Erin Sheedy (Université d'Ottawa), «Chanter la « mosaïque musicale »: Florence Glenn et les festivals du Chemin de fer Canadien Pacifique»

Inspired by the English folk song revival, John Murray Gibbon (1875-1952) of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and Marius Barbeau (1883-1969) of the National Museum of Canada organized a nationwide series of festivals (1927-1931) promoting a “mosaic” as the ideal narrative of Canadian identity. Recent archival acquisitions of the singer Florence Glenn’s (1901-1974) personal papers at the Canadian Museum of Civilization showcase her key role in the musical dissemination of Gibbon and Barbeau’s vision to diverse audiences, beginning with the CPR festivals and continuing in her career as an internationally renowned performer of “Canadian Folksongs.” 

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