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September 2017

Discover Downsview Park

September 9 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Downsview Hub, 70 Canuck Ave
Toronto, ON Canada
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Explore the history of Downsview Park and its transformation from a military base to a unique urban park. Learn about its natural features, including the rare tallgrass prairie, and connect with Toronto’s urban wilderness. Start Point: Downsview Hub (70 Canuck Avenue) End Point: same Cost: $10 donation suggested   Program Sponsor: Media Sponsor: Tour Partner:

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Lost Breweries of Old Toronto

September 10 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 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 and Sherbourne Street) End…

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MomenTO: Toronto’s Heritage of Innovation – Aerospace

September 10 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Downsview Park, 70 Canuck Avenue
Toronto, ON M3K 2C5 Canada
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Free

Space historian Jordan Bimm presents our fourth talk in the MomenTO: Heritage of Innovation Series. Learn how Toronto has contributed to innovations such as the Canadarm, the Beaver, and the Avro Arrow, well-known innovations that changed the world -- and the galaxy. You'll hear some of the lesser known stories, too, such as the connection between Nobel Prize winner Frederick Banting and the anti-gravity space suit! About Jordan Bimm: Jordan Bimm is a PhD candidate at York University in Science and Technology…

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Liberty Reclaimed: History of the Village

September 14 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Massey Harris Park, 945 King St W
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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MomenTO: Toronto’s Heritage of Innovation – Media: “The Twin Legacies of Marshall McLuhan and CityTV”

September 14 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Free

The Twin Legacies of Marshall McLuhan and CityTV: While Marshall McLuhan’s students at the University of Toronto were learning that “the medium is the message” in the 1960s, down on Queen Street West a decade later a team of people were experimenting with a new kind of television. Over the last fourty years, CityTV has changed the way the news is reported, brought music videos to Canadian youth, and given us “Speaker’s Corner”. During its heyday in the 1980s and…

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Pride Outside the Village: LGBTQ+ Heritage

September 16 @ 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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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
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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