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.
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