Fort York National Historic Site

Events at Fort York

Take part in year-round special events on this 43-acre site. From historic cooking classes for 8 people to huge outdoor concerts for thousands, Fort York offers activities that appeal to everyone.

Don't miss these great events at Fort York. Contact us at 416-392-6907 or

Art of Peace: A dance-based performance installation - February 11 to 21

In the Fort York Blue Barracks

Show Times:

Feb 11, 2016 (preview), 7:30 pm
Feb 12, 13, 17,18 & 20, 2016, 7:30 pm
Feb 13 & 21, 2016, 3:00 pm matinee
Post-show special event, Wednesday, Feb 17

lbs/sq” performance presents

Art of Peace

Ancestral questions given life in an ancient place, haunted by peace

Art of Peace (Part 1): Invitation, a dance-based performance installation, explores our relationship to peace set inside walls built for war. Stories, images, and somatic textures weave a legacy of how we fight within and throughout to claim what is ours, to find peace and to nourish ourselves.

Join us in one of Toronto's most engaging open winter spaces as we gather intimately in the warmth of the Blue Barracks of Fort York to honour and measure the cost of peace from our Indigenous and immigrant-settler roots. Don your parka and be prepared to feast with mouth, eyes, and ears. You may leave feeling satiated and hungry.

Featuring performances by primary collaborators:
Gerry Trentham (Choreography, Writing and Direction)
Sylvie Bouchard (Translation, Text, Process Advisor)
Julia Aplin (Composer)
Lisa C. Ravensbergen (Text, Dramaturgy)
Michael Caldwell (Performance Collaborator)

Andjelija Djuric (Costumes and Set)
James Kendal (Video and Stage Management)
Simon Rossiter (Lighting Design)

Jessa Agilo (Producer)                                   



Tickets: $20 / $30

$60 VIP Feb 17 only (includes $40 tax-receiptable donation)

To purchase tickets, please visit Tickets will also be available at the door.


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Family Day - February 15

Monday, February 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Explore the history of Toronto and Fort York. Visit the Fort's historic kitchen and sample some baking from the hearth. Hot chocolate and a roaring fire will make this a heartwarming and memorable visit. Kids can try an 1812 drill class, Officers' Sword Drill and some old-fashioned games, as well as a fun-filled kids' activity book.

$7.96/adults, $3.76/child, $4.87/youth & senior, FREE 5 and under (plus tax)

Mad for Marmalade, Crazy for Citrus! - February 20

Saturday, February 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join Fort York National Historic Site in partnership with the Culinary Historians of Canada for our ninth annual celebration of Marmalade and all things citrus!  This year's event has a Persian flavour. Enjoy a citrus themed workshop, lunch, guest speakers, tastings and marketplace, or enter the Marmalade Competition. Pre-registration is required. For more information please visit To register, please call 416-392-7484. Early bird tickets $55 plus tax ($62.15) are available until February 8, $60 plus tax ($67.80) afterward. 

A Taste of Medieval Times - Historic Cooking Class - March 13

Historic Cooking Classes at Fort York
The Historic Foodways Program promotes culinary history through the animation of the historic kitchens at Fort York and through the sharing of period foods and recipes. This unique program relies on educated volunteers and staff.

A Taste of Medieval Times
Sunday, March 13, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Led by Fort York Historic Foodways Program Volunteer Historic Cook, Mya Sangster.

Join us in the 1826 Officers' Mess Kitchen and discover fascinating recipes for "Gingerbrede" made with honey, "Figgy," an ancestor of plum pudding, "Daryols," an early custard tart, and other delights taken directly from original cookbooks and manuscripts from the late 1300s. Lunch and recipe packages are included.

$75 plus tax.  Pre-registration and payment are required. To register please call 416-392-7484.