Annual March 6th Fundraiser

Every year, on March 6 – the anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Toronto – a gala fundraiser is held to benefit The Town of York Historical Society and Toronto’s First Post Office.

The entertainment always commemorates some aspect of Toronto history.

2020 | Toronto’s 186th Birthday!

Toronto’s 186th Birthday Party

Toronto’s 186th Birthday Party, Friday, March 6, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Toronto’s First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), $10 TYHS members, $15 non-members. Tickets available here.

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, we will be celebrating at Toronto’s First Post Office, with music and tales of Old Toronto.

Of course, it wouldn’t be March 6th without the popular Old Town Silent Auction, featuring many of our favourite local businesses!

We’ll be featuring food from your favourite St. Lawrence Market vendors, and there will be a cash bar.

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @TOs1stPO, and this event #TOs186th to find out more about our performers, food and drink sponsors, silent auction donors and lots, and event sponsors.

We will also be listing more here, closer to the event.

But don’t delay! Tickets are strictly limited. You must be an existing Town of York Historical Society member for member pricing, but if you need to join or renew, simply give us a call to join and purchase your ticket at the same time. Call Zoe at 416-865-1833 x4 to purchase your ticket by phone.

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.

Tickets are now available at Toronto’s First Post Office, or at Eventbrite.


March 6th, 2019 Fundraiser Gala

Bruce Beaton as William Lyon Mackenzie
The Interpreters
RSCDS Toronto (Scottish Country Dancers)
Food from St. Lawrence Market vendors
Old Town Silent Auction


March 6th, 2018 Fundraiser Gala

King Street: The Great Thoroughfare of Toronto

Christopher Hume, urban affairs columnist
with Rollo Myers, heritage advocate
and Barbara Gray, Manager, City of Toronto Transportation Services
Old Town Silent Auction

Table Presenters:
Mackenzie House Museum Toronto
Transit Bricks
On The Bright Side
City of Toronto Transportation Services


March 6th, 2017 Fundraiser Gala

1867 / 1967: An Evening of Story and Song

Bruce Bell, with Randy Vancourt on piano, spoke 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


March 6th, 2016 Fundraiser Gala

The Flood by Leah-Simone Bowen

Handwriting Analysis by Edda Manley
Old Town Silent Auction


March 6th, 2015 Fundraiser Gala

Appledore Productions previewed The Postman
Old Town Silent Auction


March 6th, 2014 Fundraiser Gala

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.

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260 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 1N1

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Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sun: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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