Friday, June 19, 2015

Champlain in Sudbury

Sudbury is the capital of the Ontario francophonie, and to mark the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's visit to northern Ontario, Sudbury's local paper The Star has been running a series of long and lively essays on Champlain by local teacher and artist John Grubber. This one was the second. The fourth is scheduled for tomorrow.

Champlain never actually got to the great meteoric basin of Sudbury, but an enactment of his voyaging was recently undertaken on the town's shores.

Later this summer and fall various stages of Champlain's (and Etienne Brulé's) movements about Ontario will be noted in other locales, including at the mouth of the Humber not far from me in Toronto. All history is local.

John, I should say, works in a lively graphic-novel idiom for his own Champlain illustrations:

Image: Sudbury Star (top) and John Grubber's facebook pages (below).
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