Toronto’s Hungarian House, incorporated as the Hungarian Canadian Cultural Centre, is the main social and cultural center of Toronto’s Hungarian community. Built in 2015 under the leadership of Klára Szőcs and Mike Koszó, led by András Fecső and Boda-Lázár Judith since 2016, the Centre is located in the area of North York and is easily accessible by car or public transit for the Toronto and Area residents. The new building was designed with more practical elements, replacing the the previous Centre which had closed in 2012.
The new center has 2 storeys. The lower level contains the Arpad Room, a ballroom with its monumental St. Stepen’s Crown chandelier. It is also used for other festivities, remembrance ceremonies, and various other events. The lobby, entrance to the ballroom, houses the museum’s display cabinets with frequent item changes of valuable historical mementos. The Library, presently under revision for cataloging and systematization, is also on this level.
The second storey contains smaller rooms designed for minor events such as Board or member organizations’s meetings, dance group rehersals, and, on Saturdays, class rooms for the Arany János Hungarian School.
Objectives of the
"An economical and self-sustainable establishment in which to hold community activities in a pleasant environment, where we can not only cultivate our traditions, but where our compatriots and supporters of Hungarian culture feel comfortable, given the right conditions for both Hungarian and Canadian groups for cultural, educational, sports and other entertaining events. "
The cultural activities of the Hungarian House rest on several pillars. This is where we hold Hungarian public state affairs as well as national holidays and commemorations. We also organize and celebrate four festivals annually: March 15th (1848-1849 Revolution and War of Independence), June 4, (1921 Day of National Unity), August 20th (the celebration of the Founding of the State) and October 23rd (1956 Revolution and Freedom Fight).
From autumn to spring during the Ball Season, the Cultural Centre and the Hungarian partner associations organize balls and entertainment on various Saturday nights, where the children and adults of the Greater Toronto audience can have fun, have an ample Hungarian dinner, and dance to live Hungarian music.
In addition, other cultural events (such as Literature Day, Hungarian Day), clubs (Cooking Club, Film Club, Pensioners’ Club) and performances/lectures (such as Semmelweis Memorial Day) are organized in the Hungarian House in such a manner as to provide an audience, of the widest possible interests, with entertaining and valuable programs.