Remembering Wilbert Coffin: “The Prospector’s Last Letter” Sung By Claude Rehel

Today marks the sombre 60th anniversary of Wilbert Coffin's execution in 1956 at Bordeaux Prison in Montreal. Wilbert Coffin was a mining prospector in the Gaspé area who had served his country in the Second World War. In 1953 he was accused of killing three American hunters in the woods near Murdochville even though he … Continue reading Remembering Wilbert Coffin: “The Prospector’s Last Letter” Sung By Claude Rehel

Merry Christmas from the Leo Fitzpatrick fonds

In archival terminology, a "fonds" describes a collection of unique documents created by an individual or organization through their regular activities. Modern archival practice largely traces itself to post-revolutionary France and the conscious effort to safeguard the records of the new republic; the idea of an archival "fonds" has its roots here and we still … Continue reading Merry Christmas from the Leo Fitzpatrick fonds

Musical Happy Hour (5 à 7) at Douglas Community Centre Tonight – Dec 18, 2015

Tonight is the monthly happy hour at the Douglas Community Centre. Bring refreshments and a snack to share and enjoy some music with myself, Nash Stanley, Norma McDonald, and Kathy Kennedy. We look forward to seeing some familiar and new faces and playing music for you. Date: December 18, 2015 Time: 5 - 7 pm … Continue reading Musical Happy Hour (5 à 7) at Douglas Community Centre Tonight – Dec 18, 2015

Tomorrow @ the Gaspé Wellness Centre: Music and Alzheimer’s Project

A quick last-minute announcement: At tomorrow's (December 2, 2015) Wellness Centre at the Legion in Gaspé, Lorraine Blais from the Douglas Community Centre will be giving a presentation on a new project she is developing involving music and people with Alzheimer's and dementia in the community. The Wellness Centre starts at 10 a.m. and Lorraine's … Continue reading Tomorrow @ the Gaspé Wellness Centre: Music and Alzheimer’s Project

Christmas Time’s A Comin’: Gaspesian Sounds From Last Weekend (Nov 28-29)

The past weekend was a busy and festive time around Gaspé and seemed to mark an unofficial start of the holiday season with a full-schedule of Christmas parties and community events. On Saturday, there was a dinner at the Mason's Lodge, a nighttime concert by Nash Stanley at the Legion, and a carol singing in Cap-aux-Os. … Continue reading Christmas Time’s A Comin’: Gaspesian Sounds From Last Weekend (Nov 28-29)

Upcoming Event – Barachois Wellness Centre: November 25, 2015

Just a quick note to let readers know that I'll be at Vision's Barachois Wellness Centre this coming Wednesday, November 25, 2015. Once again I'll be sharing music from our archives during the afternoon session to give you a sense of our collections and get your feedback. The event takes place at the Legion in … Continue reading Upcoming Event – Barachois Wellness Centre: November 25, 2015

Gaspé Veteran Stories – The Memory Project

There were some wonderful Remembrance (Armistice) Day ceremonies around Gaspé on Wednesday, beginning with an ecumenical mass in Douglastown, and followed by a ceremony at the cenotaph near the bridge in the town of Gaspé. Many from the Gaspé Coast served during 20th and 21st century conflicts and the memory of those who fell, those who … Continue reading Gaspé Veteran Stories – The Memory Project

Gaspé Wellness Centre – CD Sampler Now Available for Online Streaming

On October 7, I was invited by Vision to their monthly Wellness Centre at the Legion in Gaspé to give a presentation about our collaboration to share archival recordings with the community. I arrived with my laptop and boombox to a room of about twenty women chatting as they finished their lunch and proceeded to set up. … Continue reading Gaspé Wellness Centre – CD Sampler Now Available for Online Streaming