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Harry Lauder in Montreal, 1917

Montreal Gazette, 24 November 1917, page 5

Harry Lauder

Who sings tonight at His Majesty’s Theatre makes Victor records exclusively.

A few favorite “Lauder” selections on “His Master’s Voice” records

Breakfast in Bed on Sunday Morn …70063

Wearing Kilts………………………………….60004

We Parted on the Shore………………..70013

Roamin’ in the Gloamin’……………….70061

She’s the Lass for Me…………………….60107

We will be pleased to play these and any other records which you may be interested in, at any of Our three Montreal stores.

Berliner Gram-o-phone Co Montreal Ltd

Don’t forget

The only authorized dealers in “his Master’s Voice” products in Montreal are:

Berliner Gram-o-phone Co Limited 355 St Catherine St W; 417 St Catherine St W; 279 St Catherine St E

JL Danis 295 Centre Street, Point St Charles

Foisy Freres Incorp 201 St Catherine St E

John Ferns 249 Laurier Ave w

JA Jarret 1426 Ontario Street E

S Flanz 792-794 St Lawrence Blvd

George V Kneen 515 St Catherine Street Maisonneuve

Schacther & Hendelman 98 St Louis cor 9th Ave, Lachine Que

WJ Whiteside 588 St Catherine St W

These eleven firms and these ONLY are our authorized dealers to sell Victrolas and Victor Records or any other “His Master’s Voice” products.

Remember there are no others.



Caledonian Games, Montreal, 1898

M10ds13aug98.jpgontreal Daily Star, 13 August 1898, page 10


Caledonian Games

MAAA Grounds

Saturday, Aug 20th ‘98

Highland Dancing, Pipe Music, Foot and Bicycle Races.

In which the leading professional and amateur athletes will compete.

Mr. JG Campbell, the Only Scottish Clown,

Will clown the games during the afternoon

Football Match Greasy Pole Tug of War – Firemen vs Police

Admission including Grand stands, adults 35c; children 15c

WC McAllister, Hon Sec

The Theatrical Season Opens, Montreal, 1923

Montreal Daily Star, 20 Sep 1923, page 4


The Theatrical Season opens4ds20sept1923

Culture of the History Celebrity or Valorizing the Study of History…


I received this announcement in my email recently, and it started me thinking about how in Canada we valorize – or don’t – our history and our historians.  In the UK it appears that history is valued.  Its television channels, commercial and public, produce historical documentaries.  It has a number of historical publications for the general public, and its historians are given a large role in disseminating their history. I think this announcement shows this.

In Canada we are rarely treated to our history on television.  There have been “Big Projects” like “Canada – A People’s History” and “Canada – A Story of Us” which have been produced, but the smaller stories are missing.  These large national narratives are interesting, but I think that Canadian history documentaries miss the more regional, more compact stories.  Canada has a large and varied history, there is much that can be found and produced.  They don’t have to be these mega projects, trying to encapsulate the entire history of the country, costing large amounts of money to get an audience.  You would think that the smaller story (and likely the smaller budget) would be considered a good way to fill the market?

And our historians – we have some brilliant historians in Canada.  I know that not many of them are known to the general public, but they should be.  Why aren’t they being asked to present our history on television?  Why aren’t we having weekends celebrating our histories?

I look at the “History Channel” and see it as a lost opportunity.  Right now it doesn’t show a hell of a lot of history, (no Ancient Aliens is not history – nor is Big Rig Warriors, etc).  When it began many a year ago, it did try to show some Canadian history in between the re-runs of JAG, but that has stopped.  CBC only does the ‘big’ shows.

We have “Canada’s History” a really good magazine, but I don’t see it on the news stands very often. It tends to be found in larger book sellers or specialized magazine stores. Try and find it at the local drugstore or grocery store – no.  In Britain their history magazines enjoy a larger circulation.

Many will argue that there is no market for Canadian history, and I beg to disagree.  Canadians and their Pasts demonstrated that Canadians are interested in their history, personal and regional.  Canadians are open to hearing about their pasts, and we have a pool of talent who can provide the information, we just don’t have the intermediaries in the media who want to bring the two together.

I have no answers, sadly, just these questions.  As a historian myself, and a consumer of a lot of “public history” I am constantly amazed at what other countries produce on their histories.  From the small story to the larger narrative, they seem to be able to get their history on the air, on the internet, and in the public space.  Why not here?


Women in the Senate, Montreal, 1930

Montreal Daily Star, 19 Feb 1930, page 4

Another goal reached

It is the women themselves that have gained this victory for their sex.4ds19feb1930-cartoon

In Defence of the Catholic Clergy, Montreal, 1835

Montreal Gazette, 17 November 1835, page 2


To the Scotch Catholic, whose letter appears in our present number, we would remark that the Protestant Press of this city, in stepping forward to defence the reputation of the Catholic Clergy, from the most unwarranted slanders, sought for no thanks, nor did they look for any reward for doing that which as good chronicles, it was peculiarly their duty to perform.  It was the cause of justice and truth, while at the same time the evidence of Protestant against the calumnies circulated by a Protestant writer, possessed greater weight probably than any proceeding from those who professed the creed of the party involved.

We thank however our correspondent for the hint contained in the latter part of his note.  The universal condemnation by all the British journals in the province of the articles which have appeared in the New York Paper, goes fully to contradict the willful assertion of the Clique writers, that religious feeling has an influence upon the opinions formed by the British inhabitants of the province, in opposition to those entertained in the Assembly.


News Roundup – Montreal, 1907

Montreal Standard, 26 January 1907, page 2


Ten Nationalities in Cosmopolitan School Group; the Good Work of St Andrew’s Home

Cosmopolitan character of Winnipeg’s schools – One of the illustrations on this page gives some idea of what is being done for foreign children in Winnipeg.  Military drill is carried on with all the school boys of the city, and it has proved an admirable help in securing proper physical development and in maintaining discipline.  The aim of the work is not in any sense to make soldiers.  The following are the names of the pupils in the group shown on this page, and they will give some idea of the nationality of the latter: James Orr, Fred Schneider, David Calof, Lyle Dryden, Henry Miller, Louis Axelrode, Julius Wonfull, Max Roden, Stuart Gillespie, Rockmill Calof, Geo Donohue, Bennie Rosenblat, Max Kremen, Philip Bieber, Bert Dixon, Harry Steindal, Joe Slobodin, Alex Mackenzie, Harry Jackson, Willie Walker, Bernard Schick, Tom McCafferty, Aron Pascal, and Ernest Schick. As will be seen, all are not foreigners, but the majority are.


The most Reverend Samuel Pritchard Matheson, DD third Bishop of Rupert’s Land, was born in Kildonan, Man, in 1852.  He was educated at St Paul’s Parish School and in the Academy of his uncle, the Rev S Pritchard (then in St John’s College School) and, finally, in St John’s College, Winnipeg, from which institution he graduated as a Bachelor of Divinity.  He was ordained deacon in 1875 and was advanced to the priesthood in 1876.  He acted as curate of St John’s Cathedral and as bursar, steward, and Professor of St John’s College for many years. He was also Deputy Headmaster of St John’s College School, a position in which he made his influence felt to a great extent.  In 1882 he was made Canon of St John’s Cathedral and on the death of Dean O’Meara, in 1901, he was appointed Dean of Rupert’s Land.  On November 15, 1903 he was consecrated Coadjutor-Bishop of Rupert’s Land in Holy Trinity Church, Winnipeg, by the Most Reverend Robert Machray, Archbishop of Rupert’s Land and Primate of all of Canada, assisted by Bishop Lofthouse of Keewatin; and Bishop Pinkham of Calgary. Archbishop Machray died in 1904, and Bishop Matheson became third Bishop of the Province of Rupert’s Land.  shortly afterwards, early in 1905, the House of Bishops of the Province of Rupert’s Land, met and elected him Archbishop.  His Grace is a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Freemasons and also a Member of the Scottish Rite.  The Canadian Church Magazine speaks of him as “a faithful spiritual adviser, a warm friend, and a champion of all that is noblest, and best among men.” Before his elevation to the Episcopal dignity, Archbishop Matheson was Prolocutor of the Lower House of the General Synod of the Church of England in Canada.  He is perhaps the most commanding of all the Canadian Bishops in point of physique as he is over six feet tall. His voice is round and full, and he is a preacher of considerable eloquence, as well as a tactful administrator of his large diocese.


The Right Reverend John Dart, DD, DCL, second Bishop of New Westminster, was born in Devonshire Eng., in 1839, and educated at St Mary’s Hall, Oxford.  He then went to India and became Warden of St Thomas’ College, Colombo, Ceylon.  He was ordained Deacon in 1860, and Priest in 1861, by the Right Reverend J Chapman, first Bishop of Columbo; and later was Examining Chaplain to the Right Reverend P Claughton, second Bishop of Columbo.  Leaving India, he returned to England, and graduated in his university as BA in 1867, and as MA in 1869, and was appointed Principal of the Training College, York, and afterwards Vice-Principal and Science Lecturer in St Peter’s College, Peterborough.  Subsequently he came to Canada, and in 1878, was appointed President of King’s College, Windsor, NS and Canon of St Luke’s Cathedral, Halifax, NS. King’s conferred upon him the degree of DCL in 1876, and Oxford University that of DD in 1895. In 1885 he returned again to England and for ten years was Organizing Secretary of the SPG for the Diocese of Manchester, at the end of which time he was selected for the Bishopric of New Westminster (rendered vacant by the death of the Right Rev. AW Silltoe) by the Most Reverend EW Benson, DD, Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England, by which prelate he was, on June 29, 1895, consecrated Lord Bishop of New Westminster at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, Eng.; Bishops Temple, of London; Creighton, of Peterborough; Festing, of St Albans’; Browne of Stepney; Sumner of Guilford; Yeatman of Southwark; Lloyd of Thetford; and Hornby of Likoma, assisting.  He was enthroned on November 20 of the same year in his Cathedral Church at New Westminster, BC.  With one exception – that of the Right Rev WW Perrin, DD, Lord Bishop of Columbia – Bishop Dart is the only Bishop of the Church of England in Canada who has been consecrated by an Archbishop of Canterbury. Bishop Dart’s cathedral and bishopric were built and endowed by the late Baroness Burdett-Coutts, the great philanthropist, who recently passed away in London, and was given a sepulchre in Westminster Abbey.  The Cathedral is beautifully situated, and forms one of the most imposing ecclesiastical structures to be found in the Province of British Columbia.


Feast of the Scotchmen – Montreal, 1901

Montreal Gazette, 30 October 1901, page 3


Feast of the Scotchmen


The Young Irishmen’s Literary and Benefit Association will celebrate the feast of the Scotchmen by a concert in its hall, 18 Dupre Street, tonight.  The young men and some of their friends will sing songs. There will also be piano solos and dancing.  Mr. MJ Power will give a reading as will Mr. JP Cunningham and Mr. HE Hinds.  The programme contains fourteen other selections, which should furnish a pleasant evening.

Halloween, Toronto, 1881

Globe 2 Nov 1881, page 10

Halloween Celebration

The Caledonian Supper and the Sons of Scotland Concert

Very successful entertainments.


Yesterday evening Halloween was duly celebrated by two of the Scottish societies, the Caledonians holding a most successful supper at St James’ Hotel and the Sons of Scotland a concert in Occident Hall of a superior character and attended by a large audience.

The Caledonian society’s supper

The Caledonian society gathered in large numbers at St James Hotel last night to spend a few hours in songs and sentiments recalling the customs of Halloween in the old land of heather.  There were also a number of guests of other nationalities, who appeared to enter fully into the spirit of entertainment.  The dining hall was decorated with British colours drooping in the folds from ceiling to floor, and at the tables, laden with a great variety of viands, the haggis occupying a prominent place.  Every chair had an occupant. Owing to the absence through illness of the President, Mr. Andrew McIntosh, 1st vice-president, occupied the chair, supported by Mayor McMurrich, Mr. Goldie of Ayrshire; Mr. JL Morton, Ald. Hallam, Ald Steiner, Ald Ryan, and Past-presidents Dr Smith, John Ritchie sr, RH Ramsay, and Wm Adamson.  The vice-chairmen were 2nd vice-president Wm Christie and Treasurer WD McInstosh.

After supper letters of apology for absence were read from the President, Mr. Robt Green and from Dr Barker.  The usual loyal toasts were duly honoured.  After the last “The Governor-General,” Piper Anderson broke in with the stirring strains of “The Campbells are Coming.” Among the other toasts were “the land we left,” and “the land we live in,” Mr. Goldie replying to the former, and Mr. R Jaffray to the latter, alluding to the prominent Scotchmen who have made Canada what it is, paying special tribute to the late Senator Brown. “The agricultural, commercial, and manufacturing interests” were replied to in humorous speeches by Dr Smith, Ald Hallam, and Ald Ryan, and “the Mayor and corporation” by the Mayor and Ald Ryan, Steiner and Hallam.  The other toasts, the national societies, the press, the ladies, etc. were replied to in pithily in the happiest humour.  Not the least entertaining features of the evening’s proceedings were the songs and recitations.  Mr. Donald McLean sang “Come o’er the stream, Charlie” Mr. Wm Simpson “Since we were boys together” Mr. Dean “Scotland yet” and “Be kind to Auld Granny” Mr. JL Morrison, “The forty-four” Mr. Gordon Sheriff “Say let it be”; Mr. Chas Walker, “Better late than never”; and Mr. John Ritchie Sr “Heather Jock.”  Mr. AT McIntosh rendered in capital style, “Edinburgh after Flodden,” and Mr. Browning a humorous American piece. The gathering broke up about one o’clock with cheers for the Queen, and the singing of “Auld Lang Syne.”


Sons of Scotland Halloween Concert

Last evening the members of the King Robert de Bruce Camp no 2, Sons of Scotland, celebrated Halloween by a musical and literary entertainment in Occidental Hall, Queen Street West. There was a large attendance and the programme exclusively of Scottish songs, recitations, stories, etc., was received with much applause.  The chair was occupied by Chief David Miller, who at the close of a brief and appropriate address, introduced Mr. AC Black with a song.  “A Lad born in Kyle,” which was sung in good style and heartedly applauded.  Miss Maggie Barr of Hamilton followed in the beautiful song, “Within a mile o’ Edinburgh Town,” which she rendered in a manner which fairly took the audience by storm, and in response to a well-merited encore, brought down the house a second time with the song “Coming through the rye.”  Mr. Gordon Sheriff sang “My Heather Hills,” with fine effect and on being encored gave “The auld quarry knows” in excellent style.  Miss Constable was the next on the programme and sang “Auld Robin Gray” with exactly the voice and feeling necessary to do justice to that fine old air. A Humorous original recitation, entitled Halloween by Mr. Sheriff, and a similarly laughable one, “the auld sark sleeve” by Mr. Black, followed by the song, “Buy my Caller herrin’” by the first named gentleman closed this half of the programme.

After a brief interval, improved by Mr. A Urquhart in discoursing sweet strains on the bag-pipes, the Chairman resumed proceedings by reading a communication from His Worship the Mayor, expressive of his cordial sympathy with the objects of the Society, and his regret at not being able to attend the evening’s celebration.

A rich musical treat followed in the songs “MY Bonnie Wee Wife” and “Robin Adair,” by Miss Barr, both of which were exquisitely sung and rapturously applauded; as were likewise the efforts of Miss Constable, Mr. Black and other participants in the concluding part of the entertainment.

The concert throughout was an exceedingly choice one, and proved in every respected a most gratifying success.

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