Experience the War of 1812 Bicentennial through film, food, art, talks, exhibitions and scary tours at 28 events this month
October 1, 2012
The City’s museums are celebrating October is History Month with 28 events that focus on the War of 1812. The bicentennial commemoration of this pivotal event in Toronto’s history will engage all of the senses with film, food, art, talks, exhibitions and scary tours. A complete calendar of these events can be accessed athttp://www.toronto.ca/1812.
“October’s War of 1812 Bicentennial program continues the celebration of our history in original and innovative ways,” said War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration Steering Committee Co-Chair, Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre). “By drawing on the vision and imagination of nearly 40 partner organizations these events bring new perspectives and fresh approaches to the commemoration of our city’s past.”
“These events offer a broad spectrum of perspectives on the war and our history, and they include participant’s representative of the great diversity that now exists in our city,” said War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration Steering Committee Co-Chair Blake C. Goldring (Chairman and CEO of AGF Management Ltd.). AGF has provided generous financial support for many of the bicentennial events taking place this month.
Highlights of the October event program include:
Film – Three free nights of outdoor screenings are being offered at Fort York National Historic Site beginning at 7 p.m. On October 3, Toronto audiences get a sneak peak of the unconventional CBC-TV documentary “The War of 1812: Been There, Won That”. The documentary is hosted by Peter Keleghan, one of Canada’s funniest and most accomplished actors, who will also be present at this screening. On October 10, audiences can view the PBS documentary “The War of 1812” while on October 17 the site hosts a special screening of “Explosion 1812” presented by HISTORY® in association with yap films.
Exhibitions – Spadina Museum’s interactive multimedia art installation “Looking Glass: A View of 1812” is made from found objects that connect to memoirs, diary entries and artifacts of the war, giving visitors a unique perspective of how the city has changed since 1812. This exhibition can be seen from October 7 to 28. Fort York’s exhibition “Isaac Brock: Pro Patria Mori Exhibit” examines different aspects of the life and legacy of the famous British Major-General, who was stationed in Upper Canada in the early 1800s. This exhibit can be seen from October 12 to 14.
Food – On October 14 at Todmorden Mills the “Cast Iron Chef Historic Cooking Workshop – A Taste of The War of 1812” allows the public to prepare and sample food ranging from humble to sumptuous fare popular during the War of 1812. On October 20, the “Best Before 1812: A Bicentennial Food Symposium” gives the public a taste of the past at Fort York with discussions, demos and samples of everything from early North American and First Nations cuisine to mess kitchens and the historic links to sugar and beer.
Talks – Fort York will present “Untold Stories” on October 4, 11, 18 and 25, an informal and informative speakers’ series that begins by exploring the talents of George Prevost, Britain’s military Commander in Chief during the War of 1812. The series continues with topics like uneasy alliances, saints and sinners, and the fight for legitimacy by Black allies. Montgomery’s Inn will feature “Context and Consequence”, a lecture series on October 4, 11 and 18. On October 16, a “War of 1812 Town Hall” (organized by Manifesto Community Projects) will bring together Aboriginal and urban youth to share ideas about the War of 1812 and its connection to their own lives.
Scary Tours – At “Haunted High Park”, separate ghostly tours will be available for children and adults on October 20 and October 25 to 28, to explore the legends and ghosts at Colborne Lodge. On October 21, the “City of the Dead: The Necropolis Cemetery Tour” led by Mackenzie House historical interpreters takes audiences on a Cabbagetown tour of the graves of historic figures like William Lyon Mackenzie and 1812 war veterans.
Throughout 2012 and 2013, more than 100 bicentennial events will take place in Toronto. For information about the City’s bicentennial program visit: http://www.toronto.ca/1812.
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