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Subject: Choral Music

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Gaff Linkum - A Tale of Talbotville - Singing Schools

"Gaff Linkum - A Tale of Talbotville" was an early 20th century novel by Archie P. McKishnie, set in deep Southwestern Ontario. The "Talbotville" of the title was in fact a thinly disguised Morpeth - a village in Chatham-Kent. The novel was created from r...

Jubilee Song - Temperance Song

"The Canadian Musical Fountain and Prohibition Singer" was a songbook created for the temperance movement and published in Toronto in 1874. I first found a copy at the Toronto Public Library. These excerpts came from the Internet Archive, where you can fi...

Lacrosse Our National Game - Song

The 19th century's answer to Stompin' Tom's "Hockey Song". I found this rousing sports ditty in the Toronto Public Library in the early 1980s, and used to sing it a lot at museum shows with the vocal group, Prof. Chalaupka's Celebrated Singing School. It ...

Last Potato (The)

The Last Potato - I copied this parody of Thomas Moore's famous parlour song "The Last Rose of Summer" from the pages of the Cobourg Star. It's cute. The original melody is easy to find online. I've included a four-part arrangement that looks like it's f...

Mennonite Shape Note Singing - Singing From The Heart

This is an essay written by Onias Weber from a book called "The Songs We Sing". In in he gives his philosophy about the speed at which songs should be sung. Onias was a very conservative old-order Mennonite singing school teacher (and blacksmith) from nea...

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