Subject: Social Life & Love

47 entries.

Roving Shantyboy (The)

Recorded by LaRena Clark (1904-1999) on her 1979 lp "Canada At Turn of The Sod". A mild song of seduction from the points of view of a "shantyboy" and the girl he leaves behind. Curiously, the narrative voice passes from him to her two thirds of the way t...

She's A Fine Woman and I'm A Fine Man - "Square" Jim MacDonald

LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED - This is a BAWDY song. "Square" Jim MacDonald (1888-1970) was a commercial Lake Erie fisherman in Port Dover, Ontario. This song was recorded at a party in Port Dover in about 1960. It is an erotic song with a cumulative ch...

Spree (The)

Tom Brandon (1927-?) was born in Midland but later moved to Kinmount. He worked on lake freighters and in lumber camps and picked up songs in both those settings. Edith Fowke collected a number of songs from him in 1958. "The Spree" is part of the drinkin...

The Chippewa Stream - LaRena Clark

The Chippewa Stream This song appears to be a Canadian "remake" of the traditional Scottish song "The Braes of Strathblane". The song was a staple in lumber camps in Ontario and elsewhere. LaRena was recorded singing this in the mid 1960s by Van Dittmer o...

The Town of York, 1793-1815

Extracts from : The Town of York, 1793-1815 A Collection of Documents of Early Toronto Edited by Edith G. Firth The Champlain Society, 1962 The PDF download below contains some wonderful period references to music and other entertainments in York (Toront...

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