Take a walk in Sir John A’s Footsteps: Acclaimed theatrical walking tours in historic downtown Kingston
(KINGSTON, Ont.) SirJohnA2015 launched its nationally-acclaimed theatrical walking tours of Sir John A. Macdonald’s Kingston, Ontario on July 1st, 2014. The summer season features tours of downtown Kingston every day at 2:00pm and 4:00pm until September 1. (Vacay.ca named the walks as the “Best in Canada” in their annual Best of Canadian Travel rankings. Other tour reviews appear below. Photos are attached)
The hour long theatrical tour “In Sir John A.’s Footsteps” takes visitors through downtown Kingston, Canada’s first capital city and home of Canada’s first prime minister whose 200th birthday takes place in 2015.
According to Jim Garrard, executive producer of SirJohnA2015, the theatrical walks bring to life the complex personality and legacy of Macdonald and his contemporaries through music and drama. He says the tours are more than simply a recitation of places, facts and dates.
“Our professional actors and musicians lead participants on a journey exploring his favourite haunts and act out tales of his national triumphs, political scandals and his own often tragic and touching personal story,” says Garrard. “No two walks are the same. Because Macdonald’s life was so rich and full, the actors and musicians have a gold mine of experiences to present.”
Characters include Macdonald, his first wife Isabella, fellow confederate D’Arcy McGee and critic Oliver Mowat as well as other characters like an eager newsboy to help audiences relate closely to these great historical figures.
Writing in Toronto’s Globe and Mail, former Prime Minister Paul Martin, who led a tour in 2013, says, “The walk affords all Canadians an opportunity to explore and be excited by early Canadian political history…Canada’s history at its best.”
In Sir John A’s Footsteps has been featured on Global TV national news, CBC Radio and CTV; and in the Toronto Star and daily newspapers across Canada. The Tour has been led by many guests including Don Cherry, former Prime Minister Paul Martin, and broadcasters Steve Paikin and Lloyd Robertson as well as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Beverley McLachlin and former US Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson.