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  • Bicycle Tour: The Forts of Toronto (2015)

    Sat. June 27, 11 am to 1 pm
    Since bicycling is a unique and exciting way to view Toronto's early history, Fort York and Heritage York's Lambton House are conducting a Bike Month event. Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas Street, is a good starting point at the edge of the Carrying Place trail. From there, we will ride to Teiagon, site of the 17th century Seneca Village and the Magasin Royal of 1720. Following the Humber Bicycle Trails, we will stop to explore Toronto's second French fort. Continuing along the Martin Goodman Trail takes us to the site of Fort Rouillé, the last French fort. The tour ends at Fort York, site of the founding of British York which replaced the French era at Toronto.
    The ride is of moderate difficulty. Lambton House will be open at 10 am before the tour begins and participants may visit for free.

  • Na-Me-Res Traditional Outdoor PowWow (2015)

    Sun. June 21
    Native Men’s Residence Traditional PowWow is held to recognize National Aboriginal Day, June 21st, the Summer Solstice. The event features traditional dancing, drumming, feast, giveaway, kids area, and craft vendors. Seven Aboriginal drum groups will be on hand, including host drum Smoke Trail Singers and co-host drum Eagle Flight Singers. Over 100 traditional dancers are expected to participate including head dancers Stephanie Pangowish and Lee Benson. The day begins with a sunrise ceremony and will end with a gala concert. The Grand Entry takes place at 12 noon, with traditional dancing and drumming until 4:30 pm.
    Check www.toronto.ca/fortevents for details
    Regular admission

  • INDIGENOUS ARTS FESTIVAL @ FORT YORK (2015)

    Thurs. to Sat. June 18 to 20
    A celebration of traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre, storytelling, visual arts, crafts, and food by Indigenous peoples. Energizing Fort York with powerful traditions and contemporary creations, including Mistatim by Red Sky Performance, alternative folk artist Diyet, 2014 Polaris Music Prize winner & 2015 JUNO Award winner Tanya Tagaq, and much more. Hosted by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
    Check www.toronto.ca/fortevents for details
    Most events are free

  • Gertrude Kearns: The Art of Command: Portraits and Posters from Canada's Afghan Mission (2015)

    Portraits and Posters from Canada's Afghan Mission
    Until Sunday, June 14
    Since 1991 Toronto artist Gertrude Kearns has explored the engagement between Canada's military and conflicts around the world. In 2005-6 she was embedded with Canadian Forces in Afghan-istan while on contract with the Department of National Defence. Between 2006 and 2015, Kearns created the forty-six portraits and posters appearing in The Art of Command.
    For more information visit www.toronto.ca/artofcommand
    Included with regular admission

  • Taste of Toronto (Fort York, 2015)

    Thurs. to Sun. July 2 to 5
    Fort York is hosting upwards of 20,000 visitors at foodie heaven. Featuring world class chefs, Toronto’s top restaurants, and over seventy exhibitors.
    http://tasteoftoronto.com/

  • Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Cultural Village – Pan Am Games (Fort York, 2015)

    Fri. July 10 to Sun. July 26
    “Home base” for the games, the Cultural Village will have the feel, sights, and sounds of a traditional Mississauga Nation village. Visitors will experience a round house where workers in traditional clothing will show how life was lived with authentic artifacts. Artisans will teach basket weaving, braiding, and other crafts.
    Don't miss the Three Sacred Fires Ceremony on Friday, July 10. The Three Sacred Fires are symbolic of the Mississaugas’ traditions and political alliances with the Ojibwa, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations. The  first fire will be lit on Toronto Island; dignitaries will canoe to the mainland where two other fires will be lit, including one at Fort York. Fire Keepers will tend the fires 24/7 for the duration of the games.
    Free admission

  • Planet IndigenUS: InterNations/InterSections Exhibition (Visitor Centre, 2015)

    Mon. July 13 to Sun. August 9 
    Co-presented by Harbourfront Centre and the Woodland Cultural Centre, Planet IndigenUS is the largest Indigenous, multidisciplinary arts festival in the world. Since 2004, Planet IndigenUS has been raising public awareness, breaking stereotypes, and fostering a cross-cultural dialogue between Canadians. Enjoy music, art, food, and ideas from First Nations communities across Canada and Indigenous peoples around the world.
    Fort York will feature the world premiere of “InterNations/InterSections,” an exhibit of four Panamania-commissioned visual art installations on display outdoors in front of the Visitor Centre.  
    http://www.woodland-centre.on.ca
    Free admission

  • Simcoe Day (2015)

    Mon. August 3, 10 am to 5 pm
    Fort York honours Lieutenant-Governor Simcoe who founded the town of York (Toronto) in 1793. Come learn about the birthplace of Toronto and thrill to the sounds of musketry, cannons, and the fife and drum.
    Free admission

  • Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Cultural Village – Parapan Am Games (Fort York, 2015)

    Fri. August 7 to Sat. August 15
    “Home base” for the games, the Cultural Village will have the feel, sights, and sounds of a traditional Mississauga Nation village. Visitors will experience a working round house where workers dressed in traditional clothing will show how life was lived with authentic artifacts. Artisans will teach basket weaving, braiding, and other crafts.
    Free admission

  • The First World War Comes To Life (2015)

    Sat. & Sun., August 8 & 9
    10 am to 5 pm
    Don't miss this exciting travelling exhibit showcasing the largest operational collection of First World War vehicles in Canada including cars, trucks, ambulances and motorcycles. The dynamic and interactive display will include characters to bring the First World War to life.
    The exhibit focuses on the themes of mechanization and transportation, women's roles in the war effort, as well as agriculture and food production, and introduces the audience to these themes through the vehicles that were used as part of the larger war effort, such as motorcycles.
    The First World War was the first mechanized war. Horses were gradually replaced by motor vehicles like cars and motorcycles, but in 1914 these technologies were still in their infancy. This exhibit will show Canadians the innovations that began in the era of the First World War, and were further developed afterwards. These diverse service vehicles helped to mobilize Canadians from all walks of life in support of the war effort.
    Included with regular admission.