Watercolour Workshop: Spring Florals

Watercolours Workshop: Spring Florals, Thursday, March 28, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), $25 members, $30 non-members. Register here.

Learn to use concentrated watercolours to create beautiful floral blooms! In this beginner's workshop, you will learn about the basics of using watercolour, masking fluid, as well as some techniques involving salt, drips, splashes, and wet-on-wet painting.

Step by step, artist Jennifer Fryer will guide you through creating a beautiful watercolour painting. In the process of making your painting, you will learn how to use and control watercolours with a “wet-on-wet” technique and masking fluid, concentrated watercolours, as well as how to use salt in your work. You’ll end the evening with a beautiful painting you can take home, as well as a good filling of watercolour knowledge you can use to experiment and play with your newly mastered medium.

This workshop is perfect for newbies and people looking for a refresher on watercolour techniques. All materials are provided.

Haunted Town Halls

Haunted Town Halls: An Evening with Author and Paranormal Investigator Peter Roe, Thursday, April 4, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), free admission, but registration is required as space is limited. SOLD OUT - Join the waitlist here.

Ghost researcher Peter Roe returns to Toronto's First Post Office April 4th at 6:30 pm to present his debut publication from Quagmire Press, Haunted Town Halls!

As Assistant Director of Canada's oldest, renowned paranormal investigations team The Searcher Group, Peter spearheaded a 2½ year 'Town Hall Tour' throughout southwestern Ontario, exploring former courtrooms, jail cells, marketplaces and auditoriums – including Toronto's First City Hall/St. Lawrence Market!

This free event is open to history and heritage lovers, believers and skeptics alike! Please join us for an evening of sometimes chilling, often thought-provoking discoveries that come from investigating these surprisingly haunted locations.

Copies of Haunted Town Halls will be available for purchase ($20 cash) and a book-signing with light refreshments will follow the program.

Letter Writing Socials

Letter Writing Social, Sunday, April 14, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), free admission - please drop in!

A free, monthly drop-in for letter-writers, bullet journallers, and all those who would like DEDICATED WRITING TIME in good company!

Hosted by the Toronto Letter Writers Society. The Toronto Letter Writers Society meets the second Sunday of every month at Toronto's First Post Office. All are welcome to attend and it's free! Bring your own supplies or use ours.

Intro to Brush Lettering Workshop

Intro to Brush Lettering Workshop, Thursday, April 25, 6:30pm - 9:00pm, Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East), $95 for members, $110 for non-members. Register here.

Learn the basics of modern calligraphy in the Intro to Brush Lettering Workshop - taught by Toronto-based calligrapher & designer Alicia Spence. No experience is required, and all supplies are included with registration so you can continue your lettering journey at home!

In this 2.5-hour workshop, you'll learn how to use Brush Pens to master each brush stroke, write the upper and lower case alphabet, and connect letters to form words. Lots of tips and tricks will be shared, and each student will get individual attention in a small class setting.

The Brush Lettering Toolkit comes with every ticket and includes brush pens, vellum tracing paper, Alicia's custom Brush Lettering Worksheets and personalized name cards.

Who will be teaching?

ALICIA SPENCE is a Toronto-based artist and graphic designer specializing in calligraphy, lettering and illustration. Self-taught in the arts, she loves teaching others what she has learned through the years practicing and instructing art. She thinks everyone should learn the Art of Writing and keep calligraphy alive in the modern age!

Annual General Meeting

Town of York Historical Society Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, Mary 8, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, The Redwood Theatre (1300 Gerrard St. East, at Greenwood), FREE for members, $10 for non-members. Memberships available at the door. RSVP or register here.

The Town of York Historical Society will hold its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, May 8th, at the historic Redwood Theater. Following the business meeting, there will be a special talk by guest speaker Adam Bunch and light refreshments.

Author of The Toronto Book of the Dead, Adam Bunch is a well known Toronto historian. As the creator of the Toronto Dreams Project and the host of Canadiana, Bunch has written about the history of the city for Spacing magazine, Torontoist, and the Huffington Post. In 2012, he earned an honourable mention for a Governor General's History Award.

Ghosts and Spirits of the Distillery

Walking Tour: Ghosts and Spirits of the Distillery, Thursday, May 16, 8:00pm - 9:15pm. $10 members, $13 non-members. Register here.

With tales of gruesome accidents, the perilous world of whiskey-making and the explosive War of 1812, you'll quickly see why this area is known as one of Toronto's most haunted spots.

Join us for a night of fright as we brave the darkness and head into the Distillery District to explore ghostly haunts, and hear tales of dread and mystery from those who walked Toronto's streets before us.

May can be chilly so please make sure to bundle up and dress according to the weather!

This tour is lead by The Haunted Walk of Toronto ( Tickets have been generously gifted to the Town of York Historical Society (TYHS) and Toronto's First Post Office with all proceeds benefiting the museum.

Letter Writing Socials

Music at the Post Office: Christina Martin, Friday, May 24, 7:30pm - 10:30pm. $25, Toronto's First Post Office (260 Adelaide St. East). Tickets available here.

Join award winning singer-songwriter Christina Martin for a very special evening at Toronto's First Post Office accompanied by guitarist and producer Dale Murray.

Impossible To Hold won the 2018 Music Nova Scotia Award Pop Recording of the Year and is Martin’s sixth and strongest studio album, achieving a perfect balance between organic ambience and impeccable production.

Christina began recording her own music while slogging it out on the Austin, Texas bar scene. A multi award winning singer-songwriter, she has been relentlessly recording and touring in Canada and in the UK and Europe, building connections at venues big and small, singing songs about loss, love and perseverance. Her songs have been featured in films and television, and she’s performed at music festivals around the world (Rolling Stone Weekender Festival, Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, Folk Alliance International and Reeperbahn Festival).

At her Canadian tour dates, Martin partners with The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to promote the work of Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital.

Unless otherwise noted:
Pre-registration and pre-payment is required for all workshops and ticketed events. There are no refunds within forty-eight hours of events. Please note that not all events are suited for children.

Bonus: on the day of workshops at Toronto's First Post Office, participants will get 10% off all regularly-priced merchandise in our gift shop.