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Rebel Heartland – 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion Re-enactment

September 22 - September 23

This year, the Band will be part of Rebel Heartland – a Re-enactment of the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion. Over the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd, the ARCH Committee, which is comprised of the Newmarket Historical Society, Heritage Newmarket and the Elman W. Campbell Museum, will present a re-enactment and encampment in the downtown core and at Fairy Lake.

On Saturday morning, September 22nd,  the Band will be part of the drama on Main Street, where the rebels recruit followers at the Farmer’s Market and William Lyon Mackenzie makes a rousing speech encouraging armed rebellion against the colonial government.

Saturday afternoon will see the battle re-enacted at Fairy Lake and the capture, trial and subsequent ‘hanging’ of the rebel leaders, Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews, in front of the Old Town Hall.

The next day, Sunday, September 23rd, social life in the colony will be on display at Fairy Lake. There will be demonstrations, church services, a boxed lunch social and entertainment.

That’s where the Newmarket Citizens Band comes in again.  Clothed in period dress, the Band will host an afternoon concert showcasing music that would have been familiar to residents of the day. In addition, the concert will also include smaller ensembles to represent how music was commonly shared in the community in 1837.

So come out and learn about early life in Newmarket and watch history play out before your eyes. Watch for more information about this exciting event on the Band’s website at https://www.newmarketcitizensband.ca/ or follow the Band on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Here is the Rebel Heartland event schedule.

Rebel Heartland Schedule


September 22
September 23
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Newmarket Historical Society
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