About Us

2010-tca-membersThe objectives of the TCA are to preserve Cornish heritage, and to stimulate interest in Cornish traditions, local history, genealogy and culture.

The Toronto Cornish Association has been meeting since 1994, and is part of a larger network of Cornish-interest organizations across the world. Over the years we have compiled an extensive library of publications, videos, music and articles about Cornish topics and genealogical (family history) research; these materials are made available to TCA members and other researchers free of charge.

Recently, our extensive collection of Cornish books has been donated to the Kelly Library of St Michael’s College within the University of Toronto. To search this collection:

  1. Go to the Kelly Library Web-site:   http://stmikes.utoronto.ca/kelly/
  2. In the box titled: “Find books, eBooks, journals, more”, enter Toronto Cornish Association.
  3. Select “Kelly Library”
  4. Hit “Search”

An alphabetical listing will emerge, which can then be scrolled or sorted using the topics under the “Refine your search” menu. While the books cannot be removed from the library without a reader’s ticket, there is a very comfortable study room available at the Library, located at 113 St Joseph Street, just adjacent to Queen’s Park, Toronto.

We meet monthly except January to socialize, discuss Cornish-related current events, and enjoy a research presentationprepared by either a TCA member or a visiting speaker. All are welcome to attend these free meetings, which are usually held in a member’s home. These meetings are not always held in Toronto; they can be hosted as far west as Burlington and as far east as Bowmanville/Newcastle.

Most members have some family connection to Cornwall, though this is by no means a requirement. Yearly membership is encouraged to help support the activities of the TCA; membership fees are currently $25 CDN per year and include an emailed subscription to our monthly newsletter. This newsletter contains items of Cornish interest ranging from newspaper clippings to full presentation notes, lists of Cornish reference books, and photos. It also includes minutes of the TCA’s business meetings for out-of-town members and others who are unable to regularly attend the meetings in person.

Please download our printable brochure HERE.

Our logo was created by TCA member Ann Burke, and calls to mind the windswept trees found along Cornish rural roads. Several of our members have books, music CDs and other Cornish-inspired gift items for sale. For more information, please contact us at torontocornish@gmail.com.