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January 7, 2010
Spadina Museum: Historic House and Gardens celebrates the spirit of its inter-war period restoration with a 1920s theme event
Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens is currently undergoing an extensive inter-war period restoration, with a primary focus on the 1920s. When completed, Spadina Museum will be the only Toronto museum that reflects this important era.

On January 30, 2010 the City of Toronto and Spadina Museum will proudly present Putting on the Ritz with the 1920s, a special event to offer guests a taste of the period between the first and second world wars. The historic house will be opening its doors to the public during the restoration for one night only to offer guests an intimate evening of dancing, food, entertainment and a chance to enjoy Spadina Museum in a way never before experienced by the public.

As part of the fun, professional dance instructors will be on hand to teach dancers the Charleston and help bring out everyone’s "inner flapper and sheik". Jazzy songs reminiscent of the roaring twenties will fill the rooms currently closed to the public. Guests will be able to sit and relax in the open spaces with canapés and cocktails reminiscent of a bygone but richly remembered era, while taking in the timeless elegance that is the Spadina Museum.

Date: Saturday, January 30
Time: 7 - 10 p.m.
Location: Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Rd
Admission Price: $10 plus applicable taxes (Admission includes appetizers). Cash bar.
Tickets: 416-392-6910 (Spadina Museum’s general voice mail) or email

Costumes or glad rags from the 1920s are strongly encouraged for the event but are not mandatory. Prizes will be awarded for best individual costume, best couple and best celebrity impression.

“By synthesizing the house through the inter-war period restoration, the museum will be accurately represented as it truly was at one time,” said Karen Edwards, Spadina Museum Administrator. “It’s during this period of the Austin Family’s residency that our researchers have the most documentation and the most information with which to work and create authentic, outstanding programming for each visitor.”

The restoration of Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens is currently taking place through the winter months and will finish in the fall of 2010. The museum has closed its doors to the public as it prepares for its roaring re-opening - however a few lucky individuals will be able to visit and get a sneak peek of what is in store through special event programming, contests and more. For more detailed information about the museum’s restoration, please visit

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Media contacts:
Shannon Boeckner, Acting Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Spadina Museum, 416- 392-6910,
Shane Gerard, Senior Communications Coordinator, Cluster A Communications, 416-397-5711,



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