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Life and Times of D’Arcy McGee

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--March 29, 2011.

The Canadian Museum of Civilization invites you to a special evening devoted to the life and times of Irish rebel and Canadian nationalist, Thomas D'Arcy McGee.

Join us for an evening of lively entertainment with the McGee Band: Frank Cassidy (whistles, banjo, vocals), James T. Brown (accordion, concertina, fiddle, vocals), James Stephens (fiddle, vocals), Ken Harper (bodhran) and Jeff McClintock (keyboards, guitar), together with author David Wilson. They will combine traditional music with readings from the speeches, letters and poetry of one of the Fathers of Confederation. The McGee Band will transport you back in time to the rollicking Ottawa of the 1860s, with its lively blend of Irish, Scottish and Québécois music. You won’t want to miss this exciting performance of great music and fascinating local history from the region’s rough-and-tumble early days.

The Life and Times of Thomas D’Arcy McGee in Words and Music

Irish Rebel, Canadian Icon

Thursday, April 14
7 p.m. (In English)
Voyageur Salon

Join the McGee Band and author David Wilson for an evening of traditional-style music and readings from the speeches, letters and poetry of this Father of Confederation.

Tickets: $5; available at the Museum Box Office.

Thomas D'Arcy McGee is best known for his prominent role in Irish-Canadian politics, his inspirational speeches in support of Canadian Confederation and his assassination by an Irish revolutionary who accused him of betraying his earlier Irish nationalist principles. David Wilson brings to life McGee’s passionate engagement with Ireland—from his early temperance speeches in Wexford; then across the Atlantic, where at age 19, McGhee became the editor of America's leading Irish newspaper; and on to McGhee’s involvement with the Young Ireland movement, his reactions to the Irish Famine and his role in the Irish Uprising of 1848.

More information is available at or by calling (819) 776-7000 or 1 (800) 555-5621