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November 23, 2004
Media Advisory: Edwardian Christmas celebrations and Mexican holiday customs come together under one roof at Spadina Museum's Opening Reception
City of Toronto Culture is pleased to present the 3rd Annual Sharing Our
Traditions: Cultural Holidays in Toronto. Please join us for the opening
reception at Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens. This 19th century
mansion will set the stage for exploring Mexican celebrations alongside the
Austin family's Edwardian Christmas traditions of a hundred years ago. This
year Spadina Museum has partnered with community groups Enlace and Cien Mujeres
Mexicanas. The evening includes a great mix of exciting activities including
cultural cooking demonstrations, sounds of the season, storytelling, special
exhibits and gas and candlelit tours of the festively decorated home.

Event: Opening Reception

Date: Thursday, November 25
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Opening Remarks at 6:15 p.m.
Location: Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens
285 Spadina Rd. (next to Casa Loma)

Guest speaker Dr. Maru Barrera, a Pediatric Health and Clinical Psychologist at
the Hospital for Sick Children (HSC), originally from Mexico, will relate her
experiences of living in Toronto. We are pleased to announce that Mexico's
Consul General Carlos Pujalte, will be a special guest at the reception.

Music will be provided by the Taffanel Ensemble and Miriam Gutierrez, who will
be singing Mexican carols a capella.

For information on holiday season programs, exhibits, events and workshops at
the City of Toronto Museums, please visit

Sharing our Traditions is presented by the City of Toronto Culture Division,
Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens, in partnership with Enlace and Cien
Mujeres Mexicanas and is made possible by HSBC Bank Canada and The Mexican
Tourism Board.

Media contact:
Kristen Juschkewitsch, City of Toronto Culture, 416-338-0495



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