Voyageur Storytelling in Ontario, Canada: Home of a Leacock Sesquicentennial
Welcome to the Site of the

Stephen Leacock Sesquicentennial 2019

A Rare Occasion to Tell his Story and Stories

Page revised October 17 2018

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Voyageur Storytelling

Leslie Robbins-Conway and Paul Conway

located in Northern Bruce (Saugeen) Peninsula

(Ontario, Canada)

now preparing to celebrate

Stephen Leacock's Sesquicentennial in 2019

from March 28th to December 30th

honouring Stephen Butler Leacock

December 30 1869 to March 28 1944

his life, his work, his wit, his intellect, his humanity, his legacy of ideas,


The inevitability of Pervasive Pluralism in Canada's liberal-democratic social order,

yielding Unsolved Riddles of Social Justice and many more such conundrums,

to be creatively, humanely, and recurrently addressed with

Knowledge, Imagination, Compassion, and Humour,

cultivated through Education

Not "Either-Or", or even only "Both-And", but

“this-and-this-and-this-and, of course, that too.” *

* phrase by Charles Johnson

Help us to celebrate the life and ideas of this incomparable complicated Canadian


150-75 :: CL-LXXV

A Stephen Leacock Sesquicentennial (& Septuagintaquinquennial)

(i.e. a Sesqui-cum-triaquartariacentennial)

(i.e. his 150th (birth) and 75th (death) Anniversary)

Work on the Sesquicentennial now begins in earnest. What came before was mere dabbling.

September 28th to March 27th

Preparation of Events

and Recruitment of Listeners, Subscribers, Sponsors, and Partners

March 28th to December 30th

Celebrations! including:

Events with stories by and about Stephen Leacock

including Leacock-emulating tours of Ontario and Eastward

(we toured West to Nanaimo in 2017)

Publication of The Unsolved Riddle(s) of Stephen Leacock

(a book)

A Leacock iSymposium

stimulating conversations on blogs and social media


anything else we or our fellow particpants can dream up and make happen

Stephen Leacock was born in Hampshire, England on December 30, 1869, emigrated to Canada in 1876, and died in Toronto on March 28th, 1944. Next year—2019—will be therefore the 150th anniversary of his birth and the 75th anniversary of his death, a sesquicentennial and a triaquatariacentennial (septuagintaquinquennial?) in the same year. Our Stephen Leacock Sesquicentennial practices celebration by exploration. We explore who Stephen Leacock was, what he did, what he believed, what he said, what he passed along to us, and how that happened. We explore, portray, and celebrate him, warts and all, for the inconsistent Canadian prophetic genius that he was.
More specifically:
(1) To remember and celebrate Stephen Leacock, viewing him as a teacher, public intellectual, and literary man, unconfined within conventional academic disciplines, writing and speaking voluminously on education, literature, economics, politics, political science, history, occasionally science, sometimes seriously, sometimes humorously, sometimes both, and an important contributor to the evolving Canadian Enlightenment. In particular, he proposed that complex and internally contradictory public issues be viewed as Unsolved Riddles and creatively addressed in that spirit, using a Tetrad of Knowledge, Imagination, Compassion, and Humour -- woven into continually evolving temporary solutions in pursuit of Social, Economic and Political Justice. (2) To explore the Canadian Enlightenment itself and to acknowledge and remember the people who have made it, including:

• its beginnings in the years before Leacock;

• his contributions and where they fit with others of his time;

• its evolution, contributors and stories since then;

• where it might possibly go next.

Stephen Leacock proposed a Canadian political economy pursuing National Development and Social Justice through an entrepreneurial, liberal, enterprising economy and society, regulated in the public interest by democratic politics and institutions to smooth out its excesses, fill any gaps it might leave, deal with its externalities, and provide for its future.

He imagined a contented, creative, fulfilled population, meeting their own needs, caring for each other, enjoying life, and expanding its possibilities. He liked the idea of "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness", but added Social Justice to the mix, thereby complicating it marvellously.

He studied the country and society with a "both-and", not an "either-or", mind; in fact, an "all of the above" mind.

Has anyone come up with a better idea?

The set-up below opens the pages of this affair. In particular, pronouncements of the Sesquicentennial are published as Missives which can be viewed through the Portal below. Contributions to the Conversation appear in the Portfolio.

The Sesquicentennial Set-Up

Our Leacock Project


Sesquicentennial Portal

Missive Index


Sketches of a Little City





Toward Canadian



Our Facebook


Our Twitter


Our 2017 Leacock Re-Tour

The image-boxes are links. They open in a new window.

All their contents and presentation will be up-dated and improved as part of the Sesquicentennial Preparations.

For the time being they are what they are, like Stephen Leacock.

This Stephen Leacock Sesquicentennial is produced by Paul W Conway

About Us: Leslie and Paul

For 15 years, from 2002 to 2016, we performed Country Supper Storytelling Concerts at our home on Saugeen-Bruce Peninsula.

The links below are from that time.

Click on images below to find out more.

Our Ideas
Our Recipes
Our Repertoire

Leslie is on Facebook

Paul writes the blogs and produces the Leacock Sesquicentennial

Your Hosts: Leslie Robbins-Conway and Paul Conway

56 Brinkman's Road, R.R. 1

Miller Lake , Ontario N0H 1Z0 Canada

Tel: (519) 795-7477


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