The Great Canadian Historical Songbook

6 EpisodesProduced by Songbook PlayersWebsite

A live concert and podcast series that brings Canadian history alive - and local Niagara history - with songs and words.These podcasts share Canadian history nuggets with the world.

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Episode 6: Red Hill – Man of the River

February 19th, 2019


William Red Hill Sr., lived in Niagara Falls and was always drawn to the river and its treacherous rapids. He dedicated his life to saving those who …

Episode 5: Don’t Speak – The Indian Act

February 19th, 2019


The Indian Act reduced entire indigenous nations to servitude and loss of language, culture, and self-respect. Residential schools continued the …

Episode 4: Chloe Cooley – Slave for Sale

February 19th, 2019


She owned her name, but nothing else. As a slave in 1793 she was someone’s property. But her story – and her name – became the impetus for John Graves Simcoe’s historic Act Against Slavery.



Episode 3: Tesla – Man of Light

February 19th, 2019


Nikola Tesla, engineer, inventor and futurist, changed our world with his breakthrough discoveries of electrical production, transmission, and …

Episode 2: Samuel Zimmerman – Train Baron

February 19th, 2019


A truly brilliant man who helped create the railway network in Ontario that brought Canada steaming into the industrial age, but who died on his own …

Episode 1: Agnes and the Cowcatcher

February 14th, 2019


The unbelievable but true story of how Lady Agnes MacDonald, the wife of Canada’s first Prime Minister John A. Macdonald, christened his CP railroad in 1886, by riding in the cowcatcher in front of the engine, from …

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