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Summer Fun at Fort York

Fun | Written on July 29, 2016

The dog days of summer? In our area, that only applies only if we’re talking literally – there really are lots of pooch-tastic and pooch-friendly activities in Liberty, including a recent and very cool addition to the pet-care family, Park9. Otherwise it’s been all excitement, all the time and all summer long in our area! That fun factor extends to one of the most recognized and visited landmarks in our community – Fort York.

The memorable summer at Fort York has included festivals, demonstrations, tours and an open invitation to visit on weekdays, weekends and holidays. How lucky are we to have this historical and versatile space so close to our Liberty Central By The Lake Two location! With only a few minutes on foot separating us from all the amazing things happening at this venue, can you blame us for wanting to share with you the details of some of the events that are ongoing and some that are still to come at the Fort York and Garrison Common grounds?

The Demonstrations

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Photo from 680News

Fort York’s garrison dates back to the 1700s, when it was determined that a naval base should be built to defend and fortify the Lake Ontario area in the event of war. Throughout July, visitors can experience the front lines of battle with canons and muskets being fired and organized calls to attention of uniformed guards. What’s more, these incredible displays are enacted by students representing the Canadian Fencible Regiment from the War of 1812. It really is a sight to behold! These are demonstrations that are performed with military drills and artillery, similar to the way that they would have been performed more than 200 years ago! For added effect, these demonstrations are also accompanied by vibrant fife and drum music, also known as the Fort York Drums. Talk about an incredible display, and certainly one that you shouldn’t miss!

The demonstrations run daily between 10:00am and 5:00pm daily but it is recommended that you call ahead to get the details of specific start and end times. Admission is free for children who are 5 and under; adult entry is $9.00, seniors (65+) pay $5.50, youths (13–18 years) pay $5.50 and children (6–12 years) pay: $4.25.

This is definitely the kind of activity that you won’t find happening elsewhere in our city. Don’t let it pass you by!


Simcoe Day

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Photo from ilovetoronto

You can always find a celebration of Toronto’s incredible history at Fort York. For the August long weekend, that rings especially true. On Monday, August 1, visitors are invited to the Fort York National Historic grounds for Simcoe Day, in honour of John Graves Simcoe, the founding father of urban Toronto and the first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada. Take a trip back to 1793 to the days of John Graves Simcoe, when Toronto was known as “York”. Back then there was the threat of war with the United States and the area was sparsely populated and not yet developed. It was through John Graves Simcoe’s decision to construct a garrison at “York” that the economic and social development of our city took off.

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For Simcoe Day, visitors will be able to enjoy displays involving fife and drum music, musketry and canons. And to top it off, admission is free! The grounds will be open from 10:00am to 5:00pm so definitely head over to learn about Toronto’s amazing history through the incredible presentations and re-enactments on Simcoe Day!


Toronto Independent Music Festival

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Count the Toronto Independent Music Festival (TIME) among the many incredible events that you can enjoy at Fort York this summer! On Saturday, August 6, Fort York Garrison Common invites you to a music event that will be pure excitement! There will be two stages – the Main Stage and the Overtime Stage— and a host of incredible artists who will be rocking out on both. The line-up includes:

Main Stage

Run The Jewels



Joey Bada$$

Cold Cave

Everything Everything






Overtime Stage

Bob Moses (Live)

KiNK (Live)


Jacques Greene

Jonas Rathsman

Chrome Sparks

Kirk Knight & Nyck Caution



Eytan Tobin b2b Lum


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Photo from Embracepresents

Oh yes, On August 6, starting at 12:00pm, we’re trading in the fife and drum for a different kind of music at Fort York and it promises to be just as loud and thrilling! The TIME Music Festival is open to persons of all ages. General admission is $20.00 (+taxes) and VIP entry is $50.00 (+taxes). Tickets can be purchased and/or reserved online here. The name says it all. The TIME Music Festival is a coming together of a host of incredible, independent musicians promising a memorable time on Saturday, August 6 at Fort York.


This really is just a taste of all the ongoing and awesome things that are happening at Fort York this summer. We’ve also recently featured the upcoming Toronto Vegan Food and Drink Festival in our Live in Liberty blog, another great event that’s coming up at Fort York! In Liberty Village, we consider ourselves to be incredibly lucky to have a venue so close to us that offers so much of Toronto’s history and serves as the site for so many of our city’s present-day festivals and shows! For more information about Fort York, their tours or events, head over to the Friends of Fort York and Garrison Common website.


Written by L. D. Moore