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What's On

It's Spring at last! Looking for an adventure in the City? From Easter-themed activities and tours to an outdoor spring walk, you'll find fun things to and explore at Toronto's Historic Sites!

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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.

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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.


Easter Traditions at Colborne Lodge - Mar. 21, 22 & 28, Apr. 4 & 5

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 416-392-7500 or fortyork@toronto.ca.

Everything Easter @ Fort York! April 4

Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Everything Easter @ Fort York is Toronto’s’ newest egg hunt! Join us for a day of fun and games, including an Easter egg hunt, arts and crafts, meet and greet with the Easter Bunny, and egg races. There will be food and beverage to purchase on site, not to mention great raffle prizes to be won! All proceeds will go towards the Ronald McDonald House and the George Brown College Foundation which benefits scholarships, bursaries, and awards for students. Recommended for families and children aged 3-10!

Save 25% by purchasing your tickets in advance:

http://www.everythingeasterto.com/#!tickets/cd5f

 

 

Gertrude Kearns: The Art of Command - Until June 14

Portraits and Posters from Canada's Afghan Mission
Fort York Visitor Centre
NOW OPEN
On until 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.

Community Cleanup Day - April 18

Saturday April 18, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Help us with spring cleaning of the Garrison Common. All equipment will be provided.
Please contact David Juliusson @ 416-392-7150.

A free Family Pass will be offered to all volunteers!

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

 

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.

Tartan Day at Gibson House - April 11

Saturday, April 11, 1 to 5 p.m. (Last tour at 4:30 pm)
Come celebrate all things Scottish in recognition of National Tartan Day (April 6th). Try on a tartan and have your picture taken with a brave Scottish lass. Sample some treats on your tour of Mr. Gibson's farmhouse. Learn about prominent Scottish Canadians like the Gibsons or try a guess at the "Which Tartan is Which?" station in the Discovery Gallery. Regular admission applies BUT wear tartan and get in for half price!

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

 

Print Month - April 4 & 5

Saturday and Sunday, April 4 & 5, 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 reproduction print shop. On Easter weekend, choose a design and print a seed packet on the vintage1845 press. Take some seeds home for spring planting!

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

Print Month - April 11 & 12

Saturday and Sunday, April 11 & 12, 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 reproduction print shop.

This weekend marks the 177th anniversary of the executions of Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews, friends of Mackenzie who took part in the 1837 Rebellion. Print a copy of the Proclamation that offered £500 for Lount and Matthews and £1000 for Mackenzie.

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

The Hanging of Lount and Mathews: A Rebellion Walking Tour - Apr. 12

A Rebellion Walking Tour
Sunday, April 12 at 11 a.m.

Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews were hanged for treason on April 12, 1838, following the failed 1837 Rebellion. William Lyon Mackenzie, one of the leaders of the rebellion, escaped to exile in the United States. This walk explores the changes in Mackenzie's Toronto upon his return in the 1850s. It begins in the courtyard of Mackenzie House (82 Bond Street) and climaxes with a dramatic performance in Courthouse Square. FREE

Print Month - April 18 & 19

Saturday and Sunday, April 18 & 19, 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 reproduction print shop.

This weekend, discover how calling cards played an important role in Victorian social life and were a good source of income for printers!  Print a set of calling cards to take home.

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

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 reproduction 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

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 - 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.

Decorate a Cupcake! - Sat,. Apr. 4

Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sponsored by the St. Lawrence Market Tenants Association & the Market Gallery

Drop by the West Mezzanine Kitchen of the South St. Lawrence Market for cupcakes and colouring, then visit the Market Gallery for an arts & craft activity! For children of all ages! 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

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.

NEW! Learn to Sing – A Vocals Workshop – March 28

Ages 6 & Up
Presented by Montgomery’s Inn, Neighbours of The Kingsway & The Music Studio
All skill levels are welcome.

Saturday, March 28, 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Ever long to sing outside of your shower, join a choir or try for Canadian Idol? This 45-minute, information-packed, participatory workshop will inspire and encourage you!  You will begin with a vocal warm-up and a basic song - so get ready to sing!

Find your vocal range and learn how to sing in different styles. Teacher, Angie Hilts, is from The Music Studio and has extensive vocal training and performance experience. Bring water and wear comfortable clothing. Admission is FREE but you must book your spot. To register, call The Music Studio at 416.234.9268 or email: lessons@themusicstudio.ca

Heirloom Corn Mosaic Workshops - Apr. 1, 8, 15 & 29

In the Briarly Room
April 1, 8, 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.

 

 

Fret Not Ukulele Club - April 2 & April 30

Thursdays, April 2 and 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.

 

Easter Tea Time at the Inn - April 5

Sunday, April 5, 1 to 4 p.m.
Special tea in our community room for Easter featuring lemon tea cake, chocolate bunny sugar cookies and maple pecan cookies. $5 plus tax.

No need to register, just drop by. Regular admission price will apply if you wish to tour the Inn before or after your tea.

Neapolitan Connection Concert Series - April 11

Sunday, April 11, 2 to 4 p.m.
Join us for classical music at the Inn in partnership with Neapolitan Connection. This month features MUPPETS AT THE MUSEUM with vocalists Manuele and Jennifer Mizzi. Bring the kids to this most sensational inspirational muppetational show! Tours of the museum and refreshments are included in the ticket price. Tickets available at http://www.neapolitanconnection.com/.

 

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.

 

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.

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

 

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.

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!)

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.

NEW! Spadina Museum Book Club - March 29

In partnership with Diaspora Dialogues
Sunday, March 29, 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

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

Explorations: A Group Art Exhibition, curated by 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

 

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.

 

Earth Day at Todmorden Mills - April 19

Sunday, April 19, 12 to 4 p.m.
Discover what you can do to help the planet! Participate in creating collaborative, environmentally-friendly artwork. Tour the Wildflower Preserve to discover the natural habitats of the Don Valley. Learn about the impact of industrialization on our landscape through a special guided tour of the site.

FREE.

 

Amicus Productions presents The Madwoman of Chaillot - April 30

Amicus Productions present Jean Giraudoux's
The Madwoman of Chaillot
April 30 to May 9

See why this 1943 play just keeps entertaining audiences. Generations have fallen in love with Aurelia, the heroine, mostly because her “madness” is really optimism that’s out of place in a cynical time. A wonderful mix of story, setting and eccentric characters promises a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

For tickets, please call 416-860-6176 or visit http://www.amicusproductions.ca.