Sir William Howland defied his friend and political leader George Brown to protect the birth of our nation. Challenged by Brown for defending his vision of Canada and confederation, Howland said: “I dare to do anything that is right!”
This year, two groups of heritage volunteers – the York Pioneer and Historical Society, the oldest heritage group in the city, and Heritage York – worked together to publish the memoirs of local Father of Confederation, Sir William Howland. The memoirs, which the volunteers have entitled Dare to Do What is Right, had been languishing in archives for more than a century! Finally, this lively history has been published to celebrate 150 years since Confederation.
The memoir includes colourful portraits of Brown, William Lyon Mackenzie and other 19th century personalities whose names are yet familliar to Torontonians today. Howland also describes efforts by the Toronto business community to establish commercial links to the Red River settlement and defend Canada’s trade with the United States in the face of an aggressive Congress and unpopular president.
On April 20th, Toronto's First Post Office will help launch this new/old book with an appearance and talk by the York Pioneer and Historical Society President David Raymont. We will also have the opportunity to buy the book! Free admission, but space is limited, so please RSVP.
Jane's Walk: From Town to City in the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood, Saturday, May 6, 12:30 - 2:00 pm, Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), free, no RSVP or registration necessary.
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 at 12:30pm in the Market Gallery, on the 2nd floor of St. Lawrence Market. Come early to explore the Gallery's current exhibit "Settling in Toronto: The Quest for Freedom, Opportunity and Identity."
The walk will last approximately 1.5 hours, and will end at Toronto's First Post Office, just in time for a talk with the artist and sneak preview of "Postgraphy", a new exhibit of photographic collage by Linda Ward-Selbie.
The walk and admissions to the Market Gallery and Toronto's First Post Office is free!
Further information can be found on the Jane's Walk site.
Postgraphy, by Linda Ward-Selbie, part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, April 21-May 31, 2017
Two new technological inventions, photography and the first postage stamp (the Penny Black), occurred within one year, 1839-40. Inexpensive, printed paper postage quickly caught on, as did sending messages with personal photos, tourist scenes, and illustrated images on penny postcards. Today, paper communication is fading while the mind-numbing glut of photographic images saturates. Photography, a passion for adventure, cultural documentation, and philatelic art continue to inform Ward Selbie’s artistic expression.
Post-a-Letter and Fans-of-Plans Sundays, ongoing, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), free, drop-in.
We've had a lot of interest lately in forming a meet-up/drop-in group for those who have adopted the Bullet Journal system. At the same time, the letter-writers among us have been asking to increase the frequency of Post-a-Letter Sundays.
So we're combining the two!
The original Post-a-Letter Sundays began with a simple concept: this was dedicated writing time. But it evolved to include a little show-and-tell, the occasional special guest, and always good company. As we move into the new year, we'll continue to look to you to tell us what you'd like from it. Would you like supplies provided? Nibbles? Music? Come along and let's chat. Or just turn up with your bullet journal/planner/correspondence, and get down to work.
Did you know...? We also offer workshops by request for your group! Contact us for details!
Coptic Stitch Bookbinding Workshop with Sprouts Press, Thursday, May 25, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), $60, register here.
Learn how to make your own hard cover Coptic Journal with Carolyn of Sprouts Press Designs. We'll cover the basics of bookbinding, go over the tools of the trade and then learn how to put it all together into a beautiful handcrafted journal. This is a hands-on class and students will leave with a finished project.
All materials are supplied. This workshop is intended for adults. This is a great introduction to bookbinding, and also suitable for more experienced paper crafters, looking for a refresher.
About Sprouts Press, by owner/artist Carolyn Eady:
Sprouts Press home studio is a busy and multi-disciplinary space, where an ever-changing and growing skill set is used and many different things are created. But it always comes back to a love of books: to write in, to sketch in, to ponder, read, admire, examine and fully, wholeheartedly enjoy.
When crafting hand-bound books, using thread and needle and a variety of binding stitches, some ancient and some that I created, I consider size, shape, texture, colour and practicality. Aesthetics are important, but I also really want people to express their hearts out on the pages of the books I make. These are objects designed to be used, well worn and well loved.
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.