Hit the road for a "One-Tank Trip" around Southern Ontario.
Adventures worth the drive from the syndicated newspaper/web column by Jim Fox
Greetings to the many thousands of readers over the past month from across Canada and the United States, as well as countries including the United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, France, India, Australia, Japan, the Ukraine, Mexico, Romania and the Netherlands.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Canada Day weekend family fun at City of Toronto historic sites
July 2013 Featured Event
Canada Day, July 1 at City of
Toronto Historic Sites
Fort York National Historic Site
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Experience an exciting day of military demonstrations, treats from the
Officers' Mess Kitchen, English Country Dancing and marching like a
soldier. Visit Mackenzie House's table and print a
souvenir to take home. Admission is FREE for this Celebrate Canada event
supported by the Government of Canada. Learn more about things to do on Canada's 146th birthday.
Gibson House – The place to be this Summer
Check out Gibson House's exciting new programming
for the summer including Tea and Tours, knitting, crochet and quilting social gatherings, exhibits and
festivals. Learn more.
Celebrate Canada at Scarborough Museum
Monday, July 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Join Scarborough’s Canada Day celebrations in Thomson Memorial Park. Try
your hand at croquet and sample historic treats. Enter the annual
pie-eating contest! Delicious Peameal Bacon on a Bun available for
purchase. Pick up your own Canadian flag and a piece of Happy Birthday
Canada cake. Sponsored by the Government of Canada through the through
the Department of Canadian Heritage. Call 416-388-8807.
Kids’ Crafts at Mackenzie House
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. Kids can enjoy doing an historically-based
activity. Regular admission applies. Learn more.
FOOD NOW & THEN
A New Series of Workshops at Fort York Historical Cooking Classes in the Officers' Mess Kitchen
From the Kitchen Garden Sunday, July 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, August 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Prepare recipes from the late 18th and early 19th century using summer fruits and vegetables. Lunch is included.
$50 plus tax for each class or 2 classes for $90 plus tax. Pre-registration required. 416-392-6907 x 225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crafts & dÉcor
NEW! Crochet and Knitting Social Gatherings at Gibson House
Every other Saturday starting July 13, 2 to 4 p.m.
People of all ages and skill levels are invited to informal
afternoons of learning and sharing. Bring projects from home or try out
a new, fun pattern. Expert knitters are encouraged to join us as
mentors. This is a comfortable environment for ESL learners to practice,
share crafts and stories. 416 395-7432
THEATRE & MUSIC
Fort York's Garrison Common ROCKS This Summer
Toronto Urban Roots Festival July 4 to 7
Featuring Belle & Sebastian, Yo La Tengo, The Sadies, The Joel Plaskett Emergency and more.
Mad Decent Block Party
Friday, July 26, 1 to 11 p.m.
Featuring Major Lazer, Zeds Dead. RiFF RAFF, Grandtheft, Thugli, among others. Learn more.
Montgomery's Inn presents Theatre in the Outdoors Forgotten Voices
Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14, 7 p.m.
Bring your family and a picnic and enjoy a play commemorating the
unheard voices of the War of 1812. Period drumming, dancing, costumes
and a great performance. FREE! Learn more. As You Like It
Saturday, July 27, 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 28, 2 p.m.
Join the Humber River Shakespeare Company for this classic in the park. Bring your own chairs.
Admission: Pay-what-you-can. 416-231-3504.
On the grounds of Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
The Odyssey Presented by Driftwood Theatre Thursday, July 11 & Friday, July 12, 7:30 p.m.
This summer, Driftwood Theatre takes you on the greatest journey of
love, adventure and the search for home ever told: THE ODYSSEY, adapted
from Homer by Rick Chafe. PWYC ($15 is suggested). In the event of rain
the play will be performed indoors. Learn more.
In the Papermill theatre All Shook Up: An Elvis Musical! Presented by First Act Productions
July 24 – 27, 8 p.m. and July 27, 2:30 p.m.
A new musical comedy built around a number of songs made famous by Elvis Presley. Learn more.
WALKS & TALKS
A Fort York Historic District Walking Tour: "Building a Great Canadian City: Early
Lakefront Development in Toronto" Canada Day, Monday, July 1, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
This special walking tour explores the evolution and history
of our Lake Ontario shoreline in the Fort York area from the
early British colonial era to the present day. Free. Learn more.
Photo Credit: Bird's Eye View, Toronto Public Library, Special Collections
Parler Fort at Fort York National Historic Site
What the Dickens!! Charles Dickens in North America Tuesday, July 9, 7 p.m.
Join Dr. Leon Litvack, Professor of Victorian Studies at Queen's
University in Belfast, for a lively illustrated talk about Dickens'
impressions, experiences and insights into Toronto and the U.S.
Admission is $10.
TOURS & EXHIBITS
In the Papermill Gallery of Todmorden Mills Layers of Leaside – An Exhibition Wednesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 14
Presented by Leaside 100,1913 to 2013 in partnership with Todmorden
Mills Heritage Site. Created to celebrate the area's centennial, Layers
of Leaside interprets the cultural landscape of Leaside. Building on the
historical periods and their themes, it displays many of the
significant events, buildings, and historical association of people and
places through maps, pictures and text. Learn more.
Spadina Museum: Toronto's Downton Abbey NOW Thursdays, July 4, 11 and 18, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Calling all Downton Abbey fans! Live the drama and opulence of the 1920s
in a tour of Spadina Museum, Toronto's Downton Abbey. In partnership
with Vision TV, the Canadian home of Downton Abbey. Immerse yourself in
the world of the hit TV show! Tours are $9 per person plus tax.
416-392-6910. Historic Garden Tours
Wednesdays and Sundays, 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Tour Spadina’s six acres of restored Victorian gardens with Spadina’s knowledgeable gardening staff. Included in admission.
In the Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site Rain Dance: Translucent Storm – An Exhibition
Artist Viktor Mitic Wednesday July 17 to Sunday July 28
Rain Dance presents a series of paintings created outdoors in the rain,
allowing the random effects of the weather to complement Viktor Mitic's
artistic inspiration. 416-396-2819.
First Nations and the War of 1812 Exhibit Official Opening Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
Hundreds gathered on Saturday, June 22 for the official opening of First
Nations and the War of 1812, an exhibit developed by the City of
Toronto Museum Services in partnership with the Mississaugas of the New
Credit First Nation. The exhibit opening followed the official
ceremonies for the new nimaawanji-idimin kiinwi maanjiwegamik/New Credit
Community Centre (in which it is located). Chief Bryan LaForme led a
ribbon-cutting accompanied by a hand-drummer and prayer ceremony. New
Credit is near Hagersville, Ontario. For exhibit information and hours,
contact Jane French, City of Toronto. email@example.com 416-338-0496. View Exhibit Guide.