The musician who directs a group of singers or instrumentalists without participating in the actual singing or playing is essentially the creation of the early 19th century; the one who makes a full-time career of such leadership is the product of the final decades of that century.
At 10 pm on Sunday, October 4, 1964, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation introduced its innovative public affairs program, This Hour Has Seven Days. By year's end, the show was attracting 2 million watchers. Fifty shows later, when the CBC killed Seven Days, it had an audience of 3.
The Vancouver Playhouse adopted the standard program pattern for regional theatres in Canada - a September to May season of about 6 plays that were mainly recent London and Broadway successes with a few classics included. From as early as 1966, every season featured at least one Canadian play.
The Snowbird legacy is part of a rich air show tradition in Canada that began nearly a century ago. Ever since J.A.D. McCURDY coaxed the SILVER DART into the air in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, on 23 February 1909, Canadians have been fascinated with airplanes and their role in shaping the nation.
Foon wrote Heracles, about Greek heroes; Raft Baby, a l9th-century tale from the BC interior; and The Windigo, from an Ojibwa myth. Shadowdance, written by Sheldon Rosen and directed by Yurek Bogajewicz, was an innovation in children's theatre and provided a frightening glimpse of a medieval world.
The attribution of the music to a native-born priest, Charles-Amador Martin (1648-1711), is an attractive possibility, though not fully proven. This piece, though not nearly as early as the earliest compositions from New Spain, does antedate the earliest known by composers of New England.