Museums

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What's On

It's Spring at last! 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 scene above is from Fort York National Historic Site's commemoration of the Battle of York, a pivotal battle during the War of 1812. This year's event will be held on April 26.

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 416-392-7500 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.

The Great War Canadian Infantryman Up Close - A Talk - April 23

An Illustrated Talk
Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m.

Join Kevin Hebib, one of the co-curators of Fort York's Great War exhibits, as he presents a closer look into the Canadian First World War soldier's  experience on a more personal level. Who was he? What did he wear? What did eat? How did he protect himself? What myths endure about him today? 

Admission is pay-what-you-wish.

 

Curating Kearns: Understanding The Art of Command - April 25 & May 27

April 25 & 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.

 

Commemoration of the Battle of York - April 26

Sunday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Have a family adventure today and visit Fort York National for the commemoration the 202nd anniversary of the Battle of York, fought on April 27, 1813. Watch 1812-era drill and musket firing demonstrations. Take Battle of York-themed, fortification and 1812 barracks tours. Enjoy demonstrations of Georgian-era cooking techniques in one of the oldest kitchens in Toronto. Step into the Soldiers' Barracks brought to life by period animators. Children can "fall-in" and learn the same marching and musket drill practiced by the Upper Canada Militia in 1812.

There will be a special walking tour focusing on the Battle of York at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 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 202 years ago.

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

 

Fort York Open House - April 30

Thursday, April 30
6 to 8 p.m.
Fort York Visitor Centre
250 Fort York Boulevard
Take this opportunity to see the new Visitor Centre at Fort York, learn about the revitalization of this significant public space and upcoming events, and share your thoughts about recent improvements and future plans. Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina) will be in attendance and is interested in your feedback. 

To learn more please contact Fort York's David O'Hara at 416-392-7870 or dohara@toronto.ca, or Councillor Layton at 416-392-4009 or councillor_layton@toronto.ca.

 

 

Ontario Model Soldiers’ Society Show and Sale - May 2

Held this year in the Fort York Visitor Centre
Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Children of all ages will enjoy Fort York as it hosts the Ontario Model Soldier Society’s annual show and competition. Take in demonstrations of casting and painting; displays of connoisseur figures, dioramas, and tableaux of more than a thousand pieces. Many vendors will be offering toy soldiers for sale. Included in regular admission to the Fort York Visitor Centre.

Unambiguously and ambivalently: A Talk by Artist, Gertrude Kearns - May 9

About The Art of Command
Saturday, May 9, 2 p.m.

In this talk, artist Gertrude Kearns will reflect on her current exhibition at the Fort York Visitor Centre.

The following is an excerpt from her talk:

These works are ‘about’ war, Canadian Forces engagement in Afghanistan 2002-2014. The subjects are generals and colonels who commanded at various levels and periods throughout the mission.

The portraits and texted war prints in The ART of COMMAND are not propaganda as they are not selling a war, and they are not anti-war as they are not questioning defense postures. However with a sense of urgency, they are intended to look but not to be read as propaganda.

Like most complex contemporary art today, they need to be interpreted and gradated through some understanding of the concerns in question. When those concerns are specifically defence it can be strange territory for civilians. I have not modified the presentation of content in order to make interpretations easier.

The work is heavily military in content, but with enough ‘twists’ along the way that might allow accessibility and breadth of interpretation regardless of audience.

Too edgy as military art because the military is big on tradition? Too military as contemporary art because ‘liberal arts institutions’ more often than not embrace ‘the anti-institutional’? For what is acknowledged to be more institutional than the military and defence world.

Included in regular admission.

World Fiddle Day in Toronto - May 16

Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fiddles at the Fort!
Fort York welcomes World Fiddle Day for a day-long celebration of bows on strings. Join us as players of bowed string instruments from several traditions teach and perform leading up to our community "Around-the-World Jam" where violin, viola, cello and bass players of all levels play their way through 40 tunes from 25 countries. See visit their website for music, practice sessions at Long & McQuade, and more info. Admission is FREE.

Victoria Day @ Fort York - May 18

Monday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
What better way to celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday than to visit the birthplace of Toronto? Enjoy kids’ activities such as soldier's drill, demonstrations of Georgian-era cooking techniques in one of the oldest kitchens in Toronto, English country dancing and tours.

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

Sound of Dragon Music Festival - May 20

Wednesday, May 20, 8 p.m.
Sound of Dragon Music Festival showcases the very diverse styles of Chinese music from ancient folk and classical repertoire to contemporary compositions and creative improvisation. The festival promotes creativity and innovation through a unique blend of traditional music with imaginative new ensembles, utilizing unusual cross-cultural instrumentations. Sound of Dragon is an international collaborative project with musicians from Vancouver, Toronto and Taiwan. Vancouver musicians are members of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra. Admission is FREE.

Plain Sight - An Illustrated Talk about Modern Camouflage - May 21

This talk complements the modern camouflage inspiration used by Gertrude Kearns in current exhibit at Fort York Visitor Centre, The Art of Command.

Thursday, May 21, 7 p.m.
"The Art of Command" by Gertrude Kearns features senior Canadian officers in modern camouflage clothing. In fact, there is a long history of soldiers "hiding in plain sight." Join Kevin Hebib as he discusses the development and use of disruptive pattern material, like the type exhibited in The Art of Command. 

Admission is pay-what-you-wish.

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.

 

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 - The Dear Sadie Exhibit - Until May 24

NOW OPEN
Runs until Sunday, May 24

Wednesday to Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 1 to 8 p.m. (5 to 8 p.m. Pay-What-You-Wish)
Special Hours during March Break:
Monday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gibson House Museum is pleased to announce the opening of "Dear Sadie: Love, Lives and Remembrance from Ontario's First World War," a travelling exhibit from the Archives of Ontario, on March 3. "Dear Sadie" uses letters between soldier Henry Mason and his sweetheart, Sadie Arbuckle, to tell the moving story of their relationship while also exploring the reality of war. The exhibit is paired with local stories of North York during the war, including the Gibson family connection to the war and wartime. Included with regular admission.

Be Prepared: A Cooking Workshop in the Historic Kitchen - May 2

Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Be Prepared workshop will teach you how historic cooking skills transfer seamlessly to both camping and emergency survival situations like the ice storm of 2013.  Explore tools, techniques, and recipes from the Victorian era that can be adapted for use at the modern camp ground or your wood-burning fireplace. This extensive, hands-on workshop will be led by our Culinary Combatants: experienced both as open hearth cooks as well as modern-day campers. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Participants must be 14 or older. $50 plus tax includes lunch. Please call 416-395-7432 or email gibsonhouse@toronto.ca to register.

Gibson House Mother's Day Tea - May 10

Sunday, May 10
Two Sittings: 12 and 2:30 p.m.

Treat Mom to a lovely Victorian-inspired tea at Gibson House Museum this Mother's Day.  Mom will be pampered with delicious teas, sweets, finger sandwiches and fresh-baked scones, all in the setting of a 19th Century farmhouse. Mother's Day Tea also includes a special gift for Mom to take home. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Seating is limited. $25 plus tax per person. Please call 416-395-7432 or email gibsonhouse@toronto.ca to book.

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

Every Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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

Print Month - April 25 & 26

Saturday and Sunday, April 25 & 26, 12 to 5 p.m.
Mackenzie House joins with the Royal Academy of London and the wider "print" community to present Print Month. Every weekend participate in a different print activity in our recreated print shop.

This weekend, you'll be a publisher! Use the vintage1845 printing press and create your own notebook. Learn how to bind it with yarn to finish it off. 

Included in regular admission. Adults: $6.19, Seniors (65 +) & Youth (13-18 yrs): $3.54, Children (5-12 yrs.): $2.65 (plus tax). Children (4 and under): Free

From Riots to Respectability: The Irish experience in Toronto in the 1800s, A Walk - May 2

In partnership with Jane's Walk
Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m.

Starting point - St. Paul's Basilica, 83 Power Street
Ends at - Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street

Be transported back in time to the 19th Century through the eyes of Irish immigrants to Toronto. Driven from their home by famine and sectarian violence, the Irish quickly brought about dramatic change in Toronto's politics and populations. As you stroll Cabbagetown and walk along historic King Street, the tour will make stops at Famine memorials, Cathedrals, the haunts of the wealthy and the poor, and maybe even a pub! Learn about the Irish journalists, mayors, rebels and rioters who helped create our great city. Approximately 2 hours in length. FREE

Interlove: An Exhibition of Documentary Photography - Opens May 12

Documentary Photography by Colin Boyd Shafer
Opens Tuesday, May 12 and 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.

 

Tea & Parlour Politics: Our Spring Baking Workshop - May 30

Ages 16 & Up
Saturday, May 30, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Bake using period afternoon tea recipes in the historic kitchen utilizing the period wood stove.  Then, explore and discuss how the customs of serving tea were intertwined with the politics of Victorian women's lives. Complete your visit by enjoying the tasty afternoon tea that you have prepared. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $25 plus tax. Contact us at machouse@toronto.ca  or416-392-6915 for further details.

 

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

Toronto Observed Through Three Generations - On until May 9

A Photography Exhibit
On until May 9

The Market Gallery presents "Toronto Observed Through Three Generations," on display beginning January 24. This exhibit will feature close to 80 black and white photographs by Harry Joy, Doug Hemmy and Andy Brooks – three accomplished photographers brought together through their long-standing personal friendship and their interest in Toronto as a subject.

For more information click here.

From Town to City: The St. Lawrence Neighbourhood in the 1800s, A Walk - May 2

In partnership with Jane's Walk
Saturday, May 2,  11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Starting point: Inside the Market Gallery, 2nd floor of the south St. Lawrence Market.

Imagine a St. Lawrence Neighbourhood where the tallest building is only three storeys high, where Lake Ontario laps against Front Street and surrounding it is nothing but fields and forest. This is what the neighbourhood looked like in the early1800s. Join us on this walking tour to discover how the Town of York (1793), which started as a colonial outpost with a few hundred residents, turned into the City of Toronto (1834). FREE.

http://janeswalk.org/canada/toronto/town-city-st-lawrence-neighbourhood-1800s/

 

NEW! Free Art Classes for Children - May 9

Saturday, May 9, 2 p.m.
Watercolour Resist
Length of class: 30 to 60 minutes
Just drop in at 2 p.m., no registration required.
Children will work with watercolour, crayons and paper to create a marvelous image that will show layered effects of colour & texture. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Home Field Advantage: Toronto's Summer Sporting Sites - Opens May 16

Opens May 16 and 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. 

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

Volunteer Art Advisory Group - Interested in joining?

Calling all Art Lovers to Montgomery's Inn
Volunteers Needed!

Love art? Love Montgomery's Inn? We need a group of volunteers to help us review potential art shows for the Inn.  As well as helping choose what art goes where, you'll also assist with the actual set up, installation and opening of the exhibits and the take down of the show when it's finished.

You will work with such artists as Ross Rheaume and Kenneth M Kirsch and Dave Rheaume (far right), (pictured here with and historian and writer Mike Filey, second from the right), at a recent group show opening.

If you're interested and have a love of art and some experience, knowledge or skills in the field, please let us know!

We will give preference to those who live or work in Toronto or have a significant body of experience with cultural and civic issues. We'd like a commitment of one year for these volunteer positions.

Please express your interest, listing your qualifications, by email or by mail.

Deadline: April 30, 2015.

Successful candidates will be contacted by mid-March regarding an interview.  

For more details and questions contact:

Catherine Campbell, Program Officer 
Montgomery's Inn
4709 Dundas Street West
Etobicoke, ON
M9A 1A8
416-394-6025
ccampbe4@toronto.ca

Heirloom Corn Mosaic Workshops - Apr.15 & 29

In the Briarly Room
April 15 and 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Led by Artists JP Gural and Soyoung Lee

All ages are welcome!

Looking for a new way to express yourself? Always been fascinated by mosaics but never had the opportunity to create one? Through this series of workshops you will learn about corn, its historical significance and the politics of corn production. Share stories and make connections between food and art. Create a corn seed mosaic. Learn about the several heirloom varieties of corn. The group's mosaics will be put on display at Montgomery's Inn Museum and participants can later take their artwork home. Workshops are PWYC (by donation). To register call 416-394-8113.

 

 

Memento Memoirs - A 10-Week Workshop - Starts April 20

Memento Memoirs: Tales from the Attic
Mondays beginning April 20, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

We all have keepsakes, mementos, relics from our past stashed around our homes. Join our facilitator, local author Deb Loughead, as she helps participants preserve the memories of these mementos for future generations. Share the tales of your favourite possessions, then write them down as short memoir-style tales, or free verse poems. Each participant will emerge with a meaningful collection of stories connecting them to their past. $175 for ten weeks (consecutive Mondays).

To register, contact Deb at deb.loughead@rogers.com.

 

Fret Not Ukulele Club - April 30

Thursday, April 30, 7 to 9 p.m.
Join us at our ukulele gatherings 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. Admission is $15.

 

Thirsty Thursday Tavern Night - April 30

Thursday, April 30, 7 to 10 p.m.
The last Thursday of every month is Thirsty Thursday Tavern Night at the Inn. Enjoy a glass of beer, wine, or a Thomas Montgomery specialty in our restored 1847 barroom. Enjoy Irish stew, fresh baked bread and live traditional music. Admission is free!  Cash bar, $5 for a bowl of stew, while supplies last.

Eat to Feed Toronto - May 1

Friday May 1, 7 to 10 p.m.
Join us in the historic ambiance of Montgomery's Inn for an eclectic, three-course Prix Fixe menu inspired by Toronto's cultural diversity. This delectable event features dishes from around the globe with a dessert provided by the Inn's 1840s kitchen. You'll be entertained with live music provided by The Music Studio. Montgomery's Inn presents this culinary event in partnership with Good Food for Good, with all profits going to Food Share Toronto.Tickets are $55 per person plus tax and available at http://goodfoodforgood.ca

 

Getting to Know Mimico Creek - A Walking Tour - May 2 & 3

In partnership with Jane's Walk
Saturday, May 2, 1:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, 11:00 a.m.
Length: 1.5 hr., Accessibility: Medium to Easy
Join Etobicoke Guardian columnist, historian and naturalist, Denise Harris, on a walking tour of Mimico Creek. The walk starts and ends at Montgomery's Inn. Mimico Creek’s geology, flora, fauna, ecology, and local heritage will be explored as we learn about the consequences of human habitation on this waterway and find out what’s being done to improve its environment. The group will walk down into Tom Riley Park, follow the creek south to Bloor Street West, and then circle back to the Inn. FREE.

Mother's Day Tea and Tour - May 10

Sunday, May 10, 1 to 4 p.m.
Bring Mom to the Inn to celebrate Mother's Day with an afternoon Fancy Tea. Cream Scones with preserves, lemon tarts and more! Price includes a complimentary guided tour of the Museum. All ages are welcome. First come, first served. $10 plus tax

Victoria Day Tea and Tour - May 18

Monday, May 18, 1 to 4 p.m.
Celebrate Victoria Day with an afternoon tea fit for a Queen. Price includes a complimentary guided tour of the Museum. All ages are welcome. First come, first served. $10 plus tax.

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 free!  Cash bar, $5 for a bowl of stew, while supplies last.

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

April Weekends

12 to 5 p.m.
April is the month for springtime adventure! Sample baked goodies and go on a scavenger hunt.
Admission is pay-what-you-wish.

Extra Fun! Saturdays in April, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Bring your favourite children's book and stories to share with the McCowan Log House Reading Circle. You may read it aloud to the others or we'll read it for you. Enjoy hearing the favourite tales of the others, too!

(Don't worry, you'll take your treasured book and stories home with you!)

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

Bulgarian Artists
April 15 to 26

Danforth CTI Visual Arts presents XHIBITART15
April 29 to May 10

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.

 

Before the Bridge: Todmorden, Chester and the Danforth in the 1890s - May 2

A walking tour in partnership with Jane's Walk
Saturday, May 2, 1 p.m.
Prior to the building of the Prince Edward (Bloor) Viaduct, the Danforth was a quiet country road flanked by farms and market gardens. Join us on a guided walk as we explore the former villages of Todmorden and Chester, and discover what remains – and what does not – from the era before the bridge. Meet at Todmorden Mills. FREE.

 

Doors Open Toronto

 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.

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.