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The Early Music Fair

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
11:00 AM to 4:30 PM

New Location:Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto ON

Admission to both Early Music Fair and Fort York (not including Magna Carta Exhibit below): 9.00 adults, 5.50 students & seniors, 4.25 children


The Early Music Fair provides fans of early music and the general public with a survey of the historical music performance scene in Toronto. There are scheduled mini-showcase concerts, as well as displays/exhibits, musical instruments and music retailers, plus numerous informal presentations by some of the historical performance enthusiasts.


The Fair offers opportunities to see and hear recorders and viols, early keyboard instruments, historical woodwinds, and other period instruments played by some of the finest musicians in the city. CD recordings, early music books and publications from Early Music Imports are available for sale. Also see the exhibit (please note admission prices below): "Magna Carta -The Enduring Struggle for Rights and Justice" at the Fort York Visitor Centre (October 4 - November 7)


Also see... the Magna Carta Exhibit - at the Fort York Visitor Centre. Tickets are now on sale www.toronto.ca/magnacarta


Magna Carta Exhibit Admission: $20 adults; $15 youth; $10 children (NB: includes admission to the special Magna Carta Exhibit, plus Fort York Historical Site and Early Music Fair!)


This major exhibition marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta in England, June, 1215. 17 copies of the Magna Carta survive from the 1215-97 period, including Durham Cathedral's version from 1225. This version was the first to be signed voluntarily by the British king (Henry III, 1207-1272). By special arrangement of Magna Carta Canada, the 1225 version of the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest are part of a four-city Canadian travelling exhibition.


Magna Carta is considered by many to be the foundational document for democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the UK, Canada, the United States and other nations around the world. It set limits on the King's power, establishing the principle that no one is above the law of the land and that individuals possess rights which authorities must respect. A companion document, the Charter of the Forest (1217), established principles of universal human rights and protection of the commons to limit privatization and encourage stewardship for shared resources.