Additions have been made since the initial shutdown and the site now covers 1830 -> 1880. It will not proceed further until more playdates data has been filled in for the current range and maps upgraded. Get involved.
A new membership programme is being incorporated. Contributors are those who wish to donate data, don't want to be too involved, but would like to follow certain parts of the system and be advised of updates, etc. Researchers are those who want to be more involved and have access to all the internal benefits of the system. This level requires weekly upkeep.
Public viewers will still have complete access to all regular data. Members just get to see the background processes and on-going research.

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This site will attempt to list traveling troupes in Ontario which were variously referred to as a circus, exhibition, menagerie, etc.
Terms of reference at present are to include only those troupes travelling throughout Ontario prior to World War I, with concentration on the very early editions.

Aside from attempting to re-create the itinerary of each troupe, we will be posting the pre-performance advertising in each location as well as any post-performance commentaries. These commentaries will include reports of associated thefts, violence, etc which seemed to follow the visits of some of these troupes.

We will make extensive use of categorizing as many details as possible so that site users will be able to track data by as wide a range of possibilities as can be incorporated into the site design.

If you have memorabilia, circus data, advertising literature, or simply want to comment on the site, use the form in the "Contact" section.

This site (although still just a basic install) is now open as of April 20, 2011 and the discussion forum is open for initial registration only.
Because the site is very new, we are only concentrating on currently adding data from the span 1830 to 1859. While we would appreciate contributions of data to add to the site,
please hold it until we are adding data from the appropriate span of years.
As we have already found a number of errors in published material, we are only interested in original source material.
All other material will be looked at as unverified and treated as leads only. But, leads are still helpful.

A Contributors section will be established and all verified data used will be accredited in the references/bibliography section (still to be built).