City of Toronto Historic Sites November events

November 2016

Remembrance Day Commemoration at Fort York

Friday, November 11, 10:45 a.m.

Fort York and the Toronto Municipal Chapter IODE (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire) are proud to present one of this City’s most evocative Remembrance Day Services. At 10:45 a.m. a processional led by period uniformed military staff and standard bearers of the IODE will make their way to the Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery, where the public will be gathered. Join us as we honour all those who have fallen in conflicts around the globe.

Stir Up Sunday at Montgomery’s Inn

Sunday, November 20, 1 to 5 p.m.

Witness a working 19th century commercial kitchen when the Inn’s team of historic cooks present an afternoon of cooking demonstrations. Samples while supplies last! Included with admission. Details.

Victorian Tea at Gibson House Museum

Saturday, November 26, 12 and 2:30 p.m.

Immerse yourself in the ambiance of the Victorian era. Costumed interpreters will serve a selection of finger sandwiches, seasonal sweets and home baked scones with steaming cups of tea. Details.

Historic Cooking Class in the 1826 Officers’ Mess Kitchen at Fort York

Sunday, November 27, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Learn how to make the pastry and rich filling for these traditional fruit and meat-based pies. Recipe package and mince pies to take home are included. Details.

Artisan Intervention at Gibson House Museum

Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join the Toronto Etsy Street Team for a weekend market of Victorian crafts and unique handmade goods. Vendors will be located throughout the historic house. Details.

Make A Fascinator Workshop at Spadina Museum

Friday, November 25, 7 to 10 p.m.

Create a special fascinator or cocktail hat for your next seasonal party at this popular hands-on workshop. Enjoy a special evening tour of Spadina and light refreshments following the workshop. Details.

Toussaint: Traditions of the Dark Months at Montgomery’s Inn

Sunday, November 20, 6 to 10 p.m.

A bewitching evening of storytelling and music from the Celtic tradition of Breton folklore, where during the “Black Months” of November and December all gathered by the fire to hear the bleak and eerie tales of northern coastal France.

Outdoor Guided Walk: Autumn in the Valley at Todmorden Mills

Sunday, November 13, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

As the cold winter months approach, learn how the birds, plants and animals in our Wildflower Preserve prepare for the season. Refreshments provided after the walk. Details.

Read All About It: The First World War as Front Page News at Mackenzie House
On now until January 29, 2017

Never had there been a greater demand by the public for up-to-the-minute information; never had there been greater restrictions from the government on what the newspapers were allowed to print. This exhibit examines the challenges faced by Toronto newspapers during the First World War. Included with regular admission.

Last chance! When the Beatles Rocked Toronto at the Market Gallery

Closing November 12

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ final concert in Toronto, this exhibit looks back at Toronto during the mid-sixties and pays tribute to the city’s music scene during that era. On Saturday, November 5 enjoy a special guided tour with guest curator Nicholas Jennings. Visit for details and tickets.

Unearthing Toronto’s Oldest Marketplace: The Archaeology of the North St. Lawrence Market

Opening November 19

The North St. Lawrence Market is about to undergo a major rebuild. This exhibit will use archaeological finds from the site along with historical maps, art works, photographs and artifacts to tell the story of North America’s longest-running continually operating food market, established 1803.

Art Exhibits at Montgomery’s Inn

•   Certain Empty Houses – An exhibit by Meaghan Hyckie

•   November 13 to December 9

•   Opening Reception: November 13, 2 p.m.

Art Exhibits at Todmorden Mills

•   Toronto Watercolour Society

•   October 19 to November 13

•   Don Valley Art Club Art Show & Sale

•   November 16 to 27

This month marks the start of seasonal holiday programming at many of our historic sites! Step back in time and experience the rich holiday traditions of the past. Admission and hours vary, visit for details.

November Holiday Workshops

•   Cookie Decorating at Montgomery’s Inn

•   Saturday, November 26 & Sunday November 27, 2 p.m.

•   Greeting Cards Workshop for Families at Todmorden Mills

•   Saturday, November 26, 1 p.m.

•   Wreath Making Workshop for Adults at Todmorden Mills

•   Sunday, November 27, 10 a.m

•   Wreath and Centerpiece Making Workshops at Colborne Lodge

•   Various dates and times in November

More workshops coming up in December – visit for details!

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