James Ondrick is the Director of Programs and Administration at the Association for Canadian Studies, the central focus of which is bringing Canadians together to discuss collective public memory. Ondrick says, “Looking to the past in order to celebrate a nation is something that occurs in all societies. Therefore, there is no reason why it should not have a place in the societies of today.” Working with educators and students helps ACS meet their main objective which is “to preserve or highlight a Canadian identity”, which they aim to do through student and community engagement. Recently the ASC collaborated with the University of PEI and PEI Social Studies Teachers’ Association to hold a national conference on the teaching and communicating the history of Canada entitled (Re)Making Confederation: (Re)Imagining Canada.
The show is set in 1901 on the ten-year anniversary of Sir John A. MacdonaldÍs death. You will follow ñSALON Theatreî a turn-of-the-century fictional acting troupe that is getting ready to mount KingstonÍs very first outdoor theatrical show about Sir John AÍs life and legacy. The often dysfunctional theatre troupe will immerse the audience in music, comedy, and hijinks as they bring the audience along on a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience through the downtown core of Kingston.