The Town of York Annual General Meeting takes place each May in a site of heritage significance. The AGM is also the occasion for presenting the Sheldon Godfrey Award, presented to individuals who have excelled in their commitment to promoting, restoring or retaining key aspects of Toronto’s heritage. Following the business of the AGM, the society enjoys special guest speakers and presentations.
The Town of York Historical Society will hold its Annual General Meeting on Monday, May 8, at 7:00 pm at the Young People’s Theatre on Front Street (at Frederick St.).
Following the business meeting, Allan Penning, YPT’s Director of Development, will give a brief talk and lead a tour of the theatre building.
Although Young People’s Theatre was formed as a production company in 1966, it did not have a permanent home until 1977 when it moved into its current location at 165 Front Street East. The building (which dates from 1887) was originally a stable for the horses that pulled the Toronto Street Railway’s trolley cars. When the horses were replaced by electric power in 1891, the building housed an electrical generating plant until 1906. The Toronto Transit commission then used it as a warehouse for some time, but it sat empty for much of the 20th century. It was slated for demolition when it was saved and repurposed by Zeidler Partnership Architects as a theatre. For this imaginative re-use of a heritage building, YPT was given an award of merit by the Toronto Historical Board.
Memberships and membership renewals will be available at the door.
Location: The Young Centre for the Performing Arts
Sheldon Godfrey Award Winner: Judith McErval
Presentation: Richard Fiennes-Clinton, author of Muddy York: A History of Toronto Until 1834
Location: St. Matthews Lawn Bowling Club
Sheldon Godfrey Award Winner: Elizabeth Elliot
Presentation: Bruce Allen Kopytek, author of Eaton's: The Trans-Canada Store
Location: Little Trinity Annex
Sheldon Godfrey Award Winner: Alec Keefer
Presentation: Stewart Boden and Samantha Cutrara from the Archives of Ontario on Dear Sadie: Love, Lives and Remembrance from Ontario's First World War
Location: iQ Lounge, The Dineen Building
Sheldon Godfrey Award Winner: Clayton Smith
Presentation: Maureen Jennings on Whirlygigs, Diddies and Knee-Tremblers: Vulgar Talk in Victorian Canada
Location: Meeting House, Riverdale Farm
Sheldon Godfrey Award Winner: Sheldon Godfrey
Presentation: Susan Spencer of Spencer's Mercantile on Women in the War of 1812
Location: Arts & Letters Club
Sheldon Godfrey Award Winner: Margaret McBurney
Presentation: Margaret McBurney on the history of the Arts & Letters Club, and a tour of the Club
Location: Church of the Holy Trinity
Sheldon Godfrey Award Winner: Stephen Otto
Presentation: Jennifer Phipps and Barbara Worthy in a one-act play, A Chat with Miss Chicky
Location: Campbell House Museum
Sheldon Godfrey Award Winner: Peggy Kurtin
Presentation: A screening of the Cinefocus Canada Production, C.W. Jefferys, Picturing Canada, and a tour of Campbell House
Location: The Elgin Lounge in the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre
Inaugural winner of the Sheldon Godfrey Award: Janet Walters
Presentation: A tour of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre led by Richard Fiennes-Clinton
Location: Enoch Turner Schoolhouse
Presentation: Sally Gibson on her book Inside Toronto: Urban Interiors 1880s to 1920s
Location: 1 King St. W. Boardroom
Presentation: Bruce Bell on James Austin and the Dominion Bank
Location: 97 George St.
Presentation: Joan Winearls on “Mapping Toronto’s First Century”
Location: 97 George St.
Presentation: Bruce Bell on “The Walls Around Us”
Location: St. James Cathedral Parish Hall
Presentation: Sheldon Godfrey on “Raised from the Ashes: Toronto’s First Post Office reconstruction and reopening in 1983”