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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.

Market Days at Montgomery’s Inn

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

The outdoor Summer Market features fresh-baked bread from the Inn’s wood-fired oven, local and organic produce, meat, cheese ready-to-eat meals and snacks. Tours are free of charge during Market Days!

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

Montgomery’s Inn Art Exhibition Series

Autumn 2019

  • Community Room (To November 30): “Upper Canadian Living” by Stephen Altena. This painting series reintroduces decorative elements and motifs to Montgomery’s Inn that would have been found in many respectable Upper Canadian homes. Since it was built in the 1830s, Montgomery’s Inn has built a long and varied history. Its original decorative elements have long since vanished. By visiting a sample of historic homes in central Ontario, such as Mackenzie House in Toronto and Dundern Castle and Whitehern (both in Hamilton), Stephen discovered patterns and decorative motifs that would have been typical during that era. This ornamentation, specifically the historical wallpapers, is the inspiration for this series of paintings. Stephen Altena is co-founder, with Andrew McPhail, of Hamilton’s Hundred Dollar Gallery and a founding member of the Hamilton artist-run collective The Assembly Gallery. He is a graduate of the Independent Study Program at Dundas Valley School Of Art. He lives and works in downtown Hamilton.


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.

Fret Not Ukulele Night

First Thursday of every month, 6 to 9 p.m.
On the first Thursday of every month, join us for a fun evening of music and song as Doctor of Music Chris Wilson guides us through ukulele instruction with new and old tunes. Perfect for all skill levels. Bring your own ukulele, some spares available but they go fast! First hour is a chord workshop. Admission: $15.

Thirsty Thursdays

Last Thursday of every month, except December, 7 to 10 p.m.
Enjoy a glass of beer or wine in our restored 1847 barroom or outside on our patio with food and live traditional music. Admission: Pay What You Can. Cash bar. Food: $5. Cash bar.

Special Events

Sumach Roots

Saturday October 5, 7 to 10 p.m.
Juno nominee and best-selling historian Jason Wilson presents Sumach Roots: eight musical vignettes about Toronto that sample the migrant experience in the city across history (from the 1790 to the present) and from a variety of lenses. The live show takes audiences on a bold and innovative exploration of Toronto’s evolution over the past 300 years and draws from a deep well of sounds—from traditional British folk to bebop jazz and classic reggae—in order to tell the stories of those who built Toronto, both literally and culturally. Enjoy a specially produced sumach-infused cocktail created by chef Brock Shepherd, followed by a lamp-lit tour of the Inn.
Admission: $35.40 + HST. Preregistration is required at jasonwilsonmusic@gmail.com

Master and Commander: A weekend in Nelson’s Navy

Friday October 18 – Sunday October 20
Ahoy mateys! For lovers of epic tales of life on the high seas, this event cannot be matched! Led by historical researcher, choreographer and event organizer Karen Millyard, participants will spend the weekend immersed in the world of the Royal Navy of 200 years ago. Would-be sailors will learn about every aspect of life on-board ship and on shore, from writing with quill pens to eating favourite sailors’ meals to learning the dances they loved. Along the way they will experience a voyage in a tall ship, attend a Regency ball, learn how to tie knots and even get to watch a duel! Montgomery’s Inn is one of 10 Toronto History Museums that explore where Toronto’s many pasts, presents and futures meet.
Admission: Varies per event. Preregistration is required at danceweavers@gmail.com or 416-578-1031.

Shades of Old Islington

Thu to Sun, October 24 to 27, 7 to 9 p.m. & 8.30 to 10.30 p.m. (6.30 to 8.30 p.m. only on Sunday)
If you enjoy ghostly tales told by candlelight, come to Montgomery’s Inn where you will discover the perfect atmosphere for hair-raising stories connected to the history of the Inn. Learn about 19th-mourning and funeral traditions in the Inn’s specially decorated Sitting Room. Follow your guide by lantern to the Islington Burying Grounds, the final resting place of Thomas Montgomery and his family for more chilling tales. Enjoy some home baked Halloween treats, made by Inn volunteers. A portion of the tour includes walking outdoors. Please dress according to the weather.
Admission: $25 + HST. Preregistration is required. Not recommended for children under 12.


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