Richmond Hill Speaker Series - John Lorinc: The Ward

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

This is the third in a series of the 2019 Fall Richmond Hill Speaker Series.


"The Ward," Toronto's original `arrival city,' was a dense, working-class immigrant enclave located near the present-day New City Hall that became home for waves of newcomers between the 1840s and the 1960s. A hub at various times for African American refugees, Italians, Eastern European Jews, and Chinese immigrants, The Ward was seen as a blight and a source of moral panic for city officials. But this neighbourhood also had tremendous energy, and became a hub for social organizing and cultural activity. John will talk about the area's rich history, the lessons it holds for the contemporary city, and the remarkable revelations about this neighbourhood that surfaced during an extensive archaeological dig that took place next to City Hall in 2015/2016. 

John Lorinc is a Toronto journalist and editor who writes regularly about urban affairs, business, technology and local history for various media, including The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Maclean's, Walrus and Spacing, where he is senior editor. John is also the Toronto non-fiction editor for Coach House Books, and has co-edited four anthologies, including The Ward (2015) and The Ward Uncovered (2018). 

A Q&A follows the presentation.

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