March 6th

Every year, on the anniversary of the Incorporation of the City of Toronto, we hold a gala fundraiser at historic St. Lawrence Hall to benefit The Town of York Historical Society and Toronto's First Post Office. The entertainment varies in nature from year to year, but always commemorates some aspect of Toronto history.


King Street: The Great Thoroughfare of Toronto

King Street: The Great Thoroughfare of Toronto, Tuesday, March 6, 7:00pm - 9:30pm (Doors 6:30), St. Lawrence Hall (157 King St. East), $35 general admission, $20 students, tickets available at 260 Adelaide, or

Each March 6th, Toronto's First Post Office and the Town of York Historical Society celebrate the City of Toronto's birthday in the heart of the old town!

This year, with all eyes on King Street’s transit pilot program, we’ll examine the history of this historic avenue with “King Street: The Main Thoroughfare of Toronto.”

Columnist Christopher Hume, architecture critic and urban issues columnist of the Toronto Star, will speak on his favourite Toronto thoroughfare, paying special attention to the recent transit pilot and the historical district east of Yonge Street. He will examine what makes King a great street and how it has managed to remain vital for nearly 200 years.

Plus special guests:
Rollo Myers, Heritage Advocate
Barbara Grey, Director of Transportation at the City of Toronto

There will also be displays and activities by community presenters, and, of course, the famous Old Town Silent Auction! Follow #TOs184th and @TOs1stPO as we preview some of the auction lots up for grabs this March 6th.

We appreciate the support of many community partners in this fundraiser, including our members, neighbours, and friends who purchase tickets to our annual celebration. Proceeds from this event benefit the Town of York Historical Society and Toronto’s First Post Office, a museum and National Historic Site. The Town of York Historical Society researches, interprets, and promotes the history of the Town of York and early Toronto, and fosters the preservation of the Town of York’s surviving built environment.

Presenting Sponsors:
Semple Gooder Roofing Corporation and Rockwerk Craft Stonemasonry

Old Town Supporter:
The Sumach by Chartwell

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @TOs1stPO, and this event at #TOs184th.

1867 / 1967

1867 / 1967: An Evening of Story and Song
Bruce Bell, with Randy Vancourt on piano, speak on the history of St. Lawrence Hall and of Toronto, at these turning points in Canadian history.
A Battle-of-the-Bands performance of music from 1867 and 1967 by Ian Bell, Michelle Rumball, Tom Leighton, and Conrad Kipping
Old Town Silent Auction

The Flood

The Flood by Leah-Simone Bowen
Handwriting Analysis by Edda Manley
Old Town Silent Auction

The Postman

Appledore Productions previewed The Postman
Old Town Silent Auction

Soldiers of Song

Jason Wilson and ABMG presented Soldiers of Song: A Tribute to the Dumbells
Old Town Silent Auction

There was no fundraiser in 2013, as the St. Lawrence Hall was undergoing renovations.

Peter Meyler, author of A Stolen Life: Searching for Richard Pierpont, on the “Coloured Corps” and its contribution during the War of 1812
Single Thread Theatre Company premiered Petticoats, Scoundrels and Soldiers

Brick Road Creations premiered Then and Now: A Poetic Landscape of Toronto
Performance and workshop of English Country dances by dance mistress Karen Millyard and friends, accompanied by trio Playford's Pleasure.

Michael Comstock on Toronto’s 175 years
A display of plans for Fort York’s new interpretive centre by the Fort York Guard
A performance by Random Roads band

Bruce Bell and Richard Fiennes-Clinton in discussion on Toronto’s history
Performance by the Fort York Regency Dancers
Soprano Aleksandra Balaburska, accompanied by pianist Irene Wong-Montgomery, performed songs popular in the 19th century
Refreshments provided by the Culinary Historians of Ontario and George Brown College’s students of Applied Food History, featuring “175 Years of Cakes”

A performance by the Downtown Alternative School Singers
Bruce Bell on the performance history of St. Lawrence Hall
A performance by the St. James’ Cathedral Choir

Bruce Bell, on Toronto as a colonial outpost to Imperial city during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
Silent Films: Toronto in the Dawn of Cinema, a program of early footage curated by Candida Paltiel of the Planet in Focus film festival and narrated by Mike Filey
Former mayor David Crombie, on some of the challenges of the past few decades

Bruce Bell and Mike Filey in discussion on the history of St. Lawrence Hall