Sir John, eh? The Roadshow

I am so loving the fun associated with the 200th anniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birthday in 2015. While little to no public attention has ever been paid to Sir John A’s birthday, at least during my lifetime, I think it is fun we are encouraged to celebrate the bicentennial. One of the festivities take place this month.

SirJohnA Bicentennial CommissionFrom June 3 to 14, you can join our first prime minister aboard VIA Rail. Members of the SALON Acting Company will perform their historical musical comedy, Sir John, eh? The Roadshow, from Halifax to Vancouver and back again. On board, you will meet Sir John A’s wives, other Fathers of Confederation, have breakfast with Louis Riel, and — my favourite — you can have a drink with D’Arcy McGee.

The main Twitter hashtag for the Sir John A Macdonald Bicentennial Commission is #sirJAM, which you gotta love, and each actor will also have their own Twitter handle. Pick which historical figure you want to follow here.

Details about the roadshow and VIA departure dates and locations are available at the Sir John Roadshow.

Learn about the 200th anniversary of Sir John A’s birthday at The Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission is based in Kingston, Ontario and is a non-partisan group of volunteers led by Arthur Milnes. In 2005, this group of Kingston citizens from political, academic, artistic and tourism sectors began encouraging Canadian citizens and governments to recognize more fully the life and works of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s principal architect and founding prime minister.

All aboard!


About Gail Dever

Gail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogist and blogger and a webmaster for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
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2 Responses to Sir John, eh? The Roadshow

  1. Thanks for this lovely blog post Gail! There’s a lot on the go today as we send the first group of actors west. First stop… Toronto’s Sir John A. Macdonald Railway Station 🙂

    • Gail Dever says:

      Even though Canadians missed celebrating the first 198 anniversaries of Sir John A’s birth, I look forward to learning about this and next year’s activities. Great website — very creative. You are sure to grab people’s attention — young and old.

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