Walking Tours

SUNDAYS, APRIL 29 & MAY 13, 11AM

Inspired by A Place for Wholesome Amusement, the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre and FENTSTER team up to present a special walking tour featuring Toronto's leading historian on Chinatown and experienced tour guide, Arlene Chan and the OJA's Stories of Spadina guide and Yiddish expert Miriam Borden. Both will share insights into the intersecting Jewish and Chinese histories of Kensington Market and the Spadina area with a special focus on the Standard/Victory Theatre, the subject of the current exhibition.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore the layered immigrant histories of one of Toronto's most vibrant neighbourhoods.

START POINT: Fentster Gallery, 402 College St.


STORIES OF SPADINA WITH A SPIN

Stories of Spadina tour. Photo: Jeremy Kohm, 2013
Stories of Spadina tour. Photo: Jeremy Kohm, 2013

Travel back in time to an era when Kensington Market was a thriving Jewish village teeming with kosher bakeries, synagogues, and social clubs.  On this tour, Jewish Toronto's past—biographies of its former inhabitants;  the sounds;  the smells;  Yiddish language;  religious, social, and political attitudes—is brought to life. Visits to the architectural gems that remain in the area today are supplemented by photographs from the holdings of the OJA as vivid reminders of a once vibrant community.

SUNDAY, MAY 6, 11AM - FREE, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

In honour of the annual city-wide Jane's Walk, we're putting a new spin on OJA's popular Stories of Spadina walking tour with special stops at FENTSTER and the former Standard Theatre. Meet at FENTSTER Gallery, 402 College St. Click here for more information. 



STORIES OF SPADINA PUBLIC TOUR DATES

Sunday, June 10
Sunday, July 15
Sunday, August 12
Sunday, September 23

All tours begin at 11 am, rain or shine, and run for two hours in length.

Cost: $15 per person; $12 for students and seniors.

Once registered you will receive an email confirmation with details on where to meet.

Private group tours for 10 or more people are available by request year-round. Larger groups will be split into two or more parties, depending on size. Student groups are welcome.

Please contact us for more information or to book your group tour.


Pape Avenue Cemetery

The Pape Avenue Cemetery was established in 1849 and is Toronto's oldest Jewish cemetery. It is now owned by Holy Blossom Temple. Buried in this cemetery are many of Toronto’s earliest Jewish residents. By examining their individual lives, both the hardships and the triumphs of this formative period are revealed. The tour also explores the art and tradition embedded on these early Jewish burial stones.

2018 Public Tour Dates

Stay tuned for information on our upcoming 2018 tour dates!

All tours begin at 11 am, rain or shine, and run for 1.5 hours in length.

Cost: $15 per person; $12 for students and seniors.

Once registered you will receive an email confirmation with details on where to meet.

Private group tours for 10 to 30 people are available by request from April to October. Student groups are welcome.

Please contact us for more information or to book your group tour.