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April 21, 2009
Fabled City: storytelling at Toronto’s Historic Sites
Real stories. Real people. Historic settings. As a continuation of the Storytelling Festival and part of “Lit City - Toronto stories, Toronto Settings - March to May,” Canada’s finest storytellers will recount incredible tales from this city’s beginnings at Fabled City.

On Sunday, April 26 at 2 p.m., as part of the commemoration of the Battle of York, storyteller Ron Baker brings the journals of General Pike to life in Zebulon Montgomery Pike - from Pike’s Peak to the Battle of York. In 1813, Pike led the American forces to victory in the Battle of York. Pike’s adventures as a great explorer, spy, prisoner of war and suspected conspirator will be recounted at Fort York National Historic Site, 100 Garrison Rd. It’s free with admission to the fort.

Two storytelling events take place on Saturday, May 2. At 1 p.m., Jim Blake tells tales from the Township of York in the 1930s. Hear about Red Square - The Great Depression in the Township of York, stories about the many who lost their jobs and homes, and established tent cities -- with one of the settlements labelled Red Square. Free at York Museum, 2694 Eglinton Ave. W. (RSVP, limited seating, 416-394-2759

The Truth About Navy Island begins at 7 p.m. at Gibson House, 5172 Yonge St. Join Jeffrey Canton and Bruce Carmody as the two prominent rebels William Lyon Mackenzie and David Gibson. They will piece together what happened after the failure of the 1837 rebellion. Discussion will continue over a hearty Scots dinner in the historic kitchen and dining room of the Gibson farmhouse. ($33+GST, pre-registration and pre-payment are required, 416-395-7432) This event is for adults only.

As part of Doors Open Toronto and the finale of Lit City, Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre, 67 Pottery Rd., hosts Jim Blake for Life in the Don Valley, 1821 to 1846 on Saturday, May 23. Within 15 years William Helliwell became a partner in the family’s brewery, fell in love, married, brewed beer, lost his wife and a son, married his first wife’s sister and then lost the brewery to fire. You are invited to visit the Helliwell parlour to hear William’s stories of life in the Valley. Free presentations at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

Complete details on Fabled City:

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto’s incorporation as a city. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Vanessa Higgs, Program Development Officer, Cultural Services, 416-338-0045,



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