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Military Bands

Type: Document

The British likely introduced the military band to Canada. These regimental musicians were paid for by individual units. Instrumentation favoured flutes, clarinets and percussion. The bands played a strong role in the social life of garrison towns throughout Canada.

Site: National Defence

Real Stories - Our Past in Miniatures - Basilique-Benjamin Trottier Desrivières Beaubien - Miniature Portrait - 1792

Type: DocumentImage

Miniature portrait of Basilique-Benjamin Trottier Desrivières Beaubien, French Canadian lawyer who was involved in the militia. Includes access to descriptive archival record for the artwork.

Site: Library and Archives Canada

To the Sound of the Drummer's Beat

Type: Document

Fortified towns like Quebec, Montreal, Trois-Rivières and Louisbourg were all governed by military staffs. The lives of French soldiers and Canadian civilians alike were regulated by the different drum beatings of the garrison, from La Diane at dawn to La Retraite at sunset.

Site: National Defence

Entertainment

Type: Document

During the 18th and 19th centuries, alcohol and prostitutes were not the only forms of entertainment available to British soldiers. Cards and dice were popular, as was singing and playing music. The army tried to encourage reading, and it set up schools for the illiterate majority.

Site: National Defence

Real Stories - Our Past in Miniatures - Possibly John Montresor - Miniature Portrait - ca. 1765

Type: DocumentImage

Miniature portrait of Captain John Montresor. Between 1758 and 1760, Montresor was present at Louisbourg, the siege of Quebec, and the capitulation of Montreal. Includes access to descriptive archival record for the artwork.

Site: Library and Archives Canada

Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site of Canada: A Multi-Purpose Structure

Type: Document

The site at Coteau-du-Lac represented a major point of transit for British military logistics efforts. Between 1781 and 1814, the army developed large-scale infrastructures on the site, which testify to the importance the colonial authorities attached to improving and protecting transportation and communications along the route linking Montréal and Kingston.

Site: Parks Canada

Real Stories - Our Past in Miniatures - Gabriel-Elzéar Taschereau - Miniature Portrait - ca. 1780-1790

Type: DocumentImage

Miniature portrait of Gabriel-Elzéar Taschereau who defended Quebec against the British and the Americans. Includes access to descriptive archival record for the artwork.

Site: Library and Archives Canada

Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site of Canada: The First Lock Canal in North America

Type: Document

The construction of the canal at Coteau-du-Lac began in 1779 under the command of William Twiss.

Site: Parks Canada

Singing and Dancing

Type: Document

Drink was not the only amusement of the troops - they also loved to dance and sing, although these pastimes often took place in taverns while drinking… Many soldiers' songs are still popular folk tunes in French Canada.

Site: National Defence