27 September 2012
A curious concept for a concert
One of my favourite choral groups, the Toronto Tallis Choir, will perform on April 27th 2013 a "Grand Concert for the Battle of York, 1813." That's right: they're putting on concert in honour of the 200th anniversary of the burning of York (the original name of the tiny village that has grown into Toronto). Couldn't they have waited a few months to June 5th and 6th, and celebrated the 200th anniversary of the victory of Stoney Creek, where British forces turned back the American invaders? On the other hand, perhaps celebrating the destruction of the old town is appropriate. Frankly, the way the Toronto Council and Mayor are acting these days, I'd love the Yanks to come up and burn the place down again.