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  • Aboriginal Festival at Fort York National Historic Site (2013)

    Thurs. to Sat. June 20 to 22
    Fort York's 1812 Bicentennial celebration continues with the Aboriginal Festival at Fort York. This three-day festival opens Thursday evening, June 20, with the book launch of Mississauga Portraits by renowned historian Don Smith of the University of Calgary. Sunset on June 20 brings the world premiere of Kahá:wi Dance Theatre's 1812 Bicentennial commission The Honouring on the grounds of Fort York, directed by award winning choreographer Santee Smith.
     
    June 21 and 22 will feature repeat sunset performances of The Honouring plus the world premier of The Road by the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, new work by the Métis Fiddler Quartet, Eddy Robinson's traditional music and dance ensemble Morningstar River, and special educational programs by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation to mark National Aboriginal Day on June 21.
    Free admission to all Aboriginal Festival events.

  • The Garrison at York Comes to Life! The Fort York War of 1812 Festival Weekend (2013)

    Sat. June 15, 10 am to 9 pm
    Sun. June 16, 10 am to 5 pm 
    Tour authentic War of 1812 encampments; discover period food, music, and entertainment; shop Sutler’s Row for historic and period-inspired merchandise, plus much more. Tactical demonstrations by some of the best units in Canada feature an evening battle re-enactment at dusk on historic Garrison Common on Saturday, June 15. Check www.toronto.ca/1812/events for more details closer to the date.
    Free admission.

  • Field Trip: Music and Arts Festival (2013)

    Sat, June 8, Fort York Garrison Common
    Field Trip is a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the indie label, Arts & Crafts, based in Toronto and will feature two stages of artists entirely from the Arts and Crafts roster. The inaugural one-day event will feature two stages curated entirely from Arts & Crafts' diverse artist roster, co-headlined by a one-night-only return from hiatus for flagship collective Broken Social Scene and 11-time JUNO Award and 2012 Polaris Music Prize winner Feist. In addition to world-class musical performances, the festival will incorporate local art, gourmet food and unique elements of Toronto's proud culture.
    Tickets athttp://fieldtriplife.com/
    Families welcome. Kids are free.

    Fort York National Historic Site is pleased to welcome the Arts & Crafts Field Trip Music Festival on June 8th, 2013. All visitors should be advised that beginning on June 4th until June 9th, there will be disruptions to our daily operations including limited parking. While the Fort will remain open Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, we encourage all our visitors to walk, take transit, or bike to the site as we prepare for this special event. Please visit http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/fort_york_access.htm for the most up-to-date information on site access.
     
    Saturday, June 8th will be a special event day at Fort York. Any visitors wishing to visit the Fort on June 8th will need to purchase tickets to the Field Trip Festival (http://fieldtriplife.com/). Regular operations will resume inside the walled Fort at 10am on June 9th. We thank your for cooperation and look forward  to seeing you here.

  • Fort York Historic District Walking Tour in association with Heritage Toronto: War, Invasion & Occupation!: Fort York & Toronto in the War of 1812 (2013)

    Sun. June 2, 1 to 2 pm
    Some of the most dramatic events in Toronto’s history occurred during the War of 1812. This special walking tour examines major events of this tumultuous era.
    Tour is free and includes admission to Fort York following tour.

  • Fort York Open House (2013)

    Tues, May 28,6:30 pm to 9:00 pm(presentation at 7 pm)
    Blue Barracks, Fort York NHS, 250 Fort York Boulevard(Bathurst Entrance will be open)
    Fort York National Historic Site is owned and operated by the City of Toronto, and has a long history of hosting significant events inside the Fort and on Garrison Common. We are working to revitalize this significant public space and we'd like to invite our neighbours to an Open House to hear more about various projects, including the construction of our new Visitor Centre and many of the landscape rehabilitation projects. We would also like to take this opportunity to update you, and to get your feedback, on our strategy for programs and events on-site in 2013 and moving forward.
    Free admission.

  • Doors Open (2013)

    Sat. and Sun. May 25 and 26, 10 am to 5 pm
    Fort York will open its doors for this annual celebration of history and architecture. Enjoy special tours of some of Toronto’s oldest architecture and original War of 1812 buildings or stroll the grounds of this National Historic Site. This year’s theme ‘Creators, Makers and Innovators’ will bring some tasty surprises. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for details closer to the date.
    Free admission all weekend.

  • Victoria Day (2013)

    Mon. May 20, 10 am to 5 pm
    What better way to celebrate Victoria Day than to visit the birthplace of Toronto? Enjoy tours, kids’ activities, and demonstrations of Georgian-era cooking in one of the oldest kitchens in Toronto.
    Regular admission.

  • Meagan's Walk (2013)

    Sat. May 11,8:30 am to 10:00 am (Fort York), 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (walk to Sick Kids)
    On Saturday, May 11th, Mother's Day weekend, thousands of participants will join in the 12th Annual Meagan's Walk. Fort York National Historic Site is pleased to welcome Meagan's Walk to their site for the first time this year.

    Meagan's Walk mission is to share the message of hope, to increase public awareness about brain tumours and the devastating effects they have on children and their families, and to raise valuable financial resources for research into paediatric brain tumours - the leading cause of cancer-related death in children and young people under the age of 20. The flagship event is the Walk, which takes place annually on Mother's Day weekend. Each year thousands of participants of all abilities take part in the 5km walk, which culminates in an human hug around the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), sending strength and love to those within.

    All are welcome to join us in this meaningful way to celebrate Mother's Day Weekend. The 5 km walk departs from Fort York at 10:00 AM and culminates in a human hug around the Hospital for Sick Children.

    Register online at http://megswalk.squarespace.com/.

  • Fort York Historic District Walking Tours in association with Jane’s Walks: Fort York & 200 Years of Development (2013)

    Sat. May 4, 1 to 2:30 pm
    Explore the history and evolution of Fort York, the Garrison Common, and the nearby Lake Ontario shoreline from the early British colonial era to the present day.
    Free admission to Fort York following tour.

  • Battle of York Commemoration (2013)

    Saturday, April 27, 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of York.
    Join Fort York for an unforgettable day of commemorative activities to honour those who fought.
    Visit www.toronto.ca/1812/events.htm for the full program and details on access.

    Sunrise Ceremony: 6 to 7:30 am, near Palais Royale, western waterfront at the Jameson Avenue pedestrian bridge. On the shoreline where the Americans landed four First Nations, led by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, will hold a solemn ceremony.

    Walking in their Footsteps: 10 am to 12:30 pm, near Palais Royale, western waterfront at the Jameson Avenue pedestrian bridge. Starting where the disembarked Americans began their advance, the general public and First Nations will be led by historical interpreters and celebrities along the route with stops at significant points, arriving at Fort York by 12:30 pm.

    Presentation of Colours: 10 to 11 am, in front of Legislative Assembly, Queen’s Park. Following a series of dynamic military displays the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, will be presented with a new Regimental Colour by HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

    Parade: 11:30 am to 1 pm, begins at Queen’s Park. Members of the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Army with thirteen bands will march through the streets of Toronto from Queen’s Park to Fort York National Historic Site. The parade will end at Fleet and Fort York Boulevard when a hundred-person guard will continue into the fort.

    Commemorative Ceremonies: 1:30 to 4 pm. An hour-long ceremony of remembrance will take place at 1:30 at Fort York National Historic Site in the presence of re-enactment units representing those who fought during the Battle of York, representatives of the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Army, and four First Nations. A commemorative ceremony from 3 to 4 pm will focus on the dedication of a new memorial plaque to honour the contribution of First Nations during the Battle of York. The dedication will be followed by singing, dancing, and drumming performed by descendants of those who fought in the battle. The rededication of restored plaques presented in 1934 will take place in the presence of the original organizations—the National Society United States Daughters of 1812 and the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire.

    Free admission to Fort York all day on April 27.