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The Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association


Where to go to attend the CHA sessions? See the CHA Annual Meeting map.

You can also download an interactive map of Ryerson's campus.

From Far and Wide: The Next 150 

The CHA Annual Meeting will take place May 29, 30 and 31 at Ryerson University. 

Plan your schedule by consulting the Daily Programming document.

Feel free to consult the preliminary program. Please note that the program is subject to change.

Do not miss this year's Cliopalooza! It will take place at The Duke of Richmond on Tuesday, May 30, after 7:30 p.m. following the CHA prize ceremonies that will be held at the Church of the Holy Trinity starting at 5:30 pm. 



Download the CHA program app for the program updated in real time. 




This is your first presentation at Congress? The Fellows of Ryerson’s Arts Research Collaboratory, and members of the Ryerson-York PhD in Communication and Culture are hosting daily workshops for first-time presenters at Congress. 

Mark your calendar to attend the panel Grading Canada at 150 / Évaluation du Canada à son 150e anniversaire that will take place on Monday, May 29 @ 7:00 p.m.

Online Registration for Congress is now open!

Delegates at the CHA Annual Meeting will receive a 20% discount at the Royal Ontario Museum (when showing their registration badge at the ROM), May 27th to June 2nd.  

You can also register for guided tours at this year's meeting (in the congress registration form)

Tour #1
Downtown George Brown: Our Father of Confederation

Monday May 29, 2017
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Start Point: St. Lawrence Hall (157 King Street East)
End Point: George Brown House (186 Beverly Street)
Tour Length: 90 minutes
Tour Difficulty: flat sidewalks, crowded sidewalks

Join us as we explore the development of mass communication in Toronto, the power of printed news, and the role of George Brown's life and legacy in shaping our national narrative.

Note: this tour is currently in development.  The Start point and end point are subject to change, and a more fulsome description will be available soon.

Tour Leader:
Jamie Bradburn – Award-winning Freelance writer, researcher, and historical consultant. 

Tour #2
Another Glimpse of the Ward

Tuesday May 30, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Start Point: Church of the Holy Trinity (19 Trinity Square)
End Point: Bell Trinity Square (483 Bay Street)
Tour Length: 90 minutes
Tour Difficulty: flat sidewalks, crowded sidewalks 

The Ward, a dense immigrant arrival city, was regarded by municipal officials, pundits and many Torontonians a century ago as a sink of poverty, disease, crime, and vice. The area's harsh reputation—combined with racism towards The Ward's immigrant and visible minority residents—provided politicians with an excuse to raze much of the area to make way for a new civic complex and other institutional buildings. But The Ward's stories offer a sharp counter-narrative to its unofficial designation as a slum. This tour will highlight some of the elements that characterized this vibrant and compelling locale through the prism of the following themes: religion, culture, health, childhood, food, recreation and work. 

Tour Leaders:
Dr. Ellen Scheinberg – President, Heritage Professionals, Heritage Toronto Board Members, and co-editor of The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood

John Lorinc – Freelance journalist, authors, and co-editor of The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood

Tour #3
From Factories to Medals : The West Don Lands (Tour in French)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Start Point: Corner of Front et Cherry near 401 Front St East)
End Point: Lawren Harris Square
Tour Length: 90 minutes
Tour Difficulty: flat sidewalks, some stairs

Before the arrival of the Europeans, the natives fished and hunted in the marshes near the mouth of the Don River. Since then, this area of Toronto has undergone several major transformations. Among other things, from the middle of the 19th century and for almost one hundred years, it became an industrial area. Recently, the Athletes' Village was built for the 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Games. It is now a mixed use area, the Canary District, and includes a park designed to prevent flooding in downtown Toronto.

Gilles Huot - volunteer guide for Heritage Toronto, the Toronto History Society, the Cabbagetown Preservation Association and the Royal Ontario Museum. He has been doing research, writing scripts and guiding tours for over ten years.




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