Guelph Museums to honour Lt. Col. John McCrae through Words, Images, and Song on centenary of his passing

GUELPH ON, January 22, 2018: Commemorate the centenary of the passing of Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae with Guelph Museums on Sunday, January 28 at River Run Centre.

An original production by Hugh Brewster and the Elora Festival singers, John McCrae: His Life in Words, Images, and Song pays tribute to the life and legacy of McCrae. The engaging narrative complemented by remarkable images and video takes us from life in Edwardian Guelph to South Africa during the Boer War to a vice-regal canoe trip to Hudson’s Bay to the trenches of the Western Front. The music ranges from works by Hubert Parry and Edward Elgar to ‘Frog Went a Courtin’ and popular songs of the period.

Author and narrator of the performance, Hugh Brewster has collaborated with Noel Edison and the Elora Singers on concert performances over the last ten years. In 2016, Brewster guest curated a show for the Guelph Civic Museum entitled LUCILE: Fashion, Titanic, Scandal. He is the author of 14 books for young readers and adult on subjects ranging from the world wars to the Titanic. His new play, entitled LAST DAY, LAST HOUR: Canada’s Great War on Trial will premiere in Fall ’18 in the Old Bailey courthouse in Cobourg, Ontario.

“He was a remarkable character” says Brewster.  “And he led an interesting life that most of us know little about. I grew up in Guelph around the corner from the McCrae birthplace and learned In Flanders Fields in school but knew little about McCrae himself. It’s been a pleasure getting to know him through creating this concert.”

The performance begins at 3 p.m. and is approximately 90 mins.

Tickets are $25 + HST and can be purchased at

River Run Centre, Cooperators Hall is located at 135 Woolwich Street.


For more information, please contact:
Sarah Ball | Community Relations Coordinator | Guelph Museums
Public Services | City of Guelph
T 519-836-1221 x 3392
E [email protected]

Posted by Dawn Owen on January 22, 2018