Iconic Canadian writer Mazo de la Roche (1879-1961) was a talented and interesting woman whose life is shrouded in many mysteries and contradictions. While living in Clarkson in 1927, she wrote the award-winning book, Jalna, the first of sixteen in her best-selling series about the fictional 'Whiteoaks' family, and their beloved home 'Jalna'. The books sold over twelve million copies around the world and have inspired plays, movies, and television series. Benares House is believed to be the inspiration for Jalna. Many coincidences create an interesting story, for example - both Benares and Jalna are both names of British military garrisons in India, Mazo de la Roche rented a cottage nearby Benares that she called "Trail Cottage" and was a close friend of the Harris family. A nearby park is named Whiteoaks in honour of the series, as is a nearby elementary school. Streets in the Clarkson area also bear names such as "Mazo Crescent," "Jalna Avenue," and "Whiteoaks Avenue." in her honour.
Many items related to Mazo were donated to the Museums of Mississauga by Mazo's daughter-in-law, Bianca. These include first edition books, two awards, personal items, photographs and her only remaining diaries. In April 2008 Parks Canada and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board unveiled a plaque at Benares House, honouring Mazo de la Roche as a person of national historic significance.
Join us as we transform the Square Amphitheatre into a live children's theatre every Tuesday night in August. From Rock the Arts Puppets to Beauty and the Beast, watch and be dazzled as your favourite children stories are brought to life!
Whether you're a musician, spoken word artist, comedian or dazzling performer, the stage is yours! Share your craft or enjoy the great talent Mississauga has to offer at open mic nights on the Square, every Wednesday in August.
Canadian Celtic rock group Screeched Inn began over a decade ago as a trio. With a focus on tight three part harmony and audience interaction, they perfected their sound through classic rock, top 40, and country genres.
Drop by the Bradley Museum to learn more about our Heritage Kitchen Garden, representing the foods early settlers grew in Upper Canada in the 1830s. On the last Sunday of the month, Museum Interpreters are on site to lead curated garden tours and demonstrations in Bradley House kitchen.