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.

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Please note: Ongoing construction in the area is causing frequent closures of the parking lot across from the Visitor Centre. Guests are encouraged to take public transit or park at the Green P lot at 800 Fleet Street (currently $30/day during the CNE).

Gazing Back, Looking Forward - Exhibit on display until Sept. 7

Various Artists, Group Exhibit
Curator: Rhéanne Chartrand, Artistic Associate Aboriginal Pavilion
June 18 – September 7, 2015
Fort York Visitor Centre
10 AM – 5 PM daily, Included with regular admission

Gazing Back, Looking Forward presents contemporary works by Indigenous North American artists who explore, (re-)imagine, and (re-)present Indigenous identity. By challenging conventional notions of who is and what it means to be Indigenous, these artists question the validity of tropes and codifiers of Indianness pervasive in the public stereotype of the singular, monolithic and one-dimensional image of the “Hollywood Indian.”

Through their work, these artists (re-)present a complex, multi-faceted, mixed, and urban image of contemporary peoples. In doing so, they reveal that there is no singular definition or image of an Indigenous person, but a multitude of faces, voices, and stories that capture what it means to be Indigenous today. Both individually and collectively, these artists express a profound honesty in how they (re-)present themselves, and contribute to a sense of continuity of presence and diversity.

Featuring works by Jordan Bennett, Rene Meshake, Brandan Wilson, Terrance Houle, Jeff Thomas, Keesic Douglas, Anthony “Thosh” Collins, Jason Jenkins, Nadya Kwandibens, Will Wilson, Jason Lujan, Meryl McMaster, Lindsay Delaronde and others.

Niinwin-Dabaadjmowin - We Are Talking - Exhibit on display until Sept. 7

Philip Cote, Rebecca Baird, Tecumseh Collective
June 18 – September 7, 2015
Fort York Visitor Centre
10 AM – 5 PM daily, Included with regular admission

Fort York National Historic Site is pleased to present Niinwin-Dabaadjmowin - We Are Talking, an 80-foot-long mural in 20 panels created under the leadership of Philip Cote and Rebecca Baird with young people from the Na-Me-Res Tumivut Youth Shelter.

A collaboration between Fort York, the Tecumseh Collective and Na-Me-Res, Niinwin-Dabaadjmowin - We Are Talking was the culmination of an 18-month project that began in 2004. Funded through an Ontario Works Incentive Funds grant, the endeavour sought to engage young people from the Tumivut Youth Shelter in the artistic process.

The youth took part in a number of workshops with Baird and Cote. The mural process began with the youth gaining basic drawing and painting skills. Besides working on the mural, the youth learned soapstone carving and traditional beadwork. They also partook in cultural activities, which included talking circles and pipe and sweatlodge ceremonies.

Of their experience working with the young people of Tumivut, Baird and Cote said, "It has been an incredible opportunity for us to continue our work in the Aboriginal community of Toronto. Our goal with our programs is to offer First Nations youth hope and vision for a future. We provide opportunities to acquire skills, knowledge of their culture, and develop talents and ideas that will serve to expand their horizons in the future. By continuing to implement an integrated approach, we are also providing an opportunity for First Nations youth to partake in traditional cultural activities, while gaining exposure and access to the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community."

DIBAAJIMOWIN Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Girls and Men - Exhibit on display until Sept. 7

By John C., David G., Jason F., Garry S., Na-Me-Res staff and Red Pepper Spectacle Arts
June 18 – September 7, 2015
Fort York Visitor Centre
10 AM – 5 PM daily, Included with regular admission

Created by native men at Na-Me-Res with the assistance of Na-Me-Res staff and Red Pepper Spectacle Arts the exhibit portrays the infamous 1797 murders of Chief Wabakinine of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, his wife and sister.  

For viewing will be a corn husk display depicting this tragic event alongside a series of large fabric panels that tell of the first written account of these murders.  The imagery and lettering are designed, cut and stencil-printed.

OBHS Presents: Blacks in the Military - Exhibit on display now

An exhibit designed to display Black Canadian service, dedication and pride in the Military. This unique exhibit features service men and women, both past and present, and is sponsored by the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games through the IGNITE program and supported by the Friends of Fort York. The exhibit aims to show the contributions, experiences and achievements of Black defenders.

Black Canadians have a long history of service in uniform. Often having to overcome great challenges just to enlist in the military in earlier eras when our society was less inclusive, they persevered to make their mark. From the days before Canada was even a country of its own, to the efforts in Afghanistan, the sacrifices and achievements of Black Canadians have shone through. 

Click here to learn more about the Ontario Black History Society.

TURF - September 18 to 20

Garrison Common, September 18 – 20

The Toronto Urban Roots Festival will be closing out a jam-packed summer of music festivals in the city when it returns to Fort York Garrison Common for its third instalment. This year's lineup features 52 artists including the Pixies, Lucinda Williams, Of Monsters and Men, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Wilco, the Avett Brothers, Neko Case, UB40, Cake, Lord Huron, Desaparecidos, Deerhunter, Built to Spill, and many more.

TIFF in Your Park - September 25

TIFF in Your Park – The Sapphires
September 25, 7:30 PM

Plucked from obscurity in a remote Australian mission school in 1968, four talented young Aboriginal girls are formed into a dynamic singing group and sent to Vietnam to entertain the troops. Fort York celebrates TIFF's 40th anniversary by hosting the final screening of TIFF's popular city-wide outdoor film series TIFF in Your Park. Premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, The Sapphires is an entertaining, inspirational tale set in the heady days of the late ‘60s about a quartet of young, talented singers from a remote Aboriginal mission in Australia. Starring Chris O'Dowd, Deb Mailman, Jess Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell.  FREE ADMISSION.

Small World On Common Ground Festival - September 26 & 27

September 26 & 27, 1 – 8 pm daily.

Enjoy a free weekend festival of music, arts and community on the grounds of historic Fort York with a superb array of artists. Featuring music from the Turkish folk of Turkwaz to the full-on funk of KC Roberts & the Live Revolution, the Afro-Cuban jazz of Jane Bunnett & Maqueque to eccodek's unstoppable global dub. A Tribe Called Red's hoop dancer James Jones will lead powwowFit sessions, Clay & Paper Theatre explores Animal Nature, Red Pepper Spectacle Arts leads collaborative art making for all ages, and spoken word artists journey to the heart of the soul. Combine with food, beverages, crafts and more for a family-friendly feast of culture.  FREE ADMISSION.

Sick Kids Great Camp Adventure - September 26

Garrison Common - September 26

Take on the challenge of a new adventure walk unlike anything Toronto’s ever seen: a full day designed so everyone and anyone can participate. Join in a challenge-by-choice walk along a planned route – all the way up to 20 km. Support SickKids Hospital.