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April 23, 2010
Battle of York commemoration at Fort York on Sunday
The public is invited to commemorate the valiant defenders of York (Toronto) who fought the Battle of York in 1813, with a full day of dance, music, food and military demonstrations for families and history buffs on Sunday, April 25.

During the War of 1812 - almost 200 years ago - 800 British regulars, Canadian militia and aboriginals defended the town of York against an American force of 2,550 men who stormed the shore. The Battle of York is often referred to as “the most traumatic day in the history of Toronto.”

On April 25, the commemoration of this historic event begins at 10 a.m., with tours, kids' drills, military music and demonstrations of English Country Dance by the Regency Dancers. Fire power and tactical demonstrations will take place throughout the day, courtesy of the re-enactment groups of the 22nd U.S. Infantry and the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada. Music for morning and evening parades will be provided by the Crown Forces Drums. There will be a battlefield walking tour at 1 p.m. Visitors can also enjoy cooking demonstrations and tastings in the historic kitchen.

The day will end with a ceremonial flag lowering at 4 p.m. Events are free with regular admission to the fort: adults $7.62, seniors/youth $3.81, children $2.86.

The 22nd U.S. Infantry group will also be at Fort York on April 24 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), performing drill exercises and firing muskets (3 p.m.).

More information about Fort York National Historic site is available at

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Media contacts:
Vanessa Higgs, Program Development Officer, Cultural Services, 416-338-0045,
Shane Gerard, Senior Promotions and Communications Coordinator, Cluster A Communications, 416-397-5711,



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