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March 30, 2012
Toronto historic sites present five events at annual storytelling festival
The City of Toronto's Historic Sites will proudly present five Fabled City storytelling events as part of the 34th annual Toronto Storytelling Festival. Fabled City is an annual storytelling series about real events and people from Toronto's rich history.

This year's Fabled City stories will focus on Toronto's diverse history and will take the audience back to the past by telling the tales from the 1812 battlefields to a luxurious salon, as well as sharing the stories of Joshua Glover who arrived in Toronto via the Underground Railroad and the wife and daughter of Toronto's first Mayor, William Mackenzie.

Details about the Fabled City events are below:

"The Battle of York and Other Ballads and Tales of the War of 1812"
Synopsis - from tales about Tecumseh to little known lore about the town of York, storytellers weave captivating tales together to form a folkloric fabric of the War of 1812 within the exhibit "Finding the Fallen: The Battle of York Remembered".
Date: Saturday, March 31, from 11 a.m. to noon. The exhibit "Finding the Fallen: The Battle of York Remembered will be on display until September 8.
Location: Market Gallery, 95 Front St. E., Second Floor. Admission is free. Please RSVP as seating is limited.

"The Beauty of Principles: Hector Charlesworth, Kathleen Munn and the Shaping of Modern Canada"
Synopsis - storytellers will bring to life the views of two women from the 1930s who helped shaped Toronto's art industry, Hector Charlesworth, arts critic for Saturday Night and Kathleen Munn, Toronto’s first abstract painter. The event also includes a music performance and refreshments.
Date: Saturday, March 31, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens, 285 Spadina Rd. Admission: adults: $15, seniors/youth: $12, children $10 plus tax. Pre-registration required.
Paid parking is available next door at Casa Loma.

"Finding Freedom: The Joshua Glover Story"
Synopsis - through first-person storytelling, audiences will have the opportunity to hear the true story of escaped slave Joshua Glover, who arrived in Etobicoke via the Underground Railroad. After arriving in Toronto, Joshua Glover found work at Montgomery's Inn. The event includes period refreshments.
Date: Sunday, April 1, 3:30 p.m.
Location: Montgomery's Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W. at Islington Ave. Admission: adults $15 plus tax. Pre-registration required.

"Allies in Troubled Times: The Mississauga Nation and the Battle of York"
Synopsis - the Mississauga Nation chose to defend Fort York against invading Americans. Poet and storyteller Stacey LaForme, of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, brings to life stories of these complex and troubled times. Tour and refreshments included.
Date: Monday April 2, 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd. Admission: adults: $15, seniors/youth: $12, children: $10 plus tax. Pre-registration required.

"Three Mackenzie Women"
Synopsis - find out about the wife and daughters of William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto's first Mayor. Isabel Mackenzie, the wife of the Mayor, talks about her life being married to the politician, journalist and leader of the Rebellion of 1837. Daughter Janet Mackenzie describes her married life in the bustling new city Toronto and daughter Barbara Mackenzie shares her troubled existence that ended in the Queen Street mental asylum. The event includes refreshments.
Date: Saturday, April 14, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Mackenzie House, 82 Bond St. Admission: adults: $12, seniors $10, children: $8 plus tax. Pre-registration and pre-payment required.

Tickets can be purchased at each of the sites. More information about how to purchase tickets for these events is available at

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