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July 2017

Liberty Reclaimed: History of the Village

July 23 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Massey Harris Park, 945 King St W
Toronto, ON M6K3M3 Canada
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Explore the west end's Liberty Village, one of the fastest-growing condominium and creative districts in the city. The community's rich heritage can be seen in the adaptive reuse of its industrial buildings, the remains of the Central Prison Chapel, and its many artists' studios—but how does it all fit together? Learn key points in the neighbourhood's history and build a deeper connection with those who live and work there. Start Point: Massey Harris Park (945 King Street West) End Point: Lamport…

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Lost Breweries of Old Toronto

July 27 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Moss Park, Queen St East & Sherbourne St
TORONTO, Ontario
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Behind-the-scenes look at brewing, 2016. Image: Emily Macrae Explore Toronto's rich and malty brewing history on this tour with noted beer expert Jordan St. John, author of Lost Breweries of Toronto and The Ontario Craft Beer Guide. Learn about the heritage breweries of Old Town dating back to the early 1800s, some of which still exist today. Tour will end with a beer tasting presented by Mill Street Brewery. Start Point: Moss Park (Queen Street East…

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Music History on the Yonge Street Strip

July 29 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Queen Street and Victoria Street (northwest corner by statue), Toronto, + Google Map

Discover the music history of Yonge Street, beginning in the 1950s. Visit the sites of famous clubs like The Colonial, Friar, and Le Coq D’Or, and concert venues such as Massey Hall and the Eaton Auditorium. Hear stories about Oscar Peterson, Ronnie Hawkins, Glenn Gould and many more. *Note: This is an exterior tour only. This tour was developed by music journalist and historian Nicholas Jennings, and has been known to include surprise guests from Toronto's music history. Start Point:…

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MomenTO: Toronto’s Heritage of Innovation – Culinary Innovations to Feed a Country

July 29 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
University of Toronto Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4 Canada
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Mrs. Josephine Ciccone makes tomato paste in her back yard, ca. 1936. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 8144. This panel will discuss the innovations in Toronto that have shaped Canadian cuisine and have met the social, environmental, and health challenge of feeding a growing nation. The conversation will be moderated by Professor Dan Bender. Panelists (listed in alphabetical order): Alex Dow is the Director of Neighbourhood Initiatives for the United Way of Toronto & York Region…

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Yonge Street Architecture

July 30 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
YMCA, 20 Grosvenor Street
TORONTO, Ontario
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Massey Hall tour stop, 2016. Image: Alex Willms Discover the history of Yonge Street, Toronto's 220+ year-old road and major artery. This tour explores the architecture of 10 key sites along a portion of downtown Yonge Street that highlight its development from a strategic military road in 1793, to a strip of vice in the early 20th century, to the shopping and cultural destination it is today. Start Point: YMCA (20 Grosvenor Street) End Point: Old City…

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August 2017

Campus & Cosmos: Toronto’s Astronomical Heritage

August 3 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor Street West
TORONTO, Ontario M5C1G9
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Hear stories of remarkable Torontonians and campus-based groups that have led astronomical research and public education in the field for more than 100 years! Learn how WWII and the Baby Boom impacted the study of astronomy at the University of Toronto, and how the leading-edge work of University-based researchers contributed to the Space Race. Start Point: Munk School of Global Affairs (315 Bloor Street West) End Point: Astronomy & Astrophysics Building (50 St. George Street) Cost: $10 donation suggested  …

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Pride Outside the Village: LGBTQ+ Heritage

August 5 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
King Street and Yonge Street (northwest corner), 2 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 1B6 Canada
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Join us and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives on a walk through Toronto's queer past and follow in the footsteps of activists who struggled to find a public space of their own.  Before the Village, the centre of gay and lesbian life in the city was on King Street and around the area that is now the Eaton Centre.  Explore the LGBTQ+ history of this area and other sites south of College Street. Start Point: King Street and Yonge…

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Guild Park: Where Art Meets Nature

August 6 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
201 Guildwood Parkway, 201 Guildwood Parkway
Toronto, ON Canada
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Discover the legacy of "The Guild of All Arts", the only artists' community in Canada during the Depression. This walk will explore the history of Guild Park, the natural beauty of the Scarborough Bluffs, and the new Monument Walk — a path through specially commissioned sculptures and architectural fragments from historic Toronto buildings. Start Point: 201 Guildwood Parkway (front gates of Guild Park) End Point: Same Cost: $10 donation suggested   Program Sponsor: Media Sponsor: Tour Sponsor:

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Yonge Street Architecture

August 10 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
YMCA, 20 Grosvenor Street
TORONTO, Ontario
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Massey Hall tour stop, 2016. Image: Alex Willms Discover the history of Yonge Street, Toronto's 220+ year-old road and major artery. This tour explores the architecture of 10 key sites along a portion of downtown Yonge Street that highlight its development from a strategic military road in 1793, to a strip of vice in the early 20th century, to the shopping and cultural destination it is today. Start Point: YMCA (20 Grosvenor Street) End Point: Old City…

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Concord Tavern Plaque Presentation

August 12 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Corner of Bloor Street West and Concord Avenue, 925 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6H 1L5 Canada
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Join us for the presentation of a plaque to the iconic Toronto music venue, The Concord Tavern.   Part of the blues, country, and rock n' roll scene, the Concord Tavern is where Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks got their start. They played high-energy rockabilly during the club's twist dance parties. Hawkins' backing band later became The Band, one of North America's most influential groups.       Heritage Toronto is a charitable agency committed to being the voice of Toronto’s heritage stories. We…

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