Halloween Friday October 31 at 8pm
Come join me for an afterhours tour of St Lawrence Market including a snack buffet, wine and cheese in the beautiful Market Kitchen of St Lawrence Market
The tour will include a rare visit to St Lawrence Market when no one is around, no crowds, no staff, just the vast emptiness of one of the largest buildings in Canada when first built in 1902. The tour will also include a visit to the remains of the infamous 19th century prison beneath the market.
$60 per person
contact Gabrielle Bright
St Lawrence Market Kitchen coordinator
Bruce Bell tours is committed in bringing to you Toronto's past in an informative, humourous and educated way
So much of Toronto's history is either buried under parking lots or confined to dusty history books hidden on the top shelves of libraries or just plain forgotten. Using his wealth of knowledge and experience well known historian and author Bruce Bell is determined to look under those parking lots to see what secrets are held in Toronto's much overlooked colonial and 19th century past. And you don't have to live in Toronto to fully enjoy his unique tours. Visitors from all over the globe have been fascinated in how Bruce has connected their own country's history to Toronto's.
Bruce Bell has been the popular monthly history columnist for the Bulletin, Canada’s largest community newspaper since 1999. In 2002 he was named by the city of Toronto the Official Historian of St. Lawrence Hall and St Lawrence Market. In November of 2003 Bruce was asked by the Ontario Heritage Foundation to host the 200 anniversary celebrations of St. Lawrence Market. In May 2004 Bruce was appointed official historian of Toronto’s King Edward Hotel as part of the famed hotel’s centennial celebrations. In October 2004 Bruce was appointed Honourary Historian of the Hockey Hall of Fame Heritage Building. In June 2006 Bruce was appointed Curator in Residence for the spectacular Dominion Bank Building (built in 1914). In October 2006 Bruce was bestowed the title ‘Honourary Historian of the 51 Division Heritage Building’ by Toronto Police Services for his work as a historian in 51 Division. Bruce is a former board member of the Town of York Historical Society and is the author of two books Amazing Tales of St. Lawrence Neighbourhood and the just published TORONTO: A Pictorial Celebration. Bruce is also the official tour guide of St Lawrence Market where visitors from around the globe are constantly being impressed with his expert knowledge. In April 2007 as part of the Fairmont Hotel & Resorts 100 year birthday celebrations, Bruce was named Honourary Historian of the famed Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Bruce’s History Project a plaque program marking historical sites with large bronze markers to date includes Toronto’s First Jail, The Great Fire of 1849, the hanging of the Rebellion of 1837 leaders Lount and Matthews and the birthplace of Canadian Statesman Robert Baldwin. To see these plaques visit History Project in the menu bar. Bruce’s mission is to tell Toronto’s history through his tours, writings and lectures including his sold out shows at Toronto’s famed Winter Garden Theatre, in an informative and entertaining way. Recently Bruce has expanded his tours into Southern Ontario bringing groups of people from Toronto to the beautiful countryside that surrounds our great city in search of shared roots. Also Bruce has been flying down to New York City and Chicago with groups of like minded Torontonians and finding many shared qualities both architecturally and historically with our American cousins.
Because email can be unreliable, if you haven't heard back within 24hours please phone Bruce at 647-393-8687
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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Beatles Sept 7, 2014 in the same suite the Fab 4 stayed in at the King Edward Hotel, Toronto
PLEASE NOTE: As with all Bruce Bell tours, still photograghy is permitted with permission however filming or video recording of any sort is not