A new piece by Madeleine McDowell and Neil Ross

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Image of Sir William Pearce Howland.

Standing within sight of the historic Lambton House--the only remains of his built legacy--William Pearce Howland addresses the electors of West York in 1864.  As Canadians are about to decide on nationhood, he outlines his vision of a diverse Confederation. Concluding his remarks, Sir William shares his thoughts on Canadian citizenship and freedom.

About the artists

Story-teller, artist, speaker, teacher, activist, and historian, Madeleine McDowell is a life-long defender and protector of the Humber River's natural and cultural heritage. In 2010, Madeleine received a special Lifetime Achievement Award from Heritage Toronto in recognition for her on-going contributions to local heritage preservation.

Neil Ross is a Junction-based writer/comedian/historian. His play, 'Stephen Leacock's Whirlwind Campaign to Cheer Up Canada!'--a national tour for local literacy--traveled from Halifax to Nanaimo.  His novel 'Comedy Can Be Murder: An Aristophanes Murder-Comedy' is available at

Jan-Michael Weir (Howland) is a Toronto-based actor. As a company member of Humber River Shakespeare, Jan performed as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations for the Humber River's designation as a Canadian Heritage River in 2009.

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