City of Toronto Historic Sites Events June 30 to July 13

BEATLES 50 T.O.
On until November 12, 2016

“Toronto will never be the same again.” 
– Mayor Phil Givens at the opening of ‘New’ City Hall, September 1965

Toronto changed dramatically in the post-war, baby-boom era. The vibrant music scene on Yonge Street and in Yorkville expressed the social, cultural and political upheaval that was in the air. When the Beatles came to North America in 1964, ’65 and ’66, their impact was electrifying. Toronto was Canada’s Beatlemania epicentre – the only city where they performed all three years.

The Beatles played Toronto for the last time on August 17, 1966. Twelve days later they announced they would no longer tour together.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the final Toronto concert, City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services is collaborating with curators, collectors, musicians, community partners and sponsors to create ’60s-themed events and the exhibit, When the Beatles Rocked Toronto, opening June 18, under the banner BEATLES 50 T.O.

Visit www.toronto.ca/beatles50 for event listings and other details.

 

COLBORNE LODGE  South end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Limited free parking clodge@toronto.ca 416-392-6916

Thursday Evenings at the Lodge

In High Park on a Thursday evening? Why not drop in and join us at the Lodge? Discover how the Howard’s fulfilled their ideal of a romantic villa in 1837– building their country retreat from City life. Step through the French doors and enjoy the view as the Howard’s did. Their lifelong love of the park ensured its preservation as a retreat for us all. Thursdays – June through September 5 to 7:30 p.m. Pay what you can.

The Brain Project presented by Telus

Continues until August 31, 2016

Colborne Lodge is proud to participate in this fundraising project for the Baycrest Foundation and to stimulate discussion and awareness of aging and brain health. It will shine a light on age-related dementia, such as Alzheimer’s and the need for more research into how we can maintain optimal cognitive well-being at any age. Colborne Lodge will host a brain sculpture created by an artist working in the medium of their choice. 

Anarchist Workshop for the Maker Community

A satellite event of the Toronto Maker Festival

Wednesday, July 13, 6 to 8 pm

$10 plus tax per person

Ages 13 and up (under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)

An interactive evening at Colborne Lodge in High Park – home of 19th century Toronto architect, surveyor, city builder, early adopter and all around tinkerer, John George Howard.

  • Engage in some Museum Anarchy! We want to know what the Maker community thinks the Howard’s home @ Colborne Lodge Museum could or should be. You will explore the Lodge with the ropes down and the closed doors open – and a license to be curious. As a Museum Anarchist tell us what you like, what you don’t like and what you would do if you ran the Lodge.
  • Decide if you think John Howard really was Toronto’s original Maker.
  • Discover one of Howard’s innovative creations – a hand-carved 3-D landscape model of High Park with the City of Toronto Museums’ Chief Curator (and urban geographer) Wayne Reeves.
  • Check out our efforts to create a Room Obscura inside Colborne Lodge – and find out why it’s here.
  • Light refreshments will be served.

 

FORT YORK NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE  250 Fort York Blvd. Visit www.toronto.ca/fortyork for directions. Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Regular Admission: Adults $7.96, Seniors/Youth $4.87, Children $3.76 (plus tax)

Children 5 years and under are free. Paid parking is available at Strachan & Fleet. fortyork@toronto.ca 416-392-6907

The Brain Project presented by Telus

Continues until August 31, 2016

Fort York is proud to participate in this fundraising project for the Baycrest Foundation and to stimulate discussion and awareness of aging and brain health. It will shine a light on age-related dementia, such as Alzheimer’s and the need for more research into how we can maintain optimal cognitive well-being at any age. Fort York will host a brain sculpture created by an artist working in the medium of their choice.

Canada Day @ Fort York!
Friday, July 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Spend Canada’s special day at Fort York, the birthplace of urban Toronto! The Fort’s Summer Guard kick off the season performing musket and artillery drill as well as fife and drum music. Canada Day 2016 features Toronto artist Bruno Billio’s Tri-Mirror Sculpture Field – a playful maze of mirrors to explore outdoors on the grounds of Fort York! Kids can also enjoy various take-away crafts, face-painting, hula-hooping and storytelling sessions! Grab a Fort York temporary tattoo and your own Canadian flag to show your pride! Enjoy the varied tours, bring a picnic and learn the exciting story of this National Historic Site. This free Celebrate Canada event is supported by a grant from the Government of Canada.

The Summer at Fort York

Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thrill to the booming of the cannon, the firing of muskets, the vibrant colours of the uniformed guard and the lively music of fife and drum. These are the sights and sounds of Fort York this summer. Visitors will enjoy hourly demonstrations of military music, drill, musketry and artillery performed by students representing the Canadian Fencible Regiment that was garrisoned at the fort at the end of the War of 1812. Highlights include musket and cannon firings, and the music of the Fort York Drums (a fife & drum corps). Program varies daily. Call for specific details. Regular admission applies. 

GIBSON HOUSE  5172 Yonge Street, at Park Home Avenue

Limited free parking on site; nearby paid underground and street level parking.

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m., Thursday: 1 to 8 p.m.

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

gibsonhouse@toronto.ca 416-395-7432

 

Gibson House Museum at the Cultura Festival in Mel Lastman Square

Fridays: July 8, 15, 22 and 29, 6 to 8 p.m.

Cultura features unique performers and artists, international street food vendors, creative and interactive art installations and evening film screenings under the stars in Mel Lastman Square. Gibson House Museum will provide children’s crafts and ice cream making and tasting. Visit the Gibson House Museum booth from 6:00 – 8:00. For more information visit www.culturafestival.ca

 

Neighbours: The Gibson Family and their Community

Continues until Fall 2016

The Gibson Family lived in Willowdale, one of many small farming communities that grew to become part of modern day Toronto. Meet the Gibsons’ neighbours and explore how these communities developed in the 19th century and beyond.

 

Tea and Tour Sundays

1 to 4:30 p.m.                                              

There’s a seat for you at the harvest table in the historic kitchen on Sunday afternoons throughout the year. Relax and have a chat over tea and homemade cookies. Enjoy a tour of the lovely, 1850s farmhouse. Included with regular admission.

MACKENZIE HOUSE 82 Bond Street

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 12 to 5 p.m.

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

Children (4 and under): Free. machouse@toronto.ca 416-392-6915

 

Ordinary Weather:

An Exhibition of Contemporary Photography by Nathan Cyprus

Continues to Sept. 22: Noon to 5 p.m..

There is a sense of wonder in our surroundings that seems to only truly manifest itself when we become tourists in an unfamiliar landscape. In Ordinary Weather, emerging photographer Nathan Cyprus questions this lack of wonder in our everyday surroundings. Setting out to explore Toronto by bicycle, he finds a city in transition and discovers the awareness which he sought, but is so often ignored, is in actuality ever available. Included with regular admission.

 

The Brain Project presented by Telus

Continues unil August 31, 2016

Mackenzie House is proud to participate in this fundraising project for the Baycrest Foundation and to stimulate discussion and awareness of aging and brain health. It will shine a light on age-related dementia, such as Alzheimer’s and the need for more research into how we can maintain optimal cognitive well-being at any age. Mackenzie House will host a brain sculpture created by an artist working in the medium of their choice.

 

Canada Day: Put a Maple Leaf on It

July 1 to 3, 12 to 5 p.m.

Celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday with a visit to Mackenzie House! On Canada Day weekend, use our 1845 press to print a Maple Leaf on a postcard, a poster or a fabric patch! Included with admission.

Regular admission applies.

 

Play the Park

July 6, 2016, 12 to 1 p.m.

Bring your lunch to Mackenzie House and enjoy live, outdoor music provided by the Downtown Yonge BIA. FREE

 

Kids’ Crafts

Saturdays & Sundays in July and August

12 to 4:30 p.m.

Bring the family to visit the last home of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie, then enjoy some kid time doing an historically-based activity. Regular admission applies.

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. marketgallery@toronto.ca


When the Beatles Rocked Toronto

An exhibit about metropolitan life & music in the mid-60s

June 18 to November 12
Tuesday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.;

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closed Mondays

It was 50 years ago this summer that the Beatles played Toronto for the last time. Inspired by this anniversary, the exhibit looks back at our city during the mid-sixties. A graphic timeline, Yesterday, introduces visitors to an era when Toronto the Good became Toronto à Go Go. Three Toronto-inspired “rooms” from the early-to-mid 1960s focus on three overlapping themes. Explore How We Lived through a re-created ’60s suburban rec room. Discover Where We Played through a map of the Yonge Street and Yorkville music venues. Lastly, see photos, news coverage, films and memorabilia from When the Beatles Rocked Toronto. Tickets are available online and at the door.

Adults $10; Children, Youth (18 yrs. and under) and Seniors $5

For more information on this and other commemorative activities, visit www.toronto.ca/beatles50

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: Tearoom Hours: Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. (Groups of ten or more may book other times)

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

Free parking  montinn@toronto.ca  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. $7.00 plus HST. No reservation required.

 

Montgomery’s Inn Farmers Market

Every Wednesday from, 2 to 6 p.m..

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.

 

Thirsty Thursdays

Thursday, June 30, 7 to 10 p.m.

The last Thursday of every month is Thirsty Thursday Tavern night at the Inn. Enjoy a glass of beer or wine in our restored 1847 barroom! Montgomery’s Inn. Irish stew, fresh baked bread and live traditional music. Admission is pay-what-can! Cash bar; $5.00 for a bowl of stew, while supplies last.

 

In Celebration of Pride Month

Worn With Pride exhibit

June 30 to July 24, 2016

Worn with Pride at Montgomery’s Inn showcases artifacts from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, including t-shirts, posters and pins from across Canada. Join us on June 30 from 7 to 10 p.m. for an opening reception and one-night community pop up museum. The opening coincides with our monthly Thirsty Thursdays tavern night. Wear a t shirt or bring a flag that has meaning to you, and help us bring back memories, inspire stories and spur conversations. A volunteer from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives will be offering tours of the exhibit on the following dates:

 

Sunday July 10, 2 to 4 p.m.

Sunday July 17, 2 to 4 p.m.

 

Irish Culture Camp at Montgomery’s Inn – Ages 5 to 14
July 4 to 8; August 22 to 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This camp is an introduction to the whole Irish culture which includes language, singing, dancing, crafts, sports, music (including the tin whistle and fiddle). Children are grouped according to their ages. At the end of the week there will be a concert so parents and friends can see what they have learned. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $130.00.
To register or for more information contact moleary2001@rogers.com or call 416-446-6993

 

 

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

Hours: Wednesdays, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Regular admission is pay-what-you-can. shm@toronto.ca 416-338-8807

 

Super Fun P.A. Day Camp

Thursday, June 30, 9 to 4 p.m.

Course Code: 2807944

Scarborough Museum is the boredom buster for P.A. days! Bake over the open hearth, make crafts, play games, and explore Thomson Memorial Park. Lunch Included. Ages 5-12. Pre-register online at www.toronto.ca/torontofun or call 416-338-4FUN

$37.20 per child. Extended care 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. $2.90; 4 to 5 p.m. $2.90.

 

Canada Day Celebrations
Friday, July 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Try your hand at croquet, sample historic foods, and get into karaoke singing. Annual pie-eating contest participants wanted! This is a Celebrate Canada event funded in part by the Government of Canada and sponsored by Tim Hortons. Admission is FREE.

 

July Family Weekends – 12 to 5 p.m.

Great family friendly activities with something new and exciting each weekend to do, taste and create!! Admission is Pay What You Can.

 

“Get Creative” Summer Evenings!

Tuesday to Sunday, 6 to 8 p.m.

Get creative this summer at Scarborough Museum! Join in for some after-dinner fun, sure to excite and delight the whole family! Admission is Pay What You Can. Check out what’s happening:

Tuesdays – Get Your Tune On music night

Wednesdays – Get Your Game On game night

Thursdays- Get Moving dance night

Fridays – Get Relaxing cottage in the City night

Saturdays – Get Funky art night

Sundays – Get Your Salsa On Salsa night

 

SPADINA MUSEUM 285 Spadina Road
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday and Holiday Mondays, 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
416-392-6910 spadina@toronto.ca

 

 

The Brain Project presented by Telus

Continues until August 31, 2016

Spadina Museum is proud to participate in this fundraising project for the Baycrest Foundation and to stimulate discussion and awareness of aging and brain health. It will shine a light on age-related dementia, such as Alzheimer’s and the need for more research into how we can maintain optimal cognitive well-being at any age. Spadina Museum will host a brain sculpture created by an artist working in the medium of their choice.

 

Canada Day at Spadina Museum

Friday, July 1 – 12 to 5 p.m.

Spadina Museum takes visitors on a tour of the house through the eyes of the prominent Austin family, whose struggles and triumphs were closely tied to those of Toronto as they entered the 20th century. Call for schedule of tour times 416-392-6910. 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.

 

The Etiquette of Downton Abbey

Spadina Museum: Toronto’s Downton Abbey

Sunday, July 10 at 1:00 pm or 3:00 pm

Calling all Downton Abbey fans! Live the drama and opulence of the 1920s in a tour of Spadina Museum, Toronto’s Downton Abbey. Immerse yourself in the world of the hit TV show as we compare and contrast the fictional life of the Crawleys with Spadina’s Austin family. The tour will take you from our simple servant quarters to a drawing room elegant enough to impress the Dowager Countess! Adults $10, Seniors $7 (plus tax).
Pre-registration required. Call 416-392-6910.

 

 

 

TODMORDEN MILLS HERITAGE SITE

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

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 12 to 5 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  todmorden@toronto.ca 416-396-2819

 

The Brain Project presented by Telus

Continues until August 31, 2016

Todmorden Mills is proud to participate in this fundraising project for the Baycrest Foundation and to stimulate discussion and awareness of aging and brain health. It will shine a light on age-related dementia, such as Alzheimer’s and the need for more research into how we can maintain optimal cognitive well-being at any age. Todmorden Mills will host a brain sculpture created by an artist working in the medium of their choice.

 

Summer Thursday Evenings

Every Thursday in June, July and August, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
We’re open late on summer Thursdays – drop in and unwind! Take a stroll in the Wildflower Preserve, check out the latest art show in the Papermill Gallery, try a retro board game, or explore your artistic side with colouring for all ages. Free admission. (Please note: Tours of our historic houses are not offered after 4:30p.m.)

 

PA Day Family Fun!

Thursday, June 30, 12 to 4 p.m.

Drop in for family fun! Join us for a family craft and a guided tour of our 1940s Cottage. Regular admission applies.

 

Join Todmorden Mills at Stan Wadlow Park on Canada Day

Friday, July 1, 12 to 5 p.m.

Visit us at the Canada Day celebrations at Stan Wadlow Park and learn more about Todmorden’s connections to the history of East York. Stan Wadlow Park is in the O’Connor Avenue and Woodbine Avenue area, at Cosburn Ave & Cedarvale Ave. Admission is FREE.

 

 

In the Papermill Gallery:

 

Colour and Form Society
June 15 to July 10

 

 

In the Papermill Theatre:

 

Friday July 8, 7:30pm

Driftwood Theatre presents Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

Driftwood Theatre begins their annual Bard’s Bus Tour with a performance of The Taming of the Shrew. Admission is PWYC. Weather permitting, this will be an open-air performance; in the event of inclement weather, the show will be held indoors in the Papermill Theatre. Please visit www.driftwoodtheatre.com for tickets and information.

 

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