Tent Nos. 125, 126 and 127
Mondegro continued their involvement in the War of 1812 bicentennial events by participating in The Encampment, commissioned by the City of Toronto for the War of 1812 Commemoration and Luminato Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity.
This Thomas+Guinevere production ran from June 7-24 on the grounds of Fort York Historic Site and involved 200 tents and more than 100 creative collaborators. Each tent housed an art installation inspired by the life of a citizen who lived circa 1812. Mondegro created installations for three tents to share the stories of three individuals with poignant roles in the Battle of York on April 27, 1813: Commander Roger Sheaffe, Commander Zebulon Pike, and Captain Tito LeLievre. The tent location for these stories was an integral part of the installation; three tents were selected that stood next to one another and faced the stone magazine built following the 1813 explosion.
Their story: On April 27, 1813, Commander Zebulon Pike led the assault ashore at Fort York. After a brief battle, the commander of the Fort’s defense, Roger Sheaffe, ordered a retreat. In the process, he ordered Captain Tito LeLievre to set fuse to the gunpowder magazine, resulting in an explosion that would kill Pike.