The Girl of the Golden West

A Canadian soldier serving in Italy saved this theatre program as a souvenir of a leave spent in Naples, where he saw a production of Puccini's "The Girl of the Golden West" - performed with the permission of Allied military authorities.

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An evening of music

This smoker was one of the many social events held by the 109th Battalion, based in Lindsay, Ontario, to generate interest in the unit and stimulate recruiting.

Graduation dance, Edmonton

Number 4 ITS of the British Commonwealth Training Pan was located at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

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War brides

During the First World War, as many as 35,000 Canadian soldiers married British women. Given the constraints of wartime, their weddings were often modest affairs.

Training flight instructors

The school for flight instructors at Arnprior, in operation from August 1942 to January 1944, was part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.

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A send-off in Kingston

Before leaving for overseas, the 21st Battalion organized a week-long public celebration, with parades, sports, and games, for the people of Kingston and area.

The Presbyterians of Kirkwall celebrate

This concert featured the works of Scottish favourites such as Harry Lauder and Robbie Burns, as well as a toast to the men and women of Kirkwall parish, in southern Ontario, then serving in uniform.

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Entertaining the troops ... and their hosts

One of the most lavish productions mounted by Canadian Army Shows during the Second World War, Rhythm Rodeo played to thousands of Canadian servicemen and servicewomen, and countless British civilians, in 1945-46.

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Meet the Navy

This traveling musical revue was hosted by the Royal Canadian Navy to provide entertainment while boosting recruiting and morale.

WRENS dance card

This keepsake from a member of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (the Wrens) based in Deep Brooke, Nova Scotia, attests to the popular dances and music of the time.

Bingo for soldiers

Bingo was just one of the many means used to raise money to supply soldiers overseas with cigarettes.

Victory March in London, 2 May 1919

A message from an unidentified soldier: "Got these cards on July 12th in London. am now in YMCA Portsmouth. it is raining outside. intend taking a trip up in a airplane this afternoon. peace celebration day July 19th 1919."

A Birmingham war bride, 1917

The wedding photo of a woman from Handsworth, near Birmingham, and a gunner of the Canadian Field Artillery in December 1917.

Graduation dinner, Brandon, Manitoba

Course 122 of #12 Service Flying Training School held its graduation dinner in Brandon, Manitoba, in March 1945, when the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan was winding down. It was the last class to graduate from the school.

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Entertainment for convalescents

Community groups near Canadian military facilities often provided entertainment for personnel, like this concert at a hospital near Birmingham.

Canadian gunners in St Lucia

This dance card belonged to a Canadian gunner whose unit spent part of the First World War on garrison duties on the Caribbean island of St Lucia.

Camp Borden Military Theatre

Soldiers training at Camp Borden, Ontario, during the Second World War had a wide range of entertainment options available.