mex20172018 Meeting Walking Tours

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TORONTO’S FIRST CHINATOWN

Begins at Old City Hall (60 Queen Street West), ends at New City Hall (100 Queen Street West) Travel to Toronto’s First Chinatown and discover the landmarks, businesses, organizations, and people that were the backbone of the Chinese community until the 1970s. You will learn where Canadian skating champion Elvis Stojko studied martial arts, how Chinese restaurants attracted visitors, and which one actor E.G. Robinson rated as the best restaurant, among other fascinating facts about Toronto's First Chinatown.


THE WARD

Toronto's Ward was the city's original concentrated immigrant receiving and settlement area, and home to waves of newcomers from the 1840s onward, including Black refugees from pre-Civil War America, Irish famine migrants, Italian labourers, Russian Jews fleeing pogroms in the late 1890s and finally Chinese immigrants as well as Chinese Canadians from western Canada. The area came to be stigmatized as a derelict working class slum, like the Lower East Side. But for all the poverty, the area teemed with entrepreneurial activity, culture, new foods and diverse religions. It was demolished to make way for new City Hall in the 1950s.


DISCOVER BLACK HISTORY

Join the Ontario Black History Society on a unique walking tour that explores areas of Toronto where people of African descent lived, worked and made significant contributions to Toronto, Ontario and Canada. • Visit the site where the first Black newspaper was created! • Visit the place of the 1851 Free Colored Men Conference! • Visit the plaque of the first Black postman and the racial challenges he faced • First Black Millionaire directly across the street from our office. All tours include an Ontario Black History Society guide. This covers all the areas of the tour, as well as community organizations, church life, current businesses and contemporary personalities.


FIRST STORY: EXPLORING INDIGENOUS HISTORY OF TORONTO

Since 1995, First Story Toronto, (formerly The Toronto Native Community History Project), within the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, has been engaged in researching and preserving the Indigenous history of Toronto with the goal of building awareness of and pride in the long Indigenous presence and contributions to the city. First Story Toronto shares this history through walking tours of places in the city, and making accessible a growing archive of historical materials about Toronto’s Indigenous community, past and present.


LGBTQ HISTORY WALKING TOURS (Two Options)

Pride Walk: For much of the past 70 years, Yonge Street has led a secret life: it was home to the bars, clubs and baths that constituted what mainstream society thought of as “the twilight world of the homosexual.” Join archivists and historians from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) on a walk through Toronto’s queer past and follow the footsteps of activists who struggled to find a public space they could call their own.

Downtown: Join us and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives on a walk through Toronto’s queer past and follow in the footsteps of activists who struggled to find a public space of their own. Before the Village, the centre of gay and lesbian life in the city was on King Street and around the area that is now the Eaton Centre. Explore the LGBTQ+ history of this area and other sites south of College Street.

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