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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.
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.
Fort York Open House
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.
Fort York Historic District Walking Tour in association with Heritage Toronto: War, Invasion & Occupation!: Fort York & Toronto in the War of 1812
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.
Field Trip: Music and Arts Festival
Saturday, 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 at http://fieldtriplife.com/
Families welcome. Kids are free.
ort 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.
The Garrison at York Comes to Life! The Fort York War of 1812 Festival Weekend
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.
Aboriginal Festival at Fort York National Historic Site
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.