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The History of the Old Mill

The Old Mill and the Valley in which it sits, have long been a part of Canadian Heritage. Centuries before the coming of the white man, the Huron Indians roamed the Humber Valley. In 1615 Samuel Champlain sent a young … Continue reading



The History of The Old Mill Toronto

As we round the mark leading to our Centennial Celebrations we thought it may be appropriate to share a little history on the Old Mill Toronto, a Toronto tradition since 1914. The Old Mill and the Valley in which it … Continue reading



Share your Photos

On August 4, 1914, on the first day of World War 1, Toronto entrepreneur Robert Home Smith opened the Old Mill as a community meeting spot and a destination for dining and entertainment. Over the century there have been many … Continue reading



Jazz Party

Where Great Jazz Lives! Every week, Leading Jazz Entertainers play Host and Stellar Musical Guests gather around the baby grand piano for a pre-weekend party in the charming intimacy of The Home Smith Bar…and Everyone’s Invited!! Venerable entertainment couple – … Continue reading



Exterior Photos

By the year 1928 Home Smith centralized the hub of his activities around the Old Mill with his next addition the administrative offices of “Home Smith and Company” later to be known as “Home Smith Properties.” The cottage was built … Continue reading



Centennial Celebrations

The Old Mill Toronto has a cherished motto, Vallis Humbria Angliae Pars Anglisa Procul which means, “In the valley of the Humber, a bit of England far from England”. The beautiful setting, charming atmosphere and impeccable service of the Old … Continue reading



New Year’s Eve Events

SOLID GOLD NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE PARTY Join Gord James, DJ Wayne and the Solid Gold Dancers “A mix of your favourite Disco, Motown and Top 40 dance party music” Enjoy a reception with sparkling wine on arrival and a … Continue reading



End of a Dance Era

A Salute to 99 Years – 1914-2013 On August 4, 1914, Toronto entrepreneur Robert Home Smith opened The Old Mill Tea Room. Live music was introduced in The Print Room in 1921, followed by the addition of the dance hall … Continue reading



Musical Twilight Tea

                 The Old Mill Toronto’s elegant Musical Twilight Tea Series returns this spring with a new Centennial Tea Menu and the beautiful music of Rosalee Peppard, who has created a very special custom concert “Celebrating … Continue reading



A Salute to Big Bands

  A big band is a type of musical ensemble that originated in the United States and is associated with jazz and the Swing Era typically consisting of rhythm, brass, and woodwind instruments totaling approximately 12 to 25 musicians. Whew, glad we got that sorted out of the way. Jazz began in New Orleans … Continue reading