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August 2017

Campus & Cosmos: Toronto’s Astronomical Heritage

August 3 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 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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Pride Outside the Village: LGBTQ+ Heritage

August 5 @ 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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Guild Park: Where Art Meets Nature

August 6 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
201 Guildwood Parkway, 201 Guildwood Parkway
Toronto, ON Canada
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Discover the legacy of "The Guild of All Arts", the only artists' community in Canada during the Depression. This walk will explore the history of Guild Park, the natural beauty of the Scarborough Bluffs, and the new Monument Walk — a path through specially commissioned sculptures and architectural fragments from historic Toronto buildings. Start Point: 201 Guildwood Parkway (front gates of Guild Park) End Point: Same Cost: $10 donation suggested   Program Sponsor: Media Sponsor: Tour Sponsor:

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Yonge Street Architecture

August 10 @ 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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Concord Tavern Plaque Presentation

August 12 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Corner of Bloor Street West and Concord Avenue, 925 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6H 1L5 Canada
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Join us for the presentation of a plaque to the iconic Toronto music venue, The Concord Tavern.   Part of the blues, country, and rock n' roll scene, the Concord Tavern is where Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks got their start. They played high-energy rockabilly during the club's twist dance parties. Hawkins' backing band later became The Band, one of North America's most influential groups.       Heritage Toronto is a charitable agency committed to being the voice of Toronto’s heritage stories. We…

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Welcome to Koreatown

August 12 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Alpha Korean United Church, 300 Bloor Street West
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Annyeong! Join us for a walk through Koreatown to learn about the first Korean immigrants who came to Toronto and the experiences of the community today. Get an in-depth look at how Koreatown has developed, the role of arts and cuisine, and the importance of entrepreneurship for many Korean immigrants. BONUS: Heritage Toronto will be unveiling a plaque for the iconic music venue Concord Tavern where Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks got their start; part of our multi-year celebration…

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North York’s Little Manila: Migration, Food & Identity

August 13 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Bathurst-Wilson Parkette, 3749 Bathurst Street ON Canada + Google Map

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: Bathurst-Wilson Parkette (3749 Bathurst Street) Cost: $10 donation suggested   Program Sponsor: Media Partner:

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Beatlemania: Toronto’s Love Affair

August 17 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 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 (60 Carlton Street) End Point: King Edward Hotel (37 King Street East)…

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Uncovering Riverside

August 19 @ 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Dark Horse Espresso, 630 Queen St. East
Toronto, ON M4M 1G3 Canada
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Come explore the Riverside neighbourhood with its Victorian and Edwardian homes, tree-lined streets, and quickly gentrifying streetscapes. Hear interesting stories of the Riverside Bridge, The Broadview Hotel, the world-famous De Grassi Street, and more. Learn about the area's connection to Canadian Tire and the Toronto Maple Leafs, and exciting plans for the neighbourhood. Start Point: Dark Horse Espresso Bar (630 Queen Street East) End Point: Ralph Thornton Centre (765 Queen Street East) Cost: $10 donation suggested   Program Sponsor: Media…

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Music History on the Yonge Street Strip

August 20 @ 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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