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August 2017

Pride Outside the Village: LGBTQ+ Heritage

August 24 @ 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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Cabbagetown: View from the Valley

August 26 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Wellesley Park, 500 Wellesley Street East
Toronto, ON Canada
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Discover the layered history of Cabbagetown, named for the vegetable grown by its Irish settlers. Learn about this neighbourhood's development: its aboriginal use; its location as the summer home of John Graves Simcoe, Upper Canada's first Lieutenant Governor; and its later industrialization by companies such as the Peter R. Lamb and Co. Factory, which brought prosperity but also increased pollution. Start Point: Wellesley Park (500 Wellesley Street East) End Point: Riverdale Park (nearest interesection: Carleton & Sumach Cost: $10 donation…

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Music History on the Yonge Street Strip

August 31 @ 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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September 2017

Yonge Street Architecture

September 2 @ 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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Workers’ History of Spadina

September 3 @ 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Spadina Avenue and College Street, Spadina Avenue at College Street
Toronto, ON Canada
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Hear colourful stories of working-class life in and around Spadina Avenue during the 20th century. Learn about the development of the garment district and its surrounding Jewish neighbourhoods, the rise of workers' organizations, the parades and street-based protests, the rough and raunchy entertainment scene of the area, and its transition to a vibrant Chinese community. Start Point: Spadina Avenue and College Street (southeast corner) End Point: Spadina Avenue and Queen Street Cost: $20 for general public, $14 for members; registration…

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Discover Downsview Park

September 9 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Downsview Hub, 70 Canuck Ave
Toronto, ON Canada
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Explore the history of Downsview Park and its transformation from a military base to a unique urban park. Learn about its natural features, including the rare tallgrass prairie, and connect with Toronto’s urban wilderness. Start Point: Downsview Hub (70 Canuck Avenue) End Point: same Cost: $10 donation suggested   Program Sponsor: Media Sponsor: Tour Partner:

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Lost Breweries of Old Toronto

September 10 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 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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Liberty Reclaimed: History of the Village

September 14 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Massey Harris Park, 945 King St W
Toronto, ON M6K3M2 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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Pride Outside the Village: LGBTQ+ Heritage

September 16 @ 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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Music History on the Yonge Street Strip

September 17 @ 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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