For the Glory of the Grand Old Flag: Canadian Music Publishing & the War Effort, 1914-1918

For the Glory of the Grand Old Flag: Canadian Music Publishing & the War Effort, 1914-1918

Do you have a connection to the First World War? To acknowledge Remembrance Day this year, the Music Library’s new exhibition – in the display cases by the entrance – features Toronto music publishers’ responses to the Great War. The sheet music that you’ll see there comes from straight from our archival vault and was published between 1914 and 1918.

The incredible cover art and inset photos of military personnel aside, the intense and frequently heartfelt lyric of these pieces speak to the ways in which everyday people on the home front responded to the war, whether through wholehearted support, or recognition of longing, loss and death. The outpouring of human emotion imbued in these texts provides a direct window into the mindset of people from 100 years ago, when considerable anxiety gripped the public at large as everyday people struggled with the personal costs brought about through the wholesale devastation and slaughter. This exhibition will be on display until Dec. 5th.