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July 2018

Creating Toronto: The Story of a City

July 14 @ 1:30 PM

Illustration by Daniel Rotsztain (2017) Saturday, July 14, 1:30PM Walk through the history of Toronto as we explore the hidden gems of the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood, once the Olde Town of Yorke, and connect today’s bustling city with remnants from the past. Provides a great introduction to the city for newcomers, with interesting and little-known stories for those who already call Toronto home. Start Point: South-end of Market Lane Park (149 King Street East) End Point: St. Lawrence Market (93…

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Campus & Cosmos: Toronto’s Astronomical Heritage

July 15 @ 1:30 PM
Munk School of Global Affairs, 315 Bloor Street West
TORONTO, Ontario M5C1G9
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Sunday, July 15, 1:30 PM Discover how Toronto became the "centre of the universe" for astronomical research, education, and public outreach over the last 150+ years. Hear stories of the remarkable individuals, organizations, and institutions in our city that contributed to advancing the field worldwide. No math or science background needed! Start Point: Munk School of Global Affairs (315 Bloor Street West) End Point: Astronomy & Astrophysics Building (50 St. George Street Cost: $10 donation suggested     Program Sponsor:…

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Downtown George Brown

July 19 @ 6:30 PM
St. Lawrence Hall, 157 King Street East
Toronto, M5C1G9 Canada
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Attempted Assassination of George Brown. (Canadian Illustrated News, 1869-1883) Thursday, July 19, 6:30 PM Join us and we delve into 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. NOTE: This tour includes an interior visit of George Brown House, presented in partnership with the Ontario Heritage…

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Chinatown West

July 21 @ 10:30 AM
Chinatown Centre, 222 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, Canada
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Saturday, July 21, 10:30AM Explore the sights, sounds, and smells of the historic Chinatown West neighbourhood, the largest of the three Chinatowns in Toronto. Hear stories of growing up in the area, and learn about its hidden laneways, restaurants, and businesses, from a notorious burlesque house, to one of the oldest martial arts schools in Canada. Start Point: Chinatown Centre (222 Spadina Avenue) End Point: 421 Dundas Street West Cost: $10 donation suggested     Program Sponsor:      …

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Architecture of a Neighbourhood: Downtown Yonge

July 22 @ 10:30 AM

Sunday, July 22, 10:30 AM Explore the architecture of the neighbourhood that surrounds Toronto's iconic road, Yonge Street, and includes a large university campus, beautiful churches, and numerous parks. Get an in-depth look at the side streets, laneways, and the spaces between to discover a side of the area you haven't seen before. Start Point: Courtyard beside Pogue Mahone's (23 College Street) End Point: Old City Hall (60 Queen Street West) Cost: $10 donation suggested Program Sponsor: Tour Sponsors: Emerging…

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Yonge Street: In the Heart of Music City

July 26 @ 6:30 PM

Photo by Alex Willms (2017) Thursday, July 26, 6:30PM Join us as we explore the rise of a music city in Toronto. From Ronnie Hawkins to Ice-T, Yonge Street grooved to the best in the business for over 50 years. See the sights and enjoy the tunes as we explore the dynamic music scene that was Yonge Street, celebrating its legacy in Canadian music. Start Point: 25 Carlton Street End Point: One Richmond Street West Cost: $10 donation suggested Program…

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Gravestones & Greenery in Mount Pleasant Cemetery

July 28 @ 1:30 PM
Kay Gardner Beltline Park entrance, 378 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, Canada
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Photo by Doug Campbell Saturday, July 28, 1:30PM Explore the less-travelled paths of the eastern section of Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Although well-known for its elaborate mausoleums of wealthy Toronto families, the cemetery was established for all. Hear stories of a cross-section of Toronto citizenry – including mayors, tycoons, and journalists– and discover the natural beauty of Mount Pleasant. Start Point: Kay Gardner Beltline Park entrance (378 Mount Pleasant Road) End Point: Kay Gardner Beltline Park entrance (378 Mount Pleasant Road)…

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Liberty Reclaimed: History of the Village

July 29 @ 1:30 PM
Massey Harris Park, 945 King Street West
Toronto, ON M6K 3M8 Canada
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Photo by Candice McCavitt (2016) Sunday, July 29, 1:30PM 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? Start Point: Massey Harris Park (945 King Street West) End Point: Lamport Stadium (1151 King Street West) Cost: $10…

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August 2018

Pride Walk: LGBTQ+ Heritage in the Village

August 2 @ 6:30 PM
AIDS Memorial at Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9 Canada
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Image courtesy of the CLGA Thursday, August 2, 6:30PM For much of the past 70 years, Yonge and Church Streets south of Bloor were home to the bars, clubs and baths that constituted what mainstream society thought of as “the twilight world of the homosexual.” Join us and our partners from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) on a walk through Toronto’s queer past and follow the footsteps of activists who struggled to find a public space they could…

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Architecture of a Neighbourhood: Downtown Yonge

August 4 @ 10:30 AM

Saturday, August 4, 10:30 AM Explore the architecture of the neighbourhood that surrounds Toronto's iconic road, Yonge Street, and includes a large university campus, beautiful churches, and numerous parks. Get an in-depth look at the side streets, laneways, and the spaces between to discover a side of the area you haven't seen before. Start Point: Courtyard beside Pogue Mahone's (23 College Street) End Point: Old City Hall (60 Queen Street West) Cost: $10 donation suggested Program Sponsor: Tour Sponsors: Emerging…

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