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Wilson and Swarbrick Launch Ontario Tour

Including a date at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

Special appearance by cast members of Soldiers of Song (Dumbells Tribute)


Wilson Swarbrick Lion Rampant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 6, 2014 - Award winning Scottish-Canadian reggae artist JASON WILSON is known for concocting innovative musical pairings, whether it be genres or artists.  Lion Rampant, his 2014 release with iconic English fiddler DAVID SWARBRICK, is no less of a collaborative tour de force, a folk-reggae epic that fans will be able to experience in person during the duo's Ontario tour this November. The duo will explore the intersections of various rebel musics of the past 300 years, including a provocative blending of Scots poet Robert Burns' "My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose" with Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry" as well as the late Scots singer/songwriter Alistair Hulett's poignant "Among Proddy Dogs and Papes". Several cuts from the album have already received extensive play on various BBC radio stations across the UK.

Lion Rampant, which includes both traditional and self-penned titles, as well as a few modern covers, has been described by English folk music critic Ken Hunt (fRoots) as "Head and shoulders, the most eclectic, catholic and coherent musical banquet of 2014 thus far. Toppling unlikely." Similarly, Michael Hunter (Fiddlestix) described the album as "predictably high quality, well-produced musimusic with intelligently considered arrangements. 

Wilson and Swarbrick's Enoch Turner Schoolhouse performance includes a special/exclusive appearance by some of the cast members from the play Soldiers of Song. A tribute to Canada's famous Dumbells of the First World War, the play is an offshoot of Wilson's recent eponymous book. For more on Canada's famous fighting-cum-funny men of WWI, see a clip about Wilson's play on CBC's The National or read a review of Wilson's work in the Globe and Mail.


With cast members from Soldiers of Song

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse 106 Trinity Street Toronto

Sunday, November 9th at 4 pm

Admission $25  Members $20

Refreshments will be served.


· First World War poetry reading with a reading by Andy Barrie of The War Prayer by Mark Twain (20 minutes)

· Tribute to The Dumbells with original cast members (20 minutes)

· Wilson & Swarbrick (65 minutes)


Dr. Jason Wilson is a two-time Juno-Awards nominee and Canadian Reggae Music Award winner from Downsview, Ontario. He is the protégé of Studio One keyboardist Jackie Mittoo and cousin to UB40's Michael Virtue. He has performed and recorded with UB40, Alanis Morissette, Sly & Robbie, Ron Sexsmith and many more. Wilson has five books to his name, including Soldiers of Song, a work that has recently been adapted for the stage as tribute to Canada's "Dumbells" of the First World War. Wilson's recognizable and self-styled "reggae impressionism" combines reggae with jazz, and folk musics from the Scottish and English traditions.



Perhaps the most important living fiddler in England, Dave Swarbrick made his mark at an early age with Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger and Charles Parker. In the 1960s, "Swarb" joined the Ian Campbell Folk Group (father to UB40's Campbell brothers) and later teamed up with legendary guitarist Martin Carthy. In 1969, Swarb famously joined Fairport Convention whose Liege and Lief is today generally regarded as the most influential folk-rock album of all-time. A double-lung transplant recipient, Swarb was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2's Folk Awards, the Gold Badge (English Folk Dance and Song Society), and the Gold Badge of Merit from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation is a Registered Charity 11927 2862 RR0001


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New Administrator, Debbie Keffer, joins the ETSF team! Debbie has her Master of Information Studies from the University of Toronto, with a specialization in Archives. She has been working in the heritage field for many years and also enjoys spending her time supporting local theatre and park-related organizations.


Ontario Heritage Trust to operate Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

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TORONTO: Mar. 26, 2008 –  Today, The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust, and Lynne Kurylo, Chair of the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation, announced the transfer of the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse to the Ontario Heritage Trust.

"The Ontario Heritage Trust and the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation are dedicated to the continued conservation, interpretation and public use of the Schoolhouse," said Mr. Alexander.
'By working together to transfer the site, we have secured long-term protection for this Toronto landmark."

"The Foundation is pleased to have successfully arranged the transfer of the Schoolhouse to the Ontario Heritage Trust,” said Ms. Kurylo. “This important move will ensure the Schoolhouse is sustained for years to come as a viable heritage site museum and community resource."

Located in Toronto’s historic Corktown neighbourhood, the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is a provincially significant heritage property. The Schoolhouse is representative of the development of Ontario’s educational system, particularly free schools in the province. Established in 1848, it has associations with its founder Enoch Turner, a wealthy brewer, and architect Henry Langley – both provincially significant Ontarians. The Schoolhouse also possesses provincial interpretive value as an authentic demonstration of the 19th-century classroom experience.

"As the first free school in Toronto, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse provided an education to thousands of new Canadians in the second half of the 19th century," said Aileen Carroll, Minister of Culture. "The Schoolhouse is a provincially significant historical landmark and I am pleased that its transfer to the Trust will preserve it so that many generations to come will be able to learn about its unique history."

Building on the important work of the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation, the Ontario Heritage Trust will maintain and operate the Schoolhouse as a provincially significant heritage site, a public museum and a conference and special events venue. The Foundation will continue as an independent charitable organization, working with the Trust to support the programming and operation of the Schoolhouse through fundraising and special events.

The Ontario Heritage Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario, dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario’s heritage for the benefit of present and future generations. The Trust owns and successfully operates other museums and historic conference centres across Ontario, including George Brown House and the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre in Toronto, Fulford Place in Brockville and Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site in Dresden. For more information on the Ontario Heritage Trust, visit