Banks Of The Don (On The)


A song about Toronto's notorious Don Jail. This imposing structure was built along the Don River in 1865. It was added to over the years but the original part of the jail was in use until 1977. The song was collected from O.J. Abbott (1872-1962) by Edith Fowke in the late 1950s. O.J. Abbott was born in England, but emigrated to Canada along with his brother when he was 12. As a young man he worked in a number of lumber camps in the Ottawa Valley, where he learned a large repertoire of songs.


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Title Banks Of The Don (On The)
Subject Other Music & Dance Lakes & Rivers Songs of Social Life
Year 1880
Locale Southwestern
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