to life through conversation and cooking in Scarborough Museum's historic kitchens. Join museum staff and  youth volunteers as they combine a dash of recipe, a cup of oral history and a whole lot of collaborative cultural cooking, exploring how food and memory play a role in community building and cultural diversity in Canada.  .

Last weekend of each month! All are welcome.

March Weekends – 12 to 4 p.m.

March Weekends – 12 to 4 p.m.
It's high time for pie time! Get not just a piece of the pie but the whole thing, as Scarborough Museum makes mini pie treats all month long. Admission is Pay What You Can.

My City My Six: Scarborough Arts Writing and Bookmaking Workshop - April 12

Wednesday, April 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
Calling all youth! Capture and write your experience of Scarborough using six words at this My City My Six workshop! Afterwards, discover the various ways of binding your own books using minimal materials and tools. Using a needle and thread, participants will be introduced to different bookmaking techniques. Participants leave with their own handmade books, and the knowledge to create books using sustainable materials that can be recycled or composted as alternatives to chemical adhesives. 

Contact us at 416-392-6910 or spadina@toronto.ca. Click here for admission prices and hours of operation.

TO Canada with Love - Our Journey: An Art Map of Canadian Identity - Until December 31

Until December 31
FREE (does not include admission to the restored museum)
Our Journey – An Art Map of Canadian Identity at Spadina Museum is taking shape! And you can help: this collaborative project by Toronto artist Xenia Gonzalez acknowledges our presence on Indigenous land, which is home to many diverse Indigenous people. Come in for a visit and share your stories and be a part of this art project that aims to acknowledge everyone’s place, identities and contributions to Canadian society past and present. This project is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday. 

1920s Party Games Night - Ages 18 & Up - March 31

1920s Party Games Night
Friday, March 31, 7 to 10 p.m.

Recommended for ages 18 and up

The 1920s found an increasing number of people with more leisure time on their hands. Popular parlour games and newly available board games served to provide groups of friends and family with hours of home entertainment.

These amusements often involved games of logic, word play, creativity and just plain silliness, requiring equipment that could commonly be found around the house.

Join museum staff to learn, and try your hand at, an assortment of classic games including "Throwing the Smile," "Consequences," "The Talking Board," "Spoons," and more! Following the fun and games, enjoy period inspired refreshments and a walk through Spadina Museum.

$25 plus tax. Pre-registration required, call 416-392-6910.

Meet the Austins - Themed Tours - Saturdays & Sundays

Saturdays and Sundays
12:15 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30, 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.

Yoga at Spadina - March 12 & 26

Sundays, March 12 and 26, 2 p.m.
This class will be led by certified yoga instructor Diane Grundy, who has been practicing yoga and studying yoga philosophy for over 5 years. Diane is a Yoga Alliance Certified (200 hours) instructor, who will be leading the class through a gentle/ beginner level of hatha yoga. Although the class will be at the beginner level, all levels are welcome. It is suggested that participants please bring a mat, towel, and water, and that they arrive at least 10 minutes before the class begins.

Classes are limited to 12 participants, and pre-registration is required, by calling Spadina Museum, at 416-392-6910. Admission for the class is pay-what-you-wish, and monies will be donated to the museum.

"Hello Dali" - A Surrealist Collage Workshop - April 28

Friday, April 28, 7 to 10 p.m.
Create a collage in the spirit of the 1920s Surrealists at Spadina Museum. Join us for an evening of creative exploration and come away with a finished 12"x12" collage inspired by the 1920s Surrealists and your own imagination. After the workshop enjoy an evening tour of Spadina Museum followed by light refreshments. All materials supplied. Recommended for ages 18 and up. $30.00 plus tax; pre-registration required. Call 416-392-6910.

TO Canada with Love - Music in the Orchard - June 4, 11 & 18; July 9 & 16

Saturdays, June 4, 11, 18 and July 9 & 16, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Pay What You Wish
Bring your blanket or lawn chair to Spadina Museum and enjoy outdoor musical performances on Sundays in June and July. Every performance is planned with a nod to recognizing the Austin Family's importance to the Toronto music scene as well as trumpet the wealth of musical styles that were prevalent during the 1920s.This year in addition to maintaining the links between the family and the era, the programming will also pay tribute to Canada's 150th anniversary by celebrating our nation's musical diversity. This event is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

TO Canada with Love - Canada 150 Photobooth at the Gatsby Garden Party - June 24 & 25

Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25, 12 to 5 p.m.
Included with admission to the Gatsby Garden Party ($10 plus HST)

Gatsby's celebrating Canada 150! As part of the 2017 Gatsby Garden Party, have your picture taken in the Canada 150 Photo Booth. Write your answer to a question like What Canada Means to Me or Why I am Glad to be Canadian. Your photo will be edited into one of three 1 minute, 30 second videos to be posted on YouTube on Canada Day. Jay Gatsby would be amused! Inlcuded with admission to the Gatsby Garden Party. This project is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

Look what's happening over the next few months at Todmorden Mills. Contact us at 416-396-2819 or todmorden@toronto.ca. Click here for admission prices and hours of operation.

Pockets Warhol’s Art Collective - A Fundraiser for Story Book Farm - April 7 to 16

Pockets Warhol’s Art Collective - A Fundraiser for Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary

In the Papermill Gallery

Art below is one of Pockets Warhol's paintings


April 7 to 16
Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary (home of Darwin, the IKEA monkey) currently provides a permanent home and place of safety for 19 monkeys rescued from the exotic pet trade and biomedical experimentation. 

Pockets Warhol, a white-capped capuchin, was surrendered to the sanctuary as someone’s pet.  Pockets has been painting since 2010 and his art has created interest around the world.  His work has been exhibited in galleries in Finland, Italy and Estonia, as well as Canada.  His story and his paintings have been featured in newspapers, magazines and TV nationally and around the world.

Pockets fame has brought together artists from around the world to support the sanctuary.  Over 80 artists have donated over 100 pieces of art to be sold to raise funds for the sanctuary. The artists include Ralph Steadman, Anita Kunz, Jill Greenberg, Terry Mosher (Aislin), Cynthia von Buhler, Sue Coe, Barry Blitt and Yuri Dojc.

Find out more at: www.storybookmonkeys.org and on Facebook.

 

Family Workshop: Easter Egg Painting - April 8, 9 & 15

Saturday, April 8, Sunday, April 9 & Saturday, April 15, 1 to 4 p.m.
Learn this ancient art form. Create your own personalized pysanky (Easter eggs) using traditional wax resist techniques. Pre-registration is required. Adults: $12; Children: $8 (plus tax). Suitable for ages 8 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call the site at 416-396-2819 to register.

Earth Day - April 22

Saturday April 22, 12 to 4 p.m.
Rediscover how old-fashioned "make do and mend" habits can help the planet! Participate in creating collaborative, environmentally-friendly artwork, visit our historic 1940s Cottage, and tour the Wildflower Preserve to discover the natural habitats of the Don Valley. Free admission.

TO Canada with Love - Creative Inspiration: Our Canada - Opens May 3

May 3 to May 14, Opening reception: Wednesday, May 3, 7 p.m.
FREE admission to the Papermill Gallery, regular admission applies to the rest of the museum

Don Valley Art Club has been on the Toronto art scene since 1948 and has been associated with the Papermill Gallery since the early 1970s. In celebration of Canada 150, more than 100 members of the Don Valley Art Club will illustrate how Canada has inspired their work. Proceeds from a Silent Auction of original artwork will be donated to a charity benefiting young artists. Visitors to the Papermill Gallery will be invited to sketch or draw their own favourite iconic Canadian landscape or historic figure; these works will be displayed at Todmorden Mills. Materials provided. Special art activities for the young and young at heart are planned for Sunday May 7, from 12:00 to 5:00pm. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

TO Canada with Love - Canada 150 Fab Forties - June 18

Sunday, June 18, 12 to 4 p.m.
$10 plus HST

Join us for Todmorden Mills' second annual Fab Forties event, enhanced to mark Canada's 150th anniversary. Time-travel to the home front of the 1940s - transformative years for Canada and the world! Come dressed in your best rendition of early 1940s fashion and participate in our juried costume contest. Enjoy live Big Band Swing music or learn how to 'cut a rug' with a wartime dance lesson. Tour our historic 1940s Cottage, sample wartime ration recipes, snap a selfie in front of our 1940s photo billboards, check out our vintage vendors, play some vintage board and outdoor games or pick up a treat from selected food vendors - all in the spirit of the wartime Toronto! This event is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

TO Canada with Love - Todmorden Mills: Then and Now - Opens June 28

June 28 to August 6, Opening reception Thursday, July 6, 7 p.m.
FREE admission to the Papermill Gallery, regular admission applies to the rest of the museum

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site was created for Canada's Centennial in 1967. On the site's 50th anniversary, and the 150th birthday of our country, this archival photography exhibit, complemented by copies of original art works from the City of Toronto collections, explores Todmorden from its beginnings as an industrial community in the late 1790s to its restoration as East York's contribution to Canada's Centennial celebrations. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

TO Canada with Love - Harvest Festival - September 24

Sunday, September 24, 12 to 4 p.m.
FREE

Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, the harvest season in the valley and Todmorden Mills Heritage Site’s Golden Anniversary! Visit our re-restored historic homes, sample period recipes, tour the Wildflower Preserve, create a fun take-home craft – and meet our special costumed guests from Todmorden's past! Print a souvenir on the Mackenzie House proof press, discover artifacts in a Pop-Up Museum, and more! This event is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

TO Canada with Love - A Colourful History: Toronto's Historic Sites - Opens October 2

October 2 to October 16, Opening reception Thursday October 5, 6:30pm
FREE admission to the Papermill Gallery, regular admission applies to the rest of the museum
Toronto artist and urban geographer Daniel Rotsztain has visited and sketched more than 100 of Toronto's historic sites, capturing their unique architectural features and even some of their quirky and beloved artifacts! These drawings, featured in the colouring book A Colourful History Toronto published by Dundurn Press, offer Papermill Gallery visitors a chance to see the original drawings created by the artist along with his captions and comments. This project is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with the City of Toronto Historic Sites

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Canada150 Events at the City of Toronto Historic Sites

This year, Toronto's Historic Sites will host some very special events and exhibits. These celebrations are part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday. The program is Toronto's cultural love letter to the country, offering a rich tapestry of more than 30 City-produced events taking place across the city throughout 2017.

Calendar of Events