Toronto Historic Sites events April 21 to May 4

Ilena Aldini-Messina —

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


Hours: Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday & 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. On-site parking is temporarily unavailable.  416-392-6907

Battle of York Commemorative Weekend at Fort York

Saturday, April 23 and Sunday April 24

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Honour the 203rd anniversary of the Battle of York fought on April 27, 1813 and celebrate the bicentennial of today’s Fort York – the original rebuilt, peacetime garrison of 1816.  The fort comes alive with musket firing demonstrations, Georgian cooking in the Officers’ Quarters kitchen, site tours and period animation. Kids can try “falling-in” for 1812-era soldiering drill! Regular admission applies: Adults: $7.96, Seniors /Youth: $4.87, Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 (plus tax). Children 5 and under are free..

Battle of York Walking Tours

Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m. Meet outside of the Palais Royale, (1601 Lakeshore Blvd. west). Tread the ground of the U.S. attackers and York defenders as you follow the guided tour Walking in Their Footsteps. This 1.5 hour walking tour will trace the course and events of the battle which took place on April 27, 1813. It will be a continuous walk, led by staff and volunteers, with five stops along the way. At each of these stops, a speaker will give a 10 minute presentation relating to the details of the battle. The walking tour is free, and will continue rain or shine.

Sunday, April 24 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., in addition to the scheduled demonstrations and activities at the fort, there will be a special walking tour focusing on the Battle of York. This tour will begin at the canteen/museum store at Fort York, using the Fort, Garrison Common and areas of the original shoreline to highlight the dramatic battle that took place here 203 years ago. Regular admission applies.

Historic Cooking Workshop

Little Cakes and Biscuits

Sunday, May 1, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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. 
Learn to make these delicious baked Georgian cakes and biscuits using the wood-fired

brick oven in the 1826 Officers’ Mess Kitchen. Enjoy delightfully decorated Queen Cakes, (based on a 19th century still-life painting), Oat Cakes, Shrewsbury Cakes, Filbert Biscuits, Chocolate Biscuits and more.  Lunch and Recipe packages are included. $75 plus tax.  Pre-registration and payment are required. To register please call 416-392-7484.

GIBSON HOUSE MUSEUM   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)  416-395-7432

Spotlight on the Collection Exhibit

Until May 15

Have you ever wondered about museum objects that are not on display? Our Spotlight exhibit will showcase interesting and rarely seen objects from the Gibson House collection.  Gibson family objects that fall outside of the scope and time period of the historic house will also be featured.

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.


Hours: Saturday & 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.  416-392-6915

April is Print Month

Sunday, April 24, 12 to 5 p.m.

Mackenzie House presents Print Month. Every weekend participate in a different print activity in our recreated print shop. This week, visitors will use the 1845 press and print a poster they design. Included with Regular Admission:

Print a Poster Workshop

Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

In partnership with Graven Feather Studio, Mackenzie House presents a workshop where participants will learn about early printing in Toronto, and design and print their own poster on a 1850s Washington Press.  $65 plus tax per person. Only 6 people per workshop.

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.

Tunnel Vision: The Story of Toronto’s Subway

An exhibition of photographs, maps, plans and artifacts

Continues until June 11, 2016

Presented in partnership with the Toronto Transportation Society, this exhibit uses photographs, maps and artifacts to examine the complexity and massive scale of the subway’s operation. Toronto’s subway is much more than a few lines on a map or a list of numbers on a spreadsheet.  Every day for over 60 years, it has been the backbone of this city and has moved billions of passengers. The exhibit focuses on the enormous effort that it takes to keep the subway rolling, enabling visitors to better appreciate the vital role played by rapid transit.

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. Regular Admission: Adults $6.19, Seniors/Youth $2.65, Children $3.54 (plus tax)  Free parking   416-394-8113

Tea Time at the Inn

Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m.

Every Sunday we serve tea in our community room. On offer is a choice of a sweet plate or a savoury plate. Our menu changes regularly to reflect the seasons and special events. $7.00 plus tax.

Art Exhibition in the Community Room

Lora Moore-Kakaletris Solo Exhibition:

April 1 to April 30

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Artist website:

Art Exhibition in the Briarly Room

Joanna Czub Solo Exhibition:

April 1 to April 30

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Artist website:

Thirsty Thursdays

Thursday, April 28, 7 to 10 p.m.

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

Parent & Child Cookie Decorating Workshop

Saturday, April 30, 2 to 4 p.m.

Get ready to celebrate Mother’s Day with a special cookie-decorating workshop for Mom with Mom! Or, surprise her with a decorated gift with Dad’s help! Each parent/child team will decorate and prepare a Cookie Bouquet consisting of flowers, birds, and seasonal themed cookies, while learning techniques such as painting and flooding. Maximum of two children per parent. Pre-registration only. Call 416-394-8113

$25 plus tax for each parent/child team.

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

Hours: Wednesday 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.  416-338-8807

Tabletop Day

Saturday, April 30, 12 to 5 p.m.

Come celebrate International Tabletop Day at Scarborough Museum! Historic and modern games for all to play.  Try your hand at 9 Man Morris or Carrom while you enjoy a nice cup of lemonade, and sample a baked good from the museum’s historic kitchen.  So come on in and bring your game face!  Admission is Pay What You Can.

Tabletop Gaslight Night – Ages 18+

Saturday, April 30, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Ever wish you could turn back the clock and have an adventure in the past?  Well for one night you can!  In honour of International Tabletop Day the Scarborough Museum is running an evening of D20 gaming. This thrilling adventure is custom made for the Museum and will transport players back to Victorian Era Scarborough.  Unravel mysteries as you play inside a Victorian Parlour or by the hearth in a rustic log cabin.  This adventure is open to new players, as well as to long time table toppers looking for a unique play space. Characters will be premade and light refreshments served.  Spaces are limited so reserve your spot and ready your dice!

$8 per player. Call 416-338-8807 to pre-register.

SPADINA MUSEUM  285 Spadina Road

Tuesday to 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

Porcelain Painting Workshop

Friday, April 29, 2016

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. OR 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Have you ever admired a piece of hand-painted porcelain?   This traditional hobby made popular more than 100 years ago is making a revival as a fine-art form.

Join Anita Palkovics of Herend Porcelain Manufactory to learn the art of painting on porcelain in this hands-on workshop.  Anita is one of the skilled painters employed by Herend, a Hungarian manufacturing company that specializes in luxury hand painted and gilded porcelain.

Choose one of two beautiful designs to create and take home, enjoy light refreshments, and tour the beautiful Spadina Museum.  $35.00 per person. Pre-registration is required. Call 416-392-6910 to register.


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 to 12  $2.65 (plus tax). Children 5 and under free. Free parking   416-396-2819

Earth Day

Saturday, April 23, 12 to 4 p.m.

Rediscover how old-fashioned “make do and mend” habits can help the planet! Participate in creating collaborative, environmentally-friendly artwork. Tour the Wildflower Preserve to discover the natural habitats of the Don Valley. Learn about the impact of industrialization on our landscape through a special guided tour of the site.

Admission is FREE.

In the Papermill Gallery:

Danforth CTI Visual Arts presents


April 20 to May 1

Don Valley Art Club presents

SPRING INTO SUMMER Art Show & SaleWednesday, May 4 until Sunday, May 15

In the Papermill Theatre:

Amicus Productions present Ken Ludwig’s

Shakespeare in Hollywood

April 28 to May 7

Let’s go back to Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1935 to visit Warner Brothers’ set of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Through some theatrical miracle, Oberon and Puck have returned from the past to be cast as themselves. What follows is an evening where no farcical well is left untapped, Enjoy over-the-top snappy dialogue, laugh-out-loud gags and, yes, even a tasty dollop of useful social observation. Don’t miss this show, at tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

For tickets, please call 416-860-6176 or visit