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April 20, 2006
Media Advisory - Historic artillery showcased at Fort York
The thunder of historic artillery will echo across Toronto’s waterfont this spring for one day only as Historic Fort York hosts ‘Parade of the Gun’ - an annual training day for re-enactors and museum staff from around the Great Lakes.

Date: Sunday, April 23
Time: 11 am to noon
Location: Historic Fort York, 100 Garrison Rd. (off Fleet Street)

The public is invited to see the firing of a number of different artillery pieces that span a period from the early nineteenth century muzzle-loaders up to the breech-loaders of the Second World War. Included in the line-up is a reproduction War of 1812-era 6-pounder field gun and mortar; an 1860s U.S. Civil War field gun; an extremely rare First World War British 18-pounder and a Second World War British 25-pounder.

Every summer, across North America, volunteer re-enactors bring historic sites to life through evocative and exciting demonstrations of military life. Fort York annually provides the venue for museum staff and re-enactors to train, drill and review safety issues before the summer operating season. ‘Parade of the Gun’ is part of Fort York’s ‘Annual Battle School Symposium.’

Toronto’s Historic Museums, operated by Toronto Culture, offer activities that provide enriching entertainment for all ages while reminding visitors and residents of Toronto’s exciting history. For further details, visit

Media contact:

Kevin Hebib
Toronto Culture
416-338-0027 (or 416-392-6907 on Sunday, April 23)



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