Reunion 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – May 19 – 21, 2017
Canada’s 150th Birthday is in 2017 and what better place to hold our Reunion than in Ottawa next May 19 – 21st! We have secured The Westin Ottawa Hotel for our 2017 Canadian War Brides & Families Reunion and the Executive & Reunion Committee are already busy making the usual arrangements. Our Reunion dates also coincide with Ottawa’s annual Tulip Festival so you should expect to be dazzled with all the beautiful floral displays in & around downtown Ottawa. More information, including Registration forms will be available in the Fall and will be included with the Fall 2016 Newsletter for all Canadian War Brides and Families Members.
Portraits in Sepia, Stories in Silk: Canada’s British War Brides
In 1946, Canada House was where travel documents were issued to enable the more than 40,000 young British women–war brides who had married Canadian servicemen–to embark on new lives in Canada.
What had been troopships throughout World War II were later nicknamed “bride ships” as they ferried tens of thousands of young women from Southampton and Liverpool to the port of Halifax, Nova Scotia and onwards to their husbands across Canada.
This exhibit of 40 full-length portraits in the Trafalgar Square Lobby of Canada House [London] is accompanied by a length of silk that tells the personal story of each bride. Collectively, they pay tribute to the tens of thousands of war brides for whom a leap of faith meant not just a new husband, but a new country. The artist has also embroidered names of bride ships onto vintage handkerchiefs to create a translucent sculpture titled Veil of Tears.
Bev Tosh`s show Portraits in Sepia, Stories in Silk: Canada`s British War Brides opened at Canada House in London on May 5th, 2016.
War Brides: One-way Passage
HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial in Comox, BC until Sept. 15, 2016
War Brides includes 30 full-length portraits and personal stories. Collectively, they pay tribute to the tens of thousands of war brides for whom a leap of faith meant not just a new husband, but a new country. Memorabilia from regional war brides lends a West Coast focus to a wide cross-section of Canadian portraits and stories.
The HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial (HAMM) is located in the Comox Centre Mall in Comox BC. HAMM is dedicated to preserving the history of the men who served on HMCS Alberni in the Battle of the Atlantic 1941-1944.
Comox Centre Mall, Comox, BC V9M 3M1
250-339-4322 | 250-334-6555
Exhibit runs from June 15 – September 15, 2016 and hours are 10-4, Tue-Sat. Special openings on Sundays or Mondays for groups of 10 or more by reservation.