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Montgomery’s Inn Event Calendar 2017

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 indoors for the winter season.

Recurring Events & Activities

Market Days at Montgomery’s Inn

The market runs every Wednesday, all year, 2 to 6 p.m.
We opened the indoor winter market on November 1; it continues indoors until the spring of 2018. Buy direct from local farmers and food artisans. Organic fruit and vegetables, cheese, bread and prepared foods as well as ethically raised meat, honey and more! Have a tour of the museum on us and see what our youth group is up to; it’s free on Wednesdays during market hours. Visit our Market page for news and updates.

Teatime at the Inn

Every Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Experience our delicious seasonal menu with a sweet and savoury combo plate with 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.

Montgomery’s Inn Art Exhibition Series

 

February-March 2018

  • Community Room: “Mimico SNAP: Painting with Friends” (February 24 to March 31). Mimico SNAP (Special Needs Adult Program) is a day program in south Etobicoke for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This talented group is led by local artist, photographer and LAMP workshop leader Mark Cope and SNAP Program Director Denise Marler, and includes artists with different abilities who use unique methods to put paint to the canvas. Opening reception: Saturday, February 24, 2 to 4 p.m.

Thirsty Thursdays

Thursdays, January 25, February 22, March 29, 7 to 10 p.m.
In partnership with the INNovators, the last Thursday of every month is Thirsty Thursday tavern night at the Inn. Enjoy  live traditional music with a glass of beer, wine, or a Thomas Montgomery speciality by firelight in our restored 1847 barroom. Visit the event page for further details.
Admission: Pay What You Can, cash bar, $5 for a bowl of stew with fresh-baked bread.

Fret Not Ukulele Night

Thursdays, February 1, March 1, April 5, 6 to 9 p.m.
Come and sing, laugh and make music at our monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Beginners welcome! Bring your uke—but if you’re just testing the waters and don’t have one, let us know and we’ll loan you one for the night.
Admission: 7 to 9 p.m.: $15. (6 p.m. chord workshop: Free).

 

Upcoming Special Events & Activities

Canadian Opera Company Scotiabank After School Opera Program

Mondays from January 8 to March 5, 4 to 6 p.m.
Since the fall of 2016, Montgomery’s Inn has been one of five locations across the city for this after-school program for children ages 7 to 12. Under the guidance of the lead artist, a program assistant and special guests, children explore opera through singing, composing, and drama. This fun and unique program develops children’s performance and music skills while nurturing their self-confidence. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebratory performance on the final day.
Admission: $15 per participant for the term

Hear Freedom’s Ring!

Saturday, February 17, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Come celebrate southern Ontario’s history in a musical journey along the Underground Railroad with tenor Michael Toby, presented by Ars Musica and the Toronto Arts Council.

Family Day at Montgomery’s Inn

Monday, February 19, 1 to 5 p.m.
Bring the family to Montgomery’s Inn for an Irish Ceilidh! Maureen O’Leary of Maureen’s Reel Irish Dancing will teach a dance workshop and then host a ceilidh at 2 and 3:30. Join the cooks in the historic kitchen while they prepare tasty treats over the fire, try your hand at the traditional French Canadian lumberjack dancing man and learn to play the spoons with our resident fiddler at 1:30 and 3. Drop-in activities, including historic games, crafts, food and music; no pre-registration required.
Admission: Free with regular admission price

Etobicoke Historical Society Speaker Night: The Mimico Asylum

Thursday, February 22, 7 to 10 p.m.
Join the Etobicoke Historical Society for an intriguing journey into the past of a unique piece of Etobicoke’s history with Jennifer Bazar, the Curator of the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre at Humber Lakeshore campus. Still being preserved on Etobicoke’s lakeshore today as the Lakeshore campus of Humber College, lies one of the oldest assemblages of historic buildings in the city. What would first be called the Mimico Asylum and finally the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital officially opened its doors in 1890 and boasts perhaps one of Toronto’s most fascinating—and storied—histories. Most of the asylum’s buildings, including the Assembly Hall and many of the facility’s famous “cottages”, were built by the patients.  The first such institution in Canada to be built on the cottage system, the design attempted to create a “village-like setting” on the 52-hectare site.
Admission: Free

Junior Chef Camp at Montgomery’s Inn

Monday to Friday, March 12 to 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Kids learn to cook in a fun and safe environment! Participants will learn about food from farm to table and attend the on-site farmers’ market (Wednesday only). Age-appropriate hands-on cooking projects may include cake decorating and baking bread in a brick oven. Plenty of active play ensures that everyone works up a healthy appetite! Participants make their own lunches daily, plus take home samples to share with hungry parents. Ages 6 to 10.
Admission: $175 for the week, including lunch. Pre-registration required.

St. Patrick’s Céilidh

Saturday, March 17, 7 to 10 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Montgomery’s Inn. Irish stew, fresh baked bread and live traditional music featuring Gin Lane.
Admission: $5 + HST. Cash bar, $5 for a bowl of stew, while supplies last.

Etobicoke Historical Society Speaker Night: Past and Present in Pictures

Thursday, March 22, 7 to 10 p.m.
Join the Etobicoke Historical Society for a photographic history tour through the neighbourhoods of Etobicoke with Denise Harris, a retired human resources development manager and a lifelong resident of Etobicoke. As an enthusiastic amateur historian, she has been researching, writing and leading historical walking tours and giving lectures on local history for over 25 years. Her illustrated talk will focus on the former Township of Etobicoke as it progressed from forests and farms to the suburbs and industry of today’s urban environment. Old photographs of historic places will each be followed by a picture of the same place taken today.  Included will be some of the most recent additions to our photograph collection. See how Etobicoke has changed over the past 150 years!
Admission: Free

Mozart & Ravel! Angela Park, Piano

Saturday March 24, 2 to 4 p.m.
Join us for classical music at the Inn in partnership with Neapolitan Connection. Tours of the museum and refreshments are included in the ticket price.
Admission: Visit Neapolitan Connection for details and tickets.

Gypsies & Folk Melodies! New World Trio

Sunday, March 25, 2 to 4 p.m.
Join us for classical music at the Inn in partnership with Neapolitan Connection. Tours of the museum and refreshments are included in the ticket price.
Admission: Visit Neapolitan Connection for details and tickets.

Canadian Opera Company Scotiabank After School Opera Program

Mondays from March 26 to June 11, 4 to 6 p.m.
Since the fall of 2016, Montgomery’s Inn has been one of five locations across the city for this after-school program for children ages 7 to 12. Under the guidance of the lead artist, a program assistant and special guests, children explore opera through singing, composing, and drama. This fun and unique program develops children’s performance and music skills while nurturing their self-confidence. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebratory performance on the final day.
Admission: $15 per participant for the term

Toronto Jane Austen Festival

Friday to Sunday, April 6 to 8
Spend a weekend in the world of Lizzy, Darcy, Emma and other beloved characters. What did they eat, wear, hear, see? You will experience the food, music, clothing and dance of Jane Austen’s time, plus much, much more. Lectures, hands-on workshops, and, of course, a ball!
Admission: Visit Jane Austen Dancing for details and tickets.

National Canadian Film Day

Wednesday, April 18, 3 to 5 p.m.
National Canadian Film Day is a massive one-day celebration of Canadian cinema. Presented by Reel Canada, 2018 shines the spotlight on the accomplishments of women in Canadian film. Great Canadian movies will be available on air, online and on foot at over 1,700 screenings across the country, including at Montgomery’s Inn, which will be screening Maudie, the moving story of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis, who found great beauty in a life that others might consider bleak. It stars Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.
Admission: TBA

Neapolitan Connection Concert Series

(Performance to be confirmed)
Saturday, April 21, 2 to 4 p.m.
Join us for classical music at the Inn in partnership with Neapolitan Connection. Tours of the museum and refreshments are included in the ticket price.
Admission: Visit Neapolitan Connection for details and tickets.

Etobicoke Historical Society Speaker Nights: Maureen Jennings…Exploring Toronto During WWI

Thursday, April 26, 7 to 10 p.m.
The Etobicoke Historical Society  presents author Maureen Jennings, who has created three series in the crime fiction genre. The first is set in 1895 Victorian Toronto, featuring detective William Murdoch. The Murdoch Mysteries television series, broadcast by CBC, is into its eleventh season. Her Christine Morris series is about an Ontario forensic investigator. Her latest series, featuring detective Inspector Tom Tyler, is set in rural England, during WWII. These books were the inspiration for Bomb Girls, a television series broadcast by Global Television in 2012-2013. Research for her latest book, which features a middle-aged detective William Murdoch in Toronto in 1917, led her into exciting territory, which she will discuss in this engaging talk.
Admission: Free

Color, Sound & Inspiration: Ronée Boyce, Piano

Sunday, April 29, 2 to 4 p.m.
Join us for classical music at the Inn in partnership with Neapolitan Connection. Tours of the museum and refreshments are included in the ticket price.
Admission: Visit Neapolitan Connection for details and tickets.

Toronto Public Library MAP Family Saturdays with Montgomery’s Inn

Saturday, May 5, 2 p.m.
Step back in time with staff from Montgomery’s Inn Historic Site at Toronto Public Library Northern Elms Branch and experience what life was like at the Inn. Enjoy a 19th-century dance, create an old-fashioned toy and investigate historic objects. All ages.
Admission: Free

 A Spring Schubertiad! Allison Arends, Soprano

Saturday, May 12, 2 to 4 p.m.
Join us for classical music at the Inn in partnership with Neapolitan Connection. Tours of the museum and refreshments are included in the ticket price.
Admission: Visit Neapolitan Connection for details and tickets.

Toronto Public Library MAP Family Saturdays with Montgomery’s Inn

Saturday, May 12, 2 p.m.
Step back in time with staff from Montgomery’s Inn Historic Site at Toronto Public Library College/Shaw Branch and experience what life was like at the Inn. Enjoy a 19th-century dance, create an old-fashioned toy and investigate historic objects. All ages.
Admission: Free

Mother’s Day Tea and Tour

Sunday, May 13, 1 to 4 p.m.
Bring Mom to the Inn to celebrate Mother’s Day with afternoon tea. All ages are welcome. First come, first served.
Admission: $7 + HST, including a guided tour of the Museum

Victoria Day Tea and Tour

Sunday, May 20, 1 to 4 p.m.
Celebrate Victoria Day with an afternoon tea fit for a Queen. All ages are welcome. First come, first served.
Admission: $7 + HST, including a complimentary guided tour of the Museum.

Montgomery’s Inn Farmers Market Spring Season Opening Day

Wednesday, May 23, 2 to 6 p.m.
Celebrate the start of the outdoor season with all your favorite vendors, plus some great new ones! Enjoy live music and our newly landscaped picnic area.
Admission: Free; numerous products available for purchase

Etobicoke Historical Society Speaker Night: Speaker TBA

Thursday May 24, 7 to 10 p.m.
Admission: Free

Doors Open Toronto 2018

Saturday & Sunday, May 26 & 27, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate Doors Open Toronto, an architectural urban adventure. Hourly trolley tours of the Islington Village Murals courtesy of the Islington Village BIA; live music courtesy of the Music Studio.
Admission: Free

Neapolitan Connection Concert Series

(Performance to be confirmed)
Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24, 2 to 4 p.m.
Join us for classical music at the Inn in partnership with Neapolitan Connection. Tours of the museum and refreshments are included in the ticket price.
Admission: Visit Neapolitan Connection for details and tickets.