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July 26, 2011
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at Fort York on Simcoe Day
The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will be at Fort York National Historic Site on Simcoe Day to celebrate John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor and founder of the Town of York (1793) and modern-day Toronto.

Date: Monday, August 1
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Location: Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto

This year, Simcoe Day falls on August 1, which is Emancipation Day, marking the end of slavery in the British Empire including Canada. With the participation of the Ontario Black History Society at the Fort York event on Monday, visitors will have an opportunity to learn about Simcoe's connection to the Slavery Abolition Act. The act ended slavery in the British Empire on August 1, 1834.

A parade and salute to the Lieutenant Governor will include uniformed "king's troops" recreating the War of 1812 era. The historic units will also participate in a musket and artillery tactical demonstration after the parade.

Fort York will celebrate Simcoe Day with free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy tours, exhibits, musket and cannon demonstrations and fife-and-drum music, as well as Regency dance demonstrations and historic cooking in the 1826 kitchen while learning about John Graves Simcoe, the founding of York and the role of Fort York.

Fort York National Historic Site is one of 10 historic museums operated by the City of Toronto's Cultural Services. For more information, call 416-392-6907 or visit

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