Art Deco and the Cocktail’s Influence on an Era

Article by Lindsay Rose-McLean

rt deco is a term applied to a popular aesthetic movement that was prominent in parts of Europe, Britain, and North America between 1910 and 1939. It was introduced on a grand scale in 1925 at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris, France. Close associations with both decorative …

Shaking Up Tradition: A Selection of Cocktail Shakers from the City of Waterloo Museum

Dumbbell Shaker

Article by Karen VandenBrink and Lorraine Johnson


he close connection between the Seagram company and the city of Waterloo dates to 1857, when William Hespeler and George Randall established the Granite Mills and Waterloo Distillery at the corner of Erb and Caroline streets, next to Beaver (Laurel) Creek, the water source for the production of the company’s flour …

A Brief History: Alcohol in Toronto

History of Alcohol

Compiled by the editors


The earliest historical records available indicate that Robert Henderson opened the first brewery in Toronto (then York) between 1800 and 1805 on the corner of Caroline (now Sherbourne) and Duchess (now Richmond). By 1809, production yielded approximately 30 barrels per week and helped supply the local militia with their daily ration of beer.


Canadian Temperance Banners and Excess

Banner (Workers with God. Hamilton W.C.T.U.)

Article by Julia Skelly


extiles have long been a powerful element in political movements and activism. At the turn of the 19th century some Canadian women produced banners and other textile objects to demonstrate their identities as political activists who were fighting for temperance and prohibition. Members of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (W.C.T.U.), which was established in …

Rencontre au Sommet: The Walker Cup

The Walker Cup

Article by René Villeneuve (English Translation John Fleming)


’est en approvisionnant les minotiers de Detroit que l’états-uniens Hiram Walker, commanditaire de ce trophée, amorce des relations commerciales dans le Haut-Canada. Dès 1856, il acquiert des terres près de Windsor, puis fonde Walkerville ou Walkertown. Distillateur à Waterloo, Joseph Emm Seagram, le récipiendaire, s’adonne sans réserve à sa passion …