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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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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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Workers’ History of Spadina

June 11 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 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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Yonge Street Architecture

June 15 @ 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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