Events

Watercolours

Himalayan Salt Watercolour Workshop: Tropical Ferns!, Thursday, April 26, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), $25, pre-registration required, hosted by artist Jennifer Fryer.

It may be far from summer, but let’s create some greenery that lasts all year long! In this beginner's workshop, we will learn how to use concentrated watercolours, masking fluid, as well as a variety of salts, drips, and splashes to create a vibrant monstera fern painting!

You’ll end the evening with a beautiful painting you can take home, as well as a good filling of watercolour knowledge you can use to experiment and play with your newly mastered medium!

This workshop is perfect for newbies and people looking for a refresher on watercolour techniques. Watercolour is a wild and unpredictable medium, but don’t be shy, come pick up a brush and try it out.

What will we cover?
Step by step, artist Jennifer Fryer will guide you through creating a beautiful watercolour painting. In the process of making your painting, you will learn how to use and control watercolours with a “wet-on-wet” technique and masking fluid, concentrated watercolours, as well as how to use a variety of salts in your work.

Who will be teaching?
Jennifer Fryer is a freelance artist and educator based in Toronto with a degree in Illustration. She studied at OCAD U (Toronto) and ESADSE (France), and she has collaborated with the ROM, RBC, National Post, and has been featured in the Toronto Star, and on Breakfast Television Toronto. Her hobbies include listening to podcasts, coffee, and sketching people on the subway.

You can find her work on instagram @drawingsheep and at www.jvfryer.com

Postcards India

Opening Reception for Postcards: India, May 5, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), free, drop-in.

As part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, artist Linda Ward Selbie presents her new exhibit, Postcards: India.

India is a country that still celebrates national events with philatelic commemorative stamps and that uses paper technology for communication. Postcards and handwritten letters, paper ephemera, remain treasured memento mori. This work is rooted in feminist commentary and reflects our ties to the greater world, old and new, ancestors and traditions.

About the artist:
Linda Ward Selbie was born in Toronto in 1949. The artist is a Media Studies graduate from Ryerson University. Over the course of a long professional career in the arts Linda has exhibited at many regional Ontario Galleries and continues to participate in global mail art projects. The artist established the Magic Image gallery in Pickering in 1981 and has also worked as Curator of the Thomas Bouckley Photographic Collection at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa.

Postcards: India will continue at Toronto's First Post Office from April 27 to May 31, 2018.

Jane's Walk

Jane's Walk: From Town to City in the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood, May 5, 12:00pm - 1:30pm, meet at St. Lawrence Market (93 Front St. East), on the outdoor west balcony, above Market Street, walk will end at Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), free, drop-in.

Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs. Jane Jacobs called Toronto home, and so do we. We keep her legacy alive by walking together and making space for every person to observe, reflect, share, question and collectively re-imagine our city.

Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.

On Saturday, May 5th, Toronto's First Post Office will lead a Jane's Walk tour of the Town of York and early Toronto. Imagine a Toronto where the tallest building is only three storeys high, where Lake Ontario laps against Front Street, and fields and forest begin just north of Queen St. This was what the neighbourhood looked like in the early 1800s. The 1800s saw the Town of York, a colonial outpost, grow into the City of Toronto. Along the way, it faced cholera outbreaks, political and social strife, a great fire, and an armed rebellion led by the city's first mayor.

No RSVP or registration necessary. Just meet us on Saturday, May 5th at 12:00pm on the outdoor west balcony, above Market Street. Just look for the orange Jane's Walk sign. Walk with us!

Post a Letter Meetup

Post-a-Letter Sundays, Sunday, May 6, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), free, drop-in.

A free, monthly drop-in for letter-writers, bullet journallers, and all those who would like DEDICATED WRITING TIME in good company!

Hosted by our lovely stationery-smitten gals:

Jessica Lewis (The Paper Trail Diary)
Forever doomed to boasting multiple paper cuts at any given time, Jessica Lewis shares her love of books, snail mail, zines and crafts on her blog The Paper Trail Diary. The blog also features a shop, such as the zines ‘The Chain Letter Short Story Project’ and ‘This is What It’s Like to be a Stationery Nerd.’ She loves writing to her pen pals all over the world, finding new things to make out of scrapbook paper, and reading as much as she can.

Andrea-Raymond Wong (Q&A Letterbox)
Andrea Raymond loves snail mail and stationery, so much, that she wrote a letter everyday in 2014 and 2015. Co-founder of the stationery subscription Q&A Letterbox, Andrea is always on the lookout for pretty paper. She also collaborates on Pretty Postal, organizing themed snail mail swaps.

AGM

The Town of York Historical Society Annual General Meeting, Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen St. West (at University), Members: FREE, Non-members: $25, space is limited so we encourage you to RSVP.


Unless otherwise noted:
Pre-registration and pre-payment is required for all workshops and ticketed events. There are no refunds within forty-eight hours of events. Please note that not all events are suited for children.

Bonus: on the day of workshops at Toronto's First Post Office, participants will get 10% off all regularly-priced merchandise in our gift shop.