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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. Start Point: Queen Street and Victoria Street (northwest corner by statue) End Point: Maple Leaf Gardens (50 Carlton Street) Cost: $10 donation suggested   Program Sponsor:…

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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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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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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. Start Point: Queen Street and Victoria Street (northwest corner by statue) End Point: Maple Leaf Gardens (50 Carlton Street) Cost: $10 donation suggested   Program Sponsor:…

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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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