FUTURE EVENTS




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Guild Park and Gardens: Past, Present, and Future
Thursday November 21st, 2019. 7:00pm
University College, University of Toronto, Room 140
15 King's College Circle, Toronto
(Queen's Park Subway station)


John Mason will present an illustrated lecture on the history and future of Guild Park and Gardens (formerly known as Guildwood Park) including the inspiration its founders drew from the Arts and Crafts movement and their own passion for natural and architectural heritage preservation. 

Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, Rosa and Spencer Clark in 1932 decided to model their recently purchased property into the Canadian equivalent of Roycroft. They duly founded the “Guild of All Arts” on the Scarborough bluffs, providing a home and a forum for artists and artisans. Many of these were contemporaries or students of members of the Group and Seven whose influence is evident in the work produced on the site. Over ensuing decades, the Clarks built a reputation as patrons of the arts and preservationists, amassing a huge art collection and preserving architectural fragments from dozens of demolished buildings in Toronto.

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Toronto Church Architecture, 1793-1893
Saturday November 23rd, 2019. 3:30 - 5pm

Parish Hall, St Thomas Church
383 Huron St, Toronto




Lecture series by Ryerson University history professor Carl Benn. In 1793, within days of the founding of a community that would become urban Toronto, people gathered for their first Sunday service. In this illustrated lecture, we will examine the diversities of Toronto church architecture through the Neoclassical visions of the Georgians and on to the Gothic Revival and eclectic tastes of the Victorians in the denominationally pluralistic city, from the time of its founding to the opening of today’s St Thomas’s Church a century later.


All lectures will be in the Parish Hall of St Thomas’s Church, 383 Huron Street. The Parish Hall entrance is down the walkway immediately south of the church. St George subway station is three blocks away. No on-site parking. Limited street parking and neighbourhood parking lots are available. Please note that St Thomas’s is not yet an accessible facility. Please e-mail michael57rowland@gmail.com to register for any or all lectures. Admission is free. Attendees will be invited to make a freewill donation by cash, cheque or major credit card, if you so choose.
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Holiday Dinner
Tuesday December 17th, 2019 
41 Wilcocks St, Toronto, ON
UofT Faculty Club, Wedgwood Room



Mark your calendars!

This year the WMSC will once again hold its annual Holiday Dinner at the UofT Faculty Club's Wedgewood Room!
UofT Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street
Wedgwood Room

December 17th, 2019
5:30 pm

The buffet dinner will include Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options.

Cost is inclusive of all taxes but excluding the bar.
$60 for Members
$65 for Non-members.



Download forms here and mail them to us with cheque enclosed. One cheque can be mailed with the total cost of the Holiday Dinner and Membership.

Or pay online:

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Questions? Email us at info@wmsc.ca



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The Arts and Crafts Movement
Saturday January 18th, 2020. 3:30 - 5pm


Parish Hall, St Thomas Church
383 Huron St, Toronto
(St George Subway Station)




Lecture series by Ryerson University history professor Carl Benn. St Thomas’s Church is one of Canada’s more important buildings constructed and decorated within the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement that originated in the 1800s under the inspiration of English designer and reformer William Morris and his associates. In this illustrated lecture, we will place St Thomas’s in its broader cultural context through an exploration of Arts and Crafts domestic and public architecture and decorative arts in Great Britain, the United States, and Canada.

All lectures will be in the Parish Hall of St Thomas’s Church, 383 Huron Street. The Parish Hall entrance is down the walkway immediately south of the church. St George subway station is three blocks away. No on-site parking. Limited street parking and neighbourhood parking lots are available. Please note that St Thomas’s is not yet an accessible facility. Please e-mail michael57rowland@gmail.com to register for any or all lectures. Admission is free. Attendees will be invited to make a freewill donation by cash, cheque or major credit card, if you so choose.

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We're finalizing plans for some more exciting events for 2020. Keep coming back to check for details and/or follow us on Instagram,  Twitter and Facebook!

Reminder: WMSC members have priority booking for trips and other events that require registration and have limited numbers. Join us today!