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:
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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The first season of Church & Carlton draws to a close with the story of Tom Longboat, a well-known historical figure whose athletic prowess has been allowed to overshadow his lifetime of quiet resistance for too long.
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There’s much more to curling than meets the eye, especially when it comes to the unusual role it played in Victorian Toronto.
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The strange story of Madame Henault, a peddler of a so-called miracle elixir that took Toronto by storm in 1882. Somehow, she roped in Canada’s greatest living athlete and inadvertently made history.
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Today’s episode is a salute to one of my personal heroes, the legendary Frank Mahovlich, King of Sass.
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Well, folks, I did it. It’s not exactly Serial but I have here for your enjoyment the very first episode of the Church & Carlton podcast. In light of recent events, I think it’s especially prescient.
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Tonight’s episode features an infamous baseball game that would change Toronto forever and calls into question some of the stories we like to tell ourselves about our city.