City of Toronto Historic Sites events for September

Ilena Aldini-Messina —

The City of Toronto Historic Sites present several events in September that provide enriching entertainment for all ages while connecting visitors to Toronto’s rich history. Visit for more information.

COLBORNE LODGE    South end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive

Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.

Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax)

Limited free parking  416-392-6916

Myths and Legends of High Park Walking Tour

Sunday, September 6, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

By their very nature, myths and legends generate a certain amount of skepticism. Are they entirely myth, are the simply cautionary tales, is there a modicum of truth somewhere? Join us and decide for yourself! Participants enjoy a light refreshment at the Lodge at the end of the walk. Meet at the benches across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant.  Free, part of the High Park Walking Tour program. (Regular admission applies to tours of Colborne Lodge).


1091 Finch Avenue East (East of Leslie)

Limited free accessible parking available behind the Schoolhouse; street parking also available. Take Trudy Road south off Finch to Angus Drive.

Accessible by TTC via #308 Finch Avenue East bus from TTC Finch station.  416-395-7432

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A Gifts + Occupations Collective Exhibition Project

September 8 to October 3

A site-sensitive exhibition that re-animates the Historic Zion Schoolhouse and engages in a conversation about the legacies of modernism, architecture, creativity, curiosity and the teaching methods of Frederick Froebel, creator of Kindergarten. The project features a series of projects by the Gifts + Occupations Collective members, Yael Brotman, Matthew Brower, Libby Hague and Penelope Stewart with guest artist Panya Clark Espinal. It includes a short residency, an exhibition, an edition of artist multiples, artist talks and a catalogue featuring an essay by art historian Matthew Brower. Part of 
Animating Historic Sites and Museums: a partnership between Toronto Arts Council and City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

 Artists Residency Open House

Tuesday, September 8 to Thursday, September 10, 2 to 6 p.m.

The Gifts + Occupations artists will be in residence at Zion Schoolhouse. Please drop by to engage with them, as they install their site-sensitive work inspired by Froebel’s philosophy. Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

Exhibition with daily tours by the Artists

September 12 to October 3

Saturdays & Sundays, 1 to 4:30p.m.

Fridays & Mondays, 2 to 6 p.m.

Explore collaborative and independent installations on display in and around the historic schoolhouse. Enjoy the opportunity to meet the artists – Yael Brotman, Libby Hague and Penelope Stewart – who created the works based on Froebel’s early education methods and discuss the artists’ inspirations, interpretations and creative processes. Take home a sample multiple – while quantities last – as a souvenir and continue to explore your creativity and curiosity!

THE MARKET GALLERY 2nd Floor, South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front Street East

Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday & Monday. Paid parking in the area. 416-392-7604.

Home Field Advantage: Toronto’s Summer Sporting Sites

Continues until September 26

To celebrate the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games, the Market Gallery presents Home Field Advantage: Toronto’s Summer Sporting Sites, an exhibition of historic photographs and artifacts reflecting the history of summer sports in Toronto. Through the eyes of past generations of photographers, visitors can trace the evolution of summer sports in the city – from the early days of rowing and marathon swimming to cycling and baseball. Admission is FREE.

MONTGOMERY’S INN   4709 Dundas Street West at Islington Avenue

Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 1 to 5 p.m., Closed Mondays & Holidays.

Tearoom Hours: Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children $2.65 (plus tax)

Free parking   416-394-8113


Tea Time at the Inn

Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m.

Special weekly tea in our community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate, with a seasonal feature. $10 plus tax. No reservation required.

Montgomery’s Inn Farmers Market

Every Wednesday from, 2 to 6 pm.

Buy direct form local farmers and food artisans. Organic fruit and vegetables, cheese, bread and prepared foods as well as ethically raised meat, honey and more! Free.


Fret Not Ukulele Night

Thursday, September 3, 6 to 9 p.m.

Our monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Come, sing, laugh, and make music. Bring your uke, but if you’re just testing the waters and don’t yet own one, let us know and we’ll loan you one for the night. Free chord workshop is at 6 p.m., with the regular session from 7 to 9 p.m. $15.


Corn Roast, Market and Heritage Fair

Thursday September 10, 5 to 8 p.m.

There are few things nicer than a late afternoon in the park with a cob of fresh corn! Join us for a grand bake sale, local produce, live music and displays from west-end heritage organizations. Various prices for items. No charge to listen! Bring your lawn chairs.


SCARBOROUGH MUSEUM   1007 Brimley Road, just north of Lawrence in Thomson Memorial Park

Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Regular admission is pay-what-you-can.  416-338-8807


September Weekends – 12 to 4 p.m.

Check out these fun activities at the museum!   Experience life in early Scarborough, sample traditional autumn baked treats, and maybe take a nice stroll through beautiful Thomson Memorial Park.  Kids make a craft and take part in a Scavenger Hunt!    Admission is Pay What You Can.


SPADINA MUSEUM  285 Spadina Road
Hours: Until Labour Day: Tuesday to Sunday and Holiday Mondays, 12 to 5 p.m.

After Labour Day: Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
Regular admission: Adults $7.96, Seniors/Youth (13-18 yrs.) $5.75, Children (6-12 yrs.) $4.87 (plus tax), Children (5 and under) Free. Paid parking next door at Casa Loma


Dear Sadie: Love, Lives and Remembrance from Ontario’s First World War

Opens Tuesday, September 8 and runs until Sunday, November 29

Spadina Museum is pleased to host the exhibit “Dear Sadie: Love, Lives and Remembrance from Ontario’s First World War,” a travelling exhibit from the Archives of Ontario. “Dear Sadie” uses letters between soldier Henry Mason and his sweetheart, Sadie Arbuckle, to tell the moving story of their relationship while also exploring the reality of war. Included with regular admission.



Bottom of Pottery Road, East of Bayview Avenue, West of Broadview Avenue

Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 12 to 4:30 p.m.

Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $3.54, Children 6 to12  $2.65 (plus tax)

Children 5 and under free. Free parking    416-396-2819


No.9 Eco-Art-Fest 2015 @ Todmorden Mills 
Until September 13Fridays and Saturdays, Noon to 10 p.m.

Sundays, Noon to 5 p.m.
Toronto’s Historic Sites,  in partnership with No. 9: Contemporary Art & the Environment, are pleased to present the return of the outdoor summer-long Eco-Art-Fest at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site. The festival includes public art installations by Canadian artists, art activities for  families and all ages, guided art tours, and musical performances in a licensed outdoor space. The goal is to bring awareness to environmental issues and promote a sustainable lifestyle, while re-imagining how one learns about a historical site through contemporary art programming. Visit for details.


In the Papermill Gallery:


August 19 to September 13 – Ontario Society of Artists