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March 27, 2017

Media Advisory

One hundred years after it was heard in the historic Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge, the bugle of Private George William Shaw, of London, Ontario, will be played once again to mark a momentous occasion in Canadian history.

Just as Pte. Shaw played his bugle to rouse the troops in France moments before the attack began, his grandson David Cunningham will play this same bugle at a commemorative gala hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion in honour of the historic battle.

Following the gala, which will take place at the London Convention Centre on Saturday, April 1, 2017, the bugle will be personally escorted to France by a Canadian Armed Forces Bandsman, to be played in the official Vimy Ridge 100th anniversary ceremony.


Battle of Vimy Ridge 100th anniversary commemorative gala dinner hosted by Vimy Legion Branch 145 London, Ontario.

Interviews and photos:

Accredited media will have an opportunity to interview and photograph key organizers and participants, as well as tour displays including WW I bell tents; re-created WW I trench; WW I vehicles; military artifacts; local reserve unit displays.

* Please complete and return the attached media accreditation form (PDF).


Interview and photo opportunities with accredited media will be provided by:

  • Randy Warden, Branch President
  • David Cunningham, current owner of Pte. George William Shaw's original Vimy bugle and long-time member of the Vimy Orchestra
  • Lieutenant-colonel Roger Vandomme, French Attaché
  • Lieutenant-colonel Joe Murray, Displays Chair
  • Dana Morningstar, Chair, School of Design, Fanshawe College
  • Rob Carver, Chair, School of Contemporary Media, Fanshawe College


Saturday, April 1, 2017, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.


London Convention Centre – Upper Level
300 York Street London, ON, N6B 1P8

For more information please contact:

Bruce Stock
Phone: 226-984-1110.

Fanshawe students apply many skills to Vimy commemoration

A variety of Fanshawe College student work is present at the Vimy Ridge Gala. The following list outlines the programs and roles students, faculty and staff have played to help make this event happen.

Replica Vimy monument statues and poppy centrepieces:
Fashion Merchandising program, School of Design.

Replica World War I bell tent art installation; sandbags to re-create trenches; art for silent auction:
Fine Art program, School of Design.

Recording of the event and conducting interviews to produce two to three minute stories and a 9 to 10-minute feature video:
Journalism – Broadcast program and Broadcast Journalism – Television News program, School of Contemporary Media.

Printing and framing of services portraits of the Victoria Cross Recipients;
Photo booth:
Photography program, School of Contemporary Media.

Social media; media relations:
Public Relations – Corporate Communications program, School of Contemporary Media.

Commemorative Vimy video:
Visual Effects and Editing program, School of Contemporary Media.

About Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017. Fanshawe is one of Ontario's largest colleges, serving close to half a million students with a promise to educate, engage, empower and excite. For 50 years, Fanshawe has been helping people to unlock their potential and achieve success. The College attracts students from 70 countries every year and opens up a world of possibilities through more than 200 degree, diploma and certificate programs, along with apprenticeship training.

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