Sir John A. and The SALON Acting Company are YouTube Stars
Vacay Canada created a wonderful video entitled Canadian History Alive and Well in Kingston celebrating The Rt. Hon. John Turner‘s Tribute to Sir John A. Macdonald last week. Members of the Kingston-based SALON Acting Company are featured performing songs and vignettes at the ceremony. Every Friday evening at 5 p.m. The Acting Company perform much of the same vignettes at various stops along the tour. We are so excited to see Kingston celebrated as a Canadian Historical destination.
Canadian History Alive and Well in Kingston
Steve Paikin Leads a Special Walking TourOn Saturday, June 23rd The Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission was pleased to have leading Canadian Broadcast Journalist Steve Paikin help guide a specialIn Sir John A.’s Footsteps Historic Kingston Walking Tour. The tour was an incredible success; it was a beautiful sunny day and over 50 residents and visitors to Kingston alike came out for the tour. Mr. Paikin, ever the journalist, captured some of the exciting surprise appearances and performances by our talented Acting Company on photo and video. He later wrote a wonderful piece, Embracing Sir John A. Macdonald, for The Inside Agenda Blog.
Sir John at City Hall
On Thursday, June 21st the Right Hounourable John Napier Turner, Canada’s 15th Prime Minister, gave a passionate speech in tribute to Sir John A. Macdonald in Kingston’s City Park at the memorial statue of our first Prime Minister. This day marked the first time a Prime Minister has visited Sir John A’s statue since 1941.
The Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission is excited to highlight the press coverage and media attention Mr. Turner’s tribute received.
The Kingston Whig-Standard published this lovely article From on PM to anotherin Friday’s paper.
CKWS Television Station featured coverage of the tribute on Thursday evening’s newscast.
US Ambassador Visits Kingston to Lead In Sir John A.’s Footsteps
Lincoln, Macdonald & Jacobson
On Tuesday August 7th, The Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commissionproudly welcomed US Ambassador David Jacobson to Kingston, ON for a first-ever visit. Ambassador Jacobson was in town to lead a special In Sir John A.’s FootstepsWalking Tour alongside our CommissionerArthur Milnes.
There were 40 guests in attendance including Town Crier Chris Whyman, Kingston Mayor Mark Gerretsen and Liberal MP Ted Hsu. The SALON Acting Company was on hand to welcome the Ambassador and perform scenes and vignettes for him and his
tour guests. As an added bonus The Acting Company brought their own special guest, in the form of former US President and Great Emancipator, Abraham Lincoln, who performed the Gettysburg Address for all those in attendance.
The tour was a smashing success and we are so excited to see some great press coverage, locally here in Kingston as well as in Ottawa.
The Ottawa Hill Times published an article in their August 13 edition. The article is available in pdf format here.
The Kingston Whig-Standard published an article in their August 7th edition, which can be found here.
Kingston’s local television station, CKWS TV, ran a story on the August 7th Evening News. You can watch the story here.
Two former Prime Ministers, famed journalist Steve Paikin and local heroes Don Cherry, Lisa Ray and Julie Brown among guest walking tour leaders this summer
Kingston: Kingston and area residents, along with tourists visiting the Limestone City, will marvel at the exciting program of Sir John A. Macdonald-themed walking tours and performances that will begin Saturday, June 9, in Kingston.
“I am pleased to announce,” said Kingston’s Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commissioner Arthur Milnes, “that due to the generosity of Manulife Financial and our other crucial donor-partners, the non-profit, non-partisan Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission is able to present an incredible 2012 season.”
“It includes walking tours, performances featuring members of the Kingston-based SALON Acting Company, and a series of guest walking tour leaders like hockey legendDon Cherry, two former Prime Ministers of Canada, famed national journalists Steve Paikin of TVO, Lloyd Robertson of CTV, Michael Enright of CBC Radio, US Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson and local heroes Lisa Ray of K-Rock 105.7,Julie Brown of CKWS Television, Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf, respected local lawyer Clyde Smith, and Kingston Mayor Mark Gerretsen, to name only a few.”
Daily walking tours, which the Commission launches Saturday, June 9, start at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., seven-days-a-week. They will depart from the Kingston Visitors Centre on Ontario Street across from City Hall and will be led by costumed guides. Each Friday evening, a special historic re-enactment featuring music and scenes from Kingston’s famous rock musical, Sir John Eh!, will be presented through Labour Day. Tickets for the daily tours and Friday-night re-enactment performances-walks can be purchased at the Kingston Visitors Centre.
Teachers interested in having their classes participate in the John A. walks in June should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to make reservations.
For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact Kate Burgess email@example.com or by telephone, (613) 767-8178.
Manulife marks Sir John A. Macdonald Day and their 125th anniversary with major donation to Macdonald Bicentennial Celebrations!
Kingston: Canada’s leading financial services group is partnering in their 125thanniversary year to help the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission bring the story of Canada’s first Prime Minister – and Manulife’s first President – to local students and tourists visiting Kingston in 2012.
“Manulife Financial’s generous donation will allow our Commission to train and hire student tour guides who will lead Kingston’s popular Sir John A. Macdonald walking tour through Kingston’s historic downtown this summer,” said Arthur Milnes, Commissioner of the non-partisan, non-profit Commission. “It will also allow us to continue to offer the tour to school groups and provide support for special tours that will be led by distinguished Canadians in 2012. With the bicentennial of Sir John A.’s birth fast approaching in 2015, the walking tours are a key outreach tool the Commission is employing to raise awareness of the legacy of Canada’s Father of Confederation and Kingston’s most famous son.”
The 60 to 90-minute walking tours will operate daily in July and August 2012 and by appointment for schools and various other educational groups at convenient times outside of summer months.
In the past, these tours have also been led on special occasions by former Canadian Ambassador to Washington and Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister Derek Burney, Senator Mike Duffy, Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty, Senator Linda Frum, Professor Emeritus and former head of the CRTC John Meisel, TV Ontario’s Steve Paikin and former Ontario Premier Bob Rae.
On July 13, 1887, 125 years ago, Canada’s first Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald was elected President of the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company at the first meeting of the Board of Directors following the Company’s incorporation on June 23rd. He held the position until his death in 1891.
The Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission was established in Kingston in 2010 to help coordinate and promote local, regional and national celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir John A. Macdonald in the years leading to and including 2015 and beyond to 2017, the 150th anniversary of the founding of Canada.
Macdonald was born in Scotland in 1815. He came to what is now Eastern Ontario with his family while a child and went on to become the leading figure in Confederation in 1867. He then served as Canada’s first Prime Minister between 1867 and 1873 and again from 1878 until his death in Ottawa on June 6, 1891.
For further information contact Dawn Marchand | AVP, Internal Communications and Brand| Manulife Financial, 200 Bloor Street East | Toronto, ON M4W 1E5 | Tel: 416-852-9021 | Fax: 416-926-5410 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.manulife.com, or, Arthur Milnes at (613) 328-5592, email email@example.com. The Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission’s website is sirjohna2015.ca.
Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission releases video starring “Sir John A.” as invitation for all to attend Sir John A. Macdonald Day celebrations January 11!
Kingston: Sir John A. and his colleagues at the Kingston-based Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission are using the Internet to invite Canadians to attend celebrations marking Canada’s First Prime Minister’s birthday next week.
“Sir John A. was an innovator in his own time so we know he would be very pleased we are using YouTube to trumpet his birthday party this year,” said Bicentennial Commissioner Arthur Milnes. “The special invitation video, now on YouTube, features the Commission’s now famous Sir John A. mascot doll figure.”
The stop-action videos are the brainchild of Kingston’s Jeremy Johnston, 24, a graduate of Bishop’s University, now undertaking Graduate studies at Queen’s to earn his MPL in Urban and Regional Planning. The Sir John A. videos he began designing and directing last summer have become Internet sensations.
Please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-D7Fg2QzaOQ to see this latest Sir John A.-themed video.
The non-profit, non-partisan Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission is organizing a birthday celebration for Sir John A. starting at noon at the Father of Confederation’s statue in City Park in Kingston, January 11. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
For further information please contact: Jeremy Johnston in Kingston at (613) 484-6496 or Arthur Milnes at (613) 328-5592.
Special Announcement: Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to lead benefit Sir John A. Walking Tour – September 29th
Canada’s Minister of Finance, the Honourable Jim Flaherty, will lead a benefit Sir John A. Macdonald-themed walking tour of downtown Kingston September 29, the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission announced today.
“We are honoured that a person with the stature of the Canadian Minister of Finance would take time from one of the busiest schedules in Canada to help our community mark the coming bicentennial of the birth of our nation’s first and founding Prime Minister,” said Arthur Milnes, Commissioner of Kingston’s Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission.
Flaherty, Minister of Finance since 2006 and a former Deputy Premier, Finance Minister and Attorney General of Ontario, will be leading the 90-minute walking tour through historic downtown Kingston starting at 6 pm on September 29. Along the route, participants will stop at various sites including the home of a past Minister of Finance,Sir Richard Cartwright. Other important sites include the statue of Sir John A. in a downtown Kingston park which has been visited in the past by at least two Canadian Prime Ministers and the sitting Prime Minister of Great Britain in the 1920s, and so much more.
At the end of the tour, Minister Flaherty will cut the ribbon officially opening a new restaurant, Sir John A.’s Public House, located in the downtown Kingston building where John A. Macdonald’s law offices were located between 1849 and 1860.
Space is limited for this unique tour and tickets are $40 per person. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the non-partisan, non-profit Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission. This citizen-driven commission was established in 2010 in Kingston to encourage Canadians locally and nationally to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Father of Confederation in 2015.
Tickets can be purchased by contacting Commissioner Arthur Milnes in Kingston at (613) 328-5592 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial
Dear Sir John A. Macdonal Bicentennial Commission Supporters and Friends:
Earlier this summer we were honoured when Steve Paikin came to Kingston from Toronto to lead our Sir John A. Macdonald Walking Tour as a special fundraiser for the Commission. In doing so, he was joined this summer in giving the one thing people in public life have little of — their personal time — by Senator Linda Frum, Derek Burney and Professor Emeritus John Meisel. Thank-you to all these busy folks!
Today, Mr. Paikin posted a Blog entry with photographs about his walking tour adventure in Kingston.
In September, Minister of Finance, the Honourable Jim Flaherty, will be taking time out of his own busy schedule to lead a special walking tour as a benefit for us. I will have more details later in August.
Again, thank Mr. Paikin and others and for your reading pleasure, The Inside Agenda Blog entry can be found here.
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