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War of 1812

Hot Attraction: Historic Flag Unveiled at War Museum

The Regimental Colour of the 104th Regiment of Foot being unveiled at the Canadian War Museum.
© Canadian War Museum, Corporate Photo Collection, photo M. Holleron

The 104th Regiment of Foot marched up the St. John River Valley to Kingston, battling extreme weather and enemy forces along the way.

Throughout the New Brunswick regiment’s epic journey during the War of 1812 they carried a silk flag, which displayed a Union Jack in the top left corner and “104” surrounded by a laurel wreath in the middle.

This incredible piece of Canadian history is now on display at the Canadian War Museum.

“The flag connects us to a key chapter in our military history and to those who rallied to Canada’s defence in the War of 1812,” says James Whitham, Director General of the Canadian War Museum, in a statement.

The 52-day trek is considered one of the greatest marches in Canadian military history. The flag flew during many key battles, including engagements at Beaver Dams, Fort Erie and Lundy’s Lane.

When the war ended, the flag was sent to Scotland, home of the British officer who originally raised the regiment. His granddaughter eventually donated the flag to the New Brunswick Museum in 1939, on the eve of the Second World War.

You can see the flag on display at the War Museum until January 6, 2013, as the Museum marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

Hot Attraction: 1812 at the Canadian War Museum

A coat belonging to Major General Sir Isaac Brock. The hole left by the American musket ball that killed Isaac Brock is clearly visible on the chest of his coat.

The War of 1812 was one of the most significant events in Canadian history, its outcome instrumental in creating the Canada we know today. The Canadian War Museum commemorates the 200th anniversary of the conflict with an appropriately substantial exhibition, simply titled “1812.” Visitors can learn the history behind the war through the perspectives of its four central participants: Canada, the United States, Great Britain and Native Americans.

Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, 819-776-7000, www.warmuseum.ca

Weekend Roundup: July 13 to 15

Friday: See artist-designed tutus and much more at the Design Exchange (photo by Setareh Sarmadi and Marta Ryczko)

Friday, July 13
Get an insider’s look into the history of the the country’s most prominent dance company, as the Design Exhange presents 60 Years of Designing the Ballet. The exclusive exhibition tells the story of the National Ballet of Canada through set pieces, paintings, videos and archival wardrobes, including 60 iconic tutus for the troupe’s diamond anniversary.

The hallowed grounds of Fort York play host to a vaunted group of electronic musicians tonight as dubstep hero Skrillex brings his Full Flex Express tour to town. Accompanying the popular DJ/producer are a handful of cohorts including Montreal’s Grimes and Philly-based DJ Diplo.

The Soundclash Festival kicks off tonight at Harbourfront Centre, with dance and musical performances ongoing throughout the weekend. This evening you’re invited to feel the funky Afrobeat as Benin’s Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo de Cotonou takes the stage for its Canadian debut. (more…)

Weekend Roundup: June 22 to 24

Friday: Janelle Monae offers a high-energy set at the Toronto Jazz Festival

Friday, June 22
More than 1,500 musicians are crowding into the city over the next 10 days for this year’s TD Toronto Jazz Festival. The much-anticipated event’s opening-night concerts include one-of-a-kind guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel take the stage for a solo performance, while modern-day R&B/soul/funk phenom Janelle Monae gets everyone grooving at the Nathan Phillips Square mainstage.

Celebrity air hostess Pam Ann touches down at the Panasonic Theatre for three uproarious nights of comedy. Fasten your seatbelts and follow Ann back to the glitzy golden age of flight—her huge hairdo, candy-pink uniform and disco boots certainly hearken back to that “glamorous” era!

Francophones and Francophiles come together to celebrate the diversity of French culture at this weekend’s Franco-Fête festival. Voila! Harbourfront Centre offers culinary delights, dancing and musique from Canadian artists like Ariane Moffatt and Samian et Anodajay, performing tonight on the WestJet Stage. (more…)

Hot Art: Relive History at the Market Gallery

B.T.A. Griffiths' The Death of Captain McNeale at the Battle of York (image courtesy of the City of Toronto)

MARCH 3 TO SEPTEMBER 8 This year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, which pitted American forces against British colonial troops. Toronto, then known as York, was the site of fevered combat as the war continued in 1813—the Battle of York saw the Americans capture our sylvan settlement and subsequently put it to the torch. The Market Gallery commemorates this skirmish with a Book of Remembrance, which records the names of soldiers who died in battle, plus a display of rare battlefield artifacts, plus first-person accounts of the fighting, custom-designed maps and a newly acquired painting, The Death of Captain McNeale at the Battle of York by B.T.A. Griffiths, that depicts a dramatic scene from the struggle. The exhibition marks the first of many events in Toronto marking the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

Revist 1812 this Year with War of 1812 Bicentennial Events

1812 re-enactment at Upper Canada Village in Ontario. Photo by Rob Ellis.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, with re-enactments, tours, parades and other events taking place at historic military sites throughout Ontario, Quebec and the US. (more…)

15 Historic Canadian Battle Sites

Re-enactment at Fort George National Historic Site. Photo by Marc Hadley.

Historic Canadian battlegrounds—many with restored or replica forts, barracks and weaponry and colourful re-enactment events—echo cannon and rifle fire from standoffs beginning with 17th-century conflicts with First Nations people, through the Seven Years’ War and the War of 1812, and ending with the late-19th-century North-West Rebellion with the Métis people. (more…)