Visionary. Radical. Canadian.
The theme of Canadian identity is explored through the speeches of Canada’s seventh Prime Minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, in this original theatrical piece. Created and directed by Thomas Morgan Jones, the play looks back on our past and the accomplishments of Laurier himself while simultaneously looking forward to our future. Set to original music, this highly physical performance is an inspirational blend of movement and sound that complement the insightful words of this celebrated leader.
Island of Montreal
Below the island of Montréal, the water that comes from the north from Ottawa unites with the waters that come from the western lakes, but uniting -- they do not mix. There they run parallel, separate, distinguishable, and yet are one stream, flowing within the same banks, the mighty St. Lawrence, and rolling on toward the sea bearing the commerce of a nation upon its bosom - a perfect image of our nation.
We are all Canadian
And I will say this, that we are all Canadian.
Inspiration of my life
Canada has been the inspiration of my life. I have had before me as a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day, a policy of true Canadianism, of moderation, of conciliation.
And I say it to our glory that the struggles of race are ended on Canadian soil. There is here now no other family than the human family, whatever the language they speak or the altars at which they kneel. There is glory in this fraternal union of which Canadians can never be sufficiently proud. Mighty nations, indeed, might well come to us to seek a lesson in justice and humanity. – given in French at his McGill graduation in 1864
Secret of the Future
The secret of the future is the unity between the people – given in French at his McGill graduation in 1864
History of Canada
There is more of the history of Canada in Sir Wilfrid Laurier's speeches than in those of any other public man of his generation, and his remarkable historical equipment lends steadiness and sobriety to his.
“Whenever he spoke, men were attracted by his words, and above all by the charm of their delivery and expression. Behind the gift of utterance lay a mind keen in its perceptions, and richly stored in a knowledge of affairs, in history and literature; also a heart, tender and strong in its emotions, and warmly responsive to the interests of other lives.”
His speeches have much of the beauty and simplicity of Lincoln's addresses and State papers, with more of imaginative quality and oratorical intensity.
Laurier reveled in language as an artist might revel in paint. It was his natural medium. But it depended as much on his pipe-organ voice, his delicious accent, gesture and presence as on his words ...
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