Toronto History Museums October programming offers thrills and chills

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The City of Toronto, through Toronto History Museums (THM), is pleased to present October programming with something for everyone. Highlights of October programming include an Indigenous food market, large-scale public art installations that embrace community and represent resistance to oppression and nighttime 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 Indigenous food market at 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 Leaves Moon) with additional artisans and dance performances. The Indigenous Food Market at Fort York is curated by Dashmaawaan Bemaadzinjin. More information is available on the City’s Fort York webpage:

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

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

The 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 travelling installation will visit locations throughout the GTA.

More information on The TRUTH is available on the City’s website at Visitors to the exhibit 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 community partner the Toronto Raptors and media partner 106.5 ELMNT FM for their support of the Awakenings program.

Fort York After Dark: Lantern Tour
Those seeking an October scare can hear chilling and eerie tales on a lantern tour of Fort York and its historic surroundings. Attendees will learn about the unearthly tales of a lighthouse and the bloody Battle of York, explore the military burial ground, tour the creepy shadows and 200-year-old buildings of Fort York at night and learn of the Fort’s history and its many mysteries.

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

Ticket information and more is available 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. Attendees will explore Victorian ideas about death, the afterlife and tales of unexplainable activities.

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

Ticket information and more is available on the City’s Colborne Lodge webpage:

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

More information is available on the City’s Exhibits & Events webpage:

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

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

Dis/Mantle art exhibit continues
The Dis/Mantle art exhibit, on display until Saturday, December 31, is inspired by the efforts of Black abolitionists and reimagines Spadina Museum through an Afrofuturism narrative. The group show includes soundscapes, ceramics and visual art by Canadian artists from the Afro Caribbean diaspora. Visitors can see the art exhibit by joining a free guided tour of the museum online through the City’s Dis/Mantle webpage:

Fall and winter hours for Toronto History Museums
As of Saturday, October 1, THM hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday. These hours are in effect until April 30, 2023, unless otherwise noted.  Entry to all 10 Toronto History Museums is now permanently free for everyone.

More information on visiting a Toronto History Museum is available on the City’s Plan Your Museum Visit webpage:

Toronto History Museums are a group of 10 museums owned and operated by the City of Toronto 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 Schoolhouse. More information is available on the City’s Toronto History Museums webpage: or follow Toronto History Museums on Twitter at, on Instagram at, on Facebook at or on YouTube at

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