Back Room Talk

March 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Neilson Store & Museum
5220 Front Road Stella On K0H 2S0
Donation invited
Bonnie Livingstone

True Canadian Stories!

If Lilacs Could Sing!

On Friday, March 20 at 7:00 pm (almost the first day of spring!), join us at the Museum for an evening of song and poetry with Stephen Bruce Medd, author of “If Lilacs Could Sing”.

Bruce writes and adapts historical ballads for a journey through time in his book of songs and history. He retells the stories of the Loyalists refugee settlers, the First Peoples (Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe) that lived in our area. Stephen writes, “Folk music, with its evocative lyrics about people, places and time, was the most natural way for me to tell some of the fascinating stories of our past. Lilacs were brought to North America in the early seventeenth century by the first European settlers. The sweet fragrance of their softly clustered flowers is a harbinger of Spring. But they also mark the beginning of the colonization of North America and the transformation of the traditional lands of the Indigenous people. Imagine what ballads we might hear If Lilacs Could Sing!”