When the ‘Wild West’ came to the Beach

Beachers love a parade. What a parade it was on August 22, 1885 when Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show wound its way from the city out to the Woodbine racetrack near the marshes of Ashbridge’s Bay. According to the Toronto Globe, “vast crowds lined the streets” and a great audience attended the three days of […]

Happy birthday, Canada

This issue, for Canada’s 150th birthday, I am writing about my great country – the land of my birth and, to me, the greatest country in the world. As an amateur historian, I thought I would write about some of the different parts of our history. Canada has gone through many changes since 1867, and […]

Filmmaker seeks out emotion

A day before filming the first dance in Kaha:wi – The Cycle of Life, director Shane Belcourt got into the studio and saw trouble. “What can we do?” he asked art director David Hannan, who had ringed a stage with trees and branches, evoking a forest clearing. The next day, dancer and choreographer Santee Smith […]

Students learn northern spirit at St. Patrick

Starting with aaniin, or “hello” in Ojibway, John Somosi welcomed hundreds of Grade 5 and 6 students from local Catholic schools to the ninth annual Northern Spirit Games. Somosi, a Métis who lives near Hanover, Ontario, was invited to speak and sing at the opening of the Aboriginal winter sports day, hosted Feb. 20 at […]