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"The Coulson Women's Institute" Docu-musical

“The Coulson Women’s Institute, 1927-2004”   Multi-media Docu-musical 

Singer/songwriter Anne Walker returns to her roots with a new multi-media presentation: “The Coulson Women’s Institute, 1927-2004”.

Through the lens of the Women’s Institute, an organization of rural women, this docu-musical uses original songs, stories, vintage photographs, historical documents and artifacts, to trace the changing way of life in a rural Ontario village in the twentieth century.

Walker, whose familial roots run generations deep in the village of Coulson, is uniquely situated to celebrate and preserve the stories and history of a rural way of life that is disappearing.  As a “local girl”, Walker has been able to apply her song-writing talents to capture the spirit and vernacular of the community.  Here is history made relevant.  Walker gathers up the characters, customs and culture of “old Oro” and weaves them into a new cloth with which to wrap our twenty-first century selves. 

Through her words and music, experience the joy of simple pleasures, the comfort of community and the poignancy of loss and inevitable change. The performance is enhanced with visuals and artifacts that draw the audience into the authentic historical moment.

Walker’s personal connections to the community and to the women of the WI-- including her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother-- make this performance a moving and intimate tribute. “The Coulson Women’s Institute” is a loving and deeply human historical document.



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