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.

April is Print Month

Sundays in April, 12 to 5 p.m.
Every Sunday in April, use the historic press in our print shop to make your own souvenir! Included with regular admission.

  • April 2: Print a calling card
  • April 9: Print your own copy of the Proclamation calling for the arrest of Mackenzie
  • April 16: Print a post card using images from our collection
  • April 23: Print a 20th century photo engraving
    April 30: Print a Historic Recipe Card

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. Click here to purchase tickets.

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. Click here to purchase tickets.

Walking Tour - From Riots to Respectability: The Irish Experience in Toronto - April 29

Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Starting point – Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street
Learn about the Irish immigration to Toronto in the 19th Century and how this shaped Toronto. The walking tour will highlight key spots in downtown Toronto that tell the story of the Irish immigrants that fled famine and sectarian violence to make a new home in Canada. The tour will finish at the Market Gallery in St. Lawrence Market to explore the exhibit, Settling in Toronto: The Quest for Freedom, Opportunity and Identity. Approx. 2 hours in length. $10 per person incl. tax. Click here to purchase tickets.

Jane's Walk - Versus: 19th Century Toronto Feuds and Fights - May 6

Saturday, May 6 at 1 to 3 p.m.
This two hour walk explores the stories of notorious Toronto adversaries of the 1800's. A feud in 19th century Toronto could lead to ostracism, to court, and in one case, even to murder. Walk begins: 160 Frederick Street, at the northwest corner of Front & Frederick Streets, by the Heritage Toronto plaque.

Spring Baking Workshop: Temperance and Teetotalism in Toronto - May 13

Saturday, May 13, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Victorian Torontonians preached moderation and self-restraint when consuming alcoholic beverages as alcoholism was a serious problem in late 1800 society and led to the destruction of families. The Temperance movement was the first time many middle class women were involved in politics. Explore the eating and drinking traditions associated with the Temperance movement. In addition to baking historic Victorian recipes such as Victorian Sandwiches and seed cake in our 1860s wood stove, participants will experience a recreated Temperance pledge-signing ceremony and learn Temperance songs and poetry in the parlour. $25 plus tax. Click here to purchase tickets.

Doors Open Toronto - May 27 & 28

Saturday, May 27 & Sunday, May 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Last admission: 4:30 p.m.
Mackenzie House participates in this city-wide celebration of Toronto’s architectural heritage. This year's theme, in keeping with Canada's 150th Birthday, is 150 years of Architecture. Admission is FREE. 

TO Canada with Love Events

ExpandThe 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.

ExpandStreet 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.

ExpandEaton's Goes to War - Opens September 21

September 21 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.

ExpandBoarding House Dinner - November 9

Thursday, November 9, 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 per person plus tax. 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.