Tag Archives: History

Downtown George Brown

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 … Continue reading

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Art Walk: Hidden Gems of Exhibition Place

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, … Continue reading

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Beatlemania: Toronto’s Love Affair

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 … Continue reading

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Toronto’s Mayors: From Muddy York to Megacity

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 … Continue reading

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Liberty Reclaimed: History of the Village

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 … Continue reading

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Another View of the Ward

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 … Continue reading

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Music History on the Yonge Street Strip

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 … Continue reading

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Pride Outside the Village: LGBTQ+ Heritage

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 … Continue reading

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Liberty Reclaimed: History of the Village

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 … Continue reading

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Lost Breweries of Old Toronto

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 … Continue reading

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