You are cordially invited to a festive Canadian Christmas dinner, Heritage Champion award, entertainment and Christmas cheer as we celebrate the opening of Toronto’s first free school 174 years ago!
Begin the evening with a reception, hors d’oeurves and cash bar. Followed by a mouth-watering, four course, traditional Canadian Christmas dinner with wine catered by award-winning enVille Event Design and Catering. Enjoy seasonal reading, carol singing fun, and live performances.
Our emcee for the evening is musical theatre and cabaret performer, Marlene Handrahan.
Jessi Tiech, international award-winning song writer and recording artist will perform seasonal music for singing and listening.
Trained and talented people from other countries who want to work as professionals in Canada face an uphill climb. We hear about dentists employed as security guards, architects who are delivering restaurant food, and engineers working on factory lines.
This is a complex problem because licensing requirements are essential for some professions, and many immigrants face a language barrier. But have we put up too many obstacles? Join us to hear these compelling stories!
Speaker’s Corner returns this fall with a new host and a provocative new series!
Over four Tuesday evenings in October and November, CBC Radio broadcaster and writer Michael Enright will explore the theme of ARRIVAL.
Each program in the series will examine the challenges of arriving in a foreign land to start a new life. Immigrants and refugees who made Canada their new home will share the hopeful yet often harrowing stories of their journey.
Join us at no cost for these compelling conversations.
This year marks the 175th anniversary of Irish Famine migration to Canada. Join author and historian, Professor Mark McGowan, as he shares his work Death or Canada: The Irish Famine Migration to Toronto, 1847. Discover the impact this historic event had on the city and hear stories of the men and women who made the perilous sea voyage to Canada.
Dr. Mark McGowan is a Professor of History and Celtic Studies and the Interim Principal of the University of St. Michael’s College for the 2020-2022 academic years. Dr. McGowan is an historian renowned for his work on the Catholic Church in Canada and the Great Irish Famine, as well as the lasting impact that the Famine’s mass migration had on Canada.
Join us on ZOOM at 6:30 PM, following our Annual General Meeting, to listen in!
Join us on Sunday, May 8th at 10AM for our Jane’s Walk Three Centuries of Corktown.
Corktown, one of Toronto’s oldest areas, retains a rich stock of heritage buildings including churches, schools, theatres, and the site of the first Parliament buildings.
The name Corktown refers to the Irish immigrants who lived here in the 1800s, many of whom embarked from Cork.
Corktown stretches from Berkeley St. to River St. and from the south side of Shuter St. to Lakeshore Blvd. Vestiges of 19th century workers’ housing and remnants commercial and industrial activity are still visible but Corktown has undergone substantial change as new residences and businesses and cultural venues transform the area.
The pandemic prevents us from gathering this December to celebrate Enoch Turner’s founding of the schoolhouse some 172 years ago. We will truly miss the pleasure of your company and look forward to seeing you again in 2021.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
From the Directors of the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation