1956: Swinging and shaking at Rosemount Boys' Club
• In 1957, members paid 50 cents per year for access to the club's 21 educational programs, 11 physical activities, and seven social groups.
• The club also offered teens a job placement service in partnership with nearby industrial firms.
• A 1957 Globe and Mail article praised the work of the Rosemount Boys' Club, hailing it as being at the forefront in boys club work in Canada. Club director Alfred Williamson explained that the club: "provides very necessary recognition for our youth. That is what most of them are looking for although they don't realize it. That is why, if they had no club, they would force that recognition by outrageous behaviour." (Globe and Mail, Jan. 30, 1957)
• The first boys' club, then named the Every Day Club, was established in 1900 in Saint John, N.B. The club provided a safe place to play for disadvantaged young children.
• In 1929, the Boys' Club Federation of Canada was created to direct the national club co-ordination. In 1974, the federation was renamed Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.
• As of 2005, the 101 clubs in Canada served approximately 150,000 children and teens.
• "Rock and roll n; (also rock 'n' roll) popular dance-music originating in the 1950s with a heavy beat and often a blues element." - The Canadian Oxford English Dictionary
When Elvis Presley performed at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens in April 1957, reporter Bill Beatty noted, "And for a solid 40 minutes, Elvis wiggled, twisted, convulsed... Every so often the crowd of hypnotized youth sprang from their seats and started to move toward Elvis in his shimmering suit of gold. And at such times the police turned on the lights and got them back in their seats."
Program: CBC News Roundup
Broadcast Date: Sept. 25, 1956
Guest(s): Alfred Williamson
Host: Harry Mannis
Reporter: Harry Etheridge
Song excerpt: "Rock a Beatin' Boogie" by Bill Haley, Myers Music Inc.
Last updated: February 6, 2012
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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