Welcome to the Toronto Heliconian Club, the oldest association of its kind in Canada. It was founded in 1909 to give women in the arts and letters an opportunity to meet socially and intellectually. The club still holds to its original purpose while responding to the needs of today’s women in the arts. The club is composed of women representing art, dance, drama, humanities, literature and music. Members range in age and experience; some concentrate their energies in one section while others are more interdisciplinary in their interests.

The club offers many activities for members, their guests and the public, including a weekly sketch group, monthly luncheons and dinners, and regular events featuring guest speakers. The main room serves as an art gallery with exhibits by club members changing monthly. A music concert series features club members, singing interesting and unusual repertoire, often written by women. The club also hosts a very popular Literary Lecture Series on Tuesday and Thursday evenings featuring leading Canadian writers talking about their latest book.

Some women have been members for over 50 years, while others are newcomers. All feel at home quickly with the warm welcome extended to all new members. Heliconian Hall, a national historic site built in 1876, serves as the home of the club. It is a charming building constructed in the Carpenter’s Gothic style that is also available for rent for such events as music concerts, recording sessions, book launches, presentations and weddings. The club is open to any professional woman in the arts who meets the qualifications set out in the club’s by-laws. If you are interested in membership, please contact our general manager at 416 922 3618 or info@heliconianclub.org.

Photo Credit: Mary Perdue