Canadian Heroes and Villains: The Lighter and Darker Side of History
By Neil Ross.
Sunday, May 7
2:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Theme: Advocacy and Politics, Arts and Culture, History and Community.
Accessibility: Uneven terrain, Stairs or other barriers, Fast-paced walk, Family-friendly walk, Walk leader will use audio amplification, Walk content may be triggering.
Join me outside Queen’s Park Station for a journey back through history! Encounter flawed generals, actors, physicians, poets, athletes, politicians – and world events -- as we explore Canada’s story in statue and mural form.
What we have found, since Canada had essentially three founding peoples -- Indigenous, French and British -- heroes of one cultural group are often the villains of the others -- and vice versa.
To paraphrase great Canadian artist Joni Mitchell: we’re looking at history from “both sides now!”
NEIL ROSS: I have been a stand up and sketch comedian, an actor, a playwright, a film and television writer, a novelist, a tour guide and a local historian. I started giving tours in West Toronto Junction where I live. Canadian Heroes and Villains is kind of a dream tour for me as it involves stores I have been telling all of my life. History, however, can sometimes demand a grimmer lens than that of my youth.
Walk Start Location: Queen's Park Subway station, north east corner above the station, below the Firefighter's Memorial.
I will be wearing a fedora (straw or felt depending on the weather) and a back pack with a Tour Guys button on it.
Walk End Location: Osgood Hall, north east corner of Queen and University, just east of new City Hall.