Library and Archives Canada

As the custodian of our distant past and recent history, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is a key resource for all Canadians who wish to gain a better understanding of who they are, individually and collectively. LAC acquires, processes, preserves and provides access to our documentary heritage and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.

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Episodes

Library and Archives Canada Tom Longboat is Cogwagee is Everything New

In the early 20th century, no spectator sport captivated the world like long distance running. And no runner captured the hearts of Canadians like a Six Nations Indigenous man by the name of Cogwagee in the Onondaga language, or Tom Longboat in English. From his victory at the 1907 Boston Marathon, where he shattered the previous world record by five ...
  • 2019
  • 01:03:37
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/22/2021

Library and Archives Canada Mackenzie King: Against his Will New

William Lyon Mackenzie King was Canada’s longest serving prime minister, an accomplished politician and a prolific writer. He kept an ongoing diary from 1893, until a few days before his death in 1950, in which he wrote down meticulous accounts of his life in politics and fascinating details from his private life. This episode features professor and author Christopher Dummitt, ...
  • 2018
  • 01:01:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/22/2021

Library and Archives Canada Bill Miner: Last of the Old Time Bandits New

On May 8, 1906, three armed and masked men held up the Canadian Pacific Railway’s Transcontinental Express at a place called Duck’s Station, 17 miles east of Kamloops in British Columbia. It was a botched robbery to say the least. The bandits ordered the engine and mail car uncoupled, and moved the train a mile down the track. Realizing that ...
  • 2019
  • 01:04:40
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/22/2021

Library and Archives Canada Francis Mackey and the Halifax Explosion New

On the morning of December 6, 1917, Pilot Francis Mackey was guiding the French ship Mont Blanc into the Bedford Basin when, at the narrowest point of the harbour, the Norwegian ship Imo collided with it. The Mont Blanc, laden down with high explosives, caught fire and, about 20 minutes later, exploded. The blast, which was the greatest man-made explosion ...
  • 2019
  • 01:08:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/20/2021

Library and Archives Canada Gratien Gélinas: One of Our Own New

Gratien Gélinas is considered one of the founders of modern Canadian theatre and film. He was a playwright, director, actor, filmmaker and administrator of cultural organizations. His personifications of the common man paved the way for many of Quebec’s leading scriptwriters, and he gave a voice, at home and abroad, to French Canada’s culture and society. This episode features Anne-Marie ...
  • 2018
  • 00:50:12
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/20/2021

Library and Archives Canada Glenn Gould: Remixing the Classics New

More than 30 years after his death, Glenn Gould's extensive catalogue of recordings, and the bold artistic vision behind them continue to resonate with music fans the world over. His irreverent interpretations of piano repertoire and perplexing idiosyncrasies have become the stuff of legend. This episode features Kevin Bazzana, author of the award-winning biography Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of ...
  • 2017
  • 00:53:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/19/2021

Library and Archives Canada La Bolduc: Queen of Canadian Folksingers New

In this episode Library and Archives Canada’s Music Historian and Archivist Rachel Chiasson-Taylor discusses Mary Travers Bolduc, a traditional housewife who became known as the “Queen of Canadian Folksingers.” Find out how and why her career, which began out of simple economic necessity and, building on the music of her own roots, became the stuff of legend.
  • 2016
  • 00:34:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/19/2021

Library and Archives Canada Yousuf Karsh: Pursuing Greatness New

In this episode we explore the story of Yousuf Karsh who came to Canada as a teenager and pursued his dream to become an internationally renowned photographer. We are joined by Karsh expert Dr. Robert Evans and photo archivist Jill Delaney from Library and Archives Canada. They speak to us about who Yousuf Karsh was, what makes his photographs so ...
  • 2015
  • 00:50:55
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/19/2021

Library and Archives Canada In Flanders Fields: A Century of Poppies New

The poem In Flanders Fields — which is over 100 years old — is considered to be the most popular poem from the First World War. This episode features archivist Emily Monks-Leeson from Library and Archives Canada who will guide us through the life of John McCrae, the Canadian soldier who penned the poem. She will help us understand the conditions from ...
  • 2015
  • 00:35:27
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/19/2021

Library and Archives Canada Celia Franca: Shall we dance? New

Discover the story of Celia Franca, a woman who introduced Canada to world-class dance performances, pioneered the internationally famous National Ballet of Canada and devoted her entire life to dance. This episode features Library and Archives Canada archivists Michel Guénette, Théo Martin and assistant archivist Judith Enright-Smith who will speak to us about who Celia Franca was, and the dance-related ...
  • 2015
  • 00:30:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/19/2021