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May 2017

Downtown George Brown

May 4 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
St. Lawrence Hall, 157 King Street East
Toronto, M5C1G9 Canada
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Celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary with us by exploring the life of George Brown, a Father of Confederation and the founder of The Globe and Mail. Learn about this complicated figure, an abolitionist, anti-union politician, and newspaper owner murdered by a disgruntled employee; and his impacts on our city and nation. This tour will highlight sites associated with Brown, including an interior visit of his residence, George Brown House, presented in partnership with the Ontario Heritage Trust. Start Point: St. Lawrence…

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Music History on the Yonge Street Strip

May 11 @ 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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Campus & Cosmos: Toronto’s Astronomical Heritage

May 13 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 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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North York’s Little Manila: Migration, Food & Identity

May 14 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Bathurst-Wilson Parkette, 3749 Bathurst Street ON Canada + Google Map

Tour participants in 2016 Kamusta!  Join us for a taste of Little Manila and experience the ongoing transformation of the neighbourhood's vibrant culture and food market. Learn about the migration experiences and the thriving entrepreneurship of Toronto's Filipino community, one of the Canada's fastest-growing, and most diverse cultural groups. FV Foods will be providing samples of Filipino desserts on the tour. Start Point: Bathurst-Wilson Parkette (3749 Bathurst Street) End Point: Earl Bales Park (4169 Bathurst Street)…

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Toronto’s Mayors: From Muddy York to Megacity

May 18 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
St. James Park, King St E and Church St
Toronto,
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Explore Toronto's history from its incorporation in 1834 through the eyes of 10 of our chief magistrates, starting with the first, William Lyon Mackenzie, and including W. H. Howland, promoter of "Toronto the Good;" Tommy Church, mayor during the Anti-Greek Riots and the Second World War; and Nathan Phillips, “mayor of all the people.” Start Point: St. James Park (120 King Street East) End Point: City Hall (100 Queen Street West) Cost: $10 donation suggested   Program Sponsor: Media Partner: Gold Sponsor:

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Yonge Street Architecture

May 20 @ 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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Beyond the Nuts & Bolts: Toronto’s Engineering Past

May 21 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Galbraith Building, 35 St. George St.
TORONTO, Ontario
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Discover Toronto's engineering past featuring some of Canada's greatest achievements— from the feats of structural engineering that produced the CN Tower to lesser-known examples, including advancements in chemical engineering that have helped purify our drinking water, and innovations  in biomedical engineering that have improved our health. Start Point: Galbraith Building (35 St. George Street) End Point: CN Tower (301 Front Street West) Cost: $10 donation suggested   Program Sponsor: Media Partner:

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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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