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26/06/2017

Apocalypsis: Largest Musical Production in Toronto’s History

The Luminato Festival’s multidisciplinary production of R. Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis — premiered in 1980 in London, Ontario — was staged at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Billed as the largest musical production in Toronto’s history, it cost $1.5 ...

03/06/2017

Death of Jacques Beaudry

Internationally renowned conductor Jacques Beaudry, of Sorel, Québec, died at age 92. He made his debut on the CBC in 1955 and went on to conduct major symphonies and operas in North America, Europe and the USSR.

06/05/2017

Flooding in South-Central British Columbia

Floods caused by heavy rain and warm springtime temperatures hit south-central British Columbia, particularly the Kelowna area. The City of West Kelowna declared a state of emergency following road closures, a power outage and the implementation of emergency precautions. Further ...

03/05/2017

Flooding in Western Québec and Eastern Ontario

Heavy rain and warm temperatures causing snowmelt led to severe flooding around the Ottawa River and beyond. Gatineau, Québec, was among the most severely hit communities. Many residents were forced to evacuate their homes and, later in the week, 400 ...

28/03/2017

Death of Janine Sutto

Prolific Québecoise actor Janine Sutto died in Montréal, Québec, at age 95. An autodidact, she brilliantly personified countless roles in all genres of theatre, radio and television. Sutto pursued her career for more than seven decades and acted in more ...

10/03/2017

Death of Richard Wagamese

Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) novelist and journalist Richard Wagamese died in Kamloops, British Columbia, at the age of 61. A member of the Wabaseemoong Independent Nations, Wagamese was taken from his family as a young child, during the Sixties Scoop, and only ...

04/03/2017

Death of Bonnie Burnard

Short story writer and novelist Bonnie Burnard died in London, Ontario, at age 72. The four books she published in her lifetime earned her critical acclaim and literary prizes, including the Giller Prize in 1999 for her novel A Good ...

02/03/2017

“Notre Place” Named Official Anthem of Franco-Ontarians

Following a campaign led by the Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique, the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario and Ottawa’s Montfort Hospital, the Government of Ontario adopted a motion making Paul Demers’ song “Notre Place” ...

19/02/2017

Death of Bob White

Labour leader Bob White died in Kincardine, Ontario. Among his many achievements as a union organizer, White was the founding president of the Canadian Auto Workers union. In 1990, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

15/02/2017

Death of Stuart McLean

Montréal-born Stuart McLean, the journalist and author best known as the creator of CBC Radio’s The Vinyl Café, died at age 68 after a battle with cancer.

14/02/2017

First Victory of a Sixties Scoop Lawsuit

Ontario Superior Court judge Edward Belobaba ruled in favour of Sixties Scoop victims, finding that the federal government did not take adequate steps to protect the cultural identity of on-reserve children taken away from their homes. This was the first ...

06/02/2017

Queen Elizabeth’s Sapphire Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to achieve 65 years on the throne, a milestone celebrated as her “Sapphire Jubilee.”

29/01/2017

Québec City Mosque Shooting

Six Muslim men were killed and five others critically injured in a shooting rampage at a mosque of the Centre Culturel Islamique in Québec City. Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of ...

20/01/2017

Trump Inauguration Sparks Women's Marches across Canada

The inauguration of US president Donald Trump was met with protests that took place around the world in the two days that followed. Millions of women, men and children, including thousands in cities across Canada, joined marches in support of ...

10/01/2017

Karina Gould Becomes Youngest Female Cabinet Minister

Karina Gould, the member of Parliament for Burlington, Ontario, was named minister of Democratic Institutions in the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and tasked with overseeing the electoral reform file. At age 29, she became the youngest woman ...

21/12/2016

Québec Announces Inquiry into Treatment of Indigenous People

After months of public pressure led by Indigenous leaders, Québec premier Philippe Couillard announced that the province would undertake a public inquiry into systemic discrimination toward Indigenous people. Calls for the inquiry grew in the wake of an October 2015 ...

13/12/2016

Penny Oleksiak Wins Lou Marsh Trophy

Swimmer Penny Oleksiak of Toronto, Ontario won the Lou Marsh Trophy for Canada’s best athlete of 2016, the year of her triumphant four-medal record at the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The award is given out annually ...

10/12/2016

First Canadian Team to Play MLS Cup Final

Toronto FC became the first Canadian club to reach the Major League Soccer Cup final, facing off against Seattle Sounders FC at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario. They lost the match 5–4 in penalty shootout. (See also Soccer.)

29/11/2016

Ontario’s All Families Are Equal Act Passed

Ontario passed Bill 28, the All Families are Equal Act, giving all parents equal rights under the law, “whether they are LGBTQ2+ or straight, and whether their children were conceived with or without assistance.”

23/11/2016

Lawren Harris Painting Sells for Record Amount

Mountain Forms by Group of Seven painter Lawren Harris set a record for the most expensive piece of Canadian art ever sold at an auction, fetching $11.21 million at a sale in Toronto, Ontario.