Subject: Other Music, Dance & Entertainments

106 entries.

Jersey (The)

An Ontario couple dance. I can find no reference to the history of this dance anywhere.

Jessie Polka (The)

The Jessie Polka is an "old-time" couple dance once popular at Ontario square dances. It became part of the repertoire in the 1940s and has an interesting history. "Jesusita en Chihuahua" began its life as a Mexican polka, written by Quirino Mendoza y C...

John Nagle Manuscript - Ottawa Valley

Tunes found in the John Nagle Manuscript in the National Archives of Canada 1836 John Nagle seems to have been a Gaelic-speaking Scottish settler in the Ottawa Valley. I looked through it in 1983 [IB] There are lots of tunes in this book that 21st centur...

Just Because

A singing square dance call. The original song was written by the Shelton Bros. in 1929, and recorded that year by Nelstone's Hawaiians. It was a much bigger hit when the Shelton Bros. recorded it themselves in 1933. It was also recorded by Brenda Lee Fra...

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 ...

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