Upcoming CHC Events


Thursday, June 24, 7:30 p.m. EDT

Packaged Toronto: Vintage Food Packaging & the Companies Behind Them

Researcher and writer Jamie Bradburn will talk about historical food and drink packaging and the companies behind them as featured in a new book from the publishers of Spacing magazine: Packaged Toronto: A Collection of the City’s Historic Design.

In Packaged TorontoSpacing’s writers teamed up with City of Toronto museum curators to reveal a treasure trove of early local package design from the city’s vast collection. Through detailed photography and historical essays focused on an underserved period of Canadian design, Packaged Toronto takes readers on a journey back in time to the period between 1870 and 1950 to witness the emergence of the city’s aesthetic. Jamie Bradburn focuses on some of the companies and products from this period, from Mr. Christie’s Cookie Tin for Soldiers to Harry Horne’s Double Cream Custard Powder, and much more.

Jamie Bradburn is a Toronto-based writer and historian. He writes a weekly history quiz for the Toronto Star and regularly contributes to TVOntario’s website. His work has appeared in several books published by Spacing; he cowrote their 50 Objects That Define Toronto. For a decade, he contributed to Torontoist’s “Historicist” column, earning Heritage Toronto and National Magazine Awards.

Admission: $19.10; $11.34 (CHC members). Ticket holders will receive a coupon good for a $5 discount on the book, good through June 30. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Tuesday, July 27, time TBC

Mrs. Dagairns’s Kitchen

Culinary historian and CHC honorary lifetime member Mary F. Williamson will talk about her new book Mrs. Dalgairns’s Kitchen: Rediscovering “The Practice of Cookery” , an in-depth look at a cookbook first published in 1829. Mary Williamson will be joined by another esteemed lifetime member, Elizabeth Baird, who will demonstrate some updated recipes from the book. More information and ticket details coming soon!

Saturday, September 25

Save the date for next year’s Annual General Meeting.