March 5, 2020, 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. – St. Piran’s Day
Once more, on March 5th, 2020, the Cornish diaspora in Toronto will celebrate St. Piran’s Day. St. Piran is the patron saint of Cornwall, famous for arriving on the shores of north Cornwall lashed to a millstone. According to the Cornwall Live website,
“St Piran met a bunch of blokes with a fire and a load of black rocks all around. They lit the fire and they welcomed him. As the fire got hotter, the black stones got hotter and a white liquid started to pour out of it. St. Piran noticed and as a result gave us smelting which allowed us to smelt tin. This is where our flag, the white cross on the black rock, comes from”.
And it will be this flag that will be raised at Toronto City Hall at 10.00 am to the accompanying shout of Trelawny, the Cornish National Anthem.
Following the flag raising, the group will march from City Hall, along University Avenue, to the Duke of Cornwall Pub to receive a real Cornish welcome and reception. Here, the celebrations will continue with a video concert from the Celtic singer/songwriter Heather Dale and her band while we will enjoy Cornish Pasties and admire the Cornish themed decorations and posters. And, of course, the event will conclude with a final rendition of Trelawny, this time accompanied by the Trelawny Male Choir, recorded on video during their tour of Ontario in 2015.
As the Cornish say, a Proper Job.
March 21, 2020, 2:00 p.m. – 295 Indian Road, Toronto – presentation on Bible Christians and Wesleyan Methodists
April 18, 2020, 2:00 p.m. – 33 Empress Ave., Toronto, Party Room – presentation on DNA – Basics for Genealogists – Nancy Trimble
May 23, 2020, 2:00 p.m. – 295 Indian Road, Toronto – presentation on Cornish Troops In WWI (East Africa) – Ann Crichton-Harris/John Webb
June 5 – 7, 2020 – Annual Ontario Ancestors Conference – Hamilton Convention Centre – Toronto Cornish Association will have a table in the Marketplace – hope to see you there!!
June 20, 2020 – Swansea Town Hall – 95 Lavinia Avenue, Toronto – presentation on the Lost Gardens of Heligan – Marion Stephens
Please contact us by e-mail at email@example.com if you require additional information about any of these events.