Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Cartier bicentennial 3: What's up?

The feds' Canada150 website merely notes the anniversary among many others.

The Macdonald-Cartier Society of Ottawa --
We are a non-partisan, independent, federal not-for-profit organization named to honor Canada’s leading two Fathers of Confederation, Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir George-Étienne Cartier. What makes us unique is that we are a group of young Canadians who share a common interest in Canadian history. Our dedication is to upholding Canada’s history and protecting our heritage. We want to educate other young Canadians about the cornerstones of our society, reflected in our constitution
-- seems to have become inactive.

But Alasdair Sweeny's Canada Channel has its George-Etienne Cartier Portal up.

Mes anciens collègues at Parcs-Canada have a substantial program at the Cartier house in Montreal, including a talk by Sweeny and one by David Ledoyen accompanied by period music.

And the Salon Acting Company of Kingston, who run the SirJohnA2015 projects there, have an original theatrical production launching six performances on September 6:
Set against the backdrop of the London Conference in 1866, the play will take place within St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and The Manse with the plot unfolding in and around a mobile audience as characters move seamlessly through the space. The action of the play will take you from Cartier’s funeral back through the days leading up to and including the London Conference, right through to the scandal and downfall of the Tories in 1873.
The play will be complete with food and drink for audience and actors alike as SALON Theatre, in the true spirit of their name, create a fully immersive, and entirely hospitable, two-hour experience. 

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