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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!

Just check the listings below 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.

Camps for children and family fun adventures during March Break are listed below

March Break Camps

Colborne Lodge

Children will discover and be inspired by Victorian gadgets and designs in a week full of activities, projects, cooking, park exploration and more.  Register your camper online at toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-338-4386.

Program

Dates

Time

Ages

Cost

CODE

Day Camp

March 13-17

9:00-4:30

7-10

$190.00

2890276

Extended Care

March 13-17

8:30-9:00

7-10

$7.50

2890278

Extended Care

March 13-17

4:30-5:00

7-10

$7.50

2890279


Gibson House Museum

March Break Bakers for ages 7 to 11
Monday, March 13, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Course Code: 2890280
Sign your child up to cook with us this March break! Campers will cook their own heritage inspired lunch in Mrs. Gibson's historic kitchen, over the open hearth with our historic interpreters. . $37.50 per child. Pre-register online at toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-338-4386. Extended care is available for an additional fee: $2.90 for 8 to 9 a.m. (Course Code 2890283); $2.90 for 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Course Code 2875279)

March Break Bakers for ages 7 to 11
Tuesday, March 14, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Course Code: 2890281
Sign your child up to cook with us this March break! Campers will cook their own heritage inspired lunch in Mrs. Gibson's historic kitchen, over the open hearth with our historic interpreters. . $37.50 per child. Pre-register online at toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-338-4386. Extended care is available for an additional fee: $2.90 for 8 to 9 a.m. (Course Code 2890311); $2.90 for 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Course Code 2890312)


Scarborough Museum

March Break Camp for ages 5-12
Monday, March 13 to Friday, March 17
Course Code: 2875013
Experience settler life and a March Break you will always remember! Have winter fun, learn settler skills, make crafts and cook on the wood stove. $190 Pre-register online at toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-338-4386. Extended care is available for an additional fee: $15 for 8 to 9 a.m. (Course Code: 2971470); $15 for 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Course Code: 2875272)


Spadina Museum

March Break Arts & Adventure Camp - Ages 7 to 10
Monday, March 13 to Friday, March 17, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Course Code: 2888517
March Break campers explore the 1920s and 1930s through the arts including painting, drawing, film, photography, radio plays, and more. Each day is a new adventure set in this beautifully restored city mansion. $190.00. Register your camper online at toronto.ca/torontofun. Extended care available from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., and 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. – see toronto.ca/torontofun for details and cost.


March Break Family Adventures

Fort York National Historic Site
250 Fort York Boulevard, 416-392-6907 press "0"
Paid parking north of Fleet Street west of Fort York with entrances off Garrison Road and Strachan Avenue.fortyork@toronto.ca  www.toronto.ca/museum-events

March Break Family FUN at Fort York
March 13 to 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Looking for a day of adventure during March Break? Just bring your family down to Fort York National Historic Site! At this authentic War of 1812 fort, children will have fun trying soldiers' drill classes, officers' sword drill, and dressing up in costumes. Visitors can sample treats from the 1826 historic kitchen. There will be music workshops for all ages. Learn about the Fort's exciting history through colorful exhibits including the new Visitor Centre and Battle of York Experience. Pick up a Kids' Guide to Fort York and have fun finding the clues to complete its games and puzzles throughout their tour.

No registration required.

Admission: Adults: $7.96, Children $3.76, Seniors & Youths $4.87, (plus tax); children 3 years and under are free.

 

MACKENZIE HOUSE  82 Bond Street
Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children: $2.65 (plus tax)
Children (4 and under): Free. machouse@toronto.ca  416-392-6915

Family FUN during March Break
March 'Musements
Sat. March 11 to Sun. March 19, 12 to 5 p.m.

Drop in for some Victorian fun! Typeset your name on the 1850s printing press, make a craft to take home, and have a cookie in the historic kitchen.
Regular admission applies.

 

SCARBOROUGH MUSEUM   1007 Brimley Road, just north of Lawrence in Thomson Memorial Park  Hours: Wednesday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Regular admission is pay-what-you-can.  shm@toronto.ca  416-338-8807

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.

SPADINA MUSEUM  285 Spadina Road
Regular admission: Adults $7.96, Seniors/Youth (13-18 yrs.) $5.75, Children (6-12 yrs.) $4.87 (plus tax), Children (5 and under) Free. Paid parking next door at Casa Loma
416-392-6910 spadina@toronto.ca 

Meet the Austins: A Toronto Family Between the Wars - Tours
Monday, March 13 to Friday, March 17, 12 to 5 p.m.
Tours at
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.


TODMORDEN MILLS HERITAGE SITE

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

March Mania Family FUN in the Valley
March 11 to 19, 12 to 4 p.m.

Drop in for March Break fun and games in the Valley! Visit our historic homes to sample a tasty treat, and discover toys and 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 $7.08, Students/Seniors: $4.42; Children $3.76 (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.

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

March Break Camp at Colborne Lodge

March Break Day Camp

Children will discover and be inspired by Victorian gadgets and designs in a week full of activities, projects, cooking, park exploration and more.  Register your camper online at toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-338-4386.

Program

Dates

Time

Ages

Cost

CODE

Day Camp

March 13-17

9:00-4:30

7-10

$190.00

2890276

Extended Care

March 13-17

8:30-9:00

7-10

$7.50

2890278

Extended Care

March 13-17

4:30-5:00

7-10

$7.50

2890279

 

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

March Break Family Fun at Fort York - March 13 to 17

March 13 to 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Looking for a day of adventure during March Break?

Just bring your family down to Fort York National Historic Site! At this authentic War of 1812 fort, children will have fun trying soldiers' drill classes, officers' sword drill, and dressing up in costumes. Visitors can sample treats from the 1826 historic kitchen. There will be music workshops for all ages. Learn about the Fort's exciting history through colorful exhibits including the new Visitor Centre and Battle of York Experience. Pick up a Kids' Guide to Fort York and have fun finding the clues to complete its games and puzzles throughout their tour. No registration required.

Admission: Adults: $7.96, Children $3.76, Seniors & Youths $4.87, (plus tax); children 3 years and under are free.

 

 

Vimy 100 Toronto - April 8 & 9

Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort York National Historic Site pays tribute to the men and women who fought for Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917 with a remembrance ceremony and Great War exhibits on April 8 and 9.  On Saturday, April 8 experience the sights and sounds of First World War Canadian soldiering through fascinating re-enactor displays of infantry, artillery, cavalry, medicine, music and food. On Sunday, April 9 attend a moving military remembrance parade at 2 p.m. by the Canadian Armed Forces which includes the dedication of a Vimy oak tree to the City of Toronto at Fort York National Historic Site. Free 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
Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax)

 

Gibson House: A Centennial Legacy - An Exhibit - Feb. 22 to May 28

A TO Canada with Love Exhibition
Until May 28
Please note during March Break we have special hours:
March 11 to 19 (Closed Monday and Tuesday): 
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This exhibit explores how the Centennial celebrations of 1967 contributed to the creation of Gibson House and other local initiatives in North York.

March Break Bakers One Day Camp for Ages 7 to 11 - March 13 or 14

Sign your child up to cook with us this March break!
Campers will cook their own heritage inspired lunch in Mrs. Gibson's historic kitchen, over the open hearth with our historic interpreters. Pre-register online at toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-338-4386.

Monday, March 13, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Course Code: 2890280
$37.50 per child

Extended care is available for an additional fee:
$2.90 for 8 to 9 a.m. (Course Code 2890283)
$2.90 for 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Course Code 2875279)

OR

Tuesday, March 14, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Course Code: 2890281
$37.50 per child

Extended care is available for an additional fee:
$2.90 for 8 to 9 a.m. (Course Code 2890311)
$2.90 for 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Course Code 2890312)

 

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

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 – For All Ages - Last Thursday of each month

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.

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, the Suburban Steam event and other special events throughout the year. Contact us at (416) 395-7435 or zionschool@toronto.ca

Suburban Steam Community Festival - NEW DATE! June 24

A TO Canada with Love Event
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

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

Mackenzie House Celebrates Black History Month - Weekends in February

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 the 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.

The Dumplings of Toronto - February 25

Saturday, February 25, 12 to 5 p.m.
The foods we eat tell compelling stories about our identity and our city.  Dumplings are universal and highlight both the ethnic diversity and cultural similarities of Toronto’s communities and neighbourhoods. Once a month Mackenzie House Museum invites visitors to explore Toronto’s immigrant communities through the dumpling. Visitors will enjoy cooking demonstrations on our historic 1860s wood burning stove, learn about various cultural traditions and recipes, and sample dumplings from around the globe. Join us on Saturday February 25, 2017 to learn about the Kibbeh (Kubbeh, Kubbah), a popular dumpling enjoyed throughout the Middle East. 

From Riots to Respectability: The Irish Experience in Toronto – A Walking Tour - Mar. 18

From Riots to Respectability: The Irish Experience in Toronto – A Walking Tour
Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Starting point—St. Paul's Basilica, 83 Power Street, Toronto

This walking tour tells the story of the flood of Irish immigrants to Toronto in the 1840s and 50s driven from their home by famine and sectarian violence.  The huge numbers brought about dramtic change in the city's politics and governance and helped to create what we are today.  Learn about the Irish journalists, mayors, rebels and rioters as you explore Cabbagetown, historic King Street, famine memorials, Cathedrals and the haunts of the wealthy and the poor.  Tour finishes at Mackenzie House. 

$10 per person including tax. 

 

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.

Unearthing Toronto's Oldest Marketplace - Continues until March, 2017

Unearthing Toronto's Oldest Marketplace: The Archaeology of the North St. Lawrence Market
The North St. Lawrence Market is about to undergo a major rebuild. As part of that process, the citizens of Toronto will have a rare opportunity to look into the City's past as the building site undergoes a major archaeological dig. The exhibit will use archaeological finds from the site along with historical maps, art works, photographs, and artifacts to tell the story of North America's longest-running continually operating food market, established 1803. As the dig continues through the fall and winter of 2016/2017 new information will be added to the exhibit showing how historical understanding can change as new research is conducted.

Becoming Canadian in Toronto - An Exhibit - March 25 to July 15

 

A TO Canada with Love Exhibition

Becoming Canadian in Toronto
March 25 to July 15, 2017

Diversity Our Strength is the City's modern motto but the city's history tells a different, more colourful story. Using videos, oral histories, artifacts and documents, this exhibit explores immigration through stories of struggle, triumph, and celebration. Take a journey from the 1700s up to the present day as you explore how different migrants carved out their place in Toronto's history. As Canada celebrates her 150th year, you will be challenged to consider what becoming Canadian in Toronto really means.  

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

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

March Break Junior Chef Camp - March 13 to 17

March 13 to 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pre-registration required. $175 (includes lunch)
Kids learn to cook in a fun & safe environment! Participants will learn about food from farm to table and attend the on-site farmers' market (Wednesday only). Age appropriate hands-on cooking projects may include cake decorating and baking bread in a brick oven. Plenty of active play ensures that everyone works up a healthy appetite! Participants make their own lunches daily, plus take home samples to share with hungry parents. Ages 6 to 11.

St. Patrick's Céilidh - March 18

Saturday, March 18, 7 to 11 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day celebration 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.

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 shm@toronto.ca

Hours
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

February Weekends, 12 to 4 pm.

February Weekends, 12 to 4 pm.

Fall in love with homemade potato soup and scones, cooked right before your eyes. Samples and recipes available to share them with those you love. Admission is Pay What You Can

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.

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.

March Break Camp – Ages 5 to12 - March 13 to 17

Ages 5 to12
March 13 to 17
Course Code: 2875013
$190

Experience settler life and a March Break you will always remember! Have winter fun, learn settler skills, make crafts and cook on the wood stove.  Pre-register online at toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-338-4386.

Extended care is available for an additional fee:
$15 for 8 to 9 a.m. (Course Code: 2971470)
$15 for 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Course Code: 2875272)

 

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.

Contact us at 416-392-6910 or spadina@toronto.ca

Our Journey: An Art Map of Canadian Identity - Begins February 4

Begins February 4 and will be on-going throughout 2017
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.  

A TO Canada with Love Exhibition.

Yoga at Spadina - February 26

Sundays, February 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.

March Break Arts & Adventure Camp - Ages 7 to 10 - March 13 to 17

Ages 7 to 10
Monday, March 13 to Friday, March 17
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$190
Course Code: 2888517

March Break campers explore the 1920s and 1930s through the arts including painting, drawing, film, photography, radio plays, and more. Each day is a new adventure set in this beautifully restored city mansion.

Register your camper online at toronto.ca/torontofun.

Extended care available from 8 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m.
See toronto.ca/torontofun for details and cost.

 

 

 

Meet the Austins Tours during March Break - March 13 to 17

Meet the Austins: A Toronto Family Between the Wars - Tours

Monday, March 13 to Friday, March 17, 12 to 5 p.m.
Tours at 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.

 

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

Meet the Austins: A Toronto Family Between the Wars
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.

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

Helen Lucas - Roots to the Present - Continues until March 5

A TO Canada with Love Exhibition

February 8 to March 5
In the Papermill Gallery


The Garden of Eve,
1989 - copyright Helen Lucas. Collection of the artist.
Photograph by Hope Rogers.

Helen Lucas is one of Canada's most distinguished and beloved floral painters, known for her vibrant colours and large-scale, vivid depictions of flowers.

Lucas has exhibited her art in Canada, the United States, Europe, Africa, and Japan, and several works were acquired by public collections in Canada, as well as private international collections. 

This first-ever retrospective, offered in partnership with York University's Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, explores the remarkable career of Helen Lucas through her paintings, drawings and lithographs. From the 1960s to the present, she has used her artistry and vision to create an intimate diary of her life. With brutal honesty, Lucas invites us to consider the strengths of our own personal histories, encouraging us to view them through the lens of struggle, growth, and emergence.

Throughout 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. The exhibition is part of this exciting initiative and has also been funded in part by the Ontario Arts Council.

In the Papermill Theatre - Picasso at the Lapin Agile - Feb. 24 to Mar.11

East Side Players present Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile
February 24 to March 11

This long-running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian café in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. In his first comedy for the stage, the popular actor and screenwriter plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century's achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness.

For tickets visit http://www.eastsideplayers.ca or call 416-425-0917.

 

Family Fun! March Mania during March Break - March 11 to 19

March Mania in the Valley
March 11 to 19, 12 to 4 p.m.

Drop in for March Break fun and games in the Valley! Visit our historic homes to sample a tasty treat, and discover toys and 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 $7.08, Students/Seniors: $4.42; Children $3.76 (plus tax).

 

Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary 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