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November 4, 2009
City continues to mark 175th anniversary
The City of Toronto continues to celebrate its 175th anniversary through a number of special events with various organizations, museums and cultural centres.

“The City’s 175th Anniversary is not just an event at City Hall, it’s a year-long festival of events - some big, some small - that mark the anniversary,” said Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone. “The City is working with various organizations that have come forward with thoughtful ways of celebrating Toronto’s heritage, unity and diversity.”

November Highlights:

St. Lawrence Market Complex Is Alive- free
Saturday, November 7
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Celebrate your city market - a Toronto tradition that continues through the generations. Meet us at the market for food, festivities and fun as we mark the history of Toronto by celebrating the history of the market. The day-long event will feature entertainment, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, Toronto trivia for prizes, storytelling and theatre for all ages. No celebration at the market would be complete without good food with great taste. The market’s merchants, farmers, artisans will also feature $1.75 and $11.75 fare, as well as speciality items to commemorate Toronto’s 175th birthday.

For more information contact: Karina Patterson, St. Lawrence Market Complex, 416-392-7986, or visit us on the web at

The City of Toronto Archives at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair - Exhibition Place
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 15
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Join the City of Toronto Archives at the Agricultural Winter Fair. Archival images from the official Toronto 175 publication, “Toronto’s Visual Legacy” will be on display in the Canadian Heritage Section, Hall C Direct Energy Centre.
Please visit:

The official Toronto 175th Picture Postage stamp with support from Canada Post
Thursday, November 12
After November 12, members of the public are invited to pick up their free Toronto 175th Picture Postage stamp at various distribution locations.

Please visit website for more details after November 12

Brown’s Short Man’s World of Fashion
545 Queen St. W.
Thursday, November 12
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In celebration of Toronto’s 175 years & Brown’s Short Man’s World of Fashion’s 81st birthday, people are invited to a community celebration that is reflective of Toronto’s heritage, unity & diversity. An archival window display featuring images including those from the original Queen Street location dated as early as 1928 will be on display. Images provided by the City of Toronto Archives and the Brown’s family archives.

Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade
Sunday, November 15
Parade starts at 12:30 p.m.

Come join in the fun at the annual Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade. Bring your whole family and experience all that the parade has to offer with its many floats, bands, participants and let’s not forget Santa! To celebrate the 175th anniversary, check your grab bag for a special offer supported by Toronto’s Historic Museums.
Visit for more information.

The Bay Queen Street Store Celebrates Toronto’s 175th
November through to December
This holiday season The Bay Queen Street at 176 Yonge St will be promoting and selling copies of the City of Toronto Archives’ new book, “Toronto's Visual Legacy: Official City Photography from 1856 to the Present.” This beautiful photography book brings together 200 iconic images of historic Toronto chosen by City archivists.
For more information on the book, visit: A special archival exhibit and book signing will be announced shortly. Please visit or more information.

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. Toronto has won numerous 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:
Tina Hurl-Priestley, Program Development Officer, 416-392-9315,



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