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March 11, 2014 – April 13, 2014

Dressing for Downton: Costumes from Downton Abbey

The City of Toronto’s Spadina Museum, in partnership with VisionTV/ZoomerMedia, proudly present the Canadian premiere of Dressing for Downton: Costumes from Downton Abbey, March 11 to April 13, 2014.

The exhibition features costumes and photographs from the series, Downton- themed tours and teas. The tour takes visitors through the museum’s family and servants’ spaces and links the characters and events from the TV show to real Toronto history.

Twenty authentic Downton Abbey costumes from Seasons 1 to 3 have been borrowed from Cosprop, Ltd., the London-based costume house that designs and creates the beautiful clothing worn by the cast of the television show. Nine of the costumes have accompanying hats, from Lady Sybil’s nurse’s scarf, to Lady Cora’s wide-brimmed picture hat, to Lady Mary’s cloche worn with her pregnancy suit. The costumes are all historically accurate, some made entirely of new textiles, and others using a mix of new and vintage fabrics.

Two ticket options are available: Exhibit and Tour; or Exhibit, Tea and Tour. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, and is closed Mondays. Tickets for this exhibition are available for purchase online at www.spadinamuseum.streamintickets.com

For more information on the exhibition, visit www.toronto.ca/spadina ; Facebook.com/spadinamuseum or follow us on Twitter @spadinamuseum

Start: March 11, 2014
End: April 13, 2014
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March 8, 2014 – March 15, 2014

Casa Loma March Break-A-Palooza

Casa Loma invites you and your family to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebration this March Break (March 8-15, 2014). Enjoy fun-tastic themed activities like:
Massive scavenger hunt; Live Performances with The Grinch; Arts & Crafts with that crazy cat; Storytelling with special guests; Performance art in the Great Hall;
and Screenings of animated shorts and more!!!

For more details visit www.casaloma.org/events.index.gk#20480

Casa Loma — 1 Austin Terrace

 
Start: March 8, 2014
End: March 15, 2014
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March 8, 2014 – March 30, 2014

Liss Gallery Presents “The Art of Dr. Seuss” Exhibit

In celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday in March, Casa Loma is proud to host “The Art of Dr. Seuss” Exhibit + Sale presented by Liss Gallery.

From March 8-30, 2014, guests are invited to go on a journey to experience the vibrant imagination of Theodor Seuss Geisel, with more than 30 original drawings, paintings, and sculptures.

These unique art pieces are for sale with a portion of proceeds benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities® Canada.

Website for more details: www.casaloma.org

Casa Loma — 1 Austin Terrace

 
Start: March 8, 2014
End: March 30, 2014
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February 17, 2014 – February 22, 2014

Free Tours of the Winter Garden Theatre

This February the Winter Garden Theatre will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary.

On February 16, 1914 the Winter Garden Theatre opened to the public.
It closed in 1928 due to declining interest in vaudeville and survived virtually unchanged until its restoration in the 1980s.

Learn more about the history and restoration of both the Winter Garden and Elgin theatres
by joining us this Family Day for a free public tour at 11 a.m.

There will also be free tour on Saturday, February 22 at 11 a.m.

Dates & Times:
Monday, February 17 at 11 a.m. – Family Day and
Saturday, February 22 at 11 a.m. – Heritage Weekend.

Location: 189 Yonge Street (just north of Queen Street, meet in the lobby)

Website: www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg

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Start: February 17, 2014
End: February 22, 2014
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November 30, 2013 – March 2, 2014

The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918

The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918 showcases the dynamism, creativity, and innovation of art produced in Europe in the years leading up to and during the First World War. Featuring paintings from the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum by artists such as Constantin Brancusi, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso, among others, the exhibition chronologically traces the achievements of these tumultuous years as artists experimented with new ways to create art while launching such movements as expressionism, futurism and cubism.

The exhibition’s focus on the years 1910 to 1918 represents an intense chapter in European and world history, marked by sweeping social change, technological developments and scientific advances. During this time of tremendous creativity and innovation, European cities were evolving, and artists, who were founding groups, staging exhibitions and issuing manifestoes, likewise adapted and responded to 20th-century modernity.

The Great Upheaval spotlights the dynamism of this fertile period — as artists hurtled toward abstraction and the ultimate “great upheaval” of a catastrophic war — while presenting some of the foundational modern masterpieces that shaped the art of future generations.

Organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.

For more details: www.ago.net/the-great-upheaval-modern-masterpieces-from-the-guggenheim-collection/

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

November 11, 2013

The Toronto Zoo’s 28th Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony

Monday, November 11, 2013. Waterside Theatre. Ceremony begins promptly at 10:55am.

Veterans and the general public are invited to join in remembering and honouring the many wartime sacrifices that Canadians have made for their country. Admission for veterans and all guests attending the ceremony is free from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.
The year round parking fee will be in effect except for VIP’s, Veterans in uniform or with medals, crests or other military affiliation insignia, as well as any other persons in uniform, including serving members of the armed forces, police, fire, ambulance and TTC.

Website: www.TorontoZoo.com

Location: Toronto Zoo — 361A Old Finch Avenue

October 28, 2013

Ghost Tour of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

A special ghost edition tour of the historical Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre
will take on Monday, October 28 at 7 p.m. Learn about the history and restoration of
the complex and hear tales of the alleged ghosts and spirits that are said to inhabit the building.
Not necessarily a spooky tour, but some of the stories may send a chill up your spine.

DATE: Monday, October 28, 2013.

TIME: 7 p.m. Tour is approximately 90 minutes.

COST: Adults: $12; Students & seniors: $10.

Tickets available at the door, cash only and reservations are not required.

For further information call (416) 314-2871.

The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre is located at
189 Yonge Street (just north of Queen St., opposite the Eaton Centre).

October 26, 2013 – October 27, 2013

Make a Spooky Haunted Castle!

Get your little knights, princesses, ghosts and pirates signed up to this delicious workshop at the castle this Halloween weekend on October 26 or 27. Work with dessert decorators from Le Dolci and learn from top pastry chefs how to decorate a magical and haunted Halloween castle. Each child will have their own Castle to assemble and decorate using candy, sprinkles, icing and other yummy embellishments for the haunted Halloween house. We encourage everyone to come in costume. Sign up quick for this sweet and spooky session.

Please visit our website: www.casaloma.org

Location: Casa Loma – 1 Austin Terrace

 
Start: October 26, 2013
End: October 27, 2013
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October 26, 2013 – October 27, 2013

Becoming a Knight!

Long live family fun at Casa Loma! Celebrate Halloween – Medieval Style! Bring your royal family to a Castle for an opportunity to step into the past. Real Knights – in real armour- with real weapons! Our Knights will perform for you – educate you – fight for you and even train you! Bring the whole family to Toronto’s majestic castle to celebrate Halloween. This workshop will give you a behind the scenes look at: Medieval Martial Arts, Dagger Defense, Armour and the Art of Swordplay. Reserve your spot soon! This event is popular.

Please visit our website: www.casaloma.org

Location: Casa Loma – 1 Austin Terrace

 
Start: October 26, 2013
End: October 27, 2013
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October 14, 2013 – October 29, 2013

Is Casa Loma Haunted?

The evening will commence with an introduction to Casa Loma, some haunted tales, and an overview of your hosts ghost tracking activities at Casa Loma over the years. You will be able to listen to the amazing EVP’s captured during the investigations that have taken place at The Castle. You will then proceed forward for a tour – allowing you, our honoured guests, time to investigate on your own! October 14, 27 and 29th. 7pm to 10 pm. Purchase your tickets online.

Please visit our website: www.casaloma.org

Location: Casa Loma – 1 Austin Terrace

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Start: October 14, 2013
End: October 29, 2013
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