Sculptor’s Cabin in Guild Park Re-Opens

Originally built in 1940 but closed to the public since 1988, the Sculptor’s Cabin in Guild Park re-opened yesterday (June 8, 2019) after more than 30 years of neglect.

The restoration and re-opening of the Sculptor’s Cabin is the result of three years of collaborative efforts by the City of Toronto (Jo Ann Pynn, Nadira Pattison, Julie Frost and Councillor Paul Ainslie) and active volunteers from Friends of Guild Park, Guild Festival Theatre, Guild Renaissance Group and Guildwood Village Community Association.

In this video from December 2018, John Mason, President, Friends of Guild Park, talks about the restoration proposal which has now come to fruition for our entire community to enjoy.

This video was originally posted here: Sculptor’s Cabin Proposal

The re-opening of the Sculptor’s Cabin marks a major milestone in Guild Park’s ongoing revitalization. It will now serve as a seasonal Welcoming & Activity Centre for Guild Park visitors.

The official opening on June 8, 2019 was an event of incredible energy. We were there to catch some of it on camera.

Dorsey James, the last Sculptor in Residence at the Guild of All Arts to work out of the Sculptor’s Cabin, shares the stories behind his carvings decorating the front of the cabin as well as the time he won an argument with Spencer Clark about dragons.
This video is also available on Facebook.
John Mason, President of Friends of Guild Park & Gardens, addresses the significance of the cabin re-opening and acknowledges the many people, volunteers, city staff, elected officials and private contractor that made this possible.
The Sculptor’s Cabin Re-opening Ceremony, Acknowledgements and Ribbon Cutting on Saturday June 8, 2019
Dorsey James re-energizes his old woodworking space, the Sculptor’s Cabin.

The following video is in Danish.

Hjælp os finde Aage Madsens efterkommere. Aage Madsen byggede denne hytte i Scarborough i Canada i 1940 men det er stort set alt hvad vi ved om ham. Hytten har forfaldet i over 30 år men er netop blevet restaureret fuldt ud til samme stand som Aage byggede den og hytten genåbnede i dag for første gang i en hel generation.

Vi vil helt vildt gerne vise Aage Madsens efterkommere hvordan hytten han byggede for snart 80 år siden står i dag.

Vi ved ikke med sikkerhed hvornår han kom Canada, om han blev her eller rejste til andre lande eller hjem til Danmark. Vi ved bare at han var en af de første Sculptors in Residence i det der dengang var Guild of All Arts i Guild Park hvor hytten står. Det kunne være sjovt st få kontakt med Aages familie.

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https://www.facebook.com/guildwoodian/videos/1761909617245143/

Guildwood Day 2019

The Guildwood Village Community Association put together an incredible Guildwood Day 2019 with huge support from Guildwood businesses, schools, churches and community groups. Despite the evening BBQ being cancelled due to severe weather forecasts today was fantastic!

Thank you GVCA and thank you to all of the many, many volunteers that made today a success!

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Tour of the Guild Inn Estate

The first ever behind-the-scenes video tour of The Guild Inn Estate.

Director of Special Events & Community Relations, Francesca Bancheri, took us on an exclusive tour of the Guild Inn Estate today.

This is the longest video we’ve made so far. There is so much to see.

We hope you’ll enjoy!

Thank you to the Guild Inn Estate for inviting us in and thank you to Francesca for taking the time to show us through this magnificent place.

We will be back later this year to focus on the historical significance of the Guild Inn so remember to subscribe to our newsletter to stay tuned https://mailchi.mp/a1aebf165092/guildwoodian

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The Ghosts of Guildwood by Guildwood Village Storyteller Yvonne Garson

We met with Guildwood Village Storyteller Yvonne Garson this morning on the beautifully restored staircase inside the Guild Inn where she told us the story of the Ghosts of Guildwood. Many of you will know Yvonne from the Guildwood Village Library.

Thank you so much Yvonne for sharing this story. And Congratulations on your Retirement!

Also thanks to The Guild Inn Estate for letting us make this video inside, it was a little cold outside 🙂

For more stories like this, please join Yvonne’s group called Eastend Storytellers at Morningside Library. They meet on the 3rd Wednesday each month at 6:30pm until 8pm. For more details, please contact yvonnegarson at gmail dot com.

If you have a Guildwood Village story to share on camera, please contact us.

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Guild Park’s Sculptor’s Cabin Proposal

We met up with John Mason, President of Friends of Guild Park to hear about the proposed use of the Sculptor’s Cabin in Guild Park.

“After being closed for more than 30 years, Guild Park’s “Sculptor’s” cabin is being considered for future use as a small-scale welcome/activity centre for park visitors.”

“The volunteer groups that organize events and activities at Guild Park recently submitted a proposal to the City of Toronto. The report identifies many ways to partner with the City’s Arts Services division for re-opening and using this small, 230-sq.-ft. cabin, located near the front entrance of Guild Park.

In this 3-minute video, John Mason, President of Friends of Guild Park, gives some background about the cabin and how it might be used by park visitors in the summer of 2019. It’s another step forward in the remarkable and ongoing revitalization of Guild Park & Gardens, 201 Guildwood Pkwy., in Toronto’s Guildwood Village.

The Sculptor’s Cabin proposal is by the Guild Park Stakeholders Group, made up of volunteers from Friends of Guild Park, Guild Festival Theatre, Guild Renaissance Group and the Guildwood Village Community Assn.(GVCA).”

View the The full proposal and visit facebook.com/guildpark to share your comments.

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Vimy Oaks – Living Memorial Tree Planting

In Honour and Memory of the Canadians who fought in the battle of Vimy Ridge, the Vimy Oaks – Living Memorial Tree Planting took place this morning in Guild Park.

The Honourable John McKay, our Member of Parliament, shared the story of the Vimy Oaks and why Guild Park was chosen as a site to plant these saplings.

John Mason, president of Friends of Guild Park, spoke to John McKay about the military significance of the Guild Park property.

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Guild Park Tree Walk and Opening of Boardwalk

It was a big day in Guildwood Village today. Friends of Guild Park and LEAF – Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests hosted a Tree Walk through Guild Park along with a Native Plant Giveaway funded by WWF-Canada AND our councillor Paul Ainslie officially opened the new Boardwalk that runs through the forest.

Jenna from LEAF talks about the Tree Walk:

Councillor Paul Ainslie officially opens the Guild Park Boardwalk:

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Guildwood Musician and Singer-Songwriter Craig Robertson

I’m with Guildwood Musician and Singer-Songwriter Craig Robertson to learn about his New Album “Late Mornings” coming September 14, 2018.

“Cheap Old Watch” from that album was partially shot in Guild Park, watch

Thanks again Craig for taking the time to share your story with us!

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The Pioneer Log Cabin in Guild Park

John P Mason, President of Friends of Guild Park, joins me to provide answers and insights into the Pioneer Log Cabin in The Guild Park.

Whether you’re in the passenger seat driving north to the cottage or staying home in Guildwood Village for the Simcoe Day long weekend, we hope you will enjoy this video which we made in response to the Log Cabin Questions we posted earlier in the week.

1) Did Augustus Jones or Lord Simcoe build this cabin? That may or may not be a trick question.
2) How many rooms are in this cabin?
3) Who was the last Guild of All Arts artist-in-residence to use this cabin?

Thanks again to John for doing this!

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From Friends of Guild Park guildpark.ca:

A archaeological excavation of the area surrounding the “Pioneer Cabin” was conducted by University of Toronto Professor Marti Latta in the summer of 1996. The goal was to discover who built the Log Cabin, one of the the oldest in Ontario. Historical records had suggested three possibilities Augustus Jones (Surveyor, 179l-1793); William Osterhout (United Empire Loyalist,1796-1803); and William Humphreys (Farmer,1845-1870). Although today it is named after Osterhout, the builder of the cabin is believed to he Humphreys, one of Scarborough’s earliest settlers.

More recently, Elizabeth Fraser Williamson, an artist in residence at Guild Park, lived on the grounds in a cottage and made the historic log cabin her studio. She taught extensively and believed “it was her mission to make appreciation of sculpture accessible to the public”. via article from www.insidetoronto.com

Source: guildpark.ca