The Message of the Carillon: Bells as Instruments of Colonialism in Twentieth-Century Canada

Patrick Nickleson
2018 Intersections Canadian Journal of Music  
Bells and carillon have long symbolized the harmonious community in Euro-American political discourse. In this article, I denaturalize this rhetorical position by taking into account the context of bells and carillon in interwar Canada. I do so by reading William Lyon Mackenzie King's address at the inauguration of the Parliament Hill carillon within the broader context of Canada's colonial "Old World" nostalgia for the carillon. I then turn to testimony from survivors of the residential school
more » ... residential school system to argue that the link between bells, harmony, and community had to be forcefully imposed by settlers to banish any potential discord.
doi:10.7202/1051594ar fatcat:yafczo7j7vfjdozw57jrsluk6u