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.


2017
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

2016
The Flood

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

2015
The Postman

Appledore Productions previewed The Postman
Old Town Silent Auction

2014
Soldiers of Song

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

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

2012
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

2011
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.

2010
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

2009
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”

2008
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

2007
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

2006
Bruce Bell and Mike Filey in discussion on the history of St. Lawrence Hall