Season 2, Episode 1 – Oscar Wilde

Hey, team. In the words of Alyssa Edwards, I’m backbackbackbackback again and Season Two of Church & Carlton is finally happening.

We’re kicking things off with a little known facet of Oscar Wilde’s famous visit to Toronto in the spring of 1882. Wilde was quite taken with the city, but his favourite part of the visit might surprise you.

He also developed a bit of a crush on this guy, who all of my research suggests was tragically heterosexual:

100% Victorian Beefcake

Ross McKenzie as he looked in 1894, 12 years after he set hearts aflutter with his heroics on the lacrosse field.

Special thanks to The ArQuives on Isabella Street for letting me poke around in their Oscar Wilde collection.

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