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September 2017

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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Another View of the Ward

September 21 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Holy Trinity Church, 19 Trinity Square
Toronto, ON Canada
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Discover this lost neighbourhood, once regarded as a sink of poverty, disease, crime, and vice. This harsh reputation, fueled by racism, led local politicians to raze much of the area to make way for a new City Hall and other institutional buildings. Hear the other side of the story and learn about a vibrant neighbourhood and the compelling experiences of those living and working in The Ward. Start Point: Holy Trinity Church (19 Trinity Square) End Point: Same Cost: $20…

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Liberty Reclaimed: History of the Village

September 23 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Massey Harris Park, 945 King Street West
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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Toronto’s Mayors: From Muddy York to Megacity

September 24 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
St. James Park, King St E and Church St
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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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Beatlemania: Toronto’s Love Affair

September 28 @ 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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Art Walk: Hidden Gems of Exhibition Place

September 30 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Princes’ Gates, 2 Strachan Avenue
Toronto, ON Canada
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Join us as we explore the artistic side of Exhibition Place. Did you know there are over 90 works of public art installed on the grounds? Much of this art goes unnoticed amid the noise of the roller coaster rides, car races, and soccer games. This tour offers an up close and personal experience with a number of these works of art. Start Point: Princes' Gates (2 Strachan Avenue) End Point: Shrine Peace Memorial (southeast of Dufferin Gates) Cost: $10…

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October 2017

Downtown George Brown

October 1 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 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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Eastern Sound Studio Plaque Presentation

October 3 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
60 Yorkville Avenue, 60 Yorkville Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4W 0A4 Canada
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Join Heritage Toronto and Four Seasons Hotel Toronto to celebrate the history of Eastern Sound Studio Eastern Sound Studio Promotional Brochure, 1970s   Founded in 1959, Eastern Sound was a renowned Yorkville recording studio that attracted many prominent Canadian as well as international musicians and producers at a time when the neighbourhood was at the heart of Toronto’s counter-culture movement. Powered by Eventbrite

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Ali on Ossington Plaque Presentation

October 12 @ 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Lower Ossington Theater, 100 Ossington Ave
Toronto, On
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Join Heritage Toronto and the Ossington Community Association for the presentation of a plaque commemorating the 1966 Muhammad Ali vs. George Chuvalo at Maple Leaf Gardens. Ali vs. Chuvalo, March 29, 1966, Maple Leaf Gardens. Photo by Boris Spremo We will celebrate at the Lower Ossington Theater, across the street from the gym where Muhammad Ali trained in March 1966. He  trained at boxing promoter Earl “Sully” Sullivan’s Toronto Athletic Club, which was located on Ossington, above a garage. Fans paid…

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MomenTO: Toronto’s Heritage of Innovation – International Service

October 16 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7 Canada
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Sixty years ago, Lester B. Pearson became the first Canadian to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace, for his contributions to ending the 1956 Suez Crisis as Canada's foreign affairs minister and the President of the United Nations General Assembly. The Toronto-born Pearson won support for sending a United Nations Emergency Force to the Sinai peninsula in Egypt, the first armed, large-scale peacekeeping force. His achievements established peacekeeping as the centrepiece of Canadian international relations for decades to come. A…

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