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May 2017

Lost Breweries of Old Toronto

May 25 @ 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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Doors Open Tours: 54th Floor, TD Bank Tower

May 27 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Toronto-Dominion Centre, 66 Wellington St W
Toronto, ON Canada
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Interior view of the Chairman's Lounge, TD Tower, 54th floor, Ron Vickers, 1970. Image courtesy of TD Bank Group. Join Heritage Toronto, TD Bank Group, and Cadillac Fairview for an exclusive guided tour of the 54th floor of TD Bank Tower. The iconic skyscraper, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is considered one of the finest buildings of the Modern movement in Canada. An outstanding example of the International Style of architecture, it set a…

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Doors Open Tours: 54th Floor, TD Bank Tower

May 28 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Toronto-Dominion Centre, 66 Wellington St W
Toronto, ON Canada
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Interior view of the Chairman's Lounge, TD Tower, 54th floor, Ron Vickers, 1970. Image courtesy of TD Bank Group. Join Heritage Toronto, TD Bank Group, and Cadillac Fairview for an exclusive guided tour of the 54th floor of TD Bank Tower. The iconic skyscraper, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is considered one of the finest buildings of the Modern movement in Canada. An outstanding example of the International Style of architecture, it set a…

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June 2017

Pride Outside the Village: LGBTQ+ Heritage

June 1 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 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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Eastern Swansea: Country in the City

June 3 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Runnymede: Toronto Public Library, 2178 Bloor Street West
Toronto , ON M6S 1M8 Canada
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Come explore the eastern part of the former village of Swansea, once an isolated area and summer escape from Toronto. Learn about the distinct history of this piece of "country in the city," including stories of how Catfish Pond got its name, why Swansea resisted annexation to Toronto, and why—despite not being under prohibition—you couldn't get a drink south of Bloor until the 1990s. Start Point: Runnymede Library (2178 Bloor Street West) End Point: Queensway and Ellis Avenue Cost: $10…

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Beatlemania: Toronto’s Love Affair

June 4 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Maple Leaf Gardens, 50 Carlton Street
Toronto, ON Canada
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Take a trip down memory lane with Beatles enthusiast Piers Hemmingsen, author of The Beatles in Canada: The Origins of Beatlemania, as he shares stories that intertwine the Beatles with Toronto's history. Learn about a city with the largest organized fan club in North America, throngs of screaming teens at concerts and appearances, and which in the 1960s was experiencing profound social change. Start Point: Maple Leaf Gardens (50 Carlton Street) End Point: King Edward Hotel (37 King Street East)…

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Benjamin Dunkelman Plaque Presentation

June 8 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Coronation Park, 711 Lake Shore Blvd W
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3T7 Canada
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Heritage Toronto, the Dunkelman family and the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada invite you to the presentation of a plaque honouring the legacy of distinguished military officer and entrepreneur Ben Dunkelman. Born and raised in Toronto, Ben Dunkelman fought with the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada regiment during the Second World War and, in 1948, he became a commander in the army fighting for the creation of the State of Israel. He returned to Toronto in 1949 with his wife…

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Music History on the Yonge Street Strip

June 8 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 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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Kensington Market: Building a Better Life

June 10 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields, 103 Bellevue Avenue
Toronto, ON Canada
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Explore the eclectic Kensington Market, home to waves of immigrants from around the world, as well as artists, entrepreneurs, and activists. This neighbourhood, a microcosm of Toronto, was a hub for the social justice and settlement house movements of the 19th and 20th centuries. Hear stories of its individuals and organizations who worked to secure a better life and leave a legacy of community service. Start Point: Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields (103 Bellevue Avenue) End Point: Oxford Street and Spadina…

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Alice and Dan Heap Plaque Presentation

June 10 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
29 Wales Avenue, 29 Wales Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1J3 Canada
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Join Heritage Toronto and the Heap family for the presentation of plaque honouring the legacy of life-long community organizers, trade unionists, socialists, and peace-activists  Alice and Dan Heap. Casual reception to follow from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at St. Stephens-in-the-Fields Anglican Church (103 Bellevue Avenue) Alice and Dan Heap on the porch of their home at 29 Wales Ave. in Kensington Market in 1993. Image by Marty Crowder Long-time Kensington market residents Alice and Dan Heap were…

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