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Friday, June 28, 2013

Canada Day weekend family fun at City of Toronto historic sites

July 2013 Featured Event

  Fort York military officers   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.

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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.
visitors visiting Gibson House

Celebrating Canada Day 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.
family visit William Lyon Mackenzie home
Historical kitchen 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 bwranich@toronto.ca.
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

Fort York ID 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.
Montgomery's Inn
Driftwood Theatre 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.

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.
Fort York area from the early British colonial era
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. Learn more.

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.
Todmorden Mills Heritage Site

garden 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 exhibit 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. jfrench@toronto.ca 416-338-0496. View Exhibit Guide.
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