MP-0000.827.6 | Mr. Lavigne and his orchestra, Sohmer Park, Montreal, QC, 1890

 
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Mr. Lavigne and his orchestra, Sohmer Park, Montreal, QC, 1890
Cumming & Brewis
1890, 19th century
Ink on paper mounted on card - Halftone
12 x 20 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
MP-0000.827.6
© McCord Museum
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One of the owner-founders of Sohmer Park, Ernest Lavigne, was an orchestra conductor. In 1890, the musicians played on an open-air stage, however, by the following year, a big closed hall that could accommodate an audience of 8000 occupied the centre of the park. The music flooded over the whole park, including the promenade: songs from operas and operettas, waltzes, mazurkas and polkas, folk songs in French and English, as well as variety numbers, which would become more and more prominent.