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The Secret City: An Occult History of Toronto

  • Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street)
  • Tuesday, June 25
  • 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
  • FREE

The word “occult” typically conjures images of pentagrams, candles, and conspicuous Goth characters; but it hasn’t always been that way. Professor Gillian McCann reveals a different view of Victorian/Edwardian era Toronto and the occult in her presentation, An Occult History of Toronto. Using research from her book Vanguard of the New Age: The Toronto Theosophical Society 1891-1945, Dr. McCann argues that members of the occult movement were involved in a broad range of issues such as labour debates, women’s rights, socialism, and alternative religion.

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