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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.

Montgomery’s Inn Art Exhibition Series

 

May 2018

  • Community Room: “1917 – Canada Comes of Age” (May 1 to 27). Curated by Ross and Dave Rheaume, “1917 – Canada Comes of Age” is a multi-city, multi-artist exhibition that examines this most critical year in our history. Curated by artist brothers Ross and Dave Rheaume, the show has had stops in Ottawa, Cornwall, Aurora, and Old Chelsea, Quebec. More than 20 paintings, all contributed by working professional artists, make up the exhibition. Curator onsite: Saturday, May 26, 2018, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. No opening reception.

Thirsty Thursdays

Thursdays,  April 26, May 31, June 28, 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, May 3, June 7, July 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 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

 

National Canadian Film Day Screening: Maudie

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 biography of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis, who found great beauty in a life that others might consider bleak. The 2016 English-language film  is directed by Aisling Walsh and stars Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. Assembly Room: no elevator access.
Admission: Free

Neapolitan Connection Concert Series

Saturday, April 21, 2 to 4 p.m. – cancelled.

 

Project Launch Community Event

Tuesday, April 24, 6 to 8 pm
An event in the Community Room to celebrate the launch of the Ribbons of Peace Project, a campaign in Islington Village to bring together community to celebrate shared values of inclusivity, anti-racism, collaboration, community engagement and relationship building. Ribbons of Peace is a compassionate response by the community to acts of hatred, violence and racism we see in society today that will see ribbons tied to trees along Dundas West between Kipling and Islington Avenues. This launch event will signify the official installment of the Ribbons of Peace and generate a sense of positivity and inclusion in the community.

If you would like to help create a Ribbon of Peace by handwriting words such as “peace”, “hope”, “respect” or “love” on a ribbon, visit the Inn during Market Days on April 11 or 18.

Ribbons of Peace organizers include Islington United Church, Montgomery’s Inn, Creative Village, Arts Etobicoke and MABELLEarts.

Admission: Free. Light refreshments will be provided. Please note: The elevator is temporarily unavailable. If you require an accessible entrance, please use the patio entrance on Dundas Street West.

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. – cancelled.

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

 

Jane’s Walk: Stories of Thomas Montgomery’s Farm along Mimico Creek

Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6, 10 a.m.
Mimico Creek passes through the land where Thomas Montgomery operated his inn and farm. When he acquired this property in 1830, the creek’s water and watershed were pristine, yet less than two centuries later, their condition is rated as “poor.” Much of the creek is now hidden from view by industrial parks, subdivisions, and cement channelization, but on this walk, we will explore one of its most accessible and tranquil areas. Stories of the area’s flora, fauna, ecology, indigenous peoples and local history may surprise you as they reveal the changes that have taken place over the past 200 years.

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.