Musings

Written manuscript of In Flanders Fields

Artist’s Inspiration: Connie DeRuyter

We asked local artists to create works inspired by John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields for a special juried art show commemorating the centenary of the poem. The submissions we received were incredibly varied, as each artist brought a truly unique perspective to the poem. In this blog series, the artists explain in their own words…

How to write a play about a Canadian hero

Meet Don Macrae, author of A Night in Flanders Get inside the mind of Canadian hero John McCrae. Try to imagine the turbulent emotional state that led to the composition of his famous poem, In Flanders Fields. Convey all that to an audience in a compelling one-act play to be performed outdoors. It may sound like…

Written manuscript of In Flanders Fields

Artist’s Inspiration: Bruce Shapka

We asked local artists to create works inspired by John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields for a special juried art show commemorating the centenary of the poem. The submissions we received were incredibly varied, as each artist brought a truly unique perspective to the poem. In this blog series, the artists explain in their own words…

Written manuscript of In Flanders Fields

Artist’s Inspiration: Clive Lewis

We asked local artists to create works inspired by John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields for a special juried art show commemorating the centenary of the poem. The submissions we received were incredibly varied, as each artist brought a truly unique perspective to the poem. In this blog series, the artists explain in their own words…

Written manuscript of In Flanders Fields

Artist’s Inspiration: Urszula Hajdyla

We asked local artists to create works inspired by John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields for a special juried art show commemorating the centenary of the poem. The submissions we received were incredibly varied. Each artist brought a truly unique perspective to the poem. In this blog series, the artists explain in their own words the motivation…

Written manuscript of In Flanders Fields

Artist’s Inspiration: Barbara Bryce

 We asked local artists to create works inspired by John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields for a special juried art show commemorating the centenary of the poem. The submissions we received were incredible and so varied, as each artist brought a unique perspective to the poem. In this blog series, the artists explain in their own words their motivation and…

A field of poppies

In conversation with Linda Granfield: what a historian still hopes to discover about John McCrae

  Award-winning historian Linda Granfield has written several books and articles about John McCrae, including In Flanders Fields: the Story of the Poem by John McCrae and Remembering John McCrae: Soldier-Doctor-Poet. In this interview, she talks about what first piqued her interest in McCrae, and what she still hopes to learn about the man. When did you first…

Seamus Gunn, Scottish performer

Great chieftain o’ the puddin race!

We had a wonderful Robbie Burns Day celebration here at the museum a few weeks back. A crowd of over 200 showed up, hungry for haggis and yearning for the sweet sound of bagpipes. The Guelph Pipe Band and the Mary Ellen Cann School of Highland Dancing performed throughout the afternoon. One of the day’s highlights was…