Groundhoggin' Fort York
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Groundhoggin’ Fort York

To some people, Groundhog Day is a silly little day where some rodent-like critter gets 15 seconds in the news cycle to flip a coin and tell us if there’s going to be a short summer or not. Or for some, it could be all about the 1993 classic starring Bill Murray about a crazy day that repeats itself over and over and over again.
But to Fort York, Groundhog Day is going to be something totally different.
On Friday night, Crate Productions will be hosting “Get Found” — a benefit party to raise some cash for the theatre company’s upcoming presentation later this year — at the site that can boast having Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 period buildings. Crate’s unique productions are site-specific, with the show created and performed entirely on-site and they plan on having their latest one within eight buildings inside Fort York.
The main event starts at 9 p.m. with a photo scavenger hunt where anyone with a digital or cell phone camera can run around the buildings Crate plans on holding their next show for a chance to win a first place prize package includes a night at the Gladstone Hotel, a gift certificate for 69Vintage, and dinner for two at a local restaurant. Music will be provided throughout the night by the pride of Leamington, Ontario, The Sunparlour Players, and Tamara Podemski. You’ll want to bring your iPods with a MP3 spin off later in the evening hosted by DJ Chad Dembski. Queue up to the DJ with one song ready to go on your iPod and if it packs the dance floor, you’ll win a prize.
There’s also a spooky little twist. We also hear that Fort York also has a history of paranormal activity, dating back to all those soldiers that died during the War of 1812, so if any enterprising photographers manages to snap a couple ghostly-looking apparitions during the evening, we want to see them.
Admission is $10 at the door and the doors open at 8 p.m. Fort York is accessible through the TTC and has plenty of free parking.
Photo of a Fort York’s sign courtesy of flickr user ericjgiberson.