In March, 2015, Confederation Centre of the Arts embarked on a 12-city national tour in recognition of Sir John A. Macdonald’s 2015 bicentennial. As Canada’s living memorial to the Fathers of Confederation, and the home of a thriving musical theatre program, Confederation Centre was well equipped to take on this major project.
The presentation included The Founding Father: His Story. Our Canada., an original biographical play (presented separately to the public as well as high school students), as well as The Quest for Canada, a re-created historical debate for students.
According to a January 2015 Ipsos-Reid Poll, one in four Canadians couldn’t identify Sir John A. as our first Prime Minister. The coast-to-coast tour was intended to spark curiosity and generate conversation, inspiring Canadians to seek out further knowledge about the origins and evolution of Canada as a nation, and Confederation Centre can proudly claim that citizens and students across the country have a much richer understanding of our founding father as a result of their participation in The Sir John A. Tour.
Through attendance at public performances, participation in online and social media, and engaging with content in various media, Canadians gained an appreciation of Sir John A. Macdonald, the man and the politician, and a sense of the challenging times of the latter 1800s.
Confederation Centre of the Arts is grateful for the support of Canadian Heritage on this project and looks forward to inspiring Canadians through arts and culture as we move towards the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.