Times and Daily Colonial Advertiser, Montreal 10 April 1843, page 2
On Thursday evening last was presented, by the amateurs of the 43d Regiment, Sheridan’s comedy of “The Rivals” – and afterwards “The Haunted Inn”. Having attentively observed the performance, we can have no hesitation in saying that the 43d amateurs made on that occasion a most successful debut. The “Rivals” is a piece that requires, to do it justice, talents in the actors, and is more liable to be spoiled, than the ephemeral productions which are for the most part offered on the boards, to the exclusion of plays of sterling merit. It is to be regretted that the rage for novelty is so great everywhere, that the plays of such men as Garrick, Sheridan, Colman, Cumberland & c., are neglected and superseded by the “pretty new-nothings” of these days of degeneracy. We thank the 43d amateurs for their judicious choice, and for the manner they presented it.
The female characters, as well as those of Sir Anthony Absolute, Captain Absolute, and Acres were good. Sir Lucius O’Trigger was rather refined and subdued for an Irish fire-eater; we think Mr Holmon, who sustained this, would succeed better in some other part. The comic song, by Latham, was received with great applause, and the Gods were quite right in encoring it. The other, we cannot praise; but that is not the fault of the singer, but the song. “The Haunted Inn” was well acted, and “the laying of the ghost” excited much merriment; and all together the performance was one which gives the 43d a claim on the support of the play-going public.
Montreal Daily Star, 23 September 1880, page 2
Mechanic’s Hall – Robinson & Crane’s troupe played last night to a very fair audience. The songs, dances &c, tendered by the several performers proved acceptable.
Academy of Music—The Academy of Music last night was crowded as usual, there being only standing room half an hour after the performance commenced. There was a change of programme, “Zip” being substituted for “Musette”. Lotta was charming as ever, playing with inimitable vim and abandon, and being supported admirably by the east. Miss Jordan’s Amanda was very effective. To-night Lotta makes her last appearance in “Zip”, and none of our visitors who have not yet seen her should miss the opportunity.
Nordheimer’s Hall – The crew of “HMS Pinafore,” under the command of the Holman Combination, were put through their evolutions last evening at this cosy little theatre, Miss Holman’s Josephine was all that could be wished, while the support given her was fair. Old and threadbare as the charming little opera has become, the attendance last night and the applause given the performers shows that there are still a large number of theatre-goers whose admiration for it has not diminished by time and frequent repetition.
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Montreal Gazette, 24 April 1871, page 2
St George’s Society – This society, together with the English Workingmen’s Society attended divine service in St George’s Church yesterday afternoon. His Lordship the Metropolitan preached, taking for his text the xii chapter of St Paul’s epistle to the Romans, part of the 5th verse “And every member one members of another.” After some remarks on the text, his Lordship referred to the Society. He said that the history of the patron saint of the English people was altogether allegorical, and was perhaps an embellishment of the triumph of religion over heathenism. He referred to the state of St George’s Society in this city, saying that last year they had an English emigrant home for emigrants who had no place to go. During the year they had provided 1 100 of these, who had remained according to their behaviour and means for them one night to six weeks. The out door relief committee had sent emigrants to different parts of the country; and they had also paid the fares of 250 emigrants. The Bishop appealed to the congregation to come forward and help the Society, and he hoped that those who were not already members would soon add their names to the list of annual subscribers. After the sermon a collection was taken up on behalf of the society.
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