Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’

FYI:Discuss your Family History Research on Facebook

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Did you know that OGS has a Facebook page? OGS Provincial Office and several branches have pages on Facebook and they are becoming very popular places to share information and make queries about family members. If you’re a Facebook user, check out our Provincial Office page for general queries, or get more local knowledge from one of the OGS branches -  Essex County, Halton PeelHamiltonNiagara PeninsulaOttawaPerth, Toronto, Wellington County. There is even a facebook page for OGS Conference 2014, hosted by Niagara Peninsula Branch.

“Like”any of our pages to follow the conversations and share your knowledge with your fellow researchers. Look for the “recent posts by others” section on the right hand side of the page.

Heritage Photo of the Day: May 2, 2013

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, about 1890

Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, c.1890










Musée McCord Museum’s Photostream

Celebrate Hogmanay!

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Ring in the New Year Scottish style by attending one of the various Hogmanay events happening around the province.

Our first stop is at Gibson House in North York for a Hogmanay Dinner.

“Gather at the historic Gibson House for a special evening inspired by the traditions of Hogmanay. Share a scrumptious dinner with familiar and new friends. Be lulled by the fire, and moved by the music. Take an imagined journey through story and drama to a New Year of another time. As the evening closes, come together with us to welcome our First Footer, celebrate our 2012 season and bring luck and best wishes to Gibson House Museum for 2013.”

Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $44.25 plus tax per person.

Date: Saturday, December 29, & Sunday, December 30, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Gibson House, 5172 Yonge Street, just north of the North York Centre Subway Stop, North York

Click here for directions around the construction

Paid parking in the area

Contact Info:

Phone: 416-395-7432


Our next stop is at Mackenzie House in Toronto.

“Enjoy an evening of Scottish music and foods at this traditional celebration of the New Year. The decorated house will be illuminated by gas and candlelight. Musicians Gin Lane will perform.”

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Admission: $22.50 plus tax. Please call 416-392-6915 for further details.

Date: Friday, December 28, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street, Toronto

Contact Info:

Phone: 416-392-6915


Scottish Society of Ottawa Inaugural Event and Hogmanay Celebration

Our final stop for this round is the nation’s capital for the biggest Hogmanay celebration and the official kick off of the Scottish Society of Ottawa. This inaugural event captures the spirit of the famous Edinburgh Hogmanay Celebrations, complete with fireworks, bagpipes, highland dancers, and of course, a wee bit of Scotch-tasting to ward off the evening chill. Being in Ottawa, this Hognamany celebration will also include a distinct Canadian flavour:

“Music will come from local folkies Ecosse, Celtic fusion Cape Breton-style from Sprag Session and surprise special guest headline act, whose identity we’ll release closer to the big night. We’ll also have the Sons of Scotland and Glengarry pipe bands, the McCulloch step dancers and the Katharine Robinson Dancers.”

Date: Monday, December 31, 2012

Time: 5:00 pm – 1:00 am

Location: Ottawa City Hall (Outside at Marion Dewar Park)

Contact Info:

Free Admission

Lang may your lum reek!

FYI: Upcoming Heritage Events

Friday, November 9th, 2012


Playing the Past: The Officers of the London Garrison and the Theatre Royal

London’s military garrison left a legacy not of war, but of culture — painting the first views of London, organizing balls and steeplechases, and building London’s first theatre, the Theatre Royal. Join Mark Tovey and friends for a richly illustrated history of London’s garrison and its theatre, with theatrical embellishments, and a behind-the-scenes peek at what is involved in re-enacting productions from the past.

Date: Sunday, November 11, 2012

Time: 2:00 pm 4:00pm

Location: Eldon House Interpretive Centre, 481 Ridout Street North, London (map)

Contact Info:

Admission by Donation


Campbell House Museum and the Culinary Historians of Canada Lecture: Food Will Win the War

In this special lecture, presented a few days after Remembrance Day, Ian Mosby will discuss the importance of food and eating to Canadians’ everyday experience of the war on the home front. He will look at some of the different ways in which ordinary Canadians mobilized food to both show their support for the war effort and also to deal with the ever-present reality of rationing and shortages. At the same time, he will explore the contradiction between popular memory of the war as a time of austerity and the reality that, throughout the war years, Canadians on the whole were eating more – and better quality – food, than they ever had before.

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen Street West, Toronto (map)

$12 regular admission; $10 CHC members. Includes war-time refreshments!

To pre-register, contact:

Campbell House Museum

By email: @CampbellHouseTO

Phone: 416 597-0227 ext 3



Anishinaabe First Nations in the War of 1812

Alan Ojiig Corbiere, former Executive Director of the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation in M’Chigeng, Manitoulin Island, comes to Toronto to detail his research, including interviews with elders, to uncover the names and experiences of Anishinaabe combatants in the War of 1812 – often left nameless in historical records.

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Native Canadian Centre 16 Spadina Road (west side, north of Bloor)  map

Seating limited to 75 people. RSVP to