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Subject: Songs of Social Life

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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 ...

Beautiful Child Of The Street

A Song from The Irving Five Cent Collection. See link for details

Big Jackass Smelling of Partridge

From LaRena's 1979 lp "Canada At The Turn of The Sod" This is a fragmentary Ontario mutation of an old Irish music hall song called Doran's Ass. I've put the original up as well, by way of comparison. LaRena learned this from her father. There's not much ...

Buffalo Whore (The) A mildly bawdy song

From the Ivan Walton Manuscript. Collected from Norman "Beach" McIvor of Goodrich in 1934 This ode to to the working girls of Canal Street (in Buffalo) is pretty goofy, and kind of rude, but I thought I ought to include it in any case. It’s almost ident...

Burns Centennial Festival 1859 - Songs, Tunes Speakers

This amazing document from Toronto, is a broadside advertising a Burns Supper at St. Lawrence Hall in 1859. That year was the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns. The original is in the Toronto Public reference Library. Check the "eve o...

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