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CHINATOWN & KENSINGTON: A Guided Walking Tour ($10)

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Join us for a guided walking tour of Chinatown and the Kensington Market, led by Bill Genova (, one of Toronto's most knowledgeable historians and storytellers. After the tour, Bill will join us for lunch at a popular neighbourhood restaurant where you can grill him some more on Toronto history!

Our group is getting a 60 per cent discount off regular tickets for Bill's tour. We will pay $10. Regular price is $25 for this tour.


Bill will give us an overview of Toronto's history and the development of the Chinatown and Kensington neighbourhoods. We'll visit historical points of interest as well as make some stops at Chinatown medicine stores and grocery stores where Bill will show us some of the Chinese produce and products.

Then, we'll head into the Kensington area where we'll learn about Kensington's history and visit some of its ethnic stores, including some shops still owned by Jews who used to live in the area as well as some Portuguese fish markets and and stops owned by the Latin community, who are among the newest ethnic groups in the area. More information (

ABOUT THE AREA: Chinatown's ever-expanding area is home to ethnic Chinese. A wealth of oriental shops and fruit markets spill out onto the street, and there is a vast selection of authentic Chinese restaurants.

Next door is Kensington. During the 1920s, 30s and 40s, Kensington was known as the Jewish Market. Today, you can sense the city's rich, multicultural mix, obvious in the shops packed with goods from Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, South America and Asia. A visit to Kensington is like a sensory trip around the world.

ABOUT BILL GENOVA: Bill is a Toronto historian, storyteller and tour guide. His interest in Toronto history became a passion after he retired from his financial planning career at age 55. He began amassing huge amounts of information on the city's history and set up his company, Genova Tours ( Nowadays, at his downtown Toronto home, his Toronto history collection includes about 300 books as well as five filing cabinets full of newspaper articles and clippings plus a computer full of archival photos of Toronto. Bill is an expert on Toronto history.


WHEN: Saturday, July 20, 2013

TIME: Tour begins at 10 a.m. sharp Meet Belinda at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: North east corner of Spadina Avenue & Dundas Street West

TOUR LENGTH: 2 hours

DISCOUNT TICKET: $10 (includes HST) (Please bring exact cash if possible)

REGULAR TICKET: $25 (includes HST)

MEETUP FEE: $2 (Please pay Belinda exact change at the meetup spot)


RSVP on this event page and show up at the meetup spot on the day of the tour.


Meet Belinda at 9:30 a.m. at the northeast corner of Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street West. She is very short and will be wearing a bright pink hat. The tour will start at 10 a.m. sharp.

LUNCH: Depending on the size of our group, we'll either head for lunch to the Golden Diamond Chinese Restaurant ( (Asian, Chinese & Dim Sum food) at 346 Spadina Avenue or the Dumping House Restaurant ( (Chinese food) at 328 Spadina Avenue. Bill will join us and you can ask him more about Chinatown's and Kensington's history.