When the lights dim inside the 19th-century Anglican church in downtown Montreal, a master of ceremonies takes centre stage below its neo-Gothic catenary arches. Spectators share laughs and bottles of wine, applaud—and then the lights go out.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: In 1859, at the foot of Walton Street in Port Hope, Ontario, a local boy named William Hunt walked a tightrope over the Ganaraska River. Just a few months later, he was calling himself Farini, after an obscure Italian revolutionary, and he soon became the second man in history to cross Niagara Falls on a rope.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: On the subway ride home from the circus, my daughter and I were so happy. As we walked along the busy city streets to our apartment, everything seemed magical and full of grace.