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Mike Filey

Born in Toronto in 1941, Mike Filey has spent a good number of years researching and recording the fascinating history of Toronto. His more than two dozen books are filled with stories of Toronto's past, featuring landmarks, neighbourhoods, streetscapes and defining moments of the City. For almost 40 years, he has contributed to the Toronto Sunday Sun in a popular column entitled "The Way We Were" and can be heard on AM 740 radio at 12:30 each Saturday and Sunday.

Lecture: Mike Filey

PRICE

Everyone:FREE

Saturday, May 24, 2014
12:00pm–1:00pm
Brigantine Room
235 Queens Quay West
2:30pm–3:30pm
Brigantine Room
235 Queens Quay West
Sunday, May 25, 2014
12:00pm–1:00pm
Brigantine Room
235 Queens Quay West
2:30pm–3:30pm
Brigantine Room
235 Queens Quay West

Learn about the restoration of the 1910 steam-powered ferry Trillium; the ferry that Babe Ruth took to and from his history making baseball game where he hit his first professional homerun, at Hanlan's Point in September 1914. The Trillium was saved from the wreckers to be resurrected in the mid-1970s and is still in service with the City of Toronto's ferry fleet. Historically, the Trillium is the only steam, side-paddle, double-end ferry in the world. A one-hour lecture.

Through the use of rare, old photographs, combined with contrasting modern day images from similar vantage points, Mike Filey shows the incredible changes our city has undergone over the decades. Special emphasis is placed on the evolution of the city's waterfront from a time when Toronto's southernmost limit was just south of Front Street to the present expanse of soaring condominium and office towers and of course, to the iconic CN Tower and Rogers Centre.

Gangways Open on Toronto's Waterfront is presented by the Waterfront BIA.

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Historical photo courtesy of the Toronto Archives.

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