Category Archives: Active History Events

The Public Historian in the History Wars: A Report from #NCPH2013

By Pete Anderson I had the good fortune to facilitate a lively discussion on the role of public historians in the history wars at a ‘dine around’ session during the recent annual conference of the National Council on Public History, held in Ottawa from April 17-20. We had representatives from both Canada and the United States of various ages and… Read more »

Heritage Toronto’s Call for Award Nominations and 2013 Tours Program

ActiveHistory.ca is pleased to announce two exciting initiatives at Heritage Toronto, a charitable arms-length agency of the City of Toronto that promotes the city’s rich architectural, cultural, archaeological and natural heritage. Heritage Toronto Awards – Call for Nominations The Heritage Toronto Awards celebrate outstanding contributions in the promotion and conservation of Toronto’s history and heritage landmarks by professionals and volunteers…. Read more »

Lount and Matthews Commemoration Salon

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by Ashok Charles and Randall White This coming Friday, April 12, 2013 will mark the 175th anniversary of the hanging of Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews in what is now downtown Toronto, for their roles in the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837. The rebellion was a reaction to the unresponsiveness of the colonial oligarchy of the day to demands for… Read more »

Concert tonight: “What is Toronto?”

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How might historical themes be translated into musical composition? A group of musicians will engage with this question tonight as part of “What is Toronto?” This concert will explore the iconic events, places, and unique qualities that define perceptions of Canada’s largest city, both past and present. The event is organized by Spectrum, a group of Canadian composers who create… Read more »

Podcast: “Beyond Orange and Green: Toronto’s Irish, 1870-1914” by William Jenkins

The 2013 History Matters lecture series kicked off on January 31st, when migration historian William Jenkins (York University) gave a talk to a crowded room at the Parliament branch of the Toronto Public Library.  His presentation examined immigration patterns and political allegiances of Toronto’s Irish between 1870 and World War I, and how struggles at home and abroad had an… Read more »

Video Contest: 2013 National Council on Public History Annual Meeting in Ottawa

Coming to the 2013 National Council on Public History Annual Meeting in Ottawa this spring? Enter to win our video contest! Prizes are from NCPH and Canada’s History. Create a 1-2 minute video introducing yourself and your audience (our theme this year is “Knowing your Public(s)—The Significance of Audiences in Public History”), post your video to Youtube and email us… Read more »

The Drake “Smoke Screen” Phenomenon: A Podcast Discussion with Dalton Higgins on Drake and Canadian Hip Hop History

On December 8, 2012, Accents on Eglinton, a community bookstore that specializes in publications on Africa and its diasporas, along with host Francesca D’Amico (PhD candidate in music history at York University), hosted an evening with Dalton Higgins, award-winning journalist, radio and TV broadcaster, to discuss his latest book Far From Over: The Music and Life of Drake (ECW Press)…. Read more »

Event Announcement: What’s the Use of History? Citizenship and History in Canada’s Past and Present

What’s the Use of History? Citizenship and History in Canada’s Past and Present 6:30-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 16 2012 Palmerston Branch, Toronto Public Library 560 Palmerston Ave., Toronto, ONInspired by the newly published People’s Citizenship Guide (Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2011), this roundtable of historians will discuss how concepts of citizenship have changed over the past century, and how history has… Read more »