Today in Canadian Art History

The Corpus Christi Procession, Nicolet, c. 1832
October 13, 1833 – Painter Joseph Légaré opened Canada’s first art gallery in Quebec City where he showed his personal collection of European canvases and engravings. Légaré purchased a number of paintings from the Abbé Desjardins collection, an extensive assortment of European canvases sent to Quebec from France at the time of the […]

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Bon Cop, Bad Cop
October 11, 2006 – Bon Cop, Bad Cop‘s producers claim that the film has become the highest-grossing Canadian film domestically having made $12,578,327 surpassing the $11.2 million Porky’s earned in Canada in the 80’s. However, the numbers are later disputed as not having taken inflation into account. * Source: Today in Canadian History

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Opening night of the O'Keefe Centre, 1960 - 2
October 1, 1960 – Toronto’s O’Keefe Centre for the Performing Arts opened with the premiere of Lerner and Loewe’s musical Camelot, starring Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, and Robert Goulet. The idea for a performing arts centre that could serve the needs of an increasingly dynamic city predates the building’s opening by almost 20 years. In […]

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September 8, 1952 – CBC Television launches in a night that The Globe and Mail reviewed as “cluttered but promising.” Broadcasting from a studio in Toronto, a nervous and excited team of journalists and entertainers offers the first evening’s entertainment. Canadians laugh at a three-puppet sketch featuring the eccentric character Uncle Chichimus. […]

Today in Canadian Art History: CBC Television Debuts [includes video]

Sept. 4, 1972 – The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal was the location of the “largest art theft in Canadian history” when armed thieves stole $2 million dollars worth (now worth approx. $11.2 million) in pieces including  jewellery, figurines and 18 paintings that included works by Delacroix,  Gainsborough  and […]

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April 24, 1897 – The Halifax Symphony Orchestra gave its inaugural concert at the Academy of Music. The orchestra – which included 18 strings (11 women), 8 woodwinds, 8 brass, and 2 percussion – played a Schubert memorial, including the Unfinished Symphony, as well as works by Weil. This first Halifax Symphony […]

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April 10, 1928 – Canada joins the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works on its own behalf with a Declaration of Continued Application. The Berne Convention is an international agreement governing copyright which was first accepted in Berne, Switzerland in 1886. Source: Today in Canadian History

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March 14, 1985 – The Canadian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats opened at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. [Cats] will run for two years in Toronto, then move to Montréal for a 19-week run, followed by a tour of Western Canada and a second Toronto run starting Sept. 2, 1989; […]

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February 26, 1997 – Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, and Alex Lifeson of Rush became the first rock musicians to be inducted into the Order of Canada as Officers. It was also the first time a group, as opposed to an individual, was appointed. Members of the progressive rock trio, RUSH, these veterans […]

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January 16, 1939 – Joe Shuster from Toronto published his first self-titled Superman comic strip. The character had already made an appearance in Action Comics #1 in June of 1938, but began to appear daily under its own name in 1939. A separate Sunday strip was introduced later in the year in November and the comic […]

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January 14, 1790 – The first opera performed in Canada took the stage when Joseph Quesnel premiered Colas et Colinette ou le Bailli Dupe in Montreal. It was “likely the first operatic work with original music written in Canada, and may be the first in North America.” [Canada Channel]

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January 11, 1974 – Dancer, choreographer, teacher, and founder of the National Ballet of Canada Celia Franca retires after serving as the artistic director for 24 years. Franca was also the founder of the National Ballet School of Canada, Co-Artistic Director of The School of Dance, and was an Officer of the Order of Canada who was later promoted […]

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