Just wanted to provide you with an update on our Heritage Minute film about the 104th Regiment.
We have since won the Historica-Dominion Institute Heritage Minute contest (http://www.gotaminute.ca/watch-videos.php) and have been featured on the CBC (http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2013/04/toronto-teens-heritage-minute-commemorates.html) and the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/04/15/new-heritage-minute-contest_n_3085094.html#slide=1588189). This morning I was interviewed along with my high school friend and co-producer on the Global News Toronto Morning Show. You can see the video link here: http://globalnews.ca/video/487917/young-history-buffs
By Eamonn O’Keeffe.
Entitled “The Winter March”, this film is based on the 1100 kilometre journey of the 104th Regiment from Fredericton, New Brunswick to Kingston, Ontario during the War of 1812. This Heritage Minute–written, produced and directed by high school students–follows the experiences of eighteen year-old Lieutenant John Le Couteur in the winter of 1813. I wrote the script using Le Couteur’s journal, as edited by Donald Graves in Merry Hearts Make Light Days, as a basis for the narration and dialogue.
This Heritage Minute was filmed at Fort York in Toronto on February 15th, one day before the bicentennial of the departure of the 104th Grenadiers from Fredericton. It has been entered in the Historica-Dominion Institute’s Make Your Own Heritage Minute Contest at http://www.gotaminute.ca/.
As a member of the Fort York Guard during the summer months, I was able to use the fort as a filming location and borrow our uniforms for this project.
Many of my summer co-workers volunteered to act in this film. Several of my high school friends also participated in this project. Patrick Lee, a Grade 10 student, was the editor, director and co-producer of this Heritage Minute. I wrote the script, served as co-producer and also portrayed Lt. Le Couteur in the film. A full list of credits can be seen on Youtube.
My great great uncle Jon Townsend was in that march and I have a copy of part of a letter tnat he sent to his parents. It was the coldest winter on record.
That is simply amazing…you are very privileged to have this connection to an important event in Canada’s past.
I co-produced this Heritage Minute and starred as Lieutenant Le Couteur.
Do you have any more details about your great great uncle? Do you know what company of the Regiment he was part of? What did his letter say?
I would appreciate any more information that you could give me.