Mackenzie House

Events at Mackenzie House

Mackenzie House hosts many events throughout the year.

These are the events taking place at Mackenzie House. Contact us at 416-392-6915 or machouse@toronto.ca. Click here for admission prices and hours of operation.

Walking Tour - From Storefront to Home Front: Memories of Eaton's at War - April 9

Sunday, April 9, 1 to 2:30 p.m. 
Starting and ending at Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street
On the the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, join us on a walking tour in the Yonge and Dundas neighbourhood and learn about the role of the iconic T. Eaton Company, whose flagship store was located on Yonge at Queen Street. Discover the lives of Eaton's employees who enlisted in the Great War, as well as those of their families who stayed behind. No longer here to tell the tales for themselves, these ordinary people risked their lives serving in one of the worst wars in modern history. The tour will take place on April 9th, the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

$10 per person including tax. 

Journal Making Workshop - April 12

Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Join Carolyn Eady of Sprouts Press at Mackenzie House for an evening of book and paper fun! Learn how to craft your own, hand bound, soft cover journal. Then use the 1850s press to print the cover of your book. This workshop will introduce you to the tools of the trade, material and techniques to make a soft cover book. All supplies included. Everyone will leave with a finished product. $45/person plus tax. Only 12 participants per workshop

Exploring Toronto's Immigration: A Food History Walking Tour - April 22

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Begins at Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street
Find out how immigrant culture has changed local food life in Toronto with Chris Theofilogiannakos, a Greek-Canadian and historical interpreter. Chris will share his immigrant experience to reflect on questions of identity, migration, home, citizenship and belonging. The walking tour will end at the Market Gallery in St. Lawrence Market to explore the exhibit, Settling in Toronto: The Quest for Freedom, Opportunity and Identity. No Food is included in the ticket price. $10 tax included. 

Print a Poster Workshop - April 26

Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
In partnership with Gravenfeather Studio, Mackenzie House presents a workshop where participants will learn about early printing in Toronto, and design and print their own poster on a 1850s Washington Press. $65/person plus tax. Only 6 people per workshop.

TO Canada with Love - The Past is Never Far: Contact Photography Festival - Opens May 2

May 2 to September 15
Included with regular admission

Photographer Summer Leigh presents an exhibition of photos that combine historic images with contemporary and capture the changing streetscapes of urban Toronto. This exhibit 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.

TO Canada with Love - Street Art 2017 - Begins May 23

May 23 to September 1
FREE

History hits the streets for Canada's 150th birthday!  From the end of May through to the end of August keep an eye out for the Mackenzie House sidewalk artist.  Using only sidewalk chalk, this talented graffiti artist will trace Toronto's history throughout the downtown core. Where will tidbits from Toronto's history turn up next?  Keep an eye on the Mackenzie House social media streams to follow the summer long adventure.  This program 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.

TO Canada with Love - Eaton's Goes to War - Opens September 17

September 17 to December 31
Included with regular admission

The First World War transformed Canada. During that war, 3,327 Eaton's employees enlisted to fight. Each time one of them was shipped overseas, a photo was displayed prominently in the Toronto store just steps from Mackenzie House. 2,000 of these portraits survived and have become part of the T. Eaton Company records at the Archives of Ontario. In commemoration of Canada's 150th birthday, Mackenzie House staff have been actively searching out accounts of the lives of these men and urging the public to come forward to share their stories of the soldiers with us. Who were these men? Come to our exhibit and find out. This exhibit 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.