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April 22, 2009
Honour Toronto’s past and celebrate its future April 26 and 27 at Fort York National Historic Site
Commemorate the valiant defenders of York (Toronto) who fought the Battle of York 196 years ago on April 27, 1813 during the War of 1812. In all, 800 British regulars, Canadian militia and aboriginals defended Little York against an overwhelming American force of 2,550 who stormed the shore. The Battle of York is often referred to as “the most traumatic day in the history of Toronto.”

On April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., families and history buffs can walk the battlefield and enjoy other tours. Demonstrations include musket firing, marching and military music performed by costumed military re-enactors. Kids’ drills, English country dancing and more complete this day that looks back at our history. Free with regular admission to the fort: adults $7.62, seniors/youth $3.81, children $2.86.

On Monday, April 27, look to Canada’s future with an enhanced Citizenship Ceremony at Fort York National Historic Site. Approximately 45 to 60 new Canadians will register at 8:45 a.m., participate in a roundtable workshop discussion (9:30 a.m.) and enjoy a one-hour ceremony (11 a.m.). A noon artillery firing will punctuate this significant event. Guest speakers include Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, author Akaash Maharaj, and Robert Kearns, who is a representative from Ireland Park Foundation.

The 2009 citizenship ceremony theme is "Safe Haven," making the fort, which is the birthplace of urban Toronto and was a place of Canada’s security and stability during the War of 1812, the ideal location for the ceremony. Event partners include Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Institute for Canadian Citizenship, Fort York Steering Committee and Fort York community volunteers. Admission to the fort is free before 1 p.m.

For more information about Fort York National Historic site, visit

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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