A GREAT CANADIAN

The Globe and Mail (Ottawa/Quebec Edition) - - EDITORIAL -

Re Cram­ming Canada Into Oh What a Lovely War (Aug. 4): Re­view­ing Shaw Fes­ti­val’s Oh What a Lovely War, J. Kelly Nestruck says the script has been adapted to in­clude scenes about marginal­ized Cana­di­ans’ con­tri­bu­tions to the First World War ef­fort, in­clud­ing In­dige­nous sniper Fran­cis Pe­gah­magabow “who should re­ally have his own show.”

He does. Sound­ing Thun­der: The Song of Fran­cis Pe­gah­magabow has been tour­ing ma­jor On­tario mu­sic fes­ti­vals this sum­mer to great re­sponse. Writ­ten by com­poser Ti­mothy Corlis, Ojibwe poet Ar­mand Ruffo, Ojibwe mu­si­cian Jodi Baker and Tus­carora singer Jen­nifer Kreis­berg, the 65-minute work pre­miered on the Wasauks­ing First Na­tion, an­ces­tral home of the Pe­gah­magabow fam­ily, many of whom at­tended. Pe­gah­magabow’s great-grand­son, Brian McInnes, nar­rated Sound­ing Thun­der and has writ­ten a book with the same ti­tle, de­tail­ing this great Canadian’s life and legacy.

Larry Beck­with

Con­duc­tor, Sound­ing Thun­der

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