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Heritage Toronto walking tours this weekend: Eglinton Park, and the Yonge Street Music Scene

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This weekend’s Heritage Toronto walks are a great (no charge) way to get out and explore the city:

Eglinton: From Farmland to ‘Yonge and Eligible’
Saturday, June 7 – 1:30 PM

Leader: Doug Campbell
Start Point: SW corner of Eglinton Park, Eglinton Ave W and Oriole Parkway
Finish Point: Yonge St at Montgomery Ave
Length: Approx. 2 hours
Walk Difficulty: Walk on sidewalks, parkland, some hills and slopes

Explore the neighbourhood around Eglinton Park, formerly the Pears brickyard – from the site of John Montgomery’s house to the site of his infamous tavern, the headquarters of the 1837 Rebellion. It’s a walk through time from forested farm lot, to the growing village at the concession crossroads, to the heart of the city at ‘Yonge and Eligible.’

Music History on the Yonge Street Strip
Sunday, June 8 – 11:00 AM

Leader: Nicholas Jennings
Start Point: SW corner of Yonge and Queen Streets
Finish Point: Maple Leaf Gardens, Carlton and Church Streets
Length: Approx. 1.5 hours
Walk Difficulty: Average walk on sidewalks

Discover the music history of Toronto, beginning in the 1950s. Visit the sites of famous clubs like The Colonial and Le Coq D’Or, and concert venues such as Massey Hall and the Eaton Auditorium. Hear stories about Oscar Peterson, Ronnie Hawkins, Glenn Gould and many more. Note: This is an exterior tour only.

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