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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!

Beatles 50 T.O. continues the celebration throughout October with talks by a noted Beatles expert and the curators of the exhibit When the Beatles Rocked Toronto. Visit the website for details.

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

Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax) 

Thursday Evenings at the Lodge - Throughout September

Thursdays throughout September, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
In the Park on a Thursday evening? Why not drop in and join us at the Lodge? Discover how the Howard's fulfilled their ideal of a romantic villa in 1837– building their country retreat from City life. Step through the French doors and enjoy the view as the Howard's did. Their lifelong love of the park ensured its preservation as a retreat for us all. Pay what you can.

Harvest Festival @ Colborne Lodge in High Park - October 2

Sunday, October 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Celebrate the harvest season with your community in beautiful High Park. The south end of High Park, between Colborne Lodge and the High Park Children Garden, will be alive with fun for everyone.  Activities this year include: pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, harvest lunch at the Children's Garden, face painting, local honey and preserves, Young Voices Toronto Choir, period dancing on the lawn, MakerKids Activities, the High Park Trackless Train, local park and heritage groups, and of course, everyone's favourite - roast potatoes and warm apple cider! Check out the Colborne Lodge website for the evolving list of activities and participants. 

Admission to the site is free. Some activity fees may apply.

Don't miss these great events at Fort York. Contact us at 416-392-6907 or
Regular Admission: Adults $7.96, Seniors/Youth $4.87, Children $3.76 (plus tax)
Children 5 years and under are free. Special event ticket prices may apply for certain events.

Great War Cookery - Historic Cooking Class - September 22

Thursday, September 22, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Want to learn how to make Canada's First Butter Tart recipe?  Join us to prepare and taste recipes from Canadian cookbooks from the early 1900's and an original Canadian Stew that would have been served to soldiers. Enjoy your dinner in the ambience of candlelight in our historic Officers' Mess Kitchen.  Recipe package included.  $75 +HST.  Pre-registration and payment are required. 

Farm to Fork On Common Ground - September 24 & 25

September 24 & 25, 12 to 6 p.m.
Celebrate the harvest season with a festival of healthy food, music, arts and community at Fort York National Historic Site. Fort York's annual On Common Ground festival and the Toronto Non-GMO Coalition's community-based Farm to Fork ( join forces for this family friendly, socially conscious, feast of food and culture. Featuring an organic farmers' market, dozens of Non-GMO vendors, well-researched speakers, soulful music, dance, collaborative art making for all ages, environmental defenders, and food safety and seed freedom advocates. A one-of-a-kind festival that's good for your heart, mind, body and soul. FREE. Click here for performance schedule.

Bicycle Tour: The Forts of Toronto - September 24

Saturday, September 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tour begins at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. - Moderate difficulty

Bicycling is a unique and exciting way to view Toronto's early history. Fort York, in partnership with Heritage York's Lambton House, host this Bike Month event. The tour begins at Lambton House, as it is at the edge of the Carrying Place trail. From there, we will ride to Teiagon, the site of the 17th-century Seneca Village and the Magasin Royal of 1720. Following the Humber Bicycle Trails, we will stop and explore the sites of Toronto's second French fort. Continuing along the Martin Goodman Trail we will go to where Fort Rouille, the last French Fort, once stood.

The tour will end at Fort York, a British fort and the place where urban Toronto (then York) was founded. This heralded the end of the French era of Toronto. The bicycle tour is $25 and space is limited.

Fort York After Dark: Lantern Tours - October 26, 27 & 28

October 26, 27 & 28, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Tour the grounds of Fort York at night, and hear stories about this national treasure and the history that surrounds it. From the haunted lighthouse to the bloody Battle of York, the lantern tour should not be missed. You will also visit two military cemeteries near the Fort. This event is not recommended for children under 8 yrs. Complimentary refreshments are included. Pre-registration is required. Please call 416-392-7484 for more information or to pre-register. $12.50 plus tax per person. 

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
Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax)


Turkey Shoot Performances by Single Thread Theatre Company - In October

Thursday, Friday & Saturday performances at 7:30 pm
October: 6 to 8; 13 to 15; 20 to 22

Single Thread Theatre Company invites you to be a 'fly on the wall' as drama unfolds at the historic Gibson House Museum. Turkey Shoot is a site-specific theatre production of historic fiction telling the story of a world-changing friendship between the Scottish surveyor David Gibson and a young Ojibwa named Peter Jones. Eager to make his fortune, David is hired to survey the backwoods of Upper Canada. His encounter with the Ojibwa leads him to the realization that his surveys are being conducted upon contentious land. David's resulting crisis of conscience soon brings him into direct conflict with colonial leaders and, ultimately, the British Empire itself.

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

Tickets are included with admission. Space is limited so reserve your seats online.

Harvest Tea - Two Sittings 12 & 2:30 - October 29

Saturday, October 29, Two sittings: 12 and 2:30 p.m.
Following the fall harvest, come to Gibson House Museum to relax and enjoy a Victorian-inspired harvest tea. Enjoy finger sandwiches and sweets in the historic 1850s farmhouse in the company of our costumed interpreters. Guests may tour the museum at their leisure and can enjoy the apple orchard in the adjacent Gibson Park following the tea. Pre-payment is required and seating is limited, so book your tickets today!

Not recommended for children under 6 years of age.

Tickets can be purchased online.

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.

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.

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
Last 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.

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

Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax)
Children (4 and under): Free

An Exhibition of Contemporary Photography by Nathan Cyprus - Until September 22

Ordinary Weather: An Exhibition of Contemporary Photography by Nathan Cyprus
Continues until September 22, Noon to 5 p.m.
Part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival
There is a sense of wonder in our surroundings that seems to only truly manifest itself when we become tourists in an unfamiliar landscape. In Ordinary Weather, emerging photographer Nathan Cyprus questions this lack of wonder in our everyday surroundings. Setting out to explore Toronto by bicycle, he finds a city in transition and discovers the awareness which he sought, but is so often ignored, is in actuality ever available.

Regular admission applies.

We're at Farm to Fork on Common Ground @Fort York - September 24

Saturday, September 24, 12 to 6 p.m.
While at Farm to Fork, visit the Mackenzie House table for information about our museum programs-and the opportunity to print a special souvenir recipe on our historic proof press!

Click on the Fort York event for details.

We're at Harvest Festival @Todmorden Mills - September 25

Sunday, September 25, 12 to 4 p.m.
While at the Todmorden Mills Harvest Festival, visit the Mackenzie House table for information about our museum programs and the opportunity to print a special Harvest Festival souvenir on our historic proof press!

For details, click on Todmorden Mills event listings.

Read All About It: The First World War as Front Page News - Exhibit opens September 27

Exhibit on display September 26, 2016 to January 29, 2017
This exhibit examines the challenges faced by Toronto newspapers during the First World War. Never had there been a greater demand by the public for up to the minute information; never had there been greater restrictions from the government on what the newspapers were allowed to print. Newspapers that broke the Chief Censor's rules could face financial penalty or even be shut down. Included with Regular Admission.

City of the Dead: The Necropolis Cemetery Tour - October 16

Sunday, October 16, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Not recommended for children under 8 years of age. The walk starts at the Cemetery. Meet at the main entrance.

A drama-enhanced walk in one of Toronto's oldest and most historic cemeteries.  Highlights include the graves of Mackenzie and other prominent figures.  Hear stories of murder, heartbreak and great perseverance.  After the walk, participants are invited to return to Mackenzie House for a tour and some light refreshments. The Necropolis Cemetery is located at 200 Winchester Street, the west side of the Don Valley near Riverdale Farm. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $12.50 plus tax.

Spirit Walk - October 29

Saturday, October 29, 7 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Not recommended for children under 8 years of age. 

Let your imagination take over as we lead you through downtown alleys and laneways to discover some of Toronto’s reputedly haunted buildings. Return to gas-lit historic Mackenzie House, and soothe your goosebumps with mulled cider and biscuits as you hear about the ghost stories associated with the house! Tickets must be purchased in advance.$12.50 plus tax. Please wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather. For further details, please call 416 392-6915.

Boarding House Dinner - November 10

Thursday, November 10, 7 to 9 p.m.
During the First World War, 82 Bond Street was a boarding house. Join us for dinner, storytelling and music that focus on this pivotal time in Canada's history. $30 person plus tax.

The Market Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the St. Lawrence Market. Call 416-392-7604 or email Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

When the Beatles Rocked Toronto - Exhibit on now!

June 18 to November 12, 2016
It was 50 years ago this summer when the Beatles played Toronto for the last time. In this exhibit curated by City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services, When the Beatles Rocked Toronto looks at the city in the early-to-mid sixties during a time of profound change punctuated by the Beatles' tours in 1964, 1965 and 66.

This exhibit is part of BEATLES 50 T.O. - a collaborative effort between City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services and curators, collectors, musicians and community partners to create '60s-themed events and programs celebrating this milestone anniversary. Visit for details.

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

Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax) 

Kaeja d'Dance presents: ReGeneration - September 24 & 25

Saturday, September 24, 1 and 3 p.m. and
Sunday, September 25, 1 and 3 p.m.

ReGeneration is a community dance performance that re-imagines the history of Montgomery’s Inn through dance, music and art. Every day residents of Etobicoke are paired with professional choreographers to create new dance works that will performed in various rooms throughout the Inn. Also featuring Keaja d'Dance company dancers, students of Etobicoke School of the Arts and The Music Studio, and artists from Creative Village. ReGeneration is presented in community partnership with: Montgomery’s Inn, Arts Etobicoke, Lakeshore Arts, The Music Studio, Creative Village, and Village of Islington BIA. Part of Animating Historic Sites: a partnership between Toronto Arts Council and City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services. Space is limited, come early. FREE.

Farmers Market - Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m.

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

For details visit the Inn's Farmers' Market webpage

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.

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

Wednesdays, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday &  Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 12 to 4 p.m.

Admission Pay what you can

Walking Together - Exhibit on now

Continues until October 2
This exhibition was inspired by the poignant stories of loss and courage shared by survivors of the Mohawk Institute, a residential school from 1831 to 1969. Featuring mixed-media artwork by First Nations students from Pauline Johnson Collegiate Vocational School, Brantford, Ontario, the project is the culmination of an inter-generational community arts program coordinated by the Woodland Cultural Centre.

September Weekends

Saturdays & Sundays, Noon to 4 p.m.
Sad about summer ending? Leaf your worries behind! Scarborough Museum has tons of fun for the whole family every weekend, so come on out and get in that last bit of summer!

Admission is Pay What You Can.

October Weekends

Saturdays & Sundays, Noon to 4 p.m.

Don't be a Halloweenie! Conjure up your pioneer spirit at Scarborough Museum! Lots of Halloween themed activities to ensure you have a screaming good time.

Admission is Pay What You Can!

More than Sport - Until October 22

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.

Desserts by Lamplight - December 10

Saturday, December 10, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
A magical evening of lamp-lit rooms, decadent desserts and carolers. Space is limited for this fundraising event - early bookings recommended. Pre-registration only. Call 416-338-8807 or click here to purchase tickets. Ticket price $25 includes tax.

Contact us at 416-392-6910 or

"Hello Dali" - A Surrealist Collage Workshop - September 23

Friday, September 23, 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.

Atop Davenport Hill in the 1920s: A Guided Walk - September 25

Presented as part of Heritage Toronto's Walking Tour program
Sunday, September 25, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Explore Davenport Hill during a key transitional period - when it changed from a neighbourhood of grand estates into an area of suburban development. The walk begins at Spadina Museum and ends at Winston Churchill Park, the corner of Spadina Rd and St. Clair Avenue. Admission for the walk is pay-what-you-wish, ($5.00 to $10.00 suggested), with monies going to support Heritage Toronto's programs.

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

Harvest Festival - September 25

Sunday, September 25, 12 to 4 p.m.
Celebrate the harvest season in the valley! Visit our historic homes, sample heritage recipes, tour the Wildflower Preserve, create a fun take-home craft – and check out our special guests! View Steampunk Junction's collection of historic Lego TTC models, print a souvenir on the Mackenzie House proof press, discover artifacts in a Pop-Up Museum, and more! Admission to the grounds is FREE.

The Bill Boyko Show - In the Papermill Gallery - Opens Sept. 21

September 21 to October 2, 2016
After graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Bill embarked on a very successful commercial illustration and design career. In his personal work he uses inventive,  intriguing and vibrant juxtapositions of materials and colour to express his unique vision. Often he uses canvas, linen, wood, metal and other fabrics to bring texture and meaning to the subject, overlaid with layers of mediums – acrylic, chalk, paint – that create movement and depth. Beautiful subtle application of colour depth is a signature.  Versatile and always contemporary, joyful and large in scale, Bill’s work is found in private collections across Canada and the U.S.

Below is Urban Wilderness by Bill Boyko


The Ontario Society of Artists - Papermill Gallery - Opens October 5

Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works 2016
October 5 to October 16, 2016
Opening reception: October 6, 5 to 8 p.m.

This impressive exhibition of selected works in painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and mixed media, among many other very innovative techniques by 64 leading artists, is presented by The Ontario Society of Artists.

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