A GREAT CANADIAN
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.
Conductor, Sounding Thunder
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