• 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.

  • Doors Open Toronto (2015)

    Sat. and Sun. May 23 and 24, 10 am to 5 pm
    Fort York will open its doors for an 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.
    Don't miss 200 Years of Firepower: Artillery Day at Fort York on Saturday only.
    Free admission all weekend

  • Plain Sight - An Illustrated Talk about Modern Camouflage (2015)

    Thurs. May 21, 7 pm
    The exhibition The Art of Command by Gertrude Kearns features senior Canadian officers in modern camouflage clothing. In fact, there is a long history of soldiers "hiding in plain sight." Join Kevin Hebib as he discusses the development and use of disruptive pattern material, like the type exhibited in The Art of Command.
    Admission is pay-what-you-wish.

  • Sound of Dragon Music Festival (2015)

    Wed. May 20, 8 pm
    Showcasing the very diverse styles of Chinese music from ancient folk and classical repertoire to contemporary compositions and creative improvisation, this festival promotes creativity and innovation. Sound of Dragon is an international collaborative project with musicians from Vancouver, Toronto, and Taiwan.
    Check for details.
    Regular admission

  • Victoria Day (2015)

    Mon. May 18, 10 am to 5 pm
    What better way to celebrate Victoria Day than to visit the birthplace of Toronto. Tours, kids’ activities such as soldier's drill, demonstrations of Georgian-era cooking, and English country dancing.
    Regular admission

  • World Fiddle Day in Toronto (2015)

    Sat. May 16, 10 am to 6 pm
    Fort York welcomes a daylong celebration of bows on strings as players from several traditions teach and perform, leading up to our community "Around-the-World Jam" where players bow their way through forty tunes from twenty-five countries.
    See for music, practice sessions at Long & McQuade, and more information.