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Discover Library and Archives Canada: Your History, Your Documentary Heritage

Library and Archives Canada

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The Discover Library and Archives Canada: Your History, Your Documentary Heritage podcast is where Canadian history, literature and culture await you. Each month, we will showcase treasures from our vaults, guide you through our many services and int...Show More

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A Look inside the Preservation Centre

57:38 | Dec 18th, 2017

Ever wonder where Library and Archives Canada (LAC) stores, protects and preserves Canada’s diverse and rich documentary heritage? Join us for this episode as we take you on a walking tour of LAC’s Preservation Centre in Gatineau, Quebec, to celebrat...Show More

Canada 150: Reflect and Reimagine

47:20 | Nov 29th, 2017

As Canada marks its 150th year as a nation, we look back on our past with immense pride, but also with a critical eye. In this episode we teamed up with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to talk about the future of Canada an...Show More

Sifting through LAC’s Cookbook Collection

42:50 | Sep 7th, 2016

In this episode, we sit down with Erika Reinhardt, archivist at Library and Archives Canada, to discuss LAC’s cookbook collection. We discuss how culture and technology have shaped these books and recipes over time, and the impact they have had on ou...Show More

Songs of the Season

38:16 | Dec 10th

Library and Archives Canada has the largest collection of Canadian music in existence. There are over 250,000 sound and video recordings alone, not to mention huge collections of sheet music, printed scores, concert programs and books. Therefore, it ...Show More

Upcoming Episodes, 2018-2019

5:32 | Nov 19th

We're currently working on a number of exciting episodes for you! Here's a sneak peek at what we have lined up: Christmas and holiday songs, Francis Mackey and the Halifax Explosion, the life and work of Mary Riter Hamilton, and Canada’s most infamou...Show More

Canada's Canoe Archive

44:41 | Aug 14th

For many Canadians, paddling in a canoe serves as a refuge from our hectic day-to-day lives, and as a means of reconnecting with nature, family and friends. But thousands of years before European settlers arrived in what we now call Canada, the lakes...Show More

Get Your Summer Read On, Part 2

32:55 | Jun 18th

The TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest bilingual summer reading program. Developed by the Toronto Public Library, in partnership with Library and Archives Canada, this free program highlights Canadian authors, illustrators and stories. The go...Show More

Get Your Summer Read On, Part 1

42:54 | Jun 4th

The TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest bilingual summer reading program for kids. Developed by the Toronto Public Library, in partnership with Library and Archives Canada, this free program highlights Canadian authors, illustrators and storie...Show More

Mr. Lowy's Room of Wonder

48:42 | May 2nd

Down an obscure hallway at our downtown Ottawa location, there is a mysterious room overflowing with majestic tomes and ancient wisdom. The Lowy Room is a self-contained museum housing over 3,000 rare, often unique Hebraica and Judaica items dating b...Show More

Gratien Gélinas: One of Our Own

50:12 | Mar 27th

Gratien Gélinas is considered one of the founders of modern Canadian theatre and film. He was a playwright, director, actor, filmmaker and administrator of cultural organizations. His personifications of the common man paved the way for many of Quebe...Show More

Mackenzie King: Against his Will

1:01:00 | Feb 19th

William Lyon Mackenzie King was Canada’s longest serving prime minister. He is also increasingly viewed as one of the greatest. However, King’s accomplishments are not restricted to the realm of politics. He was also a prolific correspondent and kept...Show More

Former Enemies Are Now Friends

38:31 | Nov 9th, 2017

In this episode we speak with LAC employee Tim Hack about the amazing journey he undertook to reconnect with his great-grandfathers, who fought on opposite sides of the First World War. Tim came across the Canadian Expeditionary Force files right aft...Show More

50 Years of Expo 67

1:01:13 | Sep 1st, 2017

The 1967 Universal and International Exhibition, better known as Expo 67, was the highlight of Canada’s centennial celebrations. It was held in Montréal from April to October 1967, and was considered the most successful world’s fair of the 20th centu...Show More

Healing Journey: Project Naming at 15

23:45 | Jul 5th, 2017

Before Project Naming began in 2002, the Aboriginal peoples depicted in the majority of federal archival photographs were nameless. Over the past fifteen years, Project Naming has provided a virtual space enabling First Nations, the Métis Nation and ...Show More

Beyond Vimy: The Rise of Air Power, Part 2

31:10 | May 3rd, 2017

April 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the attack and capture of Vimy Ridge, when all four divisions of the Canadian Corps worked together for the first time. During the First World War, over 25,000 Canadians served with the British Flying Service...Show More

Beyond Vimy: The Rise of Air Power, Part 1

44:41 | Apr 5th, 2017

April 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the attack and capture of Vimy Ridge, when all four divisions of the Canadian Corps worked together for the first time. During the First World War, over 25,000 Canadians served with the British Flying Service...Show More

William Topley: Exposure on Ottawa

40:56 | Feb 22nd, 2017

The William James Topley photographic collection is one of the most important visual records of Canada. The photographs produced by the Topley Studio provide a vivid documentation of the political, social, cultural, economic, technological, and archi...Show More

Glenn Gould: Remixing the Classics

53:05 | Jan 25th, 2017

Thirty-four years after his death, Glenn Gould’s extensive catalogue of recordings, and the bold artistic vision behind them continue to resonate with music fans the world over. His irreverent interpretations of piano repertoire and perplexing idiosy...Show More

For the Greater Good

31:20 | Dec 21st, 2016

Collectors are a breed apart. Quite commonly, their motivations are not simply for personal gain but as a means of ensuring that future generations can enjoy the fruits of their labours in ways that can only be imagined. In this episode, the second e...Show More

Wilfrid Laurier: It’s Complicated

1:00:57 | Nov 16th, 2016

Sir Wilfrid Laurier had the largest unbroken term of office as Canada’s seventh prime minister. He was considered one of Canada’s greatest politicians, full of charisma, charm and passion, qualities that served him well in office, and also in his per...Show More

Kindred Spirits After All

30:25 | Aug 3rd, 2016

Few Canadian authors have achieved the universal appeal of Lucy Maud Montgomery, whose iconic series “Anne of Green Gables” continues to resonate with book lovers of all ages. In this episode, we speak with inveterate book collector Ronald I. Cohen w...Show More

Peter Rindisbacher: Beauty by Commission

49:38 | Jun 29th, 2016

In this episode, we discuss the life of Peter Rindisbacher, an artist that immigrated to Canada from Switzerland with his family when he was just 15. Living in the Red River Colony from 1821 to 1826, he became the first artist to paint and sketch th...Show More

La Bolduc: Queen of Canadian Folksingers

34:33 | Apr 20th, 2016

In this episode we explore the story of Mary Travers Bolduc. It is a rags-to-riches tale of a Quebec housewife who rose from impoverished obscurity to become a major 1930s recording phenomenon. This ordinary, traditional woman became a most extraord...Show More

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Métis Nation

38:24 | Feb 22nd, 2016

As descendants of First Nations and Europeans, citizens of the Métis Nation were related to both groups while not belonging fully to either. Their culture and nationhood were unique and resulted in an independent identity. Following the Métis resista...Show More

Rising from the Ashes

27:33 | Feb 2nd, 2016

On February 3, 1916 at 8:37 p.m., the alarm was raised on Parliament Hill that a fire had broken out in the Centre Block. By the next morning, the building had been reduced to a smoking ruin, encrusted in ice. The exact cause of the fire was never de...Show More

Shot Stone: Curling in Canada

24:59 | Jan 6th, 2016

Curling could be considered the unofficial national sport of Canada. In this episode, we will explore the game’s evolution, its development as an organized sport, and the creations of a Canadian curling culture. We will also let you know about the ex...Show More

Mirrors with Memory

25:50 | Oct 13th, 2015

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in preparation for an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada? Since 2013, as part of an ongoing partnership between Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and the National Gallery, items from LAC...Show More

Yousuf Karsh: Pursuing Greatness

50:54 | Jul 27th, 2015

In this episode we explore the story of Yousuf Karsh who came to Canada as a teenager and pursued his dream to become an internationally renowned photographer. We are joined by Karsh expert Dr. Robert Evans and LAC photo archivist Jill Delaney. They ...Show More

Guardians of the North: Comic Books in Canada

29:39 | May 27th, 2015

You don’t have to go far to see the influence that comic books have had on contemporary culture, but you might be surprised to learn that Library and Archives Canada holds an extensive collection of comic books and related material within its vaults....Show More

In Flanders Fields: A Century of Poppies

35:26 | Apr 29th, 2015

The poem, In Flanders Fields—which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year—is considered to be the most popular poem from the First World War. In this episode, we are joined by LAC archivist Emily Monks-Leeson who will guide us through the lif...Show More

Digging Into the Past: Family History in Canada

15:57 | Mar 25th, 2015

Many Canadians have a growing interest in discovering their family heritage. Their quest can be simple in the beginning, but often it becomes the work of a lifetime. In this episode, genealogy consultants Sara Chatfield and Richard Lelièvre from Libr...Show More

Celia Franca: Shall we dance?

30:33 | Mar 12th, 2015

Discover the story of Celia Franca, a woman who introduced Canada to world-class dance performances, pioneered the internationally famous National Ballet of Canada and devoted her entire life to dance. In this episode we are joined by LAC archivists ...Show More

Canada's Flag: The Maple Leaf Forever

33:17 | Feb 11th, 2015

Our flag, with its distinctive maple leaf and bold red-and-white colour scheme has become such a potent symbol for our country that it’s hard to believe it has only been around for 50 years. On February 15, 1965, the new flag flew for the first time ...Show More

Let us be Canadians: Sir John A. Macdonald

37:45 | Jan 7th, 2015

January 11, 2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. And while some aspects of his life and legacy remain contentious, most agree that his role in the creation of Canada was paramount. In ...Show More

William Hind: Illustrating Canada from Sea to Sea

35:45 | Nov 19th, 2014

In this episode, retired Collections Manager of Artworks Gilbert Gignac and Art Archivist Mary Margaret Johnston-Miller, both from Library and Archives, join us to discuss William Hind, an artist who played a key role in the development of art in Can...Show More

Out of the Ordinary: Rare Books

18:37 | Oct 22nd, 2014

When you hear the words “rare book,” you might think of an old, valuable book that’s hard to find, but there is much more to rare books than that. In this episode, we explore rare books and the collection held at Library and Archives Canada that has ...Show More

Sign Me Up: CEF Files, 1914-1918

22:01 | Sep 17th, 2014

Over 640,000 men and women enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War as soldiers, nurses and chaplains. In this episode, we will look at the service files of these men and women to find out the types of documents t...Show More

William Redver Stark: the Soldier and the Artist

24:43 | Sep 3rd, 2014

In this episode, Art Archivist Geneviève Morin and Conservator Lynn Curry from Library and Archives Canada join us to discuss the William Redver Stark fonds. We explore his background, look at his time as a soldier during the First World War and the ...Show More

Between the Sheets

22:45 | Jul 7th, 2014

In this episode, we discuss LAC’s sheet music collection. We will explore what sheet music is, what is in LAC’s collection and how it came about. We’ll also talk about the historical value of sheet music and why it’s still relevant today. Joining us ...Show More

Underwater Canada: Shipwreck Investigations

27:25 | May 27th, 2014

Canada has a rich maritime history filled with many tragedies, from small boats [lost] in the Great Lakes, to the sinking of the Empress of Ireland in the St. Lawrence River, to Sir John Franklin’s doomed expeditions in the Arctic. The shipwrecks cap...Show More

The Virtual Gramophone: Early Canadian sound recordings

31:15 | Mar 26th, 2014

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is releasing its latest podcast episode: The Virtual Gramophone: Early Canadian sound recordings. LAC’s Virtual Gramophone is a multimedia website devoted to the early days of Canadian recorded sound, providing an ov...Show More

Pulp Canada: Between the Covers

29:15 | Jan 22nd, 2014

In this episode, we explore our unique and one of the very few known collections of Canadian pulp magazines that Library and Archives Canada started to acquire in 1996, and their rise and fall in the 1940s and into the early 1950s. Our guests today a...Show More

Canada's Photographic Memory

29:15 | Aug 12th, 2013

The invention of photography in the early 1800s revolutionized the way humans communicate and share information. And while it’s hard for us to imagine not having a device with a camera at our side at all times, photography has only recently become av...Show More

Canada's Royal Winter Game

33:10 | Mar 13th, 2013

Few things define what it is to be Canadian more than our love of hockey—“Canada’s Royal Winter Game”. In this episode, author and hockey expert Paul Kitchen joins us to discuss the origins of hockey, the evolution of the game, and what our love of h...Show More

Home Children

27:06 | Feb 12th, 2013

Between 1869 and the late 1930’s approximately 100,000 children were brought to Canada from Great Britain. Predominantly motivated by social and economic forces, a number of religious and philanthropic organizations encouraged the child migration mov...Show More

Faces of 1812

36:36 | Oct 23rd, 2012

This year, Canada is commemorating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, a unique opportunity for all Canadians to take pride in our traditions, and our shared history. Therefore, Library and Archives Canada has developed the exhibition, Faces of...Show More

Double Take

37:19 | Sep 26th, 2012

Rebel, imposter, knitter, and heartthrob—these are words not typically associated with figures from Canadian history. Get up close and personal with some of Canada’s most prominent men and women in Library and Archives Canada’s Double Take exhibition...Show More

The Shamrock and the Fleur-de-Lys

38:04 | Jun 21st, 2012

In this episode, we consult a panel of experts about the massive immigration of Irish settlers to Quebec in the 1800s, the journey they undertook to establish their new lives on foreign soil, and the cultural bond that formed between the Irish and th...Show More

The Lest We Forget Project

25:46 | Mar 29th, 2012

In this episode we’ll examine the Lest We Forget project. Since 2001, Library and Archives Canada has been supporting the initiative to connect youth to Canada’s history by making military service files available in person and online. Each year, on R...Show More

Project Naming and Canada's North

24:26 | Feb 9th, 2012

In this episode, we’ll introduce you to Project Naming, a community-engagement and photo-identification project launched by Library and Archives Canada in 2004. We will be talking with the project’s manager, Beth Greenhorn, who has been leading this ...Show More