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February 9, 2012
Battle of York combatants remembered at the Market Gallery
Toronto's Market Gallery will present a commemorative exhibition almost 200 years after Toronto - then called the Town of York - was captured and burned by invading American forces on April 27, 1813. "Finding the Fallen: The Battle of York Remembered" will run from March 3 to September 8.

The exhibition identifies the Canadian, British, First Nations and American combatants who died in the battle. Their names are recorded in a newly commissioned Book of Remembrance and their sacrifices are brought to life through artifacts, custom-designed maps and first-person accounts.

"After 200 years of peace, it is time to honour all the combatants at the Battle of York who lost their lives," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Co-chair of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration Steering Committee. "It is also fitting that the exhibition will be the first of many City programs for the War of 1812 Bicentennial."

Historian Richard Gerrard led a team of researchers on an investigative quest through archives, libraries and private collections in Canada, the United States and England to identify as many of the fallen combatants as possible.

As a result of that research, funded by a grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage, 181 names have been inscribed in a book called "A War of 1812 Book of Remembrance - York, Upper Canada 1812-1815." It is the exhibition's centrepiece.

"Finding the Fallen: The Battle of York Remembered" presents a rare opportunity to see archeologically discovered artifacts from the actual battleground. Also on display is a newly acquired painting.

"For Toronto, the commemoration of the War of 1812 is not about glorification of war, nor about myth-making," said Blake Goldring, Chairman and CEO of AGF Management Ltd. and Co-chair of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration Steering Committee. "It's about honouring those who fulfilled their duties in that long ago conflict, making it possible for us to exist as a nation today. The exhibition is a moving reminder of the realities of war."

This exhibition is one of more than a hundred inspiring bicentennial commemorative events to be staged in Toronto as part of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration in 2012 and 2013. In the two centuries following the war, Toronto has grown to become Canada's leader in finance, commerce, education, transportation and manufacturing. From a garrison town of 700 to a modern metropolis of 2.7 million, Toronto has earned a global reputation as a progressive urban centre that celebrates its past and works for a better future.

More information about the City's bicentennial program is available at

The Market Gallery is a program of City of Toronto's Cultural Services. It presents exhibitions dedicated to Toronto’s art, culture and history and offers educational programs for school groups and adults. Located on the second floor of South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. E., the gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More information about the gallery is available at

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