Fiddlers and Firebrands: Music from Old Ontario

The Toronto Music Garden sits a stone’s throw from Fort York, the site of fierce battles during the War of 1812, when US forces wreaked havoc along Toronto’s waterfront. To mark the bicentenary, we’re delighted to present the traditional music legend Muddy York – Anne Lederman and Ian Bell – along with three of their best musical friends. Through newly arranged songs and dance tunes from 19th-century Ontario, they will take us from the War of 1812 through the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837, and musically tell the story of a new country finding its own identity.

Old Ontario Music
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The Canadian Music Competition National Finals

Starts: June 21, 2012
Ends: July 4, 2012

More than 200 remarkable young musicians and singers aged seven to 30 will compete in the national finals of the country’s premiere classical music competition.

Founded as a means to discover and nurture young talent – and to prepare them for professional careers – the CMC attracts more than 600 competitors each year. The best advance through three rounds of competition – regional, provincial and national — to earn top placements in a variety of age and instrument categories. In addition, four over-all grand prizes are handed out to the top musicians in each of four age groups.

Location:
Walter Hall, University of Toronto
80 Queen’s Park

Website: www.cmcnational.com

Osgoode Hall – Summer Tours

Starts: July 3, 2012
Ends: August 31, 2012

Event Time(s): 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Tours run Monday to Friday. No tour on August 6.

Osgoode Hall is a hub of legal life in Ontario and is a treat for architecture buffs. Home of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the highest courts of the province of Ontario, the building was started in 1829 and has been growing ever since. Join one of the free tours that includes the atrium, a Victorian courtroom, the spectacular Great Library, the 1829 wing, and Convocation Hall.

Don’t miss the new exhibition on the history of our famous fence. Were our peculiar gates really meant to keep cows from munching on our lawn?

Location:
Osgoode Hall
130 Queen Street West
Queen Street West and University Avenue