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British Columbia

Overview page. Subjects: History of the Americas — Literature.

Canada's westernmost province is a mosaic of diverse landscapes noted for its spectacular scenery of snow-capped mountains, pocket deserts, coastal rainforest, and scenic rivers. While 46...

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Cameron Porteous

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

(1937– )

Canadian scenographer. Born in Saskatchewan, Porteous studied design at England's Wimbledon School of Art. He was head of design at the Vancouver Playhouse (1972–81) and...

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Cariboo Wagon Road

Overview page. Subjects: History of the Americas.

Five and a half m wide and 492 km long, the Cariboo Wagon Road ran between Yale on the Fraser River to Barkerville in south-central British Columbia, the supply centre ...

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contact

Overview page. Subjects: History of the Americas.

This term usually signifies the arrival of the Europeans and the modifications Aboriginal societies underwent to accommodate to changed economic conditions. Such ethnocentric thinking...

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Dennis Foon

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

(1951– )

Canadian playwright, director, and screenwriter. He co-founded Green Thumb Theatre for Young People (Vancouver) in 1975, and until 1987 was its artistic director. He has...

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George Ryga

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1932–87),

Canadian dramatist, born in Alberta. He grew up on a homestead farm and received only an elementary schooling. Youthful communism gave way to a more loosely held...

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John Gray

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — Literature.

(1946– )

Canadian playwright and composer. His best-known play, Billy Bishop Goes to War (1978, Broadway 1980), is a two-person musical that examines the ambiguous attitudes of...

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mapping Canada

Overview page. Subjects: History of the Americas.

The earliest map showing any part of Canada is the ‘Cantino’ (1502) chart. It originated with the Portuguese Gaspar Corte-Real expedition (1501) along the southern tip of Greenland and the...

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Northwest Passage

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

The sea route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans along the north coast of North America. Long sought by explorers it was first traversed by Roald Amundsen (1903–06).

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Tamahnous Theatre

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

Canadian company. Chilcotin Indian for ‘magic’, Tamahnous was founded in Vancouver (1971) by John Gray and others to strike theatrical magic out of the voices and bodies of a tightly ...

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theatre for youth

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre.

An umbrella term that encompasses two age-related categories of performance work. Theatre for children means professionally produced plays aimed at children up to about the age of 12; theat...

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Victoria

Overview page. Subjects: History of the Americas.

British Columbia's capital projects a clear image: a bit of 19th-century England where snow rarely falls and the hectic pace of modern life is absent. This beguiling construction belies a...

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west coast exploration

Overview page. Subjects: History of the Americas.

The first European explorers to visit the west coast of what is now British Columbia were Spanish navigators who sailed north from their bases in Mexico in the 18th century. ...

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