Upcoming Events

Leather Notebook Cover Workshop

Leather Notebook Cover Workshop. Due to COVID-19, this workshop has been postponed. Please sign up below for our email list. You’ll be the first to hear about its new date when announced.

Make your very own hand stitched leather notebook cover, which also doubles as a passport wallet! Once you’ve learned the basics of hand sewing you’ll be able to make your simple bags, wallets, and more. Choose from one of three leather colours: Nude, Caramel or Black. Notebooks are included with this workshop.

This class is suited to all skill levels.

About the Instructor: Robin Fitzsimons is the maker, designer, and founder of Fitzy. She loves to share her knowledge of craft with everyone who crosses her path. She’s taught many leather working classes at locations across the GTA. Robin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture/Installation from OCAD University. She loves bike rides, craft beer and has way too many hobbies.

About Fitzy: Fitzy is a line of modern leather goods that are handmade in Toronto. Designed for the busy urbanite, Fitzy’s products are meant to simplify your life both visually and practically. As a member of the Slow Fashion movement Fitzy believes in a less, but better approach to design, and ethical manufacturing processes. Their customers are thoughtful shoppers who shop local, and prefer quality over quantity. Fitzy crafts their pieces using high quality, hard wearing materials, so that they don’t just stand the test of time, but get better with age.

Toronto Letter Writing Society

Letter Writing SocialDue to COVID-19, this month’s meet-up has been cancelled. Please sign up below for our email list to be the first to know when Post-a-Letter Sundays resume.

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

Hosted by the Toronto Letter Writers Society. The Toronto Letter Writers Society meets the second Sunday of every month at Toronto’s First Post Office. All are welcome to attend and it’s free! Bring your own supplies or use ours.

Paper-Making Workshop

Paper-Making Workshop, Thursday, April 23, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Toronto’s First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), $30 TYHS members, $40 non-members. Tickets available here.

In this workshop, Heidi will guide you from pulling a sheet of paper, through adding embellishments and exploring a variety of techniques. Participants will go home with a selection of beautiful, unique, handmade paper, and a new appreciation for an ancient craft and its connection to environmental sustainability.

About the Instructor:

Heidi has an extensive background in performance and informal education. She works as a presenter at the Ontario Science Centre, where she honed her papermaking skills, and also teaches voice with the Regent Park School of Music. As well, she has a passion for environmental sustainability. As a result, she founded Paper Powered in 2015 and ever since, she has been sharing her love of the environment and the ancient craft of recycled papermaking with people of all ages.

Speaker Series

Speaker Series: Once More, With Lamplights! Thursday, May 21, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Toronto’s First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), Free for TYHS members, $10 non-members. RSVP/Register here.

Join us Thursday May 21th 2020, for the next evening of our speaker series at Toronto’s First Post Office!

Once More, With Lamplights! : From Theatre in Victorian Toronto to Victorian Theatre in Toronto, is a talk highlighting theatre’s roots in Toronto and how early performers shaped the theatres of Toronto today. We’ll also touch upon how Victorian Theatre techniques were utilized in Canada and how we’re adapting them for performances today.

Doors open at 6:30pm and the talk starts at 7:00pm. Light refreshments will be included.

This event is FREE for Town of York Historical Society Members, but RSVP is required.

About the Speaker:

Jackie Mahoney is a Toronto-based actor who specializes in historic performance. She splits her time between working at Black Creek Pioneer Village, The Gibson House Museum and with Live History, an internationally touring historic theatre company. She loves learning anything and everything she can about 19th century Canada!

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.

Toronto's First Post Office

260 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 1N1

Our hours have changed temporarily:
M–F: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
See our COVID-19 page for more information.

Phone: (416) 865-1833
Email: info@tos1stpo.com

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