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Two Toronto Museums for Valentines Day 2015

Want to celebrate the 2015 Valentines Day in Toronto with something different and frugal? Two Toronto museums offer special programs on Saturday February 14, 2015. You could visit both, from noon through evening.

"Valentine Day Greeting" image by "Malia Karlinsky - Yesterday on Tuesday" under CC license
“Valentine Day Greeting” image by “Malia Karlinsky – Yesterday on Tuesday” under CC license

Victorian Tea at Gibson House on Valentines Day 2015

Gibson House presents two sittings this Valentine’s Day for a proper tea with finger sandwiches & desserts: at noon and at 2:30pm.

Then tour the museum at 5172 Yonge Street, just north of Park Home Ave. and Empress Ave., and a few blocks north of the North York Centre subway station on the TTC’s #1 (Yonge) line.

See “Valentines Day Tea at Gibson House” (until the next Events push this event off the page).

The price is a mere $20+HST/person. You need to pre-register by phone at 416-395-7432.

Fireside Dessert at Montgomery’s Inn on Valentines Day

Montgomery’s Inn offers two opportunities for your 2015 Valentines Day dessert, either from 7-8pm or 8:30-9:30pm. Enjoy their mulled wine and dessert for $40+HST /couple. Make your reservation ahead of time by calling 416-394-8113.

Montgomery’s Inn is at 4709 Dundas St. W., just north-east of Islington and just west of Montgomery Road.

See “Valentines Day Fireside Dessert at Montgomery’s Inn” for more details; again, until it’s overtaken by other events.

What About Valentines Day for Children?

“The I LOVE YOU Book” is a best-seller in Amazon’s Kindle Reader format. The two Canadian reviewers agreed on a 5-of-5 rating; 87 Americans combined to rate it as 4.9. It’s 33 pages with colourful drawings and simple text for early readers.

You can also get their free Kindle Reader for PCs, and skip the extra gadget. Canadians can buy “The I LOVE YOU Book” online from Amazon.ca. My American neighbours have it in their online Amazon store too.

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Celebrate 2015 Robbie Burns Day in Toronto

Where can you celebrate the 2015 Robbie Burns Day in Toronto? Or enjoy a Burns Supper in Toronto?

"Robbie Burns painted by Alexander Nasmyth" image owned by Scottish National Portrait Gallery
"Robbie Burns painted by Alexander Nasmyth" image owned by Scottish National Portrait Gallery

When is Robbie Burns Day?

We honour the national poet of Scotland, Robbie Burns, on the anniversary of his birthday: January 25, 1759. The traditional Burns Supper includes piping in, reciting Burn’s Ode To, and eating a haggis.

(Added Feb. 5, 2015): Learn to prepare and cook your own haggis at Mackenzie House Museum in Toronto on Sat. March 14 from 10am-1pm. Maggie Newell will share her expertise in the culinary arts of the period. Be ready for next year’s Robbie Burns Day! Here’s the link to the Mackenzie House events page; but the event probably won’t be listed after the date has passed. (And now back to Robbie Burns Day 2015).

Yes, a Burns Supper is one of many annual Toronto events;

Where does Toronto Celebrate Robbie Burns Day in 2015?

The St. Andrews Society of Toronto celebrates the 2015 Robbie Burns Day meets at Allen Gardens at 11am on Sun. Jan. 25. Gather by the Burns statue on the east side of the park, nearer Sherbourne St. The Society offers piping, haggis and other delectable fare (at a pub, so be prepared to pay your way after the free outdoor ceremonies).

Allen Gardens is in downtown Toronto at 19 Horticultural Ave. The park is bounded by Carlton, Sherbourne, Gerrard and Jarvis. (Horticultural Ave. comes north from Gerrard St.).

Among the Toronto museums, Mackenzie House concentrates on Robbie Burns for Sunday afternoon from noon to 4pm on Jan. 25. They offer shortbread and “a taste of haggis”, with music, for the standard under-$10 admission fee. Mackenzie House is at 82 Bond St. (That’s a few short blocks east of Yonge, south of Dundas Square, but west of Church and well north of Shuter).

Since I advocate free and frugal events, let’s only mention that Casa Loma will charge a lot of money for a 4-course Burns Supper on Sat. Jan. 24. Johnny Walker sponsors this whiskey tasting meal, but the Liberty Group still charges a hefty price tag. Maybe that’s just to make sure that only true fans will attend; hmm, there’s a challenge for you.

Other Toronto restaurants also host a Burns Supper theme this weekend; just run a search combining Robbie Burns and restaurants in Toronto.

Avoiding Robbie Burns in Toronto

You could take a nature walk at Todmorden Mills on Robbie Burns Day. Their “Winter in the Valley” event runs for an hour from 1:30pm on Sun. Jan. 25. For under $10, you can learn how the Don Valley’s wildlife survives the winter; and sample hot cider.

Todmorden Mills, another Toronto museum, is at 67 Pottery Road, just east of the Don River and on the south side of the road. You can’t miss seeing the chimney! Pottery Road links Broadview (at Mortimer) and Bayview (south of Moore Park).

Looking for More about Robbie Burns?

Get the free Kindle edition of “Poems and Songs of Robert Burns” from Amazon Canada or Amazon USA for free!

Or buy the amazingly frugal paperback version of “Haggis: the Recipe Book: 30 Ways with Haggis” from Amazon Canada.

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Selected 2015 New Year Levees in Toronto

The French instituted the Levée (“risen”) as a ritual for the favoured to help the king get up in the morning. In the New World, many politicians and vice-regal dignitaries hold a New Year Levée to greet the public. Where in Toronto can you shake hands with our nouveau nobility early in 2015, as this annual winter Toronto event continues?

Remember: it’s free to attend, and check the links to the official pages for details about additional entertainment. As a rule, an indoor reception is pretty quiet; outdoor skating tends to include family-friendly music.

The 2015 Queen’s Park Levée with Lieutentant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Join our new Lieutentant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, in the vice-regal suite at Queen’s Park on Thurs. Jan. 1, 2015 from noon-2pm. I’d take the TTC to Queen’s Park. The 506 Carlton streetcar stop is at University and College; it’s a quick walk north to the legislature.

Then take a brisk walk south to Toronto City Hall.

"Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto" image by machernucha (Mike chernucha)
"Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto" image by machernucha (Mike chernucha)

Toronto Mayor John Tory to Hold an Icy Levée at Nathan Phillips Square

Toronto Mayor John Tory’s 2015 Levée will be held on Jan. 1 from 2-3:30pm on New Year’s Day at Nathan Phillips Square. This brings to partial fruition an idea floated by former mayor Rob Ford, to skate on the outdoor rink. Apparently Mayor Tory will also shake hands indoors at City Hall, as well as skating in the square.

Mayor Tory will return to City Hall from his midnight countdown at the New Year’s Eve party.

Toronto City Hall is at Bay and Queen; I’d take the TTC downtown for this event if I weren’t already at Queen’s Park.

I suspect some other downtown Toronto Councillors plan to join this skating levée.

Deferred 2015 New Year Levées with Other Toronto Councillors

Head to the East York Civic Centre on Sunday Jan. 4 from 1-3pm for the East York New Year’s Levée, with some councillors as well as young musicians sponsored by the Beaches International Jazz Festival. Thank goodness Councillor Mary Fragedakis posted this; I’d also read somewhere that Janet Davis will attend as well.

On Saturday Jan. 10, Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and MPP Arthur Potts will hold a joint Levée at the Naval Club (1910 Upper Gerrard at Woodbine) from 2-4pm.

That’s the same date and time as Councillor Paul Ainslie’s New Year Levée, but I didn’t find the location in the left-hand menu on his page.

A year or so ago, Scarborough councillors cut out this annual Toronto tradition; I have not found notices for the others by my self-imposed deadline. If any readers can send me a link to more news for their area, I would publish gratefully.

Mississauga Mayor to Host Levée on New Year’s Day

Newly elected Mayor Bonnie Crombie will host her 2015 New Year Levée at City Hall and Celebration Square in Mississauga. The indoor ceremony begins at 2pm; but outdoor skating will be available too.

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