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Montgomery’s Inn Highlights

Welcome to Montgomery’s Inn, an 1840s-era inn operated as a museum by Toronto Cultural Services at 4709 Dundas St W (at Islington Ave) in Etobicoke, Ontario, 416-394-8113, montinn@toronto.ca.

Montgomery’s Inn is undergoing two revitalization projects due for completion in 2018. The first will create a more welcoming and captivating visitor entrance. The second, to preserve and refresh the historic building of the Inn and its presentation, has already started.

During construction, the museum will remain open, and visitors can access it easily through the original tavern entrance in the historic building. The nature of the construction work may mean that there will be the odd day when the Inn needs to close. Call 416-394-8113 to check that the Inn is open and hours of operation. The Inn’s weekly Wednesday’s farmers market will continue to run during these projects. It is now outdoors for the summer season.

Market Days at Montgomery’s Inn

Every Wednesday, all year, 2 to 6 p.m.

Get your fresh-baked bread, Nith Valley Organics produce, Monforte Cheese, Green Gate meat and sausages, Samsara produce, Spade and Spoon preserves, The Happy Baker’s sweets, Bees’ Universe honey and eggs and other treats while you soak up the sun. Have a tour of the museum on us; it’s free on Wednesdays during market hours.

Visit our Market page for news and a complete list of vendors.

Montgomery’s Inn Art Exhibition Series

September 2018

Drying Sails, Lunenberg Harbour by Clara Harris, oil on board, 26.7 x 34.9 cm

  • Community Room: “Not Your Typical Sunday Driver” (September 6 to 30): Works by local painter Clara Harris (1887-1975), who spent the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s independently travelling across Canada and northern U.S.A in her 1927 Essex to capture the beautiful landscapes that inspired her love of art and nature. From the familiar scenes along Humber River to the rocky shores of Nova Scotia, this exhibit provides a snapshot into the historic landscapes often lost to us today. Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6, 5 to 8 p.m.

Regular Events

Tea Time at the Inn

Every Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Experience our delicious seasonal menu with a sweet and savoury combo plate and a pot of tea or glass of cider. Please note: The Tea Room will be closed on March 25 and April 29 due to concerts by Neapolitan Connection.

Fret Not Ukulele Night

First Thursday of every month, 6 to 9 p.m.
A monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson.

Thirsty Thursdays

Last Thursday of every month, except December, 7 to 10 p.m.
Live traditional music, beverages and stew by firelight in our restored 1847 barroom.

 

Special Events

Scenes from Joshua

October and November (various dates), 6 p.m.
As part of the Toronto Arts Council’s Animating Historic Sites Program, ArsMusica will premiere a one-hour chamber opera based on the life of Joshua Glover, a former slave from St Louis who escaped to the free state of Wisconsin. After learning of his whereabouts, his former slave master had him arrested and jailed by federal marshals. He was freed from jail by local abolitionists, and made his way to Canada via the Underground Railroad. Glover settled in Islington Village, where he rented a house and land from Thomas Montgomery and worked in and around Montgomery’s Inn.
Admission: Free (first-come, first served, up to 50).

Master and Commander – A Weekend in 1812

Friday to Sunday, October 19 to 21, all day
An immersive experience in the fascinating world of the Royal Navy, 1812! Enjoy historical meals by candlelight, a tall ship cruise, sea shanties, French duellists, music, Royal Marines, dancing, antique weapons, hearth-cooking, hands-on workshops, demonstrations, and much more.
Admission: Visit Jane Austen Dancing  or call 416-578-1031 for details and ticket purchases.

Shades of Old Islington: Graveyard & Tavern Tour by Lamp Light

Saturday, October 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 28, 8 to 10 p.m.
Explore Montgomery’s Inn and the Islington Pioneer Cemetery after dark, where you will hear chilling stories guaranteed to get you into the Hallowe’en spirit. Inside the candlelit rooms of the restored Inn you will discover the perfect atmosphere for hair-raising tales.
Admission: $25 + HST (spooky refreshments included). Pre-registration required; not recommended for children under 12. Tickets are available online.

An Ellington Evening

Friday, November 2, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The Toronto Duke Ellington Society and Montgomery’s Inn invite you to Jazz at the Inn: An Ellington Evening, featuring Don Thompson (piano), Neil Swainson (bass) and Reg Schwager (guitar), followed by a cold bite and cash bar in the upstairs historic Inn.
Admission: $25 + HST. Pre-registration required. Tickets are available online.

Stir Up Sunday

Sunday, November 18, 1 to 4 p.m.
Witness a working 19th-century commercial kitchen when the Inn’s team of Historic Cooks presents an afternoon of seasonal cooking demonstrations. Admission: Free with regular museum admission, including samples while supplies last!

Toussaint: Traditions of the Dark Months

Sunday, November 18, 5 to 9:30 p.m.
A bewitching evening of storytelling and music from the Celtic tradition of Breton folklore, where during the “Black Months” of November and December all gathered by the fire to hear the eerie tales of northern coastal France.
Performance admission: $25 (adults), $20 (youth, students & seniors). Supper admission: $18. Pre-registration is strongly recommended for the performance and required for the dinner; not recommended for children under 12. Contact Danceweavers at 416-578-1031 for more information.

 

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