Toronto’s History Museums October Lineup Offers Thrills and Chills – City of Toronto


Press release

October 6, 2022

The City of Toronto, through the Toronto History Museums (THM), is pleased to present October’s lineup with something for everyone. October programming highlights include an Indigenous food market, large-scale public art installations that embrace community and represent resistance to oppression, and nightly lantern tours to learn about historic sites and other paranormal mysteries.

More information is available below and on the city’s THM webpage.

Toronto’s First Native Food Market in Fort York

Fort York National Historic Site will host a special end-of-season market day on Saturday, October 8, from noon to 4 p.m., celebrating Binaakwe-giizis (Falling Leaf Moon) with additional artisans and dance performances. The Fort York Native Food Market is hosted by Dashmaawaan Bemaadzinjin. More information is available on the city’s Fort York webpage.

Nuit Blanche Extended Art Project – All Power for All in Fort York

Hank Willis Thomas’ All Power to All People, Operation Prefrontal Cortex with an original soundscape featuring Mustafa and Simon Hessman, will be on view through Sunday, October 9 in Fort York as part of the Nuit Blanche Extended Projects program. Defined as a public art intervention, All Power to All People features an enlarged Afro choice sculpture with a power fist cast that deals with racial identity and representation. The piece serves to highlight ideas related to community, strength, perseverance, camaraderie and resistance to oppression. More information on Nuit Blanche is available on the City’s Nuit Blanche webpage.

The truth

Until Wednesday, October 12, residents are invited to experience a new Awakenings mobile public art project titled The TRUTH by artist Kwest, featuring young elder Philip Cote, Tyrone Edwards, Que Rock and an original soundscape with Noah “40” Shebib.

TRUTH is a physical and social movement that presents opportunities for individuals to reflect on their truth and the injustices on the planet. Mounted on a 55-foot flatbed truck, this traveling installation will visit locations throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

More information about The TRUTH is available at Visitors to the exhibition can contribute to the social movement on social media by posting photos and using the following hashtags: #TheTRUTH #Awakenings #TelltheFullStory.

The City is grateful to the community partner of the Toronto Raptors and media partner 106.5 ELMNT FM for their support of the Awakenings program.

Fort York After Dark: Lantern Tour

Those looking for an October scare can hear spooky and eerie stories on a lantern tour of Fort York and its historic surroundings. Participants will uncover supernatural stories of a lighthouse and the bloody Battle of York, explore the military cemetery, visit the spooky shadows and 200-year-old buildings of Fort York at night, and learn about the history of the fort and its many mysteries.

Dates: October 20 to 22 and 27 to 29 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $17.70 + HST

Ticket information and more can be found on the City’s Fork York webpage.

Colborne Lodge After Dark: Lantern Tour

Residents and visitors can join a chilling tour of the grounds of Colborne Lodge. Participants will explore Victorian ideas of death, the afterlife and tales of unexplainable activity.

Dates: October 26, 27 and 28 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. or from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Youth 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: $17.70 + HST

Ticket information and more can be found on the city’s Colborne Lodge webpage.

Artifacts and apparitions: an evening conversation

On October 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., residents are invited to the Clark Center for the Arts for an informative talk about the history of this site and to explore an archival collection with Alex Avdichuk, Collections & Conservation Supervisor.

More information is available on the city’s exhibitions and events webpage.

Montgomery’s Inn Farmer’s Market

The weekly Farmers Market at Montgomery’s Inn has temporarily moved to Islington United Church at 25 Burnhamthorpe Rd. until Wednesday October 26 due to parking lot construction.

The Farmer’s Market is open for shopping from 2-6 p.m. every Wednesday. More information is available on the City’s Montgomery’s Inn webpage.

The Dis/Mantle Art Exhibition Continues

The Dis/Mantle art exhibit, on view through Saturday, December 31, draws inspiration from the efforts of black abolitionists and reimagines the Spadina Museum through a narrative of Afrofuturism. The group exhibition includes soundscapes, ceramics and visual arts by Canadian artists from the Afro-Caribbean diaspora. Visitors can view the art exhibit by joining a free online museum tour through the city’s Dis/Mantle webpage.

Fall and winter hours for Toronto’s history museums

Beginning Saturday, October 1, THM hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. These hours are in effect until April 30, 2023, unless otherwise specified. Admission to Toronto’s 10 history museums is now permanently free for all.

More information on visiting a Toronto history museum can be found on the Plan your visit to the City Museum web page.

The Toronto History Museums are a group of 10 City of Toronto owned and operated museums that bring Toronto’s history to life for residents and visitors. They include Colborne Lodge, Fort York National Historic Site, Gibson House Museum, Mackenzie House, Market Gallery, Montgomery’s Inn, Scarborough Museum, Spadina Museum, Todmorden Mills, and Zion School. More information is available on the city’s Toronto History Museums webpage or follow Toronto History Museums on Twitter, instagram, FacebookWhere Youtube.

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