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Town of York Historical Society’s Annual Gala: Unveiling Toronto’s Architectural Tapestry: A History of Toronto’s Changing Landscape

March 7 @ 6:30 pm


Join us for a captivating evening of exploration and celebration at the Town of York Historical Society’s annual fundrasing gala in celebration of Toronto’s 190th Birthday. This event not only commemorates the incorporation of the city of Toronto but also serves as a significant opportunity to support the preservation of our rich historical heritage.

Delve into the evolving architectural scene of the Town of York and the City of Toronto, as we emphasize the importance of built heritage in shaping the identity of our beloved city.

Engaging Lineup of Speakers:

Summer Leigh: “The Past is Never Far” and “Evison Toronto”
Toronto-based artist Summer Leigh will lead us on a visual journey, offering unique perspectives on Toronto’s past and future topography from an artistic standpoint. Using archival material and her innovative photographic process, Summer contrasts and compares the relationships between past and present, showcasing the extraordinary changes Toronto has experienced since its founding.

Adam Bunch: Stories of Toronto Architects, Artists, and Contributions
Award-winning storyteller Adam Bunch, known for his compelling narratives about Toronto and Canadian history, will captivate the audience with tales of Toronto architects, artists, and their enduring contributions. As the recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media, Adam’s storytelling expertise brings history to life.

Alessandro Tersigni: Exploring the TOBuilt Database
Alessandro, a writer and researcher at ERA Architects, will share insights into the TOBuilt database—an open-source treasure trove of images and information about buildings in Toronto. Discover the city’s architectural heritage through Alessandro’s expertise, gained from his role as a project manager at the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario’s Toronto branch.

Silent Auction & Pop-Ups:

In addition to our lineup of speakers, we will once again be hosting our Old Town Silent Auction featuring an exciting array of items including diamond earrings from Kimberfire, photography sessions from JÉRÔME | Art & Photography, curated art baskets, theatre tickets, and so much more! The event will also include a pop-up stationary shop with local vendors and a pop-up art exhibition where you can meet members of the Women’s Art Association of Canada’s Secret Postcard Society.

Food & Drink:

Small bites, non-alcoholic beverages, beer and wine available for purchase. Complimentary tea and coffee provided. Food & drink tickets available in advance at a reduced rate.

Event Details:
Date: March 7th, 2024
Time: Doors Open at 6:00, Opening Remarks at 6:30
Location: The Great Room at St Lawrence Hall – 3rd Floor, 157 King St E, Toronto, ON

Supporting Toronto’s Heritage:
Your attendance and support contribute to the preservation of Toronto’s historical gems. As Toronto’s First Post Office relies on the backing of its members, supporters, and volunteers, your participation in this event directly contributes to the ongoing mission of preserving the history of the Town of York and early Toronto.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to unravel Toronto’s architectural tapestry and connect with the vibrant history that has shaped our city into the cultural hub it is today. Secure your tickets now and be a part of this enriching experience!

Thank you for supporting Toronto’s First Post Office and the Town of York Historical Society!


Town of York Historical Society
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St. Lawrence Hall
157 King Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5C 1G9 Canada
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