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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 instance, during March Break, why not visit one of the City's historic sites for some family fun? See all the information in the listings below.

Looking for a March Break camp for your child? Visit toronto.ca/camps

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.

Family Fun during March Break

COLBORNE LODGE    South end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive
Limited free parking  clodge@toronto.ca  416-392-6916

Family DROP-IN for March Break Ages 3 & Up
March 14 to 20, 12:30 to 4 p.m.
Drop in for a tour of the historic house and a children’s activity. Make it a day in High Park for you and your family! The Lodge is located close to both the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground and the High Park Zoo. Regular admission applies. Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax).

Easter Traditions at Colborne Lodge
Saturdays  March 21, and Sunday, March 22, 12 to 4 p.m.

Visit inside Colborne Lodge and learn about 19th-century Easter traditions. Families will tour the museum and spot Easter treasures hidden in the restored rooms. Children dye their own eggs using natural dyes. Last tour at 3:15 p.m. Included with regular admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax) 

MACKENZIE HOUSE  82 Bond Street machouse@toronto.ca  416-392-6915

Family DROP-IN during March Break - All Ages
March ‘Musements 
March 16 to 20
Mon. to Fri.: 12 to 4 p.m, Sat. & Sun.: 12 to 5 p.m.

Drop in for some Victorian fun! Typeset your name on the 1845 printing press, make a craft to take home, and have a cookie in the historic kitchen. Regular admission applies, Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax)Children (4 and under): Free.

MONTGOMERY’S INN   4709 Dundas Street West at Islington Avenue
Free parking   montinn@toronto.ca   416-394-8113

Montgomery's Inn Winter Farmers Market – Indoors!
Every Wednesday from 2 to 6 pm.

Buy direct from local farmers and food artisans. Organic fruit and vegetables, organic wine, cheese, bread and prepared foods as well as ethically raised meat, honey and more! Free to come in and shop. Regular admission to tour the museum.

St. Patrick's Day Tea
Tuesday, March 17, 1 to 4 p.m.

Mark this Irish Saint's Day with tea-time specialties from the Emerald Isle. Classic porter cake, shamrock cookies and more. $10 plus tax.

SCARBOROUGH MUSEUM   1007 Brimley Road, just north of Lawrence in Thomson Memorial Park  shm@toronto.ca  416-338-8807

March Weekends - 12 to 4 p.m.Come celebrate everything green and find your pot of gold this month at Scarborough Museum!  Fun family activities each weekend. Admission is Pay What You Can.

SPADINA MUSEUM  285 Spadina Road
Paid parking next door at Casa Loma, 416-392-6910 spadina@toronto.ca 

Family DROP-IN for March Break
March 14 to 22, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Come and enjoy a family-friendly tour where you will play games, and have hands-on fun in the historic kitchen - all set in this beautifully restored 1920s environment.  Regular admission applies. Adults $7.96, Seniors/Youth (13-18 yrs.) $5.75, Children (6-12 yrs.) $4.87 (plus tax), Children (5 and under) Free.

TODMORDEN MILLS HERITAGE SITE Bottom of Pottery Road, East of Bayview Avenue, West of Broadview Avenue. Free parking   todmorden@toronto.ca    416-396-2819 

Family DROP-IN for March Break
March Mania in the Valley
March 14-15 and 17-22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed Monday March 16)

Drop in for March Break fun and games in the Valley! Test out our historic toys and discover parlour games popular in generations past. Look for signs of spring in the Wildflower Preserve with a round of outdoor nature bingo. Make a unique take-home craft. Adults $5.31, Students/Seniors: $3; Children $2 (plus tax).

 

 

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.


Family DROP-IN during March Break

Ages 3 & Up
March 14 to 20
12:30 to 4 p.m.
D
rop in for a tour of the historic house and a children’s activity. Make it a day in High Park for you and your family! The Lodge is located close to both the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground and the High Park Zoo. Regular admission applies. Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax).

Easter Traditions at Colborne Lodge - Mar. 21, 22 & 28

Saturdays:  March 21, March 28 & April 4 and
Sundays: March 22 & April 5
12 to 4 p.m.

Visit inside Colborne Lodge and learn about 19th-century Easter traditions. Families will tour the museum and spot Easter treasures hidden in the restored rooms. Children dye their own eggs using natural dyes. Last tour at 3:15 p.m. Included with regular admission. Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax) 

 

High Park Easter Egg Hunt - March 29

Sunday, March 29 (Palm Sunday), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bring your Easter basket and join in this annual community event held on the grounds of Colborne Lodge.  Children enjoy egg hunts and colour eggs using natural dyes inside historic Colborne Lodge. $3 for egg hunts and $1 for egg dyeing. Registration not required.

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

Gertrude Kearns: The Art of Command - Mar. 5 to June 14

Portraits and Posters from Canada's Afghan Mission
Fort York Visitor Centre
March 5 - June 14
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.

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 - March 7

Opens Saturday, March 7 and runs until Sunday, May 24
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.

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.

 

 

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.

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.

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

 

Mackenzie House Celebrates Black History Month

Weekends in February, 12 to 5 p.m.
Toronto has a rich legacy in the literature and the newspapers of the early Black community in Ontario. Visit Mackenzie House on weekends in February, and learn more about some of the Black Victorians of Toronto, featuring those who published newspapers during that era. Visitors can take a piece of this important history home when they print a souvenir copy of Mary Ann Shadd Cary's newspaper, The Provincial Freeman, in the re-created 1850's printshop. Included with regular admission. 

and while here, don't miss the exhibit:

A Glimpse of Black Life in Victorian Toronto 1850 – 1860
Saturday January 31 to Sunday March 1, 12 to 5 p.m.
This exhibit introduces members of the Black community in Victoria Toronto and their contributions to the City. Curated by historican Afua Cooper, the exhibit examines the varied aspects of Black life in mid-Victorian Toronto.

 

 

Haggis Making Workshop - Mar. 14

Haggis Making Workshop
Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us for this unique opportunity to make a rustic Scottish meal including the infamous Haggis. Participants will work in the historic kitchen and explore the lives of 19th-century Scottish settlers - with special guest Maggie Newell, historic cook and culinary historian, from Gibson House Museum. $30 plus tax. To register call 416-392-6915.

Family DROP-IN during March Break

March ‘Musements 
March 14 to 22
Mon. to Fri.: 12 to 4 p.m.
Sat. & Sun.: 12 to 5 p.m.

Drop in for some Victorian fun! Typeset your name on the 1845 printing press, make a craft to take home, and have a cookie in the historic kitchen. Regular admission applies.
Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax) and Children (4 and under) are Free.

 

Interlove: An Exhibition of Documentary Photography - May 12

Documentary Photography by Colin Boyd Shafer
Tuesday, May 12 to 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.

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 - Jan. 24 to May 9

A Photography Exhibit
January 24 to 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.

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 Opening - Interested?

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: March 2, 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

Call for Artists - New Exhibition Space Available!

Calling All Visual Artists

Applications are now being accepted for
2015 Art Exhibitions at Montgomery's Inn Museum

Montgomery's Inn will have two spaces available for hosting art exhibitions beginning in the spring of 2015.  Each exhibition runs for approximately 4 weeks. Montgomery's Inn will provide hanging equipment, assistance with artwork installation/dismantling, promotion on the Montgomery's Inn website and the opportunity to host a weekday reception. The participation fees will be $200 a month per room plus tax. There will be no commissions payable for work sold.

To receive the application form, contact Montgomery's Inn:
montinn@toronto.ca or 416-394-8113.

See Terms of Entry for artist requirements on the application form.

Interested artists are required to submit:

  • The completed application form
  • A short bio (for group or joint exhibitions, please submit a bio for each artist);
  • A CD with 6 digital images in JPEG format 300 dpi and a minimum 2400 x 3000 pixels.


The application asks you to label each image with your name, title of the piece, medium,
size and price.

All applications will be reviewed and selected by the Montgomery's Inn art advisory group.  Once you have been selected you will be required to pay the fee to secure the space.

Mail Application package to OR Drop Off Application package to:

MONTGOMERY’S INN
4709 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario M9A 1A8
Phone: 416-394-8113
Fax: 416-394-6027
Email: montinn@toronto.ca

Application Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2015

For further information contact

Catherine Campbell,
Program Officer
Montgomery's Inn
416-394-6025
ccampbe4@toronto.ca

Tavern Night celebrates Black History Month - Feb. 26

Thursday, February 26, 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!

This month the Inn celebrates Black History Month with Roger Gibbs and Panman Pat. These award-winning musicians will perform live and share the history of Calypso a steel drum music. Irish stew, fresh baked bread and live traditional music. Admission is free!  Cash bar, $5 for a bowl of stew, while supplies last.

Our 40th Anniversary as a Museum!

Sunday, March 1, 10:30 to 1 p.m.
Please join us for a special 40th Anniversary celebration at Montgomery's Inn. On March 1,1975 Montgomery's Inn opened as a museum. The Lieutenant Governor, Pauline McGibbon, was at the opening as were around 1,000 guests. Dorothy Duncan, who was a museums advisor for the province at the time, led a group of volunteers who restored artifacts for the museum and became the nucleus of the volunteer group we have today. Dorothy will share some stories about her work with the Inn. Dr. Larry Ostola, Director of Museums & Heritage Services, will bring greetings.

Enjoy refreshments and the cake-cutting ceremony. Tours of the Museum will begin at 1 p.m.

Want to join us? Please RSVP to Rita at 416-394-8113 by Friday February 20.

Hosted in Partnership with the Montgomery's Inn Museum INNovators

Fret Not Ukulele Club - March 5

Thursday, March 5, 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. Admission is $15.

 

Eat to Feed Toronto - March 6

Friday, March 6, 7 to 10 p.m.
In partnership with Good Food for Good, the Inn presents an eclectic three course Prix Fixe menu with all profits going to Food Share Toronto. Taking inspiration from Toronto's cultural diversity, this bimonthly event will feature dishes from around the globe with a dessert provided by the Inn's historic kitchen. Live music provided by The Music Studio. Tickets are $45 per person plus tax, available at http://goodfoodforgood.ca/eat2feedto/

 

Tea Time at the Inn - March 8

Sunday, March 8, 1 to 4 p.m.
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.

 

St. Patrick's Céilidh - March 14

Saturday, March 14, 7 to 11 p.m.
Start your St. Patrick's Day celebration early at Montgomery's Inn. Irish stew, fresh baked bread and live traditional music featuring Gin Lane. $5 plus tax. Cash bar, $5 for a bowl of stew, while supplies last.

               

St. Patrick's Day Tea - March 17

Tuesday, March 17, 1 to 4 p.m.
Mark this Irish Saint's Day with tea-time specialties from the Emerald Isle. Classic porter cake, shamrock cookies and more. $10 plus tax.

 

Thirsty Thursday Tavern Night - March 26

Thursday, March 26, 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 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.

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

 

February Weekends - 12 to 4 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays in February, 12 to 4 p.m.
February is the month of love, so visit Scarborough Museum for some TLC … and hot chocolate!  Join museum staff and wear pink in support of Anti-Bullying Awareness.  Admission is Pay What You Can.

March Weekend Fun - 12 to 4 p.m.

Saturdays & Sundays, 12 to 4 p.m.
Come celebrate everything green and find your pot of gold this month at Scarborough Museum!  Fun family activities each weekend. Admission is Pay What You Can.

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 - Tours start Jan. 10

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.

NEW! Spadina Museum Book Club - March 8

In partnership with Diaspora Dialogues
Sunday, March 8, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Featuring author, Joe Kertes, and his book The Afterlife of Stars

The Book Club aspires to connect book lovers with authors. At the meetings, authors will read from and discuss their works, and take questions from members.

Tickets are $35 per meeting (includes a copy of the book and a 25% discount off admission for four adults for a future visit to Spadina Museum).

Diaspora Dialogues supports the creation and presentation of new fiction, poetry and drama that reflect the complexity of Toronto-and Canada- back to residents, through the eyes of its richly diverse communities.

To register, please visit diasporadialogues.eventbrite.com

Our next Book Club meetings will take place on the following dates and feature:

Sunday, May 3, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Featuring Jennifer Robson, After the War is Over

Saturday, June 6, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Fe
aturing Olive Senior, The Pain Tree
For more details click here

Family DROP IN for March Break - Mar. 14 to 22

March 14 to 22, 12 to 5 p.m.
Come and enjoy a family-friendly tour where you will make crafts, play games, and have hands-on fun in the historic kitchen - all set in this beautifully restored 1920s environment. Regular admission applies. Adults: $7.96. Seniors (65 +) & Youth: $5.75, Children (6-12 yrs.): $4.87 and
Children (5 yrs. and under): 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

Beach Photo Club – February 18 to 28
For information visit www.beachphotoclub.com

Celebrating Colour in Fibre: A Group Exhibit of Contemporary Hand Hooked Rugs
March 4 to 15
Opening reception,  Sunday March 8,  1 to 4 p.m.

Rupert Young
March 18 to 30

Willowdale Group of Artists
April 1 to 12 

Bulgarian Artists
April 15 to 26

Danforth Collegiate
April 29 to May 10

 

Family DROP IN for March Break

March Mania in the Valley
March 14 to 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Please note: Closed Monday, March 16)
Drop in for March Break fun and games in the Valley! Test out our historic toys and discover parlour games popular in generations past. Look for signs of spring in the Wildflower Preserve with a round of outdoor nature bingo. Make a unique take-home craft. Adults $5.31, Students/Seniors: $3; Children $2 (plus tax).

Easter Egg Painting - A Family Workshop - Mar. 28

6 years and Up
Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Learn this ancient art form. Create your own personalized pysanky (Easter eggs) using traditional wax resist techniques. Pre-registration is required. Adults: $10; Children: $5 (plus tax). Pre-registration is required.

 

Easter Egg Painting - A Family Workshop - Mar. 29

6 years and Up
Sunday, March 29, 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: $10; Children: $5 (plus tax).