The Archaeology of Everyday Life with Holly Martelle, Tatum Taylor, John Lorinc and Michael McClelland
An archaeological dig uncovers the secret history of Toronto's long-forgotten first immigrant neighbourhood, home to waves of immigrants and refugees: Irish, African-Americans, Italians, eastern European Jews, and Chinese.
The Ward Cabaret re imagines the vibrant sound of Toronto's first multi-cultural neighbourhood. Inspired by the rich history of a forgotten community in what was "Toronto's Lower East Side", JUNO Award-winning musician and composer David Buchbinder brings together a collaborative team of musicians, singers and actors to explore the cultural roots of the world's most diverse city.
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In early 2015, a team of archaeologists began digging test trenches on a nondescript parking lot next to Toronto City Hall, a site designated to become a major new court house. What they discovered was the rich buried history – nearly half a million artifacts, in fact – of an enclave that was part of The Ward, a dense, poor, but vibrant 'arrival city' that was home to waves of immigrants and refugees, Irish, African-Americans, Italians, eastern European Jews, and Chinese between 1840 and 1950. The Ward Uncovered digs up the tales of things, using these well-preserved artifacts to tell a different set of stories about life in this long-forgotten and much-maligned neighbourhood.
We will be launching The Ward Uncovered with dramatic readings, music, and artifacts on display. Free and all are welcome.
Kelli Maria Korducki discusses her new book Hard To Do: The Surprising Feminist History of Breaking Up.