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August 2017

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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Pride Outside the Village: LGBTQ+ Heritage

August 24 @ 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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Cabbagetown: View from the Valley

August 26 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Wellesley Park, 500 Wellesley Street East
Toronto, ON Canada
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Discover the layered history of Cabbagetown, named for the vegetable grown by its Irish settlers. Learn about this neighbourhood's development: its aboriginal use; its location as the summer home of John Graves Simcoe, Upper Canada's first Lieutenant Governor; and its later industrialization by companies such as the Peter R. Lamb and Co. Factory, which brought prosperity but also increased pollution. Start Point: Wellesley Park (500 Wellesley Street East) End Point: Riverdale Park (nearest interesection: Carleton & Sumach Cost: $10 donation…

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Eastern Swansea: Country in the City

August 27 @ 1:30 PM - 3:30 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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Joseph Bloor Plaque Presentation

August 31 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
117 Bloor Street East, 117 Bloor Street East
Toronto, Ontario M4W 1A9 Canada
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If a picture is worth a thousand words ... then this one definitely has a story to tell! Join us for the plaque presentation commemorating the city-building legacy of Joseph Bloor. A well-known name to all residents and commuters, learn more about this prominent landowner, brewer, and philanthropist and the contribution he made to the development of Yorkville. We will present both a Heritage Toronto plaque and the reproduction of commemorative stone first installed in the now demolished Bloor Street Methodist Church Admission is…

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Music History on the Yonge Street Strip

August 31 @ 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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September 2017

Yonge Street Architecture

September 2 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 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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Workers’ History of Spadina

September 3 @ 10:30 AM - 12:30 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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