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Ian Tyson in Carleton Place 1974 — Five Bucks a Seat!

Ian Tyson in Carleton Place 1974 — Five Bucks a Seat!

1975 almonte gazette

Ian Tyson has a successful television show and an encouraging new album on his hands. He also has a problem. “Im trying to translate the success of the show,” said Tyson, draping a long leg over the arm of a living room chair. I don’t know how to handle it. Im like a kid with a new toy I dont know what to do with it.” The new album, released by Columbia Records and entitled You Were On My Mind, is doing moderately, the singer said in an interview. “It’s not setting the world on fire. It may. The title song is a newly-arranged version of Ian and Sylvia’s highly popular single which brought them wide attention a few years back. The rest of the cuts are examples of a more polished and developed Ian and Sylvia.

Together, the Ian Tyson Show and the album have brought Ian back into the folk spotlight. He said he wants to capitalize on the exposure. That means taking Sylvia and The Great Speckled Bird their backup band back onto the road. And thats where the problem comes in. Id like to tour off and on in the States, said Tyson, smoking the one cigar he allows himself a day. “But its difficult with a big band. “With an entourage of nine or 10 musicians its very expensive to go on the road. Expenses have gone up astronomically. To tour successfully, Tyson would need a series of bookings throughout Canada and the United States. “But the circuit has disappeared for medium-priced groups like ours,” said Tyson, adding his band charges between $2,500 and $3,000 a night. The group would lose money flying to Western Canada or the U.S for only one engagement. “There’s no place for them to put us for one night where they could make money,” he said, nursing a cup of coffee. We’d end up losing on the deal.”

The telephone rang and he strode out of the gracious living room in his downtown home and into the den. A few minutes later he returned. “That was a guy who wanted us to do a tour of the East Coast. Id love to go East but the problem is that in Eastern Canada, the halls are small and the people havent a lot of money. You couldn’t charge $5 a seat they couldn’t afford to come. In most halls the promoter would lose money if the charge was smaller. It’s the kind of problem that has Ian Tyson thinking.

“I wonder if you could almost create a very contemporary version of vaudeville, he said. “It would be a monumental job, though.” His plan would be to arrange with a number of FM radio stations to sponsor regular concerts by middle-priced groups such as his own and people like singer Buffy Ste. Mane. The groups would go on the road for several weeks, knowing that another job was just an economical days journey away. He said he would like to try his hand at film producing and is excited about a recently-released novel by a Canadian from the West. “I’d love to produce,” Tyson said. “I don’t know about acting, though.” He is also interested in grabbing the championship of the Ontario Cutting Horse Association, of which he is president. Cutting horses are the elite of the western rancher’s spreads. They were used for “cutting cattle from big herds and directing them into various pens, but now it is a sport and a competitive one.

Four Strong Winds was written for a woman he has had a 55 year old affair with Evina Pulos

Ian Tyson’s affair to remember- CLICK

Evinia Pulos explains why, after 55 years, they are still inextricably linked

Ian and Sylvia 2021

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Carleton Place Commencement Concert 1943

Weird and Thrilling Concert in Carleton Place? The Fisk Jubilee Singers of Tennessee University

Memories Carleton Place- Town Hall

The History of the Carleton Place Library

A Concert at the Town Hall While Small Pox Raged on…. 1901

Chamber of Commerce Then and Now in Carleton Place

Vandalism 1974 in Carleton Place


31 Jan 1974-

Vandalism is probably no worse or no better in Carleton Place than in any other Ontario town with a population of 5000 many of whom are barely into their teen years. It is this age group, according to police, which is causing most of the town’s vandalism. Town officials have singled out four areas that are especially prone to vandalism. The headache for town foreman Keith Macintosh, besides the street signs, is the problem of marking fire hydrants fur easy identification in high snowbanks. As fast as fluorescent markers are put up. they are stolen. “‘We spend hours searching out hydrants wich have lost their signs and replacing them.” Mr. Macintosh said. Me thinks the heaviness of the markers rule out blaming of children.”

Apart from the cost in man-hours, there is a real danger to the community . The community centre has long been a favourite target for vandals however, past chairman Dave Kirkpatrick said he thinks the situation has improved over last year. Rest room walls have had to be painted several times to block out obscenities, and he revealed the girls washroom received much more abuse than docs the boys. “The only thing which will cover the magic marker writing is paint” he said.

Another favourite community centre target has been the outside furnace grating which so far this year has been replaced three times. The post office has always held special attraction for vandals, and this year the department of public works reached the end of its patience, and is now in the process of installing heavy institutional type link fence around all grass areas. Since the post office was built 10 years ago vandals have torn off the metal letters from the building, ripped out cement benches, tied a horse to a newly-planted tree, buried a car up to its axles in fresh turf, littered the grass with broken bottles and garbage, dismantled a brick mill, and used the lawns to walk dogs.

A post office employee said the department of public works had no alternative but to fence in the grass areas in an effort to cut down on the property abuse. In the meantime, town police continue to try to catch the culprits, but few charges have been laid. One policeman said “We always seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.” However Mayor Eldon Henderson said town vandalism has to stop. He is going to insist on more rigid control of town Bylaws as loitering is concerned, and he is going to ask that town police concentrate their patrolling in the trouble spots of the town. That theory doesn’t always work. Several weeks ago three youths attacked the police cruiser while it was parked in front of the police station, tore the signal dome from the roof, and ripped out both headlights. They were caught but the action proves that vandals aren’t choosy in Carleton Place when they are seeking out a target.

Santa Claus Parade Almonte 1974 Business Names

Santa Claus Parade Almonte 1974 Business Names

The management and executive of the Revelliers Drum Corps would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartiest thanks to all the people who helped make our Santa Claus Parade a big success, We take our hats off to the following people who gave generously in the true Christmas Spirit to make this venture a reality:

Almonte Town Council, A lmonte and Ramsay Board of Trade, Almonte Civitan Club, Isabel Hogan, A & B Auto Parts, Lockhart Fuels, Green’s Upholstery, Little’s Barber Shop, Almonte IGA, Gerry’s Golden Eagle, Harry’s Motors, Lee Pro Hardware, Jack’s Shoe Store, Canadian Cafe, D. M, Campbell, Charles Baker, Queen’s Store, Levesque Meat Market, Timmins TV, Stedmans, James’ Smoke Shop, Needham Shoe, Duncan’s Barber Shop, Crest Studios, Johnson Clothing, O’Connell’s P la c e , Rivington’s Electric, McCormick’s Ladles’ Wear, The Village “ In” , P. J. Rooney & Sons, Morton’s Variety Store, United Cooperative, N, T. Sadler Construction, Albert Gale Agencies, Carleton Auto Parts, Burns Pontiac Buick Ltd., Almonte Dairy,, Zephyr Textiles, Almonte Leasing Co., Bowes & Lowry Farm Equipment, Moore’s Plumbing, George Gomme, Almonte Holel, Gorman’s Taxi, Almonte Pharmacy, R. A. Jamieson, Majaury Taxi, Cochran’s Shell, Betty Davis & Associates, THunro’* Esso, Dr. Hanna, J. L. Virgin Insurance, Danline Canada Ltd., Valley Carpet & Flooring, Irving Contracting Ltd., John Lyons Electric. Irene Goodfellow, Galligan & Sheffield, Comba Funeral Home, Pinecraft Ltd., King Koin Laundry, Ross Stanley, Smiths Falls Bottling Works, Wayne’s Barber Shop, P. Dodds, Mrs. Alice McGregor, Metcalfe’s Dairy, Almonte Gazette, Clark’s Dairy, Almonte Flour Mills, Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal, Roy Brown Insurance.

We also extend a sincere Thank You to the following: The Almonte Fire Dept, for the use of their hall and facilities for serving lunch to the parade participants. The L.O.B.A. for assisting In the preparation and serving of lunch. The Ladies’ Auxiliaries of the Reformed Presbyterian. Baptist. Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian and United Churches for providing sandwiches for the parade participants. St. Mary’s School for the use of their gymnasium for Santa to pass out treats to the children. R.A. Director Wayne Glardino for securing dressing rooms for the out-of-own corps.

The Almonte High School for the use of their gymnasium for change rooms. Mr. Carman Noble and the OPP for assisting, with traffic direction. The jolly man, Santa Claus, for taking time out of his busy schedule to participate in our parade. Almonte Legion Colour Party, Vem McDougall, Town of Almonte, Ramsay Fire Dept., Almonte Snowmobile Club, Almonte Girl Guides, Almonte Lions Club, Hedley Stewart, Keith Drynan, Cyril Greene, Almonte Power Boat Club, Mississippi Hotel and Valley Air Conditioning, 1,000 Island Queen— sternwheeler riverboat, Almonte and District High School, Ye Olde School Sports Centre, McCormick’s Ladies’ Wear and the Almonte Hotel for their active participation In the parade. A group that deserves special mention is the Almonte Civitan Club. This community-minded service club provided the manpower for the menial tasks that were necessary. They helped Santa pass out treats, helped serve the parade participants and most important did a superb job of cleaning up the various facilities. Keep up the good work — you are an A-l group of fellows. Last but by no means least we wish to extend special thanks to Mr. Art Smith for acting as parade chairman.

1968 Santa Parade Almonte

Almonte’s Santa Parades Looking for Photos

Christmas Social Notes from Pakenham 1933

McDonald’s Corners at Christmas –Lots of Names

Christmas Social Notes from Pakenham 1933

Pakenham Santa Claus “Chicken Pox” Parade — Wall Street Journal

Dueling Shoes and Fiddles and Step Dancing Contest July 15 1974

Dueling Shoes and Fiddles and Step Dancing Contest July 15 1974


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July 14 1974

Susan Gray Perth–Dale Lowe Carleton Place– Bruce Blair Perth

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Each time I find these I document them as step dancing and fiddling is like brad and butter to Lanark County so I feel I should record them.



Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.





He was a Step Dancing Legend from Up da Line..

Gilles Roy-Step Dancer Extraordinare

Notes of Lanark County Dances and Fiddlers

Good Old Lanark County Music–From the 70s to now

The Musical Talents of Dave Brown

Fiddling in Lanark County by David Ennis

The Dawn Patrol on Local Dance Halls

Dance Hall Days with The Coachmen

Fiddler’s Hill— Where the Green Grass Doesn’t Grow in Lanark

Down At the Twist and Shout–Wave’s Inn

Straight Outta Carleton Place High School — Wava McDaniel Baker

Architecture Stories: The Hotel that Stompin’ Tom Connors Saved

All About Lorraine Lemay –Mississippi Hotel

Lanark County Dance Halls 1950s, 60s & 70s


Back to The Future — Twisting Your Dignity Away

The Natives of Carleton Place — Violins and Deer

Fiddler’s Hill— Where the Green Grass Doesn’t Grow in Lanark


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