Happy 154th Birthday, Dominion of Canada

July 1st, 2021 marks the 154th birthday for the Dominion of Canada since Confederation on July 1st, 1867.

Confederation was created thanks to the hard work of many people, and helped to create the Canada we know today.

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Euro 2020 Quarterfinals Set

The Quarterfinals for the Euro 2020 tournament are now set.

The following teams won their Round of 16 matches to qualify: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and Ukraine.

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2021 Stanley Cup Finals: Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

The 2021 Stanley Cup Finals start tonight in Tampa Bay as the Tampa Bay Lightning look to successfully defend their championship after winning the ‘Holy Grail’ of hockey last year, while the Montreal Canadiens make their first appearance in the Finals since winning the Cup back in 1993.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL season was changed so that all seven Canadian based teams could play in their own division for the entire season, plus the first two rounds of the playoffs.

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2020 Euro Cup Knockout Stages

The Round of 16 has now been set for the 2020 Euro Cup.

The knockout stage starts on June 26th, 2021.

The Euro Cup was delayed one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Exhibition Grounds

I went for a walk through the Exhibition grounds on June 16th 2021 while in the area for another project.

I was able to pick up some photographs of some of the buildings on the property that are currently, or previously, used by the Canadian National Exhibition, plus Princess Margaret’s Fountain.

Enjoy!

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June 6th 2021 Departure of The Canadian

VIA Rail Canada’s flagship train, the Canadian, departed Union Station in Toronto Ontario right on time on June 6th, 2021 at 9:45 a.m. reroute for Vancouver, B.C.

The train’s consist was:

F40PH-2 #6454
F40PH-2 #6428
Baggage car #8621
HEP-I coach #8112
HEP-I coach #8113
HEP-I coach #8102
Skyline #8517
Diner Fairholme
Bell Manor
Hunter Manor
Dawson Manor
Carleton Manor
Prestige Park Car: Laurentide Park

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Happy Victoria Day

Queen Victoria (State portrait) by Sir George ...
Queen Victoria by Sir George Hayter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, May 24th 2021, is Victoria Day in Canada. I want to wish every Canadian a very happy and safe Victoria Day.

Today marks the celebration of the birthday of Canada’s first monarch, Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901 and was Monarch when four British colonies – Canada West (Ontario), Canada East (Quebec), New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia – were combined together to create the Dominion of Canada.

Queen Victoria would see Canada grow rapidly, with the purchase of Rupert’s Land to form the Northwest Territory, as well Manitoba, British Columbia, and Prince Edward Island all joining Confederation.

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2021 NHL Playoffs First Round

The first round of the 2021 National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs are now set and will begin on May 15th, 2021.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and travel restrictions between Canada and the United States, the league redeployed the teams so that there would be one seven team division of all the Canadian based teams, while the other teams, all located in the US, play in three divisions.

As such, the first rounds of the playoffs will see four Canadian based teams play between each other.

The first round match-ups are as follows:

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Frank Nelson at 110

On this date in 1911, actor Frank Nelson was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As such, today, May 5th 2021, would have marked his 110th birthday.

Frank Nelson was well known for his catchphrase, EEE-Yeeeeeeeeesssss?, on many shows, including The Addams Family, The Jack Benny Program, I Love Lucy, The Real McCoys, Alice, and Sanford and Son. Continue reading

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Famed Mezzo Soprano Christa Ludwig Passes Away at 93

Famed mezzo-sporano Christa Ludwig has passed away at the age of 93. Her career spanned almost 50 years, performing opera, Lieder, oratorio, masses, and passions.

She was born March 16th, 1928 in Berlin, Germany to Anton Ludwig and Eugenie Besalla-Ludwig, both singers in their own right.

She would make her operatic debut in 1946, at 18, in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus at the Oper Frankfurt, where she would sing for the next six years. In 1955, she would become a Principal soloist with the Vienna State Opera, starting a relationship that would continue to sing there until her retirement, receiving the title of Kammersängerin in 1962.

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