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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

You have to Paint the Ice White?

You have to Paint the Ice White?

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The rising middle class needed to find things to do, to distract itself, and have fun in the Victorian ages so they built an indoor rink. It was a wooden building  and had a gallery up top, so you could go up and watch the skaters. It was lit by gas and during the cold winter months it stayed open every night. In those days it was kind of like a ball room with an ice surface. In an era when most skating was done on frozen lakes, this type of venue was an innovation well ahead of its time.



Times changed and the hockey arena was born. This week I was lucky enough to watch the stages of getting the Carleton Place arena ice ready. I was amazed. Did you know the arena air has to be 18 degrees and each surface has to be flooded 8 times?



Then the lines are painted on etc and the ice painted white. If you did not paint the ice- the ice would look gray like the concrete floor. The hose has a special handmade cane with a nozzle on the end so the water comes out consistently. White powdered paint is mixed with water in a large tank creating a liquid paint mix. This paint is then applied to the ice surface with a large 12-foot spray boom and a pump. Blue/red lines are strung in place and you paint in between the lines – just like we learned in kindergarten.




Joanne Henderson

Bob White told me the biggest secret is that anyone flooding the rink has to have their heart in it and care about what they are doing.  It seems silly to say, but it’s true– it’s got to be in your soul. Intricate care must be taken and Bob, Rusty Knight and the Duff lad are the ones that flood the Carleton Place rink. Bob said they are going to train some of the younger lads during the next 4 years as no one as getting any younger that’s  flooding the rink now.:)



So when you walk into the arena next time- I would dish out some nice compliments to the arena staff for all the work they do that all of us— including me— takes for granted. Thanks Bob White for the great information!








Steve with the Zamboni.:) He’s American– this stuff marvels the heck out of him– what can I say?


Ted Hurdis We are very fortunate to have the ice and arena we do. Joe Crampton was the master that instilled pride and dedication into all the staff there.
Natalie Flindall
Thank you Linda for the article about painting the ice white. My grandfather always prided himself to having the first outdoor public rink every season, in Québec. I remember my grandmother taking about him, doing this, with great pride. Thank you to the staff at the rink. Already preparing for winter while we are still enjoying summer.



Martin Puckett



The old arena box


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 and The Tales of Almonte

Moonlight Skating to Greensleeves–Comments Comments Comments

Moonlight Skating to Greensleeves–Comments Comments Comments



Photo-Llew Lloyd — The Old Beckwith Street Arena


Doug B. McCarten We sure had a great time in that arena……

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston Wow – nice photo Llew – did not think I would ever see that again!!


Llew Lloyd I remember that. The lights would be turned down and there was a ” moon light ” at each end of the rink .

Ruth Drummond Around disc of orange tissue paper put over the light, romantic don’t you think Dave.

Llew Lloyd Was ” Greensleeves “ the only record they had ? I remember if you helped clean the ice at the Senior B game , you got a free public skating ticket .

Doug B. McCarten Nope there were some waltz music 🎶 too lol particularly during moonlight skates

Peter Iveson The ugly old arena

Llew Lloyd The outside was ugly, but the memories made inside were beautiful .

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston So so right!

Jim Mikolaitis
I remember seeing Santa at the back of the rink after the parade and the firemen would give you a bag of candies. We would then circle back around the rink and re-enter the line to get another bag! Haha!
My BAD???
I also remember the “trough” urinal in the men’s washroom and man did it stink!
Funny what you remember! Haha

Joann Voyce There was also a tennis court on the other side of the cenotaph

Valerie Edwards Of course, many a good skate there

Dale Costello Oh so many treasured memories from the Beckwith Street Arena. I was very fortunate to have been raised in the era when winter activities centered around the rink. Played many a hockey game from Peewee, Bantam, Midget and Juvenile throughout the 50,s, under the coaching of Lorne Mcneely. Fabulous times and tons of memories.

Ray Paquette Remember how cold it was? Between periods we used to go into the rest rooms to get warm. During the summer months when ice was absent the arena was used for other community occasions including the annual CPHS Cadet Corps inspection as well as other events.

Penny Trafford I remember the skating, Halloween Costume judging, the arena’s own unique smell is still in my brain. Great memories.

Donna Mcfarlane played broomball there one year it was so cold

Cindy Showers This is so interesting.to read!

Ann Stearns Rawson Loved meeting up with friends at that arena for a weekend skate and then going to the Olympia Restaurant for hot chocolate.

Ted Hurdis I started my hockey there as a peanut. We played 1/2 a year then it was shut down. The dressing rooms were up some steep stairs especially for us little lads. Loved the old barn from their one public skating song down to the frozen water fountain. Hahaha

Ted Hurdis We use to have a girls hockey team too. Even way back then my sister Nedda played on it.

Norma Rotzal Skated there many times

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston There was no place like the old rink!!!

Marilyn White Loved moonlight skating night on Thur. They covered the big light at the ends of the rink with orange paper.


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Llew Lloyd Linda . I think this one originated with one of your other followers .
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Photo Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  03 Feb 1959, Tue,  Page 17


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  05 Sep 1949, Mon,  Page 15

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  01 Dec 1936, Tue,  Page 19


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  21 Mar 1933, Tue,  Page 14


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.



The Old Carleton Place Arena

Doug Gibson–Founder of Junior Hockey in Carleton Place

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The Argue Hardware Ruler Comments

Only Got My Love to Send On Valentine’s Day—Readers Comments


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The Old Carleton Place Arena



It was built in 1912 to supply an ice surface for hockey teams, ice skaters, and the general public to practice and play other sports and recreational activities. It also had Memorial Park situated on its lot, now the Cenotaph. It was torn down in the late 1960s to early 1970s because of its deteriorating frame structure- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum

Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  11 Mar 1940, Mon,  Page 16


This photo was taken from the Patterson and Findlay Solicitor’s office in the old Bank of Nova Scotia building in January of 1936. It shows the backs of frame houses on Beckwith Street and the old arena. The Carleton Place Public Library now occupies the site.Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


From The Carleton Place Canadian, Thursday, July 8th, 1965 :

To the casual observer the steel structure of the old arena, that is now being demolished, appears to be in good condition: however, “all that glitters is not gold.”

As the wooden covering of the building was removed, serious defects in the steel structure began to appear.  Rust and frost heaving were the main causes of trouble, but some of the steel sections were bent badly out of shape due to excessive loading caused by rotting of the wood framing.  Sections of steel columns that were until recently concealed from view are rusted beyond usefulness.  In fact the inspection of the rusted base of one column disclosed a hole roughly four inches long and two inches wide.

All in all the building was in much worse condition structurally than was discovered by the inspection which led to its closing last February.  The citizens of our community can be thankful that the structure did not collapse and perhaps, now in retrospect, appreciate the worry that faced the men responsible for operating the old rink.  Special thanks must be accorded Mr. Arnold Weedmark, the safety inspector, who had the wisdom and courage to make the unpopular decision to close the rink in the middle of the skating season.

It is now apparent that rebuilding the arena around the old steel structure would have been impossible and the decision, taken several months ago by Town Council, to build a completely new building has been further strengthened.

Demolition of the old building is proceeding rapidly and it should reach its final stages by the weekend.

The Arena Fund Campaign is moving briskly with two of the larger men’s organizations now having made pledges to the Fund, the cash on hand, post-dated cheques and the above mentioned pledges total $25,197.42 dollars.  This however, is only a start towards the campaign objective of $100,000 dollars and everyone in our community will have to dig down and give until it hurts before this project will become a reality.

We no longer have an arena, we need an arena, so now let us build it this year, not the next or the next.  The campaign will have to reach 75 to 80 percent of its objective by October in order for construction to begin in time to provide some skating during this coming season.  Please take this into consideration when the Arena Fund Canvasser calls on you.

The Arena Committee takes it hat off this week to the ladies of the Carleton Place Home and School Association, the Men’s Organization of St. James Church, the Cubs and Boy Scouts of St. Mary’s Church and to an enterprising group of young residents of theLake Ave.region who have been selling their comic books on behalf of the Arena Fund.

It goes without saying that we bow especially low to the still aching members of the Lions and 100 Club who performed valiantly in a soft-ball (?) game last Thursday.  The fireworks provided by the Jaycees were fitting climax for the reassuring demonstrations put on by the Ocean Wave Fire Company.

Further on the H & S bake good sale, Evelyn Sadler reports that the cooking skills of about 40 Prince of Wales district mothers were a big hit with theLakeParkcottagers last Saturday.  The total score for the Arena Fund was 48 dollars.  This week it is the turn of Victoria district ladies and we know they are just waiting to set a new record.


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The Ottawa Journal, 23 Dec 1957, MonPage 21


Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  20 Aug 1949, Sat,  Page 5


Debbie RoyLots of great memories of skating in the old arena. They would play music during all of the public skates.

Ann Stearns Rawson —I remember ice skating here with you Linda Gallipeau-Johnston and Billy Root! I had a huge crush on him.

 Linda Gallipeau-Johnston– Oh that I did not know – he surprised me about 10 years ago and appeared in my back yard!
Gwen Spencer— I remember the fountain The water was ice cold as it poured over the frozen ice around it.

Also read-Carleton Place Arena 1981 — Mary Cook

Rollin’ With My Homies at The Home Show


Did you read our Home Show Post by Christine Armstrong on Friday? Please play this song before you start—-  

See also the Mom 2 Mom Show in Almonte with some of your locals!

Here are your local Carleton Place superstars at The Home Show at the Carleton Place Arena this weekend!

Yup that’s me Olaf Hanging with all my Homies at the Home Show on the weekend. Who do you know? C’mon and say Hi to everyone! Make sure you crank that music full tilt!

Saturday morning, take the train for a ride The sun is up, I got my homies by my side

I hang a light at the right, ready to have fun Then I bust a left for the 121

But I ain’t trippin’ My homie Snoop kicks the dinner juice and that’s alright,

Where’s Michael– Did Ben hide him?

There he is!! Whew!!

Rollin’ with my homies (sippin’ we yak all night, yeah)

Rollin’ with my homies (sippin’ we yak all night, yeah)

Night time is the right time, a-dynamite! We’re gonna have a good time

I just wanna kick it, yeah, that’s the ticket

I’m rollin’ with my homies, yeah ‘Said we’d yak all night, yeah yeah

Yes I’m rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ Yes I’m rollin’ with my homies

Yes I’m rollin’ rollin’ rollin’, Rollin’ with my homies ooh

Ladies, nowhere in the Carleton Place arena did I see this man! I think women would have paid 10 bucks hands down to meet him. Get on it Bob for next year! The ladies are counting on ya..:)