Todmorden Mills

Events at Todmorden Mills

Todmorden Mills is a great place to spend an afternoon with the family. Explore the nature trails and  and enjoy a guided tour of the grounds and Wildflower Preserve. In the Papermill Theatre and Galleries, take in art or buy tickets to the many theatrical productions throughout the year.

Be sure to sign up for our seasonal craft workshops for families, for a fun and creative time with your children.

Look what's happening over the next few months at Todmorden Mills. Contact us at 416-396-2819 or todmorden@toronto.ca. Click here for admission prices and hours of operation.

Earth Day - April 22

Saturday, April 22, 12 to 4 p.m.
Rediscover how old-fashioned "make do and mend" habits can help the planet! Participate in creating collaborative, environmentally-friendly artwork, visit our historic 1940s Cottage, and tour the Wildflower Preserve to discover the natural habitats of the Don Valley. Free admission.

Jane's Walk- Three walks to choose from! - May 6 & 7

Todmorden Then & Now
Saturday, May 6, 1 p.m.
Todmorden began as a small industrial community on the Don River, providing lumber, flour, beer and bricks to the growing city of Toronto. Join us on this guided neighbourhood walk as we explore the historic community of Todmorden from the 1790s to the 20th century. Free. Walk begins at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site.

Lost Movie Houses of the Danforth
Sunday, May 7, 10 a.m.
In the first half of the 20th century – before TV, DVDs or computers – the only way to see a film was on the big screen, and the Danforth was a cinema hotspot. Join us on this guided neighbourhood walk, as we discover some of the lost movie houses of the past. Free. PLEASE NOTE: Walk begins at parkette on north side of Broadview subway station.

Victory on the Home Front: East York and WWII
Sunday, May 7, 1 p.m.
During the Second World War, East York residents worked hard on the home front to support the war effort overseas. Join us for a guided neighbourhood walk that explores the community's wartime experiences, initiatives and commemorations. Free. PLEASE NOTE: Walk begins at Royal Canadian Legion Branch #10, at 1083 Pape Avenue. Meet at south side of building. 

Outdoor Guided Walk: Mother's Day Wildflowers - May 14

Sunday, May 14, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Join us for a guided walk in our nature preserve and celebrate the return of the spring wildflowers and wildlife! Refreshments will be served after the walk. Adults $7.08; Youth/Seniors $4.42; Children $3.76 (plus tax). 

Doors Open Toronto - May 27 & 28

Saturday, May 27 & Sunday, May 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Last entry at 4:30 p.m.
This was once a small industrial community that provided lumber, flour, beer and bricks to the growing city of Toronto. Today, this City of Toronto Heritage site consists of four in situ structures: two historic houses, the former Brewery building as well as the renovated and fully accessible Papermill Theatre and Gallery. Adjoining the site is a 9.2 hectare wildflower preserve with a walking trail that explores a number of natural habitats, including: upland and bottomland forests, dry and wet meadows, swamp lands and a pond. Visitors can discover the lives of Toronto working families as seen through the two historic homes recently restored to the 1890s and wartime 1940s. Tours are scheduled for both days. The Papermill Theatre is only open on Saturday, May 27

In the Papermill Theatre

Amicus Productions present David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross
April 27 to May 6
Winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize, David Mamet's scalding drama is about small-time, cutthroat real estate salesmen grinding out a living by pushing iffy plots of land onto reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their share of the American dream. Here is Mamet at his best, writing with brutal power about the tough life of tough characters who wheedle and wheel and deal for a piece of the action – where closing a sale can mean winning a new Cadillac but losing one can mean you're fired. For tickets, call the box office at 416-860-6176 or visit www.amicusproductions.ca

East Side Players present Norm Foster's Office Hours
May 26 to June 10
What do an overweight jockey, a desperate movie producer, a gay entertainment lawyer, a philandering agent and a Week-at-a-Glance salesman have in common? Ordinarily not a whole lot, but then again Norman Foster's Office Hours is no ordinary play. Foster is one of Canada's most popular playwrights and Office Hours is one of his funniest plays. Filled with snappy dialogue, witty repartee, hilarious predicaments, and lots and lots of laughs. For tickets, call the box office at 416-425-0917 or visit www.eastsideplayers.ca

TO Canada with Love Events

ExpandCreative Inspiration: Painting Our Canada - Opens May 3

May 3 to May 14, Opening reception: Wednesday, May 3, 7 p.m.
FREE admission to the Papermill Gallery, regular admission applies to the rest of the museum

Don Valley Art Club has been on the Toronto art scene since 1948 and has been associated with the Papermill Gallery since the early 1970s. In celebration of Canada 150, more than 100 members of the Don Valley Art Club will illustrate how Canada has inspired their work. Proceeds from a Silent Auction of original artwork will be donated to a charity benefiting young artists. Visitors to the Papermill Gallery will be invited to sketch or draw their own favourite iconic Canadian landscape or historic figure; these works will be displayed at Todmorden Mills. Materials provided. Special art activities for the young and young at heart are planned for Sunday May 7, from 12:00 to 5:00pm. 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.

ExpandCanada 150 Fab Forties - June 18

Sunday, June 18, 12 to 4 p.m.
$10 plus HST

Join us for Todmorden Mills' second annual Fab Forties event, enhanced to mark Canada's 150th anniversary. Time-travel to the home front of the 1940s - transformative years for Canada and the world! Come dressed in your best rendition of early 1940s fashion and participate in our juried costume contest. Enjoy live Big Band Swing music or learn how to 'cut a rug' with a wartime dance lesson. Tour our historic 1940s Cottage, sample wartime ration recipes, snap a selfie in front of our 1940s photo billboards, check out our vintage vendors, play some vintage board and outdoor games or pick up a treat from selected food vendors - all in the spirit of the wartime Toronto! 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.

ExpandTodmorden Mills: Then and Now - Opens June 28

June 28 to August 6, Opening reception Thursday, July 6, 7 p.m.
FREE admission to the Papermill Gallery, regular admission applies to the rest of the museum

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site was created for Canada's Centennial in 1967. On the site's 50th anniversary, and the 150th birthday of our country, this archival photography exhibit, complemented by copies of original art works from the City of Toronto collections, explores Todmorden from its beginnings as an industrial community in the late 1790s to its restoration as East York's contribution to Canada's Centennial celebrations. 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.

ExpandHarvest Festival - September 24

Sunday, September 24, 12 to 4 p.m.
FREE

Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, the harvest season in the valley and Todmorden Mills Heritage Site’s Golden Anniversary! Visit our re-restored historic homes, sample period recipes, tour the Wildflower Preserve, create a fun take-home craft – and meet our special costumed guests from Todmorden's past! Print a souvenir on the Mackenzie House proof press, discover artifacts in a Pop-Up Museum, and more! 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.

ExpandA Colourful History: Toronto's Historic Sites - Opens October 2

October 2 to October 16, Opening reception Thursday October 5, 6:30pm
FREE admission to the Papermill Gallery, regular admission applies to the rest of the museum
Toronto artist and urban geographer Daniel Rotsztain has visited and sketched more than 100 of Toronto's historic sites, capturing their unique architectural features and even some of their quirky and beloved artifacts! These drawings, featured in the colouring book A Colourful History Toronto published by Dundurn Press, offer Papermill Gallery visitors a chance to see the original drawings created by the artist along with his captions and comments. This project 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.