The Old Town Revue: A Love Letter to Toronto
On Saturday, March 6, the Town of York Historical Society (TYHS) and Toronto’s First Post Office (TFPO) will host their annual celebration of Toronto’s March 1834 incorporation.
For the first time in TYHS history, the annual fundraiser will be presented virtually – rather than the usual venue of St. Lawrence Hall – allowing viewers and participants to join remotely and take part in the celebration from the safety and comfort of their homes. The aim of the event is to fundraise for the TYHS and TFPO, whose purpose is to research, interpret and promote the history of the Town of York and early Toronto, and to advocate on behalf of the preservation of the Town of York’s surviving built environment. All ticket proceeds and donations go directly to the TYHS and TFPO.
The event is emceed by the popular local historian Bruce Bell, and the evening will be in the form of a revue with a top-notch array of entertainers all coming together to celebrate our city.
This year’s revue will include performances from:
- Julie Nesrallah, a mezzo-soprano singer and CBC broadcaster who dazzles audiences with her engaging personality and her rich, expressive voice (Nesrallah has performed for leading opera companies, symphonies, festivals and chamber music ensembles across Canada and around the world);
- Rosemary Lawton, an award-winning Newfoundland traditional artist with formal training in classical violin and a degree in music education (Lawton is a passionate advocate of women’s issues and champions the advancement of women in the music industry through her work);
- “The Haunted Walk,” which explores ghosts, graveyards, hangings and haunts from the old military town of York to the metropolitan city of today (the walk offers interpretive programming and walking tours of Ontario’s darker past); and
- Bruce Bell, who has been guiding walking tours throughout Toronto since 2000 (in 2002, he was named by the City of Toronto as the official historian of St. Lawrence Hall and St. Lawrence Market, and his mission is to tell Toronto’s history through his tours, writings and lectures).
Attendees will also get to see a behind-the-scenes tour of TFPO’s collections with Curator Zoé Delguste-Cincotta; participate in Toronto-based trivia for prizes; enter a raffle for a chance to win a one-night stay and breakfast for two at the Holiday Inn Express in downtown Toronto; and bid in the popular Old Town Silent Auction, featuring many local businesses. This year’s auction is online and runs for an entire week.