August 2019 Newsletter of the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre

Can you believe we’re already reaching the beginning of a new school year? While the season may be disappearing quickly, we have stacked the calendar with the perfect send-off for Summer!

As always, all events, exhibits, and workshops are free – full details and registration links below.

From the team at the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre 
August 21st: Launch of The Cottage Years
New Exhibit Featuring the History of Long Branch

In celebration of the 135th anniversary of Long Branch, we have partnered with the History and Culture Committee of the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association to create a new exhibit that brings to life the history of the cottage industry that shaped Long Branch. Featuring photographs, illustrations, and maps spanning seven decades, The Cottage Years is an engaging exhibit certain to bring back memories of years past. As an added bonus, the exhibit also features several paintings by local artist, Pat Rice.

Please join us for the launch of The Cottage Years on Wednesday, August 21st at 7pm on the Third Floor of the Student Welcome and Resource Centre at Humber College’s Lakeshore campus.

Light refreshments will be available. Space is mobility accessible.

Wednesday, August 21
Third Floor Gallery, Student Welcome and Resource Centre
2 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive

A Few Spaces Left for Saturday’s Workshop!!
Shore Stories: Verbatim Theatre Workshop

There are only a few spaces left for our Verbatim Theatre workshop this Saturday, August 17th! Don’t miss an opportunity to try your hand at this unique approach to theatrical storytelling in which participants use headphones to listen to pre-recorded interviews live on stage and then create a performance that captures an interviewee’s inflections, hesitations, and vocal patterns with true-to-life accuracy.

No experience necessary! We are pleased to be working with the award-winning theatre company Off-Key Productions to introduce the Etobicoke Lakeshore community to Verbatim Theatre as a means of sharing your own Shore Story.

Saturday, August 17th
10:00am to 1:00pm

G Building, 17 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive
*Light refreshments will be available; space is mobility accessible

Pre-registration is required:

Our Monthly Tours continue with registration opening on the 1st of each month at 10am (via There remain a limited number of spaces for the Film History Tour on Thursday, August 22 at 6pm.
Wednesday, September 25th at 6pm
Tunnel Tour
Park History Tour

Wednesday, October 16th at 6pm
Tunnel Tour
Film History Tour

Wednesday, November 20th at 5pm
Tunnel Tour
Park History Tour

Wednesday, December 4th at 5pm
Tunnel Tour
Film History Tour

Special mention should be made to our Park History Tours, which have recently had their content refreshed and updated in time for the fall schedule (They also remain our only tour that features unique photographs to help animate the route!)

In the Wake of the Passenger Pigeon

Ever wonder what a Passenger Pigeon looked like? Maybe you’ve been curious to hear their song? We’ve got you covered with our current exhibit: In the Wake of the Passenger Pigeon. Visit today to discover what made the flocks so unique and why their legacy remains unwavering.

Until September 28, 2019
Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre
2 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive

The Passenger Pigeon, a research presentation by Mark Peck

Thursday, September 19
6:30-9pm (talk at 7pm)

G Building, 17 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive

You won’t want to miss this exciting research talk by Mark Peck of the Royal Ontario Museum on the Passenger Pigeon – the final event in our monthly Passenger Pigeon event series.

Reserve your FREE ticket today

A Feathered River Across the Sky
by Joel Greenberg

Did you catch our July event with Joel Greenberg? His book on the Passenger Pigeon was the biggest influence behind our current exhibit. Engaging and informative – an absolute must read.

Available in Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, or Audio Book on

*Our thanks to Quest Nature Tours for event sponsorship

Tales from the North Shore
by Scott Colby

In June we were treated to a short story reading of “More Death in Etobicoke: The Silence of the Pigeons” by local author Scott Colby. But did you know that the story is a part of a trilogy?

Escape into a magical realm where fact and fiction mix with humour and horror with Tales from the North Shore. The perfect read for the end of summer!

Available in Paperback or eBook from


Shore Stories: Lightning Talk Workshop

Saturday, September 7

G Building, 17 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive

Try your hand at a Lightning Talk to tell your own Shore Story in this interactive workshop.

Space is limited, register today!

We Remember 1511

Thursday, October 3

G Building, 17 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive

Humber College students and members from Among Friends Community Mental Health Program collaborated on a commemorative artwork based on the history of the Humber Lakeshore campus, a former psychiatric hospital. A short film about the project, 1511, will be screened followed by discussion and the unveiling of a commissioned sculpture in memory of the former patients by Rocky Dobey.

Event features ASL; Live Captioning; Accessible Venue; Attendant Care


The Long Branch Neighbourhood Association is hosting the Long Branch 135th Anniversary Celebration and Tree Festival in Marie Curtis Park on Sunday, September 22nd from 12-4pm. Guaranteed fun for the whole family.

Be sure to check out for more information.

Learn about the history of the Applewood-Shaver Homestead in Etobicoke through the story of its most famous resident, J. S. Woodsworth. Travel through time in this 1-hour immersive theatre experience as we trace Woodsworth’s entry into politics and eventual founding of the CCF (today, NDP) inside the rooms of his childhood home.
More information and tickets via the Etobicoke Historical Society
MON-FRI 10am-4:30pm
WED 10am-6:30pm
SAT 10am-2pm

*Note: We close at 3pm the Friday before long weekends; we are not open holidays.

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre
2 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive
416-675-6622 ext. 3801

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre (Contact Address) · 3199 Lake Shore Blvd. W · Room A110 · Toronto, ON M8V1K8 · Canada

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