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About this website

The aim of this website is to explore Canada’s cultural past through dance, theatre and music.

The primary focus is the history of these art forms in the city of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as occasional stories about theatre in New France, the Maritime Provinces, Quebec and Ontario.

Canada’s colorful and vivid early theatrical history provides a unique lens into our past. Enjoy!

Freda Crisp

Freda is currently working on a history of theatre in Hamilton from 1800 to 1850, and a booklet on Hamilton dance teachers (1920-1940). Freda is a Life Member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association.

Freda's book, Scandalous and Delightful: The Viennese Children 1840-1850 can be purchased online through The Book Band.