• Frost Fair: Christmas Market Past & Present (2015)

    Sat. and Sun. December 5 and 6, 10 am to 5 pm
    It's time to celebrate Frost Fair at Fort York!

    Stroll through the historic 1812 buildings of Fort York, where merchants will be selling their heritage inspired reproductions, regency fashions and holiday greenery. Experience military demonstrations, children's drill workshops, games and crafts. Enjoy heritage cuisine, try on historic costumes and print a Frost Fair souvenir on the Mackenzie House proof press. Visit with the Fort York Volunteer Historic Cooks in the Officer's Mess Kitchen as they prepare late 18th and early 19th century recipes.

    In the new Visitor Centre, shop for unique Christmas gifts for friends and family from local artisans and Etsy sellers. Visit a Sugar Plum demonstration and talk by the Culinary Historians of Canada, sample historic negus ice and ginger ice cream during your visit. Savour gourmet pretzels, handmade shortbread, heritage chocolate and more. Enjoy dance performances and Christmas carolers all weekend long.

    Regular admission.

  • The British Regiments' Band of the Royal Marines and the Pipes, Drums & Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards (2016)

    Sunday, January 31, 7:00 pm
    Roy Thomson Hall
    Presented bt Attila Glatz Concert Productions and Roy Thomson Hall

    Signature precision marching and a reputation of excellence worldwide, The Band of the Royal Marines regularly performs at Royal Albert Hall, in the Horse Guards Parade in London, and the military tattoo in Basel, Switzerland. A military band with a long tradition of musical distinction, the Royal Marines will lift your spirits and set your toes tapping. This will be a spectacular evening of pageantry and military traditions featuring the haunting sounds of bagpipes and powerful Highland dancing.
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  • Art of Peace (2016)

    In the Fort York Blue Barracks
    Thurs. February 11 to Sat. February 21

    Feb 11, (preview) 7:30 pm, Feb. 12, 13, 17, 18 & 20, 7:30 pm
    Feb. 13 & 21, (matinee) 3 pm
    Post-show special event, Wed. Feb. 17  

    lbs/sq” performance presents
    Art of Peace
    Ancestral questions given life in an ancient place, haunted by peace
    Art of Peace (Part 1): Invitation, a dance-based performance installation, explores our relationship to peace set inside walls built for war. Stories, images, and somatic textures weave a legacy of how we fight within and throughout to claim what is ours, to find peace and to nourish ourselves.
    Join us in one of Toronto's most engaging open winter spaces as we gather intimately in the warmth of the Blue Barracks of Fort York to honour and measure the cost of peace from our Indigenous and immigrant-settler roots. Don your parka and be prepared to feast with mouth, eyes, and ears. You may leave feeling satiated and hungry.


    Tickets: $20 / $30
    $60 VIP Feb 17 only (includes $40 tax-receiptable donation)
    and at the door
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  • Family Day @ Fort York (2016)

    Mon. February 15, 11 am to 4 pm
    Explore the history of Toronto and Fort York. Tour the historic kitchen and sample baking from the hearth. Hot chocolate and a roaring fire will make this visit memorable. Kids can try an 1812 drill class, officers' sword drill, and some old-fashioned games, as well as a fun-filled activity book.
    Regular admission.

  • Mad for Marmalade, Crazy for Citrus! (2016)

    Sat. February 20, 10 am to 4 pm
    Offered in generous partnership with both the Culinary Historians of Canada, Aga Khan Foundation and Fort York National Historic Site we hope you’ll join us in exploring the flavours of Citrus in the Persian Kitchen this coming February 20th, 2016 from 10am to 4pm.
    Pre-registration is required. To register please call 416-392-7503 or 416-392-7484

    Early bird tickets are $55 ($62.15) available until 5 pm February 8, $60 ($67.80) afterwards.


  • Historic Foodways Programme, Fort York National Historic Site (2016)

    The Historic Foodways Programme promotes culinary history through the animation of the historic kitchens at Fort York and through the sharing of period foods and recipes. This unique programme relies on educated volunteers and staff. The following workshops are led by Fort York Historic Foodways Programme Volunteer Historic Cook Mya Sangster.

    Historic Cooking Classes
    10:00 am to 3:30 pm in the 1826 Officers' Mess Kitchen
    Lunch and Recipe packages are included.
    $75 plus HST. Pre-registration and payment are required.
    To register please call 416-392-7484.

    A Taste of Medieval TimesSunday, March 13
    Join us to discover fascinating recipes for Gingerbrede, made with honey, Figgy, an ancestor of plum pudding, Daryols, an early custard tart and more, using only original cookbooks and manuscripts from the late 1300s.

    Cooking with Hannah GlasseSunday, April 10
    Before Martha Stewart, and Julia Child, even before Mrs. Beeton, Hannah Glasse was the best know British cookery writer of the 18th century. Multiple editions of her cookbooks were best sellers for nearly 100 years. Using recipes from The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy (1747) and The Complete Confectioner (1760) you will learn to create a menu from roast to pudding.

    Little Cakes and BiscuitsSunday, May 1
    Learn to make these delicious baked Georgian cakes and biscuits using the wood fired brick oven in the 1826 Officers' Mess Kitchen. Enjoy the delightfully decorated Queen Cakes, (based on a 19th century still-life painting), Oat Cakes, Shrewsbury Cakes, Filbert Biscuits, Chocolate Biscuits and more.

  • March Break Family Drop-in @ Fort York (2016)

    Mon. to Fri. March 14 to 18, 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, and dressing up in costumes. Visitors can sample treats from the 1826 kitchen as they tour the fully restored Officers' Mess. Learn about the Fort's exciting history through colourful exhibits. Pick up a Kids' Guide to Fort York and have fun finding the clues to complete its games and puzzles throughout the visit. Audio tours are available in our Museum Store where you can browse a wide selection of items for all ages.
    No registration required.
    Regular admission.

  • The Art of Command: Guided Artist Tours with Gertrude Kearns (2015)

    Sun. April 26, 2 pm - Included with regular admission.
    Sat. and Sun. May 23 & 24, 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm - Free as part of Doors Open Toronto.
    June 14, 2 pm - Included with regular admission.

  • FIELD TRIP (2015)

    Sat. and Sun. June 6 and 7
    Toronto’s downtown community music and arts festival will be headlined by internationally celebrated rock acts Alabama Shakes and My Morning Jacket. Other highlights include UK pop sensation Marina & The Diamonds, indie favourites The War On Drugs and Father John Misty, Hamilton royalty Arkells, the dark synths of Purity Ring, the alluring R&B of Rhye, hip hop hall of famers De La Soul, the feel good soul of Lee Fields & The Expressions, UK psych upstarts Temples, Arts & Crafts mainstays Dan Mangan + Blacksmith and Hayden, and many more.

  • Curating Kearns: Understanding The Art of Command (2015)

    Sat. April 25 and Weds. May 27, 2 pm
    Join Wayne Reeves, the City of Toronto's Chief Curator, for a one-hour walk-through of the exhibition The Art of Command. He will provide insight into why and how the exhibition was created and the significance of Gertrude Kearns' military art, and will share stories about her approach and some of her subjects.
    Included with regular admission.