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 May 2009 - Nr. 5

"The City’s 175th Anniversary is not just an event at City Hall, it’s a year-long festival of events - some big, some small - that mark the anniversary," said Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone. "The City is working with various organizations that have come forward with thoughtful ways of celebrating the Toronto’s heritage, unity and diversity."

History buffs will enjoy the Royal Ontario Museum’s 175th Anniversary Toronto Walk on June 13. The walk is free and walkers should gather at St. James Park - next to St. James Cathedral - at 2 p.m. Heritage Toronto is offering Toronto 175 Walks from April to October. Weekend walks are free and more information can be found on the Heritage Toronto’s website ( An audio tour about the history of Osgoode Hall is also available for download in French and English from the City’s website.

The City’s historic museums programming celebrating the City’s early years continues at Colborne Lodge, Mackenzie House and at the Market Gallery. Special programming is also available for the Victoria Day long weekend.

  • Victorian Cream Tea at the Scarborough Museum: Enjoy a cup of traditional English tea and scrumptious scones with Devon cream. Sunday, May 17, from 12 to 5 p.m. Museum admission is pay what you can and the tea is $4 a person.

  • Spadina House: Take a leisurely stroll through six acres of heritage gardens and lawns that overlook the city and then visit this lovely home. Wall-to-Wall: A History of Carpeting in Toronto, which surveys floor coverings common in Toronto from the 1850s to the 1920s, is also available to view. Regular admission applies.

  • Fort York National Historic Site: Families can enjoy tours, kids’ drill and baking in the kitchen. Monday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Regular admission applies.

  • Gibson House: Spend the holiday at the home of one of Willowdale’s founding families. Sweet treats to taste in the kitchen, old-fashioned toys in the parlour and lots of hands-on activities in the Discovery Gallery. Monday, May 18, noon - 5 p.m.
    Regular admission applies.

  • Victoria Day Tea at Montgomery’s Inn: Celebrate the birth of Queen Victoria with a special afternoon tea at the Inn. $8.85 plus GST and PST includes admission to the museum.

Lit City, a celebration of stories set in Toronto and the writers inspired by the city, comes to an end at Doors Open on May 23 to 24. In its finale event, Lit City will connect books with buildings at 30 or more of the 175 Doors Open destinations citywide. The Doors Open kick-off event will be held at the Royal Ontario Museum on Friday, May 22 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. ROM galleries will be open for free.

Other 175th events include:

A spectacular floral installation of over 15,000 flowers saluting Toronto’s 175th anniversary will be on display at the City Hall rotunda as the Garden Club of Toronto’s contribution to Doors Open 2009. "A Floral Celebration" will be open and free to the public, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday May 23 and Sunday May 24.

In keeping with the City’s celebration of diversity, we are marking the 35th anniversary of the arrival of the first immigrants from Latin and South America. The Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples (CSSP) is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year by hosting a gala on June 13. For more information, contact Christel Perez at 416-533-8545 or

"City on the Move - A Festival of Young Artists in Transit"
launched earlier this year. "In Transit" is an apt theme for this presentation as it refers not only to transportation itself but also to ideas about transformation and how youth can transform the city and themselves through their art. Promoting the ideas and opinions of youth will enrich the fabric of our cultural community and ensure that Toronto’s voice carries through the next 175 years. Beginning in May, youth photographic artwork is on display in subways, buses and streetcars. Live youth performances will begin in June and run until the end of the year.

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