Summer Walking Tours

Summer Walking Tours, various dates - see below, 12:30 - 2pm, meet at Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), no registration required, free!

Join us for a series of walking tours as we explore the Town of York, and the issues that faced the early city of Toronto in the 1830s.

On the Edge of the City: Toronto in 1833, June 16, 12:30-2pm

The Battle of York, 1813: Terror in the Town, July 14, 12:30-2pm

Death, Violence, and Justice in the Queen City, August 25, 12:30-2pm

Join us for one or all of these free tours. No RSVP is required.

Tours start and end at Toronto's First Post Office. Tours run rain or shine, and may cover rough ground, so please dress accordingly. All ages are welcome. Dogs and bicycles are welcome as we walk, though portions of some tours may include indoor areas where they are restricted.

Post a Letter Meetup

Watercolours Workshop: Hibiscus Flowers, Thursday, July 19, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), pre-registration required, register online here.

Let's capture some sunny summer vibes with bright hibiscus greenery that lasts all year long! In this beginner/intermediate 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 hibiscus painting. Pinks, purples, greens, yellows- this class will let you explore whatever colours your heart desires as well as learn how to layer overtop of masked areas.

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 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, Samsung, and has been featured in the Toronto Star, Breakfast Television Toronto, and BlogTO. Her hobbies include listening to podcasts, coffee, and sketching people on the subway.

You can see more of her work, find out more about her workshops, and inquire regarding private workshops and commissions on instagram @@jvfryer and at

Post a Letter Meetup

Post-a-Letter Sundays, Sunday, August 12, 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.

Brooklyn Doran Concert

Brooklyn Doran at Toronto's First Post Office, Thursday, August 16, Doors: 6:30pm, Show: 7:00pm, Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), Tickets: $15, order tickets online.

Join Indie-Folk singer-songwriter Brooklyn Doran for an intimate evening in the historic Toronto's First Post Office, in Toronto, ON. Tickets are limited for this special event, so act fast!

Hosted by Toronto's First Post Office, and booked by Side Door.

More about the Artist:
Brooklyn Doran is an indie folk singer-songwriter, originally from Kenora, Ontario who is now based in Toronto. Brooklyn Doran's live show weaves song and storytelling, from humorous anecdotes to emotional ballads, to delightfully folk-infused love songs. Her music has received airplay on CBC and contemporary radio, and has been featured in music publications worldwide. Performing both as a solo artist, as a duo, or in her full 5-piece band, Brooklyn has snatched the hearts of fans across Canada.

Brooklyn’s newest full-length album “These Paper Wings” is now available worldwide.

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.