Saturday, December 7, 2013
The Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) celebrates and documents all aspects of Canadian life and its online resources are most useful and entertaining.
This corner of its Digital Archives site, On This Day, is definitely worth a close look.
From here, visitors can scan 366 days of key moments in Canadian history. Each day has a particularly unique event, complete with a short video clip, a Did You Know? bonus feature, credits, and a citation.
If so desired, visitors can search all of the features via the "All Clips From This Topic" tab.
December is a particularly rich month as it includes investigations into the ban on happy hours in Ontario and the canonization of the first Canadian-born saint.
Visit the site at: http://www.cbc.ca/archives/onthisday/december.html
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Thursday, November 28, 2013
"Sanders Portrait." Canadian Conservation Institute
Department of Canadian Heritage, 2001.
GUELPH, Ontario - November 27, 2013 - University of Guelph News Release - The face of William Shakespeare and its ties to the University of Guelph are the focus of an unprecedented conference being held in Toronto this week.
“Look Here Upon This Picture: A Symposium on the Sanders Portrait of Shakespeare” will share evidence gathered by U of G experts and others showing that a Canadian man owns the only portrait of William Shakespeare painted while the playwright was alive. Sanders Portrait of Shakespeare
Thought to depict the Bard at age 39, the Sanders portrait is owned by Ottawa resident Lloyd Sullivan, a friend and supporter of U of G.
“The University of Guelph has played a key role in the analysis of the Sanders portrait,”said president Alastair Summerlee.
“After many years of effort, we are now prepared to share an insider’s view of how this research can enhance the world’s understanding of the impact of the Bard.”
It’s believed that Shakespeare sat for an ancestor of Sullivan’s, an actor and painter named John Sanders, in 1603. The portrait was held in the family for 400 years and at one time was stored under Sullivan’s grandmother’s bed. Sullivan inherited it from his mother in 1972.
The Sanders portrait was the centrepiece of a months-long exhibit at Guelph’s Macdonald Stewart Art Centre in 2007. It’s also the signature image of U of G’s Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project (CASP), the world’s largest and most complete website about Shakespeare’s cultural influence.
CASP was founded and directed by Guelph English professor Daniel Fischlin, who has spent the past decade helping to authenticate the portrait and trace family connections between Shakespeare and Sullivan’s ancestors.
“We embarked on this journey to find the truth,” Fischlin said. Referring to scientific, historical and genealogical evidence, he said, “The cumulative weight of it is unprecedented and makes the portrait the rarest of all art commodities: the only image of Shakespeare painted during his lifetime that has survived the period. No portrait comes close or has faced the same degree of interdisciplinary scholarly scrutiny.”
The symposium, sponsored by U of G and CASP, will be held Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Munk School of Global Affairs in Toronto.
Speakers will discuss the history of the portrait and Shakespeare’s presence in Canada. Besides Summerlee and Fischlin, the symposium will include U of G professors John Kissick, director of the School of Fine Art and Music and a respected painter; and Robert Enright, University Research Professor in Art Criticism and one of Canada’s most prominent cultural journalists.
Panel discussions and talks will also feature journalists, scholars, gallery directors, museum curators, filmmakers, historians and costume designers discussing everything from the portrait’s provenance and context to its value and legacy.
“It’s in the best public interest to move this portrait into the public domain where ongoing research and debate can continue,” Summerlee said.
“Canadians also should be able to access this wonderful image in a properly curated setting. We hope that this symposium plays a prominent role in making that happen.”
More than a dozen forensic tests have confirmed that the Sanders painting dates from around 1600 and has remained unaltered. They include tests of ink from a hand-written inscription on a label identifying the subject as William Shakespeare and listing his birth and death dates.
Working with British genealogist Pam Hinks, Fischlin and his team have uncovered relations between Sullivan and Shakespeare and his closest associates that extend back thirteen generations. With Hinks, Fischlin and his research team have visited gravesites, uncovered and transcribed historical documents, examined major historical archives in the U.K., and interviewed Sullivan’s relatives. The full results of that work will be outlined at the symposium.
Fischlin learned about the Sanders portrait while seeking original Canadian adaptations of Shakespeare for CASP. He contacted Sullivan and obtained the right to use the image.
In 2006, the portrait was part of “Searching for Shakespeare,” an international exhibit by the National Portrait Gallery in London that toured North America. It joined the gallery’s famed Chandos painting and four other early “contenders” purporting to represent Shakespeare.
The Sanders portrait was also the subject of the 2001 book Shakespeare’s Face and of award-winning Canadian documentarian Anne Henderson’s 2008 film Battle of Wills.
Friday, November 15, 2013
photo credit: Mike Hume via Flickr
GUELPH, Ontario November 15, 2013 An upcoming episode of the CBC hit television programme “Murdoch Mysteries,” was filmed in downtown Guelph today. Production shut down Douglas Street and the exterior of County’s Child Care office was the central location for the shoot. The heritage building was used as a 1900’s piano store. The television crew transformed Douglas Street into a busy marketplace.
“To be a top choice for location filming is more than an honour, it’s an economic contribution,” said Jana Reichert, County Economic Development Officer. “Crews shop and eat locally, bringing business to the community.
Wellington County has many diverse shooting options for production companies. We welcome future partnerships with the entertainment industry.”
“Murdoch Mysteries” is a Canadian drama television series, featuring Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch, a police detective working in Toronto in the early 1900’s. The television series is based on the series of novels by Maureen Jennings.
“The County would like to thank the production team at “Murdoch Mysteries,” commented Andrea Ravensdale, County Communications Manager. “Filming did not affect County business and this experience was positive for both parties. The County would welcome the opportunity to work together again.”
This episode of “Murdoch Mysteries will air on CBC in February.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Wellington County Museum and Archives
ABOYNE, Ontario - October 15, 2013 – Ornate, functional and fun, a collection of harness brass, barn lanterns and license plates will hook your attention this fall. Bert Black is the third collector to be featured in the Wellington County Collects exhibit that showcases the unique collections of Wellington County residents on display in the Wellington County Archives.
“From hundreds of different objects, these three collections highlight a selection of pieces that our third collector loves the most,” Amy Dunlop, Curatorial Assistant, said. “There is a little bit of everything and each object tells a part of Bert Black’s story. That is what makes this exhibition a wonderful experience for the public.”
“In my collection, I have over 120 horse brasses, more than 150 license plates (dating from 1917 to the 1970s) and a variety of Wellington County-made lanterns, including railroad and construction lanterns,” Bert said. “Why do I collect? Nostalgia...preserving articles that were used or part of days gone by is what interests me.”
Bert Black’s collection will be on display until January 5, 2014
If you’d like to bring your collection to the Museum, please contact Amy Dunlop at: 519.846.0916 x 5232 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get your name on the list.
The Wellington County Museum and Archives is located on Wellington Road #18 between Fergus and Elora. Admission is by donation. It is open weekdays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Canadian company uses Facebook campaign for new obituary and memorial website featuring partnership with CanadaHelps.org
theObituaries.ca asks Canadians: How do you want to be remembered?
OSHAWA, Ontario, October 3, 2013 /Canada NewsWire/ - Most of us have probably paused at one time or another to reflect on our lives while wondering how people might remember us after we are gone. theObituaries.ca is inviting Canadians to think about just that through a new Facebook app. This app was developed in conjunction with the launch of the organization's advanced pre-plan, obituary and memorial website designed to build a national online registry with all the services needed to assist those affected by the loss of a loved one.
"Unfortunately death is a fact of life. By asking people to reflect on their life and how they would like to be remembered through our Facebook campaign and other popular social networking sites, we think people might be surprised by what they learn about themselves, their family and friends", says John Cowie, a partner at theObituaries.ca and President of Adlure Media.
theObituaries.ca has everything families and friends need to respectfully honour a loved one. Beautiful obituary announcements that include photos, service details and maps; the ability to offer condolences privately, publicly and via social media; make secure charitable donations;deliver flowers or sympathy cards and more. Individuals can Pre-Plan announcements during a less stressful time; create and post Obituaries with many photos and unlimited text; and/or ensure there is a lasting online Memorial that perpetually honours the loved one.
An affordable integrated solution
The value for someone signing up with theObituaries.ca is that regardless of when the product is selected, there is only a one-time fee of $125. An individual creates a Pre-Planned Obituary that transitions to an Obituary Announcement, and then automatically converts to a Memorial without any additional fees. The assigned owners of the Memorial are able to update and refresh the content anytime, from anywhere. The fully integrated site includes social media platforms and easy sharing tools, group email sharing, Facebook wall posts, Twitter and even LinkedIn for business related network sharing and awareness.
Partnership with CanadaHelps.org facilitates fast and easy donations
theObituaries.ca is a feature-rich website. One of its key features is its partnership with CanadaHelps.org. When honouring the deceased, families often suggest donations be made to a specific charity. Those viewing an obituary or memorial on theObituaries.ca are able to easily and securely donate to any of the more than 85,000 registered Canadian charities.and instantly receive a tax receipt by e-mail.
"We're excited to partner with theObituaries.ca to help make it easier for people to make donations in honour of a loved one," said Marina Glogavac, President & CEO, CanadaHelps.org. "Since 2000, through our web site we have facilitated over $300 million in charitable donations to over 13,000 charities. We are all about making giving simple which takes on an even greater importance during the difficult time of losing a friend, family member and loved one." "CanadaHelps.org was the only partner for us to truly consider," added James Stewart, Founder & CEO of theObituaries.ca. "They make 'in memory of donations' easy for our customers."
Jody Rowland placed a Memorial on theObituaries.ca and reached more people more quickly
Jody Rowland, a carpenter in Gravenhurst, Ontario, was considering placing a memorial in his local newspaper to mark the 10-year anniversary of the passing of his father. Then he thought about who he wanted to share it with and the best way to reach them. As a military veteran, his father had lived in many parts of Canada, far beyond the reach of his local newspaper. A conversation with Randy Smart, a member of his baseball team and co-founder of theObituaries.ca, provided Jody with the forum and reach he was looking for.
"We set up a beautiful memorial for my father that has been shared with his loved ones who live across the country, Jody says. " And over time we plan to continue to update the memorial with more stories and photos including an early one of him in his Royal Canadian Navy uniform."
Having lost his father at a young age and with a wife in the life insurance business, Jody is very aware of the importance of planning for one's passing, which now has him very interested in theObituaries.ca's Pre-plan Obituary service.
"My wife and I definitely plan to do this. I want to make all the arrangements in advance, have my obituary written and ready to post so I know exactly how it is going to be seen and that nothing will be left to chance or get lost in translation."
Inspiration behind theObituaries.ca
Inspired by personal loss and the challenges his family faced when trying to ensure friends, coworkers and communities were aware and afforded the opportunity to pay their respects, Oshawa resident, James Stewart, decided there had to be a better way. Along with his three partners, he launched theObituaries.ca. The original concept was a website for consumers, however the project grew to include funeral professionals and the services families need to plan and receive support.
"With nearly 2,000 funeral homes in Canada and approximately 280,000 families affected by deaths each year, and the fact that many funeral services occur within 1 to 3 days of the passing, sharing announcements quickly and effectively is critical," said Stewart, Founder and CEO of theObituaries.ca. "We make it easier for funeral homes and families to tastefully inform more people, more quickly, with less effort and cost than available elsewhere."
theObituatries.ca makes it easier for funeral homes
In addition to the complete solution for consumers, theObituaries.ca also provides funeral homes with a free professional, integrated and customized web site or they will work with a funeral home's existing site to leverage their services.
"If we help funeral homes with their technology needs, they should be able to focus more time on what they do best - helping families, when they need it most," added Randy Smart, Co-Founder and COO of theObituaries.ca."
Based in Oshawa, Ontario, theObituaries.ca is an all-Canadian company founded in 2012. The site and web services are designed to provide families with affordable, respectable obituaries and memorials that families can own and manage in perpetuity, sharing their family history with future generations.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
University of Guelph library holds more than 600 titles
Seated: PhD student Sierra Dye. Standing, left to right: Post-doc Andrew Ross, librarian Melissa McAfee, visiting PhD student Dara Folan from the National University of Ireland and Guelph undergrad Jeremy Dechert.
GUELPH, Ontario - September 25, 2013 at Guelph by Andrew Vowles
Happily ever after? Not really, says Adrienne Briggs, a recent Guelph history grad. Fairy tale endings are for Disney. To learn about the original and often graphic stories of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and the like, you might look over some of the hundreds of Scottish chapbooks in the U of G library archives.
That’s what Briggs and other students did earlier this year for a pilot project in their U of G history class that will see old-time chapbooks meet modern communications technology.
Chapbooks were popular booklets containing songs, ballads, poems and short stories written for the increasingly literate Scottish masses of the mid-1700s to mid-1800s, says history post-doc Andrew Ross. Between eight and 24 pages in length, they covered such topics as romance, travel, comedy, politics, fairy tales and social customs.
The books were sold town to town by peddlers, or chapmen, says Ross. Eventually, chapbooks were supplanted by newspapers and other periodicals....read more
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Sheet Music From Canada's Past
If you love Canadian history and music, you will most find this site most fetching. Created by the Library and Archives Canada, the site brings together intriguing and historically important sheet music from the past 150 years.
The collection exists due to the diligence of Helmut Kallmann, a young CBC music librarian who began to collect sheet music in the early 1950s. Today, the archives contain over 20,000 pieces of sheet music, many of which are available online. In addition, the site offers a handful of musical clips that represent pre-1921 Canadian musicality.
Visitors can Search Sheet Music to get started or browse the Gallery area. Here visitors can look around via themes, including Colleges, Flowers, Summer Sports, and Winter.
It is worth noting that although we reviewed the English site, the archives are also available in French.
Visit the site at: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/sheetmusic/
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