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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 outdoors for the summer season.

Recurring Events & Activities

Market Days at Montgomery’s Inn

The market runs every Wednesday, all year, 2 to 6 p.m.
The outdoor summer market is open; it continues outdoors until the fall 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

September 2018

  • 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.

December 2018

  • Community Room: “Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” by Dave Rheaume. The Inn is excited to announce that the annual Christmas Carol exhibit is back! Enjoy this ten-painting series of Dickens’s Victorian Christmas from December 1 to 31 during our Holiday Market, teas and cookie-decorating workshops.

Thirsty Thursdays

Thursdays, August 30, September 27, October 25, November 29, no December date, January 31, 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, August 2, September TBA, October 4, November 1, December 6, January 3, 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

Emma’s Ball and Supper at the Crown

Saturday, August 18, 2:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Celebrate delicious scenes from Jane Austen’s novels! Experience Emma’s “Ball at the Crown Inn,” complete with a Regency supper by candlelight. Enjoy a beginner-friendly Regency dance workshop, a short talk on Georgian suppers, live music and a lamplight tour of the Inn.
Admission: $50-$85 (Visit Danceweavers or call 416-578-1031 for full details and tickets.)

Irish Culture Camp at Montgomery’s Inn – Ages 5 to 14

July 30 to August 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This camp is an introduction to the whole Irish culture, which includes language, singing, dancing, crafts, sports and music (including the tin whistle and fiddle). Children are grouped according to their ages. At the end of the week there will a concert so parents and friends can see what they have learned.
Admission: $130. Pre-registration is required at moleary2001@rogers.com or 416-446-6993.

Irish Culture Camp at Montgomery’s Inn – Ages 5 to 14

August 27 to 31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This camp is an introduction to the whole Irish culture, which includes language, singing, dancing, crafts, sports and music (including the tin whistle and fiddle). Children are grouped according to their ages. At the end of the week there will a concert so parents and friends can see what they have learned. Admission:  $130. Pre-registration is required at moleary2001@rogers.com or 416-446-6993.

Corn Roast and Heritage Fair

Thursday, September 6, 5 to 8 p.m.
Visit the Inn for fresh corn cooked in the outdoor bake oven, live music, children’s activities and displays from west-end heritage organizations. We’ll be launching the restoration of the Inn with tours and activities. Bring your lawn chairs!
Admission: Free (charge for food items).

Neapolitan Connection Concert Series

Saturday, September 29, time to be confirmed
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 ticket purchases.

Canadian Opera Company Scotiabank After School Opera Program

Mondays, October 1 to December 10, 4 to 6 p.m. (registration opens September 5)
Since fall 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.

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.

Neapolitan Connection Concert Series

Saturday, October 27, 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 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.

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.

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.

Neapolitan Connection Concert Series

Saturday, November 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 ticket purchases.

Gingerbread House Workshop

Saturday December 1, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Decorate your family’s dream house all together. All the supplies you need to create a classic gingerbread house will be provided.
Admission: $30 + HST per house; pre-registration required.

Carols in the Tavern

Saturday December 1, 7:30 to 10 pm
Get some Christmas Spirit in the Tavern while you sing some 19th-century carols and sip a historic drink.
Admission: $20 + HST, including savoury treats and mulled cider. Cash bar for historic drinks; pre-registration is required.

Holiday Farmers’ Market & Gift Sale

Wednesday, December 5, 2 to 7 p.m.
Artists and artisans join our regular farmers’ market vendors for a special holiday event. Shop for foodie gifts and seasonal treats in a lovely historic setting, open an hour longer than our regular market. You’ll find fresh bread from the Inn’s bake oven, preserves, local winter vegetables, sweets, prepared foods, ethically raised meats, cheese, eggs, dried fruit, nuts, honey and wine while enjoying festive seasonal music. Cozy up to a roaring fire while sipping a hot mulled apple cider; kids will enjoy purchasing a gingerbread man from our winter witch! Admission: Free (not including items for sale). Fundraising fruitcakes: $10 each.

The Jane Austen Christmas Supper

Saturday, December 8, seatings at 5 & 8 p.m.
Enjoy the pleasures of the Georgian table during the festive season, supping by candlelight and the comfort of an open fire. There is no more delightful way to savour the traditions of Christmas! The meal, ranging from traditional holiday dishes, such as mince tarts, to less familiar but utterly delicious dishes of Austen’s time, is based entirely on reconstructed Georgian-era recipes. Join us for the rare opportunity to enjoy a full historical meal within the walls of one of Toronto’s best-loved heritage sites! Historical clothing is encouraged, but optional. $60, pre-registration required by Friday, November 23. For more information, visit JaneAustenDancing or call 416-578-1031.

Classical Music Series

Saturday, December, 15, 2 to 4 p.m.
Join us for classical music in the Community Room in partnership with Neapolitan Connection. Tours of the museum and refreshments are included in the ticket price.
Admission: Visit Neapolitan Connection for details and ticket purchases.

Dickens Christmas Feast

Saturday, December 15, 6 to 9 p.m.
A candlelit, four-course Christmas feast served before the roaring fire, recreated from historic recipes of the Victorian era. Pre-dinner drinks and a demonstration of Dickens’ own recipe for Flaming Rum Punch in the cozy bar room. The evening will also include dramatic readings and an optional brief dance lesson in the ballroom with live musical accompaniment (no partner necessary.)
Admission: $95 + HST (including a glass of wine and rum punch). Cash bar.

Twelfth Night Traditions: Supper and Dance Party

Friday, January 4, 5 to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 5, 3:30 to 10:30 p.m.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, step into the atmosphere of times gone by.
Partake in the Yuletide customs of Old England: dance to live music, enjoy a historical supper, wassail and other seasonal treats by the fire. Play traditional games and enjoy the historic Inn by candlelight, with its festive decorations!
Admission: TBA.

Canadian Opera Company Scotiabank After School Opera Program

Mondays, January 7 to March 4, 4 to 6 p.m. (registration Opens December 10)
Since fall 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

Neapolitan Connection Concert Series

Saturday & Sunday, January 26 & 27, 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 ticket purchases.