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  • Battlefields of My Ancestors (Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival)

    April 29 to May 28
    A two-venue installation presented in partnership with Ryerson Image Centre and Ryerson University. In her ongoing photographic series, Shelley Niro (Mohawk, turtle clan) documents the historic battlefields that hold significance for her people. Following the migration route of the Six Nations from upstate New York to southern Ontario – which began during the American Revolutionary War – she captures signs, memorials and landscapes.
    Special Artist Talk
    Saturday, May 13, 2 to 3 p.m.
    Multidisciplinary artist Shelley Niro and curator Bonnie Rubenstein discuss issues raised by Niro’s site-specific public installation at Fort York.

  • Artillery Day at Fort York – May 27th (in conjunction with Doors Open Toronto)

    Sat. May 27, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Join us for Artillery Day at Fort York and see displays of historical and modern guns from the 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (Petawawa, Ontario), the 7th Toronto Regiment (Royal Canadian Artillery) along with Fort York’s on-site collection of original garrison guns from the War of 1812 and Victorian eras. Demonstrations, presentations and firing through the day. The Fort is also participating in Doors Open Toronto, the City’s annual celebration of history and architecture. In addition to the Artillery Day programming, enjoy special tours of some of Toronto’s oldest and original War of 1812 buildings.

    Free Admission.

  • March Break Family Drop-in at Fort York

    March 13 to 17, 10 am to 4 pm
    Looking for a day of adventure during March Break? Just bring your family down to Fort York National Historic Site! At this authentic War of 1812 fort, children will have fun trying soldiers' drill classes, officers' sword drill, music workshops and dressing up in costumes. Visitors can sample treats from the 1826 historic kitchen. Learn about the Fort's exciting history through colorful exhibits including the new Visitor Centre and Battle of York Experience. Pick up a Kids' Guide to Fort York and have fun finding the clues to complete its games and puzzles throughout their tour. No registration required.
    Regular admission.

  • TO Canada with Love Event: National Aboriginal Day and the Indigenous Arts Festival

    Wed. June 21 to Sun. June 25, Times and admissions vary
    Presented by Fort York and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, National Aboriginal Day followed by the Indigenous Arts Festival will celebrate the very best in Indigenous and Metis culture. Plan to spend the days under the open skies in downtown Toronto enjoying traditional and contemporary music, educational programming, storytelling, dance, theatre, and food. The series of events will energize the grounds of this historic site with powerful ancient traditions and compelling contemporary creations by Indigenous artists. This event is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program honouring Canada's 150th birthday.

     

  • Canada Da­­y at Fort York (2017) - Free admission

    Sat. July 1, 10 am to 5 pm
    A daylong all ages celebration packed with family friendly activities, demonstrations, tours, and performances. In addition to flag raising and flag lowering ceremonies, the Fort York Guard, dressed as members of the Canadian Fencible Regiment (circa 1815), will perform demonstrations of musketry, artillery, and fife and drum music. Children can enjoy a drill activity, music classes, a scavenger hunt, and hula-hooping. The fort's volunteer cooks will demonstrate period cooking methods and recipes in the historic kitchen—allowing visitors to see, hear, and taste what life must have been like for the fort's early 19th century inhabitants. The Historic Foodways program will feature recipes from the era of Confederation and visitors will have the opportunity to sample delicious cakes, pies, and tarts while learning about the cooking and baking techniques of the 1860s. There will also be a talk on Toronto in 1867. Guided tours of barracks and fortifications will focus on the evolution and history of the old western entrance into Toronto Harbour and highlight the lives of soldiers and officers. The Fort's Visitor Centre, featuring several new exhibits and an orientation film, will be open all day.

    www.toronto.ca/fortevents

  • The Toronto Rosé Picnic - Ticketed event

    Sat. July 22 

    The Inaugural Rosé Picnic on Garrison Common will include a celebration of life, fine wine, outstanding food, and great music.

    http://festivalstoronto.com/events/the-rose-picnic/

  • New Generation Steel Band Festival (2017) - Free admission

    Garrison Common, 100 Fort York Blvd.
    Sun. August 6

    A celebration of Caribbean steel pan music featuring GTA youth steel bands and the award winning ensembles Pan Fantasy and Afropan performing outdoors on the grounds of Fort York. Great Caribbean food, all ages pan workshops, and plenty of opportunities for audience participation―dance, dance, dance! Come celebrate Toronto's vibrant Caribbean community and support youth engagement with this proud tradition. Presented in partnership by Fork York and Pan Arts Network.

    Admission to Garrison Common is Free.
    Regular admission applies to visitors to Fort York National Historic Site and the Visitor Centre.

    www.toronto.ca/fortevents

     

  • Simcoe Day at Fort York (2017) - Free admission

    Mon. August 7, 10 am to 5 pm

    Fort York comes to life in honour of the first Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Upper Canada (1793-96) and founder of Fort York and the Town of York, John Graves Simcoe.  Walk the historic grounds and thrill to musketry, artillery, and music demonstrations presented by the Fort York Guard and Guards from Fort George National Historic Park from Niagara-on-the-Lake and Old Fort Erie.  Visit the working kitchen in the 1815 Officers' Brick Barracks, take tours of the fort's buildings and grounds, and discover the dynamic lives of the fort's men, women, and children. The Fort York Visitor Centre will be open and free all day and will feature new, curated exhibitions alongside permanent installations and films on the Battle of York and the War of 1812.

    www.toronto.ca/fortevents

  • Vimy 100 Toronto, TO Canada with Love Event

    Sat. April 8 and Sun. April 9, 10 am to 5 pm
    Fort York National Historic Site pays tribute to the men and women who fought for Vimy Ridge on 9 April 1917 with a remembrance ceremony and Great War exhibits.  On Saturday experience the sights and sounds of First World War Canadian soldiering through fascinating re-enactor displays of infantry, artillery, cavalry, medicine, music, and food. On Sunday at 2 pm attend a remembrance parade by the Canadian Armed Forces which includes the dedication of a Vimy oak tree.
    This event is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations, and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday.
    Note: The Great War Heritage Café is open on Saturday from 11 am–3 pm, Sunday 11 am–2 pm, baked goods available until 5 pm each day.
    For a complete weekend schedule in pdf format click here.
    Free admission.