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Nurses’ choir sings Christmas carols

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It's hard to be stuck in the hospital at Christmas time, especially if you're a kid. So to cheer up young patients, the nurses' choir at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children is singing carols for them. In this excerpt from a 1954 CBC-TV Christmas special, host Dick MacDougall chats with a few sweet, soft-spoken nurses as they prepare to sing three classic carols to the children: Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night and Good King Wenceslas.

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television Special
Broadcast Date: Dec. 25, 1954
Guests: Margaret Calberry, Doris Chapman, Joan Waite
Host: Dick MacDougall
Duration: 6:44

Did You know?


• Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children first opened in 1875, when a group of Toronto women rented an 11-room house, set up six cots and declared it open as a hospital "for the admission and treatment of all sick children." The demand for care soon grew so great that they moved to a new building with 16 beds the following year. The hospital moved again to a larger, 320-bed facility in 1891. And in 1951 -- just four years before this TV special aired -- the hospital moved to its current location on Toronto's University Avenue.


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