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.

Herend Porcelain Painting Course - May 21

Sunday, May 21, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
An exclusive opportunity to learn how to paint by hand on an original piece of Herend porcelain led by an artist flown in from the Herend Porcelain Manufactory in Hungary. No previous experience is required and all registration fees includes materials, refreshments and a tour of the restored houses of Todmorden Mills. $35 (plus tax). Register online through Herend Canada: Morning class or afternoon class.

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

Fabulous Felt Flowers Workshop - June 4

Sunday, June 4, 1 to 4 pm.
With just a few simple supplies and stitches, you can make amazing felt flowers! Create a corsage to add the finishing touch to your Fab '40s outfit, or a posy to adorn a headband, necklace, or even to top a present. A tour of our historic 1940s Cottage is included. Suitable for ages 10 and up. Pre-registration is required. $7 plus tax. Click here to purchase tickets.

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

In the Papermill Gallery

CAPIC Exhibition 2017 – Double Vision/Xposé/Rodeo
May 17 to 28
The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC) is pleased to present a trio of annual exhibitions showcasing photographers, illustrators, and image creators from across Canada. Xposé 2017 is shown as part of the Scotiabank Photography Festival and is a curated exhibition of photographic works by some of Canada’s leading image creators. Xposé curator Bob Carnie, owner of The Dylan Ellis Gallery in Toronto, maintains an international reputation for printing traditional and digital fine art for photographers, galleries, and museums. Double Vision 2017 is an annual competition and exhibition that pairs professional image creators from across Canada by random draw and challenges them to create portraits of one another. All entries will be on display at the show as well as the winners of the juried and popular votes. RODEO is CAPIC’s annual competition for student photographers and illustrators. Thousands of student image creators from across Canada compete for an opportunity to display their work, national exposure, and top cash prizes. Winning entries will be on display, showcasing the next generation of emerging CAPIC talent.

Toronto Watercolour Society
May 31 to June 11
The Toronto Watercolour Society is delighted to announce the upcoming 32nd Spring Aquavision exhibition. This eclectic show in Toronto’s scenic Don Valley opens Wednesday May 31 and runs through until Sunday June 11, 2017.  On Saturday, June 3rd from 1PM to 4PM please join us to meet many of the talented artists at the opening reception. This is an extraordinary opportunity to appreciate the works of some of Toronto’s finest artists and add to your collection. Come and enjoy one of Toronto’s most picturesque heritage properties and 100 TWS “Artist’s Choice” works, we promise that you will not be disappointed! 

Willowdale Group of Artists
June 13 to 25
Willowdale Group of Artists celebrates its 70th Anniversary with a Juried Show and Sale, featuring works painted by some of Toronto’s finest amateur and professional artists. Founded in 1947, The Willowdale Group of Artists has continuously met its objective of bringing together people with a desire to paint, and to provide them with inspiration, support and opportunities for learning.

Reception will take place on Wednesday June 17th from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. in the Papermill Gallery and will feature awards for Best Abstract, Best Landscape, Best Design, Best Figure/Portrait, and five Honorable Mentions.

For many years, the Willowdale Group of Artists has awarded and endowment to deserving students enrolled in the arts program at York University. Our 2017/18 recipient, Domenic Romano will be introduced to patrons and guests at the reception. Come and see many wonderful works in genres from realistic to abstraction, to impressionism and more.

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! Click here to purchase tickets. 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 Then and Now - Opens June 28

June 28 to August 6, Opening reception: Saturday, July 15, 2 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 4

October 4 to October 15, 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.