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September 18, 2007
History comes to life with dramatic and archaeological events at Fort York National Historic Site
History comes to life at Fort York National Historic Site beginning Thursday, September 20 with the opening of “The Fort at York,” a site-specific play about the night before the Battle of York. The show runs evenings at 8 p.m. until Saturday, October 13.

Conceived by Crate Productions’ artistic director and co-founder Chris Reynolds, “The Fort at York” transports the audience to one pivotal night in Toronto’s history - the eve of the Battle of York during the War of 1812. Simultaneous stories unfold and overlap as the play animates Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings.

Advance tickets are available by phone at 1-888-222-6608, online at, or in person at the T.O.Tix booth at Yonge-Dundas Square. Tickets: Tuesday to Thursday $25; Friday to Sunday $35. Half the tickets for each Sunday performance will be available at the door for Pay What You Can, on a first-come first-serve basis. Group discounts available by calling 416-466-5979. The on-site box office at Fort York opens one hour before show time, any unsold tickets for that day’s show will be available for cash purchase. When a show is sold out, rush tickets may become available at show time.

On Saturday, September 22, kids of all ages can get their hands dirty during Archaeology Day 2007 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), a fun and fascinating look at what lies beneath Toronto’s streets and woodlands. Presented by the Ontario Archaeological Society, in partnership with Fort York, Archaeology Day features a mock dig and presentations about the last 10,000 years of Ontario’s history, among other highlights.

Adults and children can participate in the reconstruction of pottery vessels, make clay pots, learn about flint-knapping (the process of making stone tools, including arrowheads and hand axes), and see how scientists identify plant and animal remains. Speak to professionals who are digging up the dirt on Ontario’s past. Free with regular admission to Fort York. Regular admission: Adults $6; Seniors and Youth $3.25; Children: $3.

Fort York National Historic Site, operated by Toronto Culture, is the birthplace of urban Toronto. The Fort is located at 100 Garrison Rd., between Bathurst St. and Strachan Ave. A new entrance is off Fort York Blvd., between Bathurst St. and Fleet St. For details call 416-392-6907. Visit for information about City of Toronto Museums.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Christopher Jones, Museums and Heritage Services, 416-392-6832,



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